Top French Cities - Bordeaux at a glance

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City region: Aquitaine / Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Population & what they are called: 250,776 municipality inhabitants (2016 census), called Bordelais

Access from Paris:

  • by road: about 5 h 40 min (363 miles) via the A10 autoroute called L'Aquitaine

  • by train: about 2 hours by TGV from the Gare Montparnasse

  • by plane: about 1 h 15 min from Paris

Famous native daughters & sons:

  • François Mauriac, writer and Nobel laureate

  • Michel de Montaigne, philosopher and essayist

  • Jean-Jacques Sempé, cartoonist

Most distinctive and/or unique fact or trait (or little known fact):

  • Bordeaux is the most extensive urban environment in the world to be honored as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • 22 bottles of wine from Bordeaux are sold every second all over the world.

Notable sites:

  • Vieille ville – Old Bordeaux, its historic sites (the big bell tower, Place Pey-Berland, Opera House), elegant architecture and numerous wine bars

  • Cité du Vin – a unique immersive journey into the discovery of wine cultures (

  • Miroir d'eau – world's largest water mirror, located on the Place de la Bourse

Top annual events:

  • Bordeaux Fête le Vin – a large biennial four-day wine festival that celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018 (June 14 to 18) with the arrival of the Tall Ships Regatta (

  • Bordeaux S.O Good – a three-day festival of epicurean and gourmet food, 7,000 gourmet dishes cooked by a collective of chefs (

  • International Festival of Arts of Bordeaux Métropole – nicknamed the FAB, it's three weeks of “artistic effervescence” (

Most notable museums:

  • Musée des Beaux Arts – one of France's best painting galleries with artwork by masters from many eras – Rubens to Delacroix to Picasso (

  • Musée d'Aquitaine – archeological and history museum (

  • Bernard Magrez Institut Culturel – cultural institute with temporary exhibitions of modern art (

Culinary specialties:

  • oysters – straight from the sea at Arcachon

  • canelé – a rum- and vanilla-flavored pastry with a thick caramelized crust and soft custard center

  • entrecôte bordelaise – a quality cut of beef grilled over a wood fire

Local wines & spirits:

  • Bordeaux wine – famous reds and dry, sweet and even sparkling whites, well worth visiting at the wineries and learning about through a tasting class

  • Lillet – made near Bordeaux with wine and fruit liqueur as a great prelude to any meal


  • Rue Sainte-Catherine – the main shopping street in town, often acclaimed as the longest pedestrian street in Europe (0.75 miles long)

  • Marché des Capucins – Bordeaux’s principal market hall, one of the best and biggest cupboards in the southwest of France

  • wine marmalade – all the delicious taste without the alcohol

Most popular night spots:

  • La Plage – the largest open-air dance floor in a city in France

  • I.BOAT – a concert hall, club and restaurant on a boat moored in a tidal basin

  • Mama Shelter – a rooftop bar with amazing city views

Local population’s favorite activities (or hangouts):

  • Quays of the Garonne River – run, bike or stroll from the Jacques Chaban-Delmas Bridge to the Pont de pierre (Stone Bridge)

  • Marché des Chartrons – an outdoor Sunday market and perfect place for a glass of wine with oysters, or a canelé

  • Darwin Ecosystem – a green hub and alternative place dedicated to sustainable economic development and featuring an organic restaurant, urban farm, skate parks etc. (

Local industries:

  • wine – with the largest AOC vineyards of France, Bordeaux is one of the world's most important wine producers and exporters

  • laser and plasma technologies – the Bordeaux area has the most important concentration of optical and laser expertise in Europe

In Pop Culture:

  • The Mummy – a 2016 movie with Tom Cruise with a scene made in Mérignac, near Bordeaux

  • The Flower of Evil (La fleur du mal) – a 2003 movie by Claude Chabrol about a seemingly perfect bourgeois family in Bordeaux

  • Les Misérables – a Robert Hossein adaptation of the famous novel, released in 1982

Major 2018 developments:

  • Musée de la Mer et de la Marine (Maritime and Sea Museum) – set to open in June with an inaugural exhibition called “Monet and the Sea” featuring 40 works from the Impressionist master. May 24, 2018 update: the exhibition will take place, but the rest of the museum will be inaugurated early 2019


Marion Fourestier
Atout France-The France Tourism Development Agency
New York, 10022
United States