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Capital of the seafood-loving Aquitaine region, Bordeaux lies along the banks of the River Garonne, and is home to 362 magnificent monuments, several first class museums and a pedestrian shopping zone that’s over a kilometre long. This charming city has also been famous for fine wines since Roman times, and is still at the epicentre of today’s international wine trade. Get some inside information by visiting Bordeaux’s vintners where you can sample and buy sweet whites such as Chateau d’Yquem, and exclusive reds like Chateaux Margaux, and other top wines at hard-to-beat prices. But if you follow our tips and roam off the beaten track, you’ll discover there’s a lot more to buzzing Bordeaux than historical sights, great shopping and posh grape juice.
Main City Paris
Surface 49.36 km²
Density 4,779 /km²
Traditional Bordeaux housing is often quite different to what tourists might imagine from glossy tourist brochures.When you wander around the city, you can clearly see that in the neighbourhoods where the people of the city really live, the streets are lined with those so characteristic little houses called "échoppes".
More fish bar than chic seafood restaurant, Le Petit Commerce is a no frills restaurant with its own shellfish bar, serving some of the best seafood in Bordeaux. At the heart of the Arcachon, a French region famed for its oysters and mussels, this is a real local’s address situated just around the corner from the historic Place du Parlement. Sit at one of the rickety tables covered in chequered tablecloths and order brine-fresh oysters, Basque-style seafood stew, mussels served in a rich garlicky sauce and other seafood delights that are chalked up on a board each day.
Bordeaux, a low-lying city based mainly on the left bank of the Garonne river, is hard to take in at a single glance. Yet there are few places which offer a wide-ranging view of Bordeaux. Here's mine.