With its Haussmannian mazes, small squares with charming fountains, inspiring new restaurants, concept stores, art galleries with fine selections… Bordeaux has many good reasons to go there. Not forgetting its wine country, which is the envy of the world.
Intercontinental Bordeaux – Le Grand HôtelBOOK HERE
At the top of the list of the best addresses for a weekend in Bordeaux, the Grand Hôtel opposite the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, just a stone’s throw from the quays of the Garonne, is a haven of refinement in the city. The 19th century decor by Jacques Garcia transforms the rooms into cocoons cut off from the world – those with a terrace are to be preferred. Special mention should be made of the Michelin-starred restaurant run by chef Gordon Ramsay and the jacuzzi on the hotel’s rooftop.
Mama ShelterBOOK HERE
Located on the Place Saint-Christoly, in the historic centre of Bordeaux, the Mama Shelter is well worth a visit with its rooftop where you can dine, drink a Spritz and even have brunch. Designed by Philippe Starck (9 Confidentiel, Brach Paris), the hotel houses a restaurant where you can enjoy, among other things, coquillettes with ham, an ultra-regressive pleasure. As a starter, we recommend sharing the plate of hummus with Espelette pepper and its pita bread.
Sources de CaudaliebOOK HERE
Located 30 minutes by car from Bordeaux city centre, Les Sources de Caudalie is the perfect base camp for exploring the region. Especially when you know that this plush hotel, with its stainless steel charm, has just been completely renovated by the interior designer Delphine Sauvaget (who also designed the Monte Cristo in Paris). The new décor, which gives pride of place to warm colours (brown, sand, ochre) and natural materials (linen, stone, wood), remains faithful to the DNA of the place, duly refined over the years by the owners Alice and Jérôme Tourbier. A pair of epicureans (also at the helm of Les Sources de Cheverny), whose art of living is based on a certain pleasure of the table, well-being and discreet luxury in connection with nature. Lost in the middle of the vineyards, visitors can enjoy a lovely spa, with an indoor pool bathed in light, and treatments from the Caudalie range. But also the gastronomic table La Grand’Vigne of the chef Nicolas Masse, country walks which lead to the Château Smith Haut Lafitte where you can enjoy a tasting of good wines of the region… Nothing is left to chance.
The AlchemistCHECK THE INSTAGRAM
Founded by Arthur Audibert in 2014, L’Alchimiste is this uncluttered roasting workshop based in Bordeaux. Using beans from Ethiopia, Peru and Guatemala, the menu includes cappuccinos, oat milk lattes, affogatos, as well as French toast and chocolate buns.
Satnam ClubBOOK HERE
Within the walls of a large townhouse, Satnam Club was designed by Séverine Hermary. Dedicated to well-being, visitors can take yoga and pilates classes, as well as Iyashi dome sessions (Japanese infrared sauna), sound baths, deep tissue massages and kobido treatments. The plus? The healthy canteen and the shop with its well thought-out selection.
Led by the chef Fabien Beaufour, CENT33 is one of the must-visit restaurants in Bordeaux. The chef follows the rhythm of the seasons and is very creative. He uses a robota (a wood fire used by fishermen in the north of Japan) for his various preparations. The best part? The wine list which is full of local nuggets.
With its feet in the Garonne, Darwin is a small ecosystem in a class of its own, and it is difficult to sum up its scope in a few words. An iconoclastic place to live, its founders have succeeded in preserving its former barracks structure, with its dizzyingly high ceilings, and in developing a host of unifying spaces. A daring gamble when you consider that cities are increasingly designed by real estate tycoons who want to squeeze every possible use out of a living space. A creative and innovative breeding ground, we find an organic restaurant, a coffee shop, a professional skatepark, a high school, a sixth grade class, coworking spaces, a farm… fatally inviting us to rethink our way of living together.
Jane de BoydISCOVER THE SHOP
A well-known concept store for lovers of the genre, Jane de Boy has taken up residence in a large flat in the city centre. A fervent defender of a certain bohemian art of living, the place brings together beautiful Assouline books, Harpo necklaces, colourful Isabel Marant sandals, Meraki beauty products… There is something for everyone.