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The neighborhood of La Bastide is a quarter of Bordeaux that is disconnected from the city by the winding river Garonne. The quarter possesses a unique character of its own, maintaining independence from the city center. We list the top 10 restaurants that make the walk across the river worth it.
Crowds are drawn to this restaurant not only for its menu, but for its unconventional location and innovative design. The restaurant perches on stilts on the river Garonne and offers customers staggering panoramic views of Bordeaux and the river. Book a spot on the balcony and marvel at the sunset upon Bordeaux, and enjoy watching the city coming to life at night.
Address and telephone number: 33 Quais de Queyries, +33 5 57 54 02 50
At the heart of La Bastide and a stone’s throw from the banks of the Garonne lies this quaint French brasserie. Despite the classically French exterior, the interior has been given a modern revamp, with contemporary décor and stylish slate grey tones. The menu features a host of French classics, all presented with the highest attention to detail and created with the freshest of produce for robust, explosive flavors. Customers can choose to dine al fresco, either in the attractive patio garden or on the pavement terrace.
Address and telephone number: 69-71 Allée de Serr, +33 5 56 85 83 31
Situated just off the main square in La Bastide, L’Italia is a cosy, small-scale Italian restaurant, complete with an impressive pizza oven. The pizza dough is lovingly created, ensuring perfect pizza bases with a chewy texture and those desired charcoal flecks. The décor is simple but stylish, with vivid reds and bold greens in keeping with the rustic Italian theme.
Address and telephone number: 12 Avenue Thiers, +33 5 57 54 70 61
Situated on the banks of the Garonne, this restaurant offers spectacular views of the Garonne and Bordeaux. Guests can enjoy fine dining from the balcony on the second floor, overlooking the hustle and bustle of the streets of La Bastide. There is an extensive drinks menu, with spirits, wines and champagnes on offer.
Address and telephone number: 7 Quai des Queyries, +33 5 56 67 49 90
This restaurant is conveniently positioned in La Bastide’s main square and should be tried by those seeking a departure from typical French cuisine. This restaurant offers traditional Japanese cooking and has maintained its reputation as a top spot for Japanese sushi in Bordeaux for some 12 years. The food is artistically and neatly presented, inspired by healthy eating and fresh, crisp ingredients.
Address and telephone number: 3 Place Stalingrad, +33 5 56 32 28 44
Dining out at the Café du Port is a memorable experience, not only due to the appetizing menu but for the mesmerizing view from the terrace. The view overlooks the river that dissects the city and separates La Bastide from central Bordeaux. The windows face the old stone bridge, for a view that is particularly alluring in the evening when the bridge is lit up, white lights illuminating its arches and reflecting on the water.
Address and telephone number: 1 Quai Deschamps, +33 5 56 77 81 18
This quaint, family-run restaurant is another setting where customers can look out across the river towards the renovated facades of the grand buildings of Bordeaux. The menu offers seasonal gourmet cuisine, with a daily restock of the kitchen of only the freshest ingredients. The family takes advantage of Bordeaux’s location near the sea, and also of its rich agricultural surroundings, both of which feature on its menu of the freshest of seafood and locally sourced farm produce.
Address and telephone number: 75 Quai Queyries, +33 5 57 80 33 33
The prime function of Le Caillou is a music venue for jazz gigs. However, it also doubles up as a charming little bistro. Located in the heart of La Bastide’s botanical gardens, the venue’s unconventional exterior is designed to be unobtrusive among its leafy surroundings, having been designed to resemble a giant grey pebble. The artistically designed interior boasts beautifully curved walls and images of jazz greats splashed onto the walls.
Address and telephone number: Esplanade Linne, Jardin Boutanique, +33 6 85 99 32 42
La Mona is a fantastic pizzeria located in the heart of La Bastide. The menu offers hearty pastas and other classic Italian dishes, but its strength is its array of delicious thin crust pizzas. The pizzas are cooked in a typical Italian wood fired pizza oven, which serves as the heart of the restaurant. The restaurant offers authentic Italian flavors and friendly service all for extraordinarily affordable prices.
Address and telephone number: 1 Rue Sainte Marie, +33 5 57 54 02 19