5 Must-See Places to Explore Bordeaux

5 Must-See Places to Explore Bordeaux

Looking for a picturesque getaway? Bordeaux has got you covered! With fascinating museums and heritage and some tasty treats to devour, Bordeaux offers an unforgettable experience.

1. Musée d’Aquitaine

One of the largest regional history museums outside Paris, the Musée d’Aquitaine encompasses some 400,000 years. Highlights include a bas-relief of a pregnant woman dating from around 25,000 BC; gold treasure thought to be from the 1st or 2nd century BC; and the presumed tomb of Michel de Montaigne, the writer and philosopher, dating from 1593.

2. The Mollat bookshop

The biggest independent bookstore in France, Mollat has 16 different departments spread over some 2,700m² of floor space. Located in the former home of the philosopher and author Montesquieu, it all makes for an atmospheric setting. The store organises events and signings and even produces its own popular podcast.


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3. A Canelé spécialist

Aside from the world-famous wines, the star of the show in Bordeaux is undeniably the canelé. These cracking little cakes, flavoured with vanilla and rum, are crunchy on the outside with a melt-in-the-mouth middle. They can be found in most of the city’s pâtisseries, with La Toque Cuivrée, Baillardran and Cassonade among the best.


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4. The Jacques Chaban-Delmas bridge

The tallest lift bridge in Europe, the Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas is a sight to behold with its innovative drawbridge construction to allow cruise ships to pass underneath. Inaugurated in 2013, it measures 575m long and 77m high. Another new bridge, the Pont Simone-Veil, is due to open in 2024.


5. L’Entrepôt Saint-Germain

A total dreamland for fans of anything vintage, second-hand or antique, this extraordinary emporium is hidden away in a nondescript street near the station but it’s absolutely worth a visit. Filled to the rafters (quite literally) with everything from old French furniture to pinball machines and vinyl records, the vast warehouse is a veritable museum.

From France Today Magazine

Lead photo credit : © Marc Ryckaert (MJJR) - Wikimedia Commons

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A freelance writer and editor, Caroline Harrap has been based between Paris and the UK for several years, and now lives near Montmartre. As well as contributing to France Today, she has also written for French Entrée, The Guardian and Local Food Britain, among others.

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