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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
By the Garonne and near the Bay of Arcachon, Bordeaux has various culinary specialities when it comes to fish and shellfish. Here's a quick overview of the dishes which all Bordeaux residents love.
For Darricau, the master chocolatier, tradition and imagination come together. Maison Darricau's specialties include delectable surprises but also benefit from the establishment's long history by going back to basics that enchant children and awaken long-forgotten memories among older generations. Some sixty varieties are available, but some of his creations are particularly refined, such as the “pétillant,” a praline that's full of surprises.
The semi-sweet chocolates in their glass jars play on a variety of flavors with dried fruits, each one more delicious than the next. I must admit I can rarely resist these temptations right at my fingertips.
The very cosmopolitan and popular Saint-Michel area has sometimes suffered from a somewhat sulphurous reputation. Its dark, narrow streets have contributed to its legend. But its flea market has always attracted Bordeaux residents in search of a good deal. Those who look up from the stalls or explore the surrounding streets can admire beautiful old buildings, although they are not all perfectly maintained.