20 Unmissable Attractions in Bordeaux

The Miroir dEau/
The Miroir d'Eau/ | © Oliwan for Wiki Commons
Jennifer Migan

Welcome to Bordeaux! A city with such an amazing quality of life, so many places to visit and lots of hidden gems to discover; you’re sure have a wonderful time. Get your camera ready, here are the 20 attractions you should definitively visit during your trip in Bordeaux.

1. Place de la Bourse

1. Place de la Bourse

By far the most beautiful square in Bordeaux, the Place de la Bourse’s beauty will blow your mind away with its astonishing fountain. Facing the Miroir d’Eau, it will also take you to some of the most praised places by the locals and visitors to go for dinner.

Place de la Bourse beautifully lit at night/ Calabri for Wiki Commons

2. Miroir d'Eau

2. Miroir dEau

The Miroir d’Eau is a water mirror reflecting the Place de la Bourse and Bordeaux’s most photographed attraction. Locals and tourists like to walk through it in the summer.

People walking through the Miroir d’Eau/ Blaue Max for Wiki Commons

3. Sainte Catherine Street

3. Sainte Catherine Street

Strolling through Sainte Catherine Street is an absolute must while you are in Bordeaux. Stretching just over a kilometer, it is the longest shopping street in Europe.

Sainte Catherine Street, Bordeaux’s busiest street/ Ardfern for Wiki Commons

4. Place des Quinconces

4. Place des Quinconces

France’s biggest square, the Place des Quinconcesis another central point of the town. You will be amazed by the impressive Monument aux Girondins and the gorgeous fountain running through the monument. Spectacular!

The Monument des Girondins on Places des Quinconces/ © Jennifer Migan

5. Opéra National de Bordeaux-Grand Théâtre

Hotel

5. Opéra National de Bordeaux-Grand Théâtre

This majestic building, built in 1780, welcomes dance recitals, lyrique operas and some of the biggest cultural events in town.

Opéra National de Bordeaux-Grand Théâtre/ Marc Ryckaert for Wiki Commons

6. Grosse Cloche (The Big Bell)

In the heart of the city, the Grosse Cloche is the last remain of the bells that used to give the city’s tempo.

La Grosse Cloche/ Patrick Despoix for Wiki Commons

7. Porte Cailhau

Architectural Landmark, Historical Landmark

7. Porte Cailhau
The Porte Cailhau is one of the city’s gates and commemorates King Charles VII’s victory over the Italians at Fornoue. This defensive gate from the Middle Ages offers a sublime panorama of the docks.

8. Saint André Cathedral

Cathedral, Church

Saint André cathedral
Marie Thérèse Hébert & Jean Robert Thibault for Flickr
Located on Place Pey Berland, the Saint André Cathedral is Bordeaux’s biggest religious edifice. Since 1998, it was recognized as a UNESCO’s Monument Historique.

9. Place and Tour Pey Berland

Cathedral

This gothic-style steeple was built a few meters away from Saint André Cathedral, because architects were afraid that the cathedral’s structure could not support it. You will enjoy the panoramic view from the top of the belfry.

Tour Pey Berland/ Lisa 7503 for Wiki Commons

10. Saint-Michel Basilica

Market

10. Saint-Michel Basilica

This flamboyant gothic church is located in Saint Michel, probably one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in town. Don’t hesitate to walk though the area, wander in the Saint Michel’s market or the Marché des Capucins.

Saint Michel Basilic/ Jean-Christophe Benoist for Wiki Commons

11. Pont de Pierre

Bridge

11. Pont de Pierre

The Pont de Pierre represents an essential part of the city because it connects the left bank of Bordeaux with the right bank side of the Garonne river and the La Bastide neighborhood. Walking across the bridge or looking at the tram smoothly going from one side to another is a pure moment of bliss.

Pont de Pierre/ © Jennifer Migan

12. Place de la Victoire

12. Place de la Victoire

Place de la Victoire is definitively of one of Bordeaux’s most public places. Built on a former fair, this square is a central spot of the city’s vibrant nightlife with a lot of bars and restaurants.

Panoramic view of Place de la Victoire/ Grand Parc for Wiki Commons

13. Jardin Public

Park

13. Jardin Public

Imagine yourself taking a break in an enchanted garden in the middle of the day? Make this dream a reality by visiting Bordeaux’s Jardin Public, a mesmerizing green space right in the city centre.

Jardin public/ Dave M93 for Wiki Commons

14. La Cité du Vin

Wine Seller, European

Welcome to La Cité du Vin | © Jennifer Migan
© Jennifer Migan
La Cité du Vin is a unique venue in the Baccalan neighborhood – devoted to wine tastings and cultural events around wine.

15. Palais Gallien

15. Palais Gallien

Slightly apart from the city center, come to admire the ruins of the Palais Gallien; a former amphitheater under the Roman Empire era, when Bordeaux was called Burdigala.

Palais Gallien/ © Jennifer Migan

16. Palais Rohan

16. Palais Rohan

A few steps away from Saint André Cathedral, the Palais Rohan is a palace built in 1771 in the honor of Bordeaux’s archbishop, Fernand Maximilien Mériadec de Rohan. Since 1835, it’s hosted Bordeaux’s mayor and city hall offices.

Palais Rohan/ © Jennifer Migan

17. Quai des Marques

17. Quai des Marques

You will love walking along the quais while doing some shopping. The Quai des Marques is a selection of refined brands where you can buy high-quality products and souvenirs during your stay in Bordeaux.

Quai des Marques/ © Jennifer Migan

18. Jacques Chaban Delmas Bridge

Bridge

Jacques Chaban Delmas Bridge
© Jennifer Migan
Finished in 2013, the Jacques Chaban Delmas Bridge is a drawbridge that will certainly surprise you for its astonishing architecture. It is ideal for a romantic walk at night and to enjoy the outstanding view over the Garonne river.

19. Place du Parlement

19. Place du Parlement

Bordeaux’s food epicenter, the Place du Parlement’s numerous excellent restaurants will delight foodies from all over the world.

Place du Parlement/ Langladure for Wiki Commons

20. Musée d'Aquitaine

Cathedral

20. Musée dAquitaine

If you would like to learn more about Bordeaux’s history, make sure to stop by the Musée d’Aquitaine – close to touristic attractions such as the Saint André Cathedral and the Palais Rohan.

The Grotte de Lascaux at the Musée d’Aquitaine/ Pline for Wiki Commons

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