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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
Follow a writer who was greatly inspired by the places where he lived as you read his works. He set many of his novels in those places, making them a good way to get to know a city and a region. François Mauriac brilliantly evokes the Bordeaux of his youth.
The Vieillard factory was one of the most important companies in Bordeaux in the 19th century. The company employed many people at the time, and even though the factory closed in 1895, its legacy lives on through its large production of faience. This earthenware is still highly valued and sought after by the people of Bordeaux. Their attachment is sentimental, but also esthetic, as Vieillard produced both everyday pieces and very beautiful creations. This work can be seen in second-hand shops and at the musée des Arts décoratifs.
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.