Bordeaux travel guide

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You're Going to Love Bordeaux

Bordeaux has perfected the balance between old and new, creating an enthralling mixture of beautifully restored historic buildings, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, and innovative modern architecture.

Either by luck or the design of the energetic city government, "La Belle Bordeaux" is a city where everything seems to come together. It's an economic powerhouse, selling wine and financial services far and wide. It's a lively student town, a cultural hub, and a UNESCO-protected historical site. In other words, quite a destination.

Prepare to be delighted. Whether you just fancy sampling some of the world's finest wine, need an injection of historical knowledge, or just want to experience French culture at its finest, Bordeaux is the ideal place to visit.

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When to Visit Bordeaux

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Bordeaux has the kind of cultural and architectural attractions that make it a year-round destination. Perhaps the best time to visit is between April and June, when the weather is mild and the vacationing crowds from other parts of France haven't materialized. If not, try October for a fall break, when room rates should drop considerably.

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Where to Stay in Bordeaux

Central Bordeaux has a wide range of wonderful hotels and guesthouses. The Hôtel Particulier on Rue Vital Carles is a great boutique option, with excellent service and beautiful furnishings. If you need to be at the heart of things, the Hôtel du Théâtre is near shopping and cultural attractions on the Rue de la Maison Daurade, while the InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand offers 5-star accommodation, a spa and wellness center, and a city center location.

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Shopping Streets

Bordeaux is a heavenly shopping destination, and not just for wine lovers. Head to the pedestrianized city center for the best shopping opportunities. The Rue Sainte-Catherine and the Rue Saint-James are lined with apparel boutiques, jewelers, and fragrance stores. Check out fashion boutiques like Petrusse and Wolford, and small perfumers like Parfumerie de l'Opéra for a range of classically French luxury goods.

Groceries and Other

If you need to stock up on groceries and other essentials, department stores like Galeries Lafayette are handy for clothes and accessories, while Auchan and Carrefour offer a huge selection of food and drink. Prices are fairly moderate, at EUR3.30 or so for a gallon of milk or EUR2.70 for 12 eggs.

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Where to Eat in Bordeaux

Eating out in Bordeaux is an incredible experience, if you pick well. Thankfully, there are hundreds of exceptional brasseries in town waiting to take your order. Belle Campagne in Saint-Pierre offers a fine seasonal menu, Le Flacon on Rue Cheverus is a fabulous gastro-wine bar, while Miles fuses French ingredients with a cosmopolitan portfolio of chefs. For true 5-star treatment, give Le Pressoir d'Argent at the Regent hotel a try - you won't be disappointed. Prices vary significantly, from around EUR10 for three course meals to upwards of EUR60 at the finest restaurants.