I paid my grandparents a little visit in Bordeaux, back in February, when the sky was still grey and the air was still cold. I took my friend Jess with me to give her a little tour of this gorgeous city the French side of me is from: the Quais, place de la Bourse, Porte Cailhau, rue Sainte-Catherine, Jardin des Plantes, the Palais Gallien etc. It was so cold when we went, just looking at these photos, mostly shot on my Pentax K1000 and developed only very recently, make me shiver… Nonetheless, we had an amazing time exploring this historical city and its cute narrow 18th century streets. Here are my personal top things to do when in Bordeaux.
1. Head over to Mollat’s: BOOK. HEAVEN. I remember constantly asking my grandma to take me there when I was little, she’d treat me and buy me loads of books. It is still nowadays a favourite, except that they keep expanding the book shop, which only means there are more books to browse!
2. Eat cannelés, but not any cannelé: you have to go to Baillardran. Yes they are pricier, but they are the best and a Bordeaux specialty: with their unique shape, they are little caramelised towers, crunchy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside… Writing this makes my mouth water…
3. Wherever I go, I just like being by the water: it’s a delight to walk along the quais of the Garonne, just like the Seine, especially in the summer when the “miroir d’eau” that mirrors the magnificent 18th century place de la Bourse is there! You also have a fun market on Sunday where you can browse for local ingredients (wine of course, but also oysters, cheese etc) and enjoy them by the water sat at the chairs and tables set up by the market itself.
4. For an overview of the city, you want to go to the top of the Tour Pey Berland. Let me warn you though: it’s very high, and the only way to get to the top is by taking very wonky narrow stairs! How people can go up and down at the same time is still a mystery to me but the view at the top is worth the tears and sweat!
5. Pay a visit to the Musée d’Aquitaine to learn more about the rich history of my home region… Knowing that it is where the Lascaux caves were discovered, the history expands over a really long period of time, so there is lots to see!
Let me know in the comment section what are your favourite things to do in Bordeaux!