Visit Bordeaux: Top 33 Things To Do and Must-See Attractions


Things to do in Bordeaux: The 33 Best Places to Visit and Highlights

You’re planning to visit Bordeaux during your next trip to France and you’re looking for the best things to do?

You’re at the right place!

Known for its world-class wines and stunning architecture, Bordeaux is a city that will undoubtedly captivate you.

In order to help you plan your stay, I have prepared this guide of the 33 best things to do in Bordeaux, with all the must-see attractions and points of interest.

And at the end of the article, you will also find itineraries to visit Bordeaux in 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days (or more!) as well as my suggestions of the best hotels depending on your budget.

So, what are the best places to visit in Bordeaux? Where to stay?

Let’s find out!


Voyage Tips - Advice

If you’re visiting Bordeaux, you should purchase the Bordeaux City Pass.

It’s the best way to save time and money!

The Bordeaux Pass is valid for 48 or 72 hours, and gives you access to Bordeaux’s best tourist attractions. It includes:

  • The Cité du Vin entrance (before noon)
  • The Bassins de lumières (“pools of lights”) entrance
  • Free entry to 15 museums and monuments
  • A Guided tour of your choice: the tourist train, the open-top bus, or the guided walking tour
  • Public transportation pass, granting you unlimited access to tram, bus, and river shuttle.

To buy your Bordeaux Pass, simply click on the green button below:

1.Visit the Cité du Vin

The Cité du Vin is a must-visit for every wine lover exploring Bordeaux and the best way to start your city tour.

This modern building, shaped like a wine decanter, is a unique cultural facility where wine comes to life through an immersive, sensorial approach, all set within an evocative architectural design.

Discover the history of wine, explore different wine cultures from around the world, and finish your visit with a tasting session at the Belvedere, offering a 360-degree view of Bordeaux.

The Cité du Vin is open every day, and you should allow at least 3 hours for your visit.

As the Cité du Vin is the most touristy Bordeaux attraction, you really need to book your tickets in advance by clicking here:

Voyage Tips - Advice

If you’re a wine lover and would like to visit one (or more!) wineries near Bordeaux, you’ll find all the wineries offering wine tours and tastings on Rue des vignerons website.

It’s the easiest way to book your wine tours!

PS: some tours are even free of charge, so make the most of it! 😎

Cité du Vin Bordeaux
Cité du Vin Bordeaux

2. Place de la Bourse and the Miroir d’eau

The Place de la Bourse, with its stunning 18th-century architecture, is an iconic sight in Bordeaux. But what makes it even more impressive is the Miroir d’eau (Water Mirror) located just across the street.

This vast granite slab covered in water reflects the beautiful Place de la Bourse, creating a truly magical effect. Whether you walk through the mist or simply enjoy the reflection, this is a spectacle you shouldn’t miss when visiting Bordeaux.

And if you have decided to visit Bordeaux with children, they won’t be able to resist getting a little wet walking on it!

Voyage Tips - Advice

Where to park in Bordeaux?

Located underground, the Place de la Bourse parking lot is a secure place to park your car.

It’s not only close to the Place de la Bourse and the Miroir d’eau, but it’s also within walking distance of most other must-see attractions in Bordeaux. This makes it a perfect starting point for your day of exploration.

Place de la Bourse Miroir d'eau Bordeaux
Place de la Bourse Miroir d’eau Bordeaux

3. Climb the Pey-Berland Tower

For an unparalleled view of Bordeaux, you should go to the Pey-Berland Tower.

This free-standing bell tower adjacent to the Bordeaux Cathedral and built in the 15th century gives you an opportunity to see the city from a unique perspective at 50 metres high.

After climbing the 231 steps, you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view of Bordeaux’s skyline. It’s an ideal spot for photography enthusiasts or if you simply want to appreciate the city’s beauty from above.

Entrance to Pey-Berland Tower is included in the Bordeaux pass.

Pey Berland Bordeaux
Pey Berland Bordeaux

4. Bordeaux Submarine Base – Bassins des Lumières

Your Bordeaux itinerary should include a visit to the Bordeaux Submarine Base, home to the Bassins des Lumières.

This vast submarine bunker from World War II now houses a digital art center where you can witness immersive light and sound exhibitions.

These dynamic displays project artwork onto the enormous concrete walls, creating an impressive spectacle that you must see for yourself.

During my visit, I was able to attend 2 exhibitions: one dedicated to Dali and the other to Gaudi. It takes about 1 hour to watch the 2 projections. This is one of the best things to see in Bordeaux!

Voyage Tips - Advice

Don’t forget to book your ticket for the Bassins des Lumières in advance, especially during peak tourist season. You just have to click here:


If you have the Bordeaux Pass, no need to get another ticket, the entrance is included.

Bassins de lumières Base sous marine de bordeaux
Bassins de lumières – Base sous marine de bordeaux

5. The Cailhau Gate

When you stroll around Bordeaux, make sure to pass by Cailhau Gate. This historic gate, once part of the city’s medieval walls, offers an insight into Bordeaux’s rich past.

You can climb to the top of the gate for a fantastic view of the Garonne River and the Pont de Pierre. It’s a great spot to capture some memorable photos of your Bordeaux visit.

The Cailhau Gate is free to visit with the Bordeaux City Pass (or 5€ if you don’t have it) and offers an excellent opportunity to learn about Bordeaux’s history while enjoying stunning views.

Voyage Tips - Advice

You’re going to Bordeaux?

You probably know it: the hardest part of planning your trip is to find an hotel offering a good value for money!

The closer you get to your travel dates, the harder it will be to get a good deal. Lots of people will be visiting Bordeaux on the same dates as you, so you can be sure that the best deals are booked extremely quickly!

Hopefully, there is a pretty simple solution to this problem: do like me and book your hotel as early as possible!

So, my best advice is to take 5 minutes (now) to have a look at the list of travelers’ favorite hotels in Bordeaux.

And if you see a good offer, book it!

Most hotels offer free cancellation, so it’s quick, easy, and you will avoid the the inconvenience of finding nothing but mediocre rooms at exorbitant prices.

To check the current best deals for your hotel in Bordeaux, simply click on the green button below 😎:

Once you’ve booked your hotel, it will be time to continue reading this guide and find out more about the best things to do in Bordeaux!


porte cailhau gate bordeaux
Porte cailhau bordeaux

6. River Cruise on the Garonne

For a relaxing break from sightseeing, you should consider a river cruise on the Garonne.

The river winds through the heart of Bordeaux, offering you a different perspective of the city’s landmarks. You can enjoy the views of the historic riverside architecture, including the Place de la Bourse and the Saint-André Cathedral, from the comfort of a boat.

There are different types of cruises available but there are two that I particularly recommend:

  • The classic 1h30 cruise

You will have a guide on board who will tell you more about the history of Bordeaux and the buildings you see.
The cruise also includes a glass of wine and a cannelé (the famous Bordeaux pastry I’ll tell you about later!).

To book your cruise on the Garonne, you need to click here:

  • The yacht cruise with brunch included

You will enjoy a delicious home-made sweet and salty buffet while admiring the beautiful view.

It takes place only on Sundays.

You need to book your yacht cruise by clicking on the button below:

croisière Bordeaux Garonne
River cruise bordeaux

7. Visit the Palais Rohan, the City Hall of Bordeaux

The Palais Rohan (not to be mistaken with the Palais Rohan of Strasbourg!), also known as the City Hall of Bordeaux, is a must-see.

This magnificent 18th-century palace is an architectural gem that tells tales of Bordeaux’s rich history. You can explore its grand halls and admire the stunning interior design.

You can only visit the Rohan Palace on a guided tour. They take place 2 days a week and are in French only.

You can get more information and book your tour at Bordeaux tourist office.

Voyage Tips - Advice

To visit the historic centre of Bordeaux and learn more about the city’s history, you should book a guided tour.

Here are the best ones:

If you have purchased the Bordeaux City Pass (by clicking here), a guided tour is already included!

Palais Rohan Bordeaux
Palais Rohan Bordeaux

8. Shop at Rue Sainte-Catherine

For shopaholics, the Rue Sainte-Catherine is a paradise.

The longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe offers a wide range of shops and boutiques. From high-end brands to quirky local shops, you’ll find it all here!

Rue Sainte Catherine Bordeaux
Rue Sainte Catherine Bordeaux

9. The Grosse Cloche

As you explore Bordeaux, you should also visit the Grosse Cloche.

This historic belfry, known for its large bell, is one of the oldest in France. The Grosse Cloche is a symbol of Bordeaux and offers an insight into the city’s medieval past.

To make the most out of your visit, climb up the tower to enjoy a panoramic view of Bordeaux: an excellent opportunity for photography enthusiasts.

Like the Palais Rohan, the visit to the Grosse Cloche is guided only and must be booked in advance at the tourist office. Visits take place only 2 days a week.

Grosse Cloche Bordeaux
Grosse Cloche Bordeaux

10. Explore the Basilica of Saint Michael

During your stay in Bordeaux, you should visit the Basilica of Saint Michael.

This stunning gothic church, with its impressive spire, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can admire the intricate stained glass windows and fascinating sculptures.

Don’t miss the opportunity to climb the bell tower for a breathtaking view of Bordeaux’s cityscape.

Also, if that’s your thing, try to attend a service for a truly immersive experience.

Baslique saint Michel de Bordeaux
Baslilica Saint Michael Bordeaux

11. The Best Wine Tasting Experiences in Bordeaux

A trip to Bordeaux wouldn’t be complete without a wine tasting experience.

Bordeaux is world-renowned for its exceptional wines. You can visit one of the many wine bars or wineries in the city to sample different varieties and learn more about winemaking.

And if you prefer to opt for a guided visit with a local guide, here are the 3 best wine tours in Bordeaux (Simply click on the orange links for more info and to book):

Voyage Tips - Advice

There are several wine tours available that can guide you through this experience. They include visits to vineyards and cellars, followed by a tasting session. It’s a must-do for all wine lovers.

You can find them all on this page (click here), and I tell you more about these visits in the Best things to do around Bordeaux section (further down in the article).

Food and wine tour in Bordeaux
Food and wine tour in Bordeaux

12. Jardin Public

For a moment of tranquility in the bustling city, head over to Jardin Public, a beautiful public park in the heart of Bordeaux.

There, you will find a large pond, wide lawns, beautiful statues, and even Bordeaux natural history museum.

While visiting Bordeaux, you should definitely take some time to relax in this serene environment, read a book, or just enjoy the surroundings. Kids will also love the playground and the carousel.

Jardin public Bordeaux
Jardin public Bordeaux

13. Grand Bordeaux Cathedral

Another must-see Bordeaux attraction is the Grand Bordeaux Cathedral or Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux.

It’s one of the city’s most iconic landmarks and an important religious site.

From the outside, the cathedral impresses with its Gothic architecture and sheer size. Inside, you can admire the beautiful stained glass windows and the intricately carved details.

Entrance to the Cathedral is free.

Cathédrale Saint André de Bordeaux
Cathédrale Saint André de Bordeaux

14. Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux

Whether you’re a fan of opera, ballet, or classical music, a visit to the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux should be on your list of things to do in Bordeaux.

This 18th-century theatre is not only an important cultural venue, but it’s also a beautiful architectural gem. Its neoclassical façade is decorated with 12 Corinthian columns and statues of the nine muses and three goddesses.

Check the theatre’s program in advance and consider booking tickets for a performance. It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience the local culture and see the beautiful auditorium from the inside.

Booking for an opera or any other show needs to be done on the official website.

Even if you’re not planning to see a show, you can still admire the building’s exterior.

Grand theatre Bordeaux
Grand theatre Bordeaux

15. Place des Quinconces and the Monument aux Girondins

The Place des Quinconces is one of the largest city squares in Europe.

Located in the heart of the city, it’s a great spot to start exploring the surrounding areas!

The square is home to the Monument aux Girondins, a grand fountain and column erected in memory of the Girondins who were part of the French Revolution. The monument’s bronze statues and cascading fountains make it a popular spot for photos.

Voyage Tips - Advice

Make sure to visit the square during the day and also at night. The monument is beautifully lit up after dark, offering a different perspective.

Places des Quinconces monument girondins Bordeaux
Places des Quinconces – Monument aux girondins – Bordeaux

16. Château Pape Clément – Wine Estate

During your trip to Bordeaux, you really need to visit to a local vineyard.

One of the best is the Château Pape Clément, in Pessac, just outside of Bordeaux.

Here, you can wander through the vineyards, tour the cellars, and of course, taste some of the estate’s finest wines. As one of the oldest wine estates in Bordeaux, it offers a unique insight into the region’s wine-making history and tradition.

It’s an experience you shouldn’t miss in Bordeaux!

You need to book your wine tasting tour in Château Pape Clément by clicking on the button below:

For an original activity to do in Bordeaux, Château Pape Clément even offers a workshop where you can create your own wine. Few wineries offer it, so take advantage of it during your stay in Bordeaux and book by clicking here!

If you don’t have a car and don’t want to opt for an organized day trip, Chateau Pape Clément is one of the best wineries to visit in Bordeaux as it’s easily accessible by public transport.

Chateau Pape Clément Bordeaux
Chateau Pape Clément Bordeaux

17. Experience the Local Cuisine at Marché des Capucins

For a real taste of Bordeaux, make your way to the Marché des Capucins.

This vibrant market is where locals come to buy fresh produce, cheese, meat, and seafood. It’s also a great place to sample some local delicacies.

Here, you can try Bordeaux’s famous oysters, cheese, and of course, wine. There are also several cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a meal.

Marché des Capucins Bordeaux

18. Bordeaux’s Famous Canelés

In the midst of all the sightseeing, you need to make time to try Bordeaux’s famous canelés.

These small, sweet pastries are a local favorite and a must-try for any foodie visiting Bordeaux.

They are made with egg custard, vanilla and rhum and baked until the outside is caramelized, while the inside remains soft. It’s a delightful contrast of textures and tastes that you’ll want to experience again and again!

Baillardran is particularly renowned for their canelés but given the price (3.10€ per cannelé), I recommend that you buy them at La Toque Cuivrée. A cannelé costs only 70 cents and they are just as good!

Canelés Bordeaux
Canelés Bordeaux

19. The Musée du Vin et du Négoce (Wine and Trade Museum)

If you’re keen to learn more about Bordeaux’s wine history, then you should visit the Musée du Vin et du Négoce.

This museum provides an in-depth look at the wine trade that has shaped Bordeaux for centuries.

You’ll learn about the various stages of wine production, from grape harvesting to bottling, and the museum also explores the trading and shipping of Bordeaux wines around the world.

And of course, a visit wouldn’t be complete without a wine tasting session at the end of your tour.

You need to book your tickets in advance here:

If you have the Bordeaux City Pass, entry to the museum is free.

20. Explore Les Chartrons District

Les Chartrons district is a charming and trendy part of Bordeaux that’s worth exploring.

It’s known for its antique shops, boutiques, and wine merchants, making it a great place to spend a leisurely afternoon.

The district is also home to the CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art and the Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum, offering plenty of cultural attractions for you to enjoy. And when you’re ready for a break, you can stop at one of the many cafes or restaurants for a bite to eat or a glass of Bordeaux’s finest wine.

Voyage Tips - Advice

Don’t miss the Rue Notre Dame, a vibrant street lined with shops and eateries. It’s the perfect place for a relaxed stroll.

21. Dive into Bordeaux’s History at the Musee d’Aquitaine

To truly understand the history of Bordeaux, you should visit the Musee d’Aquitaine.

This museum houses a collection of artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of Bordeaux and the Aquitaine region from prehistoric times to the modern day.

From ancient Roman statues to exhibits about the Atlantic slave trade, this museum provides a comprehensive exploration of the region’s past.

As all the museum to see in Bordeaux, entrance to the Musée d’Aquitaine is included with the Bordeaux pass.

Musée d'Aquitaine Bordeaux
Musée d’Aquitaine Bordeaux

22. Bordeaux Botanical Garden

For a breath of fresh air, you can head to Bordeaux Botanical Garden.

This beautiful green space is home to a wide variety of plant species from around the world, including some that are rare and endangered.

The garden is divided into different sections, each showcasing plants from a particular region or environment.

From the Mediterranean garden to the Asian garden, each area offers a unique and peaceful setting for a leisurely stroll.

Entrance to Bordeaux Botanical garden costs 5€.

Jardin botanique de Bordeaux fleur de lotus
Bordeaux botanical garden

23. The Sea and Marine Museum

If you’re a fan of all things nautical, you should visit the Sea and Marine Museum.

Located in Bacalan district, this museum offers a fascinating journey through the history of maritime exploration.

The museum’s collection includes everything from ancient maps and navigational instruments to models of famous ships. It’s a must-visit for anyone interested in seafaring history and the role it has played in shaping our world.

Free with the Bordeaux Pass.

Sea and Marine Museum Bordeaux
Sea and Marine Museum Bordeaux

24. 6 Other Museums in Bordeaux

In Bordeaux, in addition to the Cité du Vin and the Sea and Marine museum, there are many other great museums to explore.

Here are my favourites:

  • Musée des Beaux-Arts: Home to a vast collection of artworks from the Renaissance to the present day.
  • CAPC Contemporary Art Museum: Showcases international contemporary art in a converted warehouse.
  • National Customs Museum: Explores the history of customs and traditions in France.
  • Museum of Maritime History: Focuses on the rich maritime history of Bordeaux and the Aquitaine region.
  • Cap Sciences: A great place for kids, with interactive exhibits about science and technology.
  • MECA: A hub for creative arts, housing performing arts companies, artist studios, and exhibition spaces.
Voyage Tips - Advice

If you’re planning to visit multiple museums, you should get the Bordeaux City Pass. As I said earlier, it offers free access to several museums and other attractions, as well as public transportation.

It’s really super convenient!

Cap Sciences Bordeaux
Cap Sciences Bordeaux

25. Visit the Moon Harbour Distillery

If you’re interested in spirits, you should really visit Moon Harbour Distillery.

Located right in the city, this distillery produces whisky using traditional methods and locally sourced ingredients.

During the guided tour, you’ll learn about the distilling process, see the ageing cellars, and, of course, have the opportunity to taste their products.

Moon Harbour whisky
Moon Harbour whisky

26. Explore The Darwin Ecosystem

The Darwin Ecosystem is a unique space in Bordeaux that you should absolutely explore.

Old military barracks have been turned into an innovative hub for sustainable development. Here, you’ll find art installations, organic food markets, and even a skate park.

It’s a trendy place, where there’s always something interesting going on.

You should check the events calendar on the official website before you go. You might be able to catch a concert, art exhibition, or farmers market during your visit to Bordeaux!

Darwin Ecosystem Bordeaux
Darwin Ecosystem Bordeaux

Best Things to Do Around Bordeaux

Bordeaux’s location in the heart of the Aquitaine region makes it an excellent base for exploring the surrounding areas.

So, what are the best places to visit around Bordeaux?

Here is my selection of the best day trips!

27. Visiting the Medoc Wine Region

For wine lovers, a trip to Bordeaux would be incomplete without a visit to the Medoc Wine Region.

Here, you’ll find some of the most prestigious wineries in the world.

A day trip can include visits to several chateaux. If you have a car, I particularly recommend you to visit:

  • Château du Taillan: This family winery run by 5 sisters offers tours of its very old cellars and tastings of its award-winning wines. You can also take a walk in the large park offering a view over the vineyards.

You can choose between different types of visits.

Another advantage of the château is that you can reach it by public transport from Bordeaux.

To book your tasting visit to Château du Taillan, simply click on the button below:

  • Château Marquis de Terme: A traditional winery offering tours and tastings of its Margaux appellation wines. 

If you can, you should book the “Grands crus wine and chocolates” workshop. You will be able to combine different chocolates from all over the world with the wines of Château Marquis de Terme.

You need to choose your type of visit (all of them include of course a tasting of several wines) by clicking on the button below:

Chateau Marquis de Terme
Chateau Marquis de Terme
  • Château Lamothe Bergeron: Known for its elegant red wines, this chateau offers vineyard tours and tastings.

The visit is different from the ones you can do in other wine  estates, because it’s interactive. At each stage, you can watch animations or short films projected on the vats and in the cellars. Perfect if you have children!

You will also be able to taste the 2 grape varieties of the estate.

The château offers several types of tastings. I did the one where you can taste 3 wines with a different macaroon each time (and they were the best I’ve ever eaten!).

To book this tour or to see the other tours available, simply click here:

Voyage Tips - Advice

Good news for those who don’t have a car, you can book a day trip with transport included from Bordeaux to visit several estates in the Médoc.

It’s the hassle-free way to visit multiple wineries in a day, and you won’t have to worry about driving after wine tasting.

Here is my selection of the best day trips around Bordeaux (simply click on the links below to get more details and to book):

This is the most comprehensive organised tour to visit wine estate in one day! 

Chateau Lamothe Bergeron
Chateau Lamothe Bergeron

28. Saint-Emilion Vineyards

Going to the vineyards of Saint-Emilion is another fantastic day trip from Bordeaux.

This charming medieval town is not only known for its picturesque streets and ancient monolithic church, but also for its excellent wines.

You should consider visiting the following:

  • Château Bernateau: A family-owned winery since 11 generations that offers tours and tastings. Their organic wines are highly praised.

The tour is very detailed and you will even have the chance to see the vineyards. At the end, you can taste 3 red wines.

You need to book it here:

Chateau Bernateau
Chateau Bernateau
  • Couvent des Jacobins: This historic winery is located in a former convent.

You will discover the old concrete vats that are still in use and descend into the underground cellars where the bottles are stored. The place is really impressive.

There are several tours to choose from, but I recommend those that include a tuk tuk tour around the vineyards of Saint-Emilion. The scenery is very pretty and it also allows you to go around the village.

You will then return to the shop to taste the wines.

To visit the Couvent des Jacobins in Saint Emilion, simply click on the button below:

Don’t forget to wander around the town of Saint-Emilion as well. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the views from the top of the town are stunning.

To learn more about Saint Emilion, you should read my dedicated article: The 15 Best Things to Do in Saint Emilion.

Voyage Tips - Advice

As with the Medoc region, you can also visit several Saint Emilion estates with a day trip from Bordeaux. All the day trips include transport from your hotel in Bordeaux.

Here are the 2 best guided tours:

Couvent des Jacobins Saint Emilion
Couvent des Jacobins Saint Emilion

29. Explore the Bay of Arcachon

If you’re in the mood for a day at sea, you should head to the Bay of Arcachon.

It’s a lovely seaside resort where you can relax on the beach, sample fresh oysters, or go on a boat trip around the bay. There’s plenty to do here, so you won’t regret spending a day in the area!

Arcachon is located 1 hour drive from Bordeaux.

Bassin d'Arcachon

30. Visit the Dune of Pilat

Near the Bay of Arcachon, you’ll find the Dune of Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe.

Climbing to the top might be a bit of a workout, but the panoramic views of the bay and the Atlantic Ocean are worth it. It’s a unique natural attraction that you shouldn’t miss when visiting Bordeaux.

If you don’t have a car, you can visit the Dune de Pilat and Arcachon with a day trip from Bordeaux. You can find the detailed here:

Dune du Pilat
Dune of Pilat

Best Things to Do in Bordeaux with Kids

Bordeaux is a family-friendly city with plenty of attractions to keep the little ones entertained. Here are my favorites:

31. Spend a Day at the Zoo de Bordeaux Pessac

If you’re traveling with kids, you should spend a day at the Zoo de Bordeaux Pessac.

This well-maintained zoo is home to more than 100 species of animals from all around the world, including giraffes, lions, tigers, and monkeys.

The zoo also hosts daily shows and feeding sessions that kids really enjoy!

Panda roux zoo de Pessac
Zoo de Pessac

32. Bordeaux Science and Nature museum

For a family trip to Bordeaux, you should visit the Natural History museum, located right next to “Jardin Public”.

The museum exhibits nearly 3500 animal specimens in several exhibitions, each having their own theme, such as baby animals or food.

Entrance is free with the Bordeaux Pass. 

Muséum de Bordeaux sciences et nature
Natural history museum

33. Cap Science: Bordeaux Science Museum

Cap Science, Bordeaux Science Museum is another excellent place to visit for families.

The museum is packed with interactive displays and exhibits, making learning about science fun for all ages. Exhibits cover a wide range of topics from space exploration to environmental science, so there’s something to spark every child’s interest.

Voyage Tips - Advice

Remember that many museums in Bordeaux are closed on Mondays, so plan your visit accordingly.

Bordeaux’s Nightlife

Bordeaux is not just about historical landmarks and wine; the city also offers an exciting nightlife scene.

Whether you’re looking for a cozy wine bar or a lively club, Bordeaux has you covered.

  • Indulge in Bordeaux’s Vibrant Wine Bar Culture

Given that Bordeaux is one of the most famous wine regions in the world, it’s not surprising that the city is home to numerous wine bars.

At places like Le Wine Bar, Le Bar à vin and Tchin Tchin Wine Bar, you can sample a wide range of local wines, paired with delicious tapas.

  • Enjoy a Night of Music and Dance at One of Bordeaux’s Trendy Clubs

If you’re in the mood to dance, head to one of Bordeaux’s many clubs.

The list is long: Club l’entrepôt, Le Cercle, Pachanga Club Bordeaux, Parallel Club, L’Opale discothèque…

nightclub Bordeaux
nightclub Bordeaux

How Many Days in Bordeaux?

To visit Bordeaux, I recommend at least 2 days.

If you want to visit the surrounding area and explore the Médoc and/or Saint Emilion region, 3 to 5 days in perfect.

Don’t forget that with the Bordeaux City Pass, you can use free public transport, visit museums and many attractions in Bordeaux for free.

You need to buy it here:

1 day in Bordeaux

If you only have a day in Bordeaux, you should focus on the historic centre.

You can follow this itinirary:

  • Park you car in the parking “Place de la Bourse” so you can start by seeing one of the most beautiful square of Bordeaux. And don’t forget to cross the road to see the Miroir d’eau.
  • Head to the tourist office to grab your Bordeaux Pass (book it in advance here!)
  • Pass by the Place des Quinconces to see the impressive fountain of the Monument aux Girondins
  • Grand théâtre de Bordeaux
  • City Hall of Bordeaux
  • Grand Bordeaux Cathedral
  • Pey Berleand Tower
  • Sainte Catherine Street
  • Grosse Cloche
  • Museum of Aquitaine if you are interested in Bordeaux history
  • Basilica of Saint Michael
  • Walk along the quays of the Garonne to the Porte Cailhau
  • National custom museum.

2 days in Bordeaux

With an extra day, you have the opportunity to explore other Bordeaux attractions.

Here are the best things to do in Bordeaux in 2 days.

For day 1, follow the itinerary I mentioned above.

On the second day, you can:

  • Start your day early at the Cité du Vin, to learn about the region’s wine history.
  • Have lunch in the Halles de Bacalan located nearby
  • Visit the sea and marine museum
  • Discover the Bassins des Lumières and its impressive show

To end the afternoon, you will have several options:

3 days in Bordeaux

If you have 3 days in Bordeaux, you should take a day trip to one of the nearby wine regions like the Medoc Wine Region or Saint-Emilion vineyards.

Here are the best day trips (the same I talked about earlier, I am just putting the links here again for your convenience):


Saint Emilion

Médoc + Saint Emilion

This is the most comprehensive wine tour, allowing you to visit both Medoc Region + Saint Emilion in one day! 

Chateau du Taillan
Chateau du Taillan

4 days in Bordeaux

If you have 4 days in Bordeaux, you’ll be able to truly experience the city and its surroundings.

You can for example spend a day exploring the Bay of Arcachon and visiting the Dune of Pilat. 

If you don’t have a car, you need to book your day trip from Bordeaux here:

5 days in Bordeaux

If you are lucky enough to spend 5 days (or more!) in Bordeaux, you will have the time to enjoy the city a bit more or visit the surroundings more in depth.

For example, you can spend 1 full day in the Médoc région and another one in Saint Emilion.

You can find the complete list of activities and day trips available in Bordeaux here:

Where to stay in Bordeaux?

Bordeaux is a touristy city, and the best hotel deals don’t last long.

So if you know your travel dates, you should book your accomodation!

In order to help you out, here is my selection of the best hotels in Bordeaux, depending on your budget:

  • Central Hostel Bordeaux Centre: A youth hostel located 500 meters from the Place de la Bourse. Bed in dormitory from 35€, breakfast from 5.50€. Strong points: clean, good location,  the friendliness of the staff. This is the best choice for cheap accommodation in Bordeaux!
  • Hotel Life Bordeaux Gare: Hotel located near the train station and the Garonne River. Modern and cosy double room from 100€, breakfast from 14€. Strong points: the copious breakfast, the parking, the friendly staff.
  • Aparthotel Adagio Bordeaux Centre Gambetta: Located 10 minutes walk from the Rue Sainte Catherine. Studio or apartment with kitchen from 120€, breakfast from 15€. Strong points: geographical location, spacious apartments, warm welcome.
  • Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre: Located 2 minutes from the Grand Theatre. Modern and spacious double room from 190€, breakfast 16€. Strong points: location on the main street, comfortable beds, room size.
  • Yndo Hôtel: 5-star hotel located in a magnificent 19th century residence. The rooms are equipped with designer furniture in a refined style. From 270€, breakfast 34€. Strong points: the charm of the hotel, the tasteful decoration, the attentive staff. This is my recommendation for an upscale stay in Bordeaux!
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Bordeaux: Located next to the Cité du Vin. Spacious and well-decorated double room with large windows, from 285€, breakfast 20€. Strong points: the Staff, the rooftop and its view, the calm.
  • Le Palais Gallien Hôtel & Spa: This luxury hotel is located in the centre of Bordeaux and offers sumptuous and very comfortable rooms from 410€, breakfast from 28€. Strong points: the swimming pool, the Spa, the gastronomic restaurant, the attentions during the stay (bottle of wine, fruits). This is my recommendation for a luxury stay in Bordeaux!
Le Palais Gallien Hotel & Spa Bordeaux
Palais Gallien Hotel & Spa Bordeaux

Where to Eat in Bordeaux?

Bordeaux’s food scene is as diverse and rich as its wine culture. Here are a few good restaurants in Bordeaux where you can enjoy local dishes:

  • Le 428: for an excellent, original cuisine based on seasonal products.
  • Restaurant Temps à Nouveau Bordeaux: warm welcome, excellent wine list, great food and very pleasant surroundings. Everything you need to have a good time!
  • Les Drôles: Typical restaurant offering simple but very well cooked dishes. Everything is home-made.
  • La Tupina: Known for its traditional French cuisine, La Tupina is a must-visit for food lovers. Don’t forget to try their famous duck confit!

Now, you know all the best things to do in Bordeaux! If you need help to plan your stay, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section below.

Tourist map of Bordeaux

To help you plan your visits, I have made a tourist map of Bordeaux, with all the best places to visit, must see attractions and activities I talk about in this guide.

You can display the map legend by clicking on the top left button, the one with a small arrow.

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Best places to visit in Bordeaux
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