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Please note

The guide has been written at this very particular time – consequently the information we publish may change over the next few days and weeks. We’ve taken into account the announced closures of some venues, the cancellations of shows in some venues and will update our city guide as soon as the situation gets back to normal – which we hope will be as soon as possible!

  • The musts
  • For foodies
    Mama's favourite addresses
  • For partygoers
    Let's discover!
  • Culture & shopping
    Relax in the city
  • Little extras
    Off the beaten track
  • The most creative

    Garopapilles

    French, European - €€€-€€€€ - 650 m from Mama

    Since it opened in 2014, it has been the most popular restaurant in Bordeaux. The responsibility lies with the (very) talented Tanguy Laviale - who worked at Lasserre, Ledoyen and Le Carré des Feuillants before settling down here - half wine cellar, half signature restaurant.
    62 rue Abbé de l’Epée, 33000 Bordeaux - +33 (0)9 72 44 55 36

    A patio bathed in sunshine, a cozy and stylish room with Bauman chairs and sanded oak tables… Everything here is designed to get you to stop and take the time to enjoy Tanguy’s both sensitive and highly original cuisine that was justly rewarded with a Michelin star in 2018. We loved the Médoc oysters refreshed by coconut-mint; the velvety chestnut and black truffle soup, as well as the roasted scallops, crispy leeks with ginger, Colonata bacon and Thai basil. The wine list, giving pride of place to organic and natural wines, is of course right up to the mark with more than 500 wines from large houses and small producers.

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    The most historic

    Saint-Pierre district

    City district - 500 m from Mama

    Bordeaux's old town has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007, and no wonder... The area between the banks of the Garonne and the Chartreuse cemetery, the town hall and the grand theater is simply breathtakingly beautiful with all the cobbled squares, medieval houses and mansions that are witness Bordeaux's prosperity in the 17th and 18th centuries.

    To discover them, just wander through the narrow streets and in turn visit the impressive Saint-André Cathedral, built in the 11th century; the Quinconces esplanade, the largest in Europe with sculptures of two local natives, Montaigne and Montesquieu; and Place de la Bourse with its arches, arcades and view of the river where ships returning from the West Indies used to arrive, their holds filled with coffee, cotton and cocoa. A great spectacle!

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  • The most bucolic

    La Belle Saison

    French, European - €€-€€€ - 2.3 km from Mama

    No time for a seaside breakout? Take a trip on the right bank of the Garonne to discover La Belle Saison, a new restaurant with the feel of a cabin, a large wooden terrace and deckchairs, wild grasses and small tables, all set on the water's edge.
    75 quai des Queyries 33100 Bordeaux - +33 (0)5 57 80 33 33

    An ideal place to sip a cocktail while admiring the sunset that gilds the city’s pale golden stone, sample some tapas or even a few perfectly executed classics – squid Spanish style, grilled sea bream with fresh rosemary, veal blanquette revisited. And of course there are desserts to die for – a special shout out for the rice pudding and the lemon meringue tart!

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    The most panoramic

    Le 7

    French, European - €€-€€€ - 2.6 km from Mama

    Before visiting the city of wine, make sure to reserve a table in this restaurant on the rooftop of the building. What's special? A 360° view of the city, a superbly extensive wine list - 500 vintages from 50 countries and 25 Bordeaux icons - and the cuisine of Djordje Ercevic, who has worked with both Ducasse and Anne-Sophie Pic.
    5 Esplanade de Pontac, 33000 Bordeaux - +33 (0)5 64 31 05 40

    At the helm of Le 7 since its creation, this young Serbian-born chef uses his talent and imagination to bring out the best in the local and seasonal produce. The proof of the pudding can be found in his sea bream and Aquitaine caviar freshened with a citrus fruit ceviche, the ideally melt-in-the-mouth “Prince noir de Biscay” pork or the beef takaki accompanied by a hummus of chickpeas and a delicious (and surprising) David Hervé oyster tartar. Signature cuisine at very reasonable prices with a lunch menu at €25.

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    The most different

    Hutong

    Asian, Singaporean - €-€€ - 1.7 km from Mama

    A chic and still secret eating place where you can explore a menu inspired by Singaporean cuisine.
    137 rue du Tondu, 33000 Bordeaux - +33 (0)9 87 74 45 86

    Orchestrated by Jason and Stéphanie Ang, they authentically recreate the multiple influences of this little-known cuisine – Malaysian, Chinese, Indonesian, Indian… Everything – even the curry paste- is homemade and insiders flock to try a Laska noodle and coconut milk soup with Sambal pepper, exquisite caramelized eggplant, or the exceptional chicken rice with its poached chicken and rice flavored with ginger and pandan leaves. And for dessert, don’t pass up the sticky rice with coconut pearls!

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    The most addictive

    Racines

    French, Healthy - €€ - 700 m from Mama

    Let's just say that we fell in love with the cuisine of the Scottish chef Daniel Gallacher; completely self-taught, he had started studying physiotherapy before discovering his passion for cooking during a summer job in a Glasgow restaurant.
    59 Rue Georges Bonnac, 33000 Bordeaux - +33 (0)5 56 98 43 08

    He then trained with the greatest, including Ducasse and Gagnaire, before deciding, in 2015, to write his own score combining French influences with his Scottish roots. In his lair near the Mériadek center, Daniel Gallacher prepares generous, creative market-fresh cuisine – magret des Landes with swede, cuttlefish combined with radiccio, smoked ham and mushrooms, fillet of Angus beef with onions… All at exceptional value for money (lunch menu €19) which reflects the philosophy that infuses his place: stay accessible and share his passion with as many people as possible.

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  • The most family-orientated

    L’Avant Comptoir du Palais

    French, Gastronomic bistro - €€-€€€ - 650 m from Mama

    In the Camdeborde family, I call on the nephew... After eight years spent in Paris with his uncle Yves (the famous initiator of bistronomy), Julien enriches the Avant-Comptoir galaxy with this spot in Bordeaux that recaptures the spirit of the Parisian restaurants.
    2 place du Palais, 33000 Bordeaux - +33 (0)5 57 14 94 85

    There’s no table service here, just a joyful gourmet atmosphere with a long zinc counter and friendly long tables where you can sit to enjoy food that’s as savvy as it is generous. On the menu, around 70 tapas and some real finds, such as the tuna tartar with raspberries, and the herring and potato caviar with seaweed, and real dishes like the exceptional smoked Landes fattened duck. All this is obviously accompanied by the best vintages, a selection as discriminating as it is impressive with large glass wine cabinets housing more than a thousand bottles. The ideal place to go before a trip to the theater or the nearby cinema.

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    The most Utopia-like

    Darwin Eco-Système

    Special place - 2.5 km from Mama

    These former eco-renovated barracks are now the beating heart of the city, led by the passionate Philippe Barre who has created a unique space.
    87 rue des Queyries, 33000 Bordeaux - +33 (0)5 33 48 33 18

    Creative, lively, and ultra-inspiring. Here, you can finish off a project in the co-working space, drink a Darwin beer (a traditional beer produced by the Lalune brewers at Chantiers de la Garonne), enjoy fresh flexitarian cuisine at Magasin Général, browse through the huge Emmaüs bric-a-brac store, admire the street art, stock up on fruit and vegetables produced in the shared gardens or have fun in the skatepark. And that’s not all because Darwin regularly offers concerts, parties, screenings… A Berlin spirit that we adore!

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    The most secret

    Symbiose

    European, Gastronomic bistro - €€-€€€ -1.6 km from Mama

    Bordeaux locals meet up in this former Benedictine wine storehouse to taste Félix Clerc's cuisine. Less well known is the fact that it turns into an intimate and cozy speakeasy at 7 pm - pale stone, oak counter and jazz atmosphere - where you can enjoy cocktails designed in perfect symbiosis with the season’s produce and the chef's cuisine.
    4 quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux - +33 (0)5 56 23 67 15

    Don’t miss the Gilda made with tomato gazpacho, verjuice and mezcal, the very green Sid with Kupala apple and pink pepper, squeezed lime and green Chartreuse or the Cachaça Parati, Archibald tonic and cucumber… All these new combinations resulted in Symbiose winning the Fooding prize for the best signature bar of 2017.

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    The most festive

    Iboat

    International - €€-€€€ -3.5 km from Mama

    Now moored in the dock, this ferry used to ply between the continent and Ile Yeu but has now begun its second and much more festive life. It has become one of the hottest spots on the Bordeaux scene, offering pop-rock, techno, house and jazz concerts in the large space in the hold.
    Cours Henri Brunet, Bassin à flot numéro 1, Bordeaux - +33 (0)5 56 10 48 35

    Or you can take a break on the deck, which has been transformed into a restaurant, cocktail bar and exhibition space. Better still, every year Iboat takes up its summer quarters by taking over the quays below to create its own “beach”, an outdoor 1000 m2 terrace with deckchairs, food trucks, barbecue, open-air cinema and concerts from the very best DJs.

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  • The most impressive

    Le Bassin des Lumières

    Art - 4.3 km from Mama

    Nothing other than a gigantic bunker built by the Germans during the Second World War to shelter their submarines.
    Impasse Brown de Colstoun, 33000 Bordeaux - +33 (0)5 35 00 00 90

    20 m high and covering 42,000 m2, the Bordeaux submarine base has undergone an incredible metamorphosis to become one of the most prestigious digital art centers in the world – similar to the Cathédrale des Lumières in Provence and the Atelier des Lumières in Paris but… five times bigger! Opened in 2018, this magical space invites visitors to take an artistic and musical stroll through the heart of the artworks projected 360° above the four immense pools. Until the end of January 2021, the iridescence of the Austrian symbolist Gustav Klimt will be reflected here – and should not under any circumstances be missed!

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    The coolest

    The Chartrons quarter

    City district - 2 km from Mama

    Bordering the old town, the district was for a long time the stronghold of wine merchants that took advantage of the proximity of the river to ship their wares, rolling their barrels directly to the moored ships.

    Cosmopolitan and incredibly vibrant, the Chartrons have, in turn, sheltered English, German and Dutch (the famous Hanseatic merchants) communities who built mansions as well as vast warehouses there. Extensively restored during the 80s, today it’s a refuge for gallery owners, antique dealers and a multitude of young creators. The result? The Chartrons quarter is without a doubt the liveliest and coolest place in the city to explore, from rue Notre-Dame to the docks with the view of the very poetic Parc aux Angéliques.

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    The most epicurean

    La Cité du Vin

    Museum - 3.8 km from Mama

    Its grand opening in the spring of 2016 was the event of the year and it’s still drawing in the crowds. Fans come here to applaud the audacity of the architecture with its curves and swirls inspired by the movement of wine in a carafe.
    134-150 Quai de Bacalan, 33000 Bordeaux - +33 (0)6 56 16 20 20

    Then they love the the diversity of the activities on offer, covering more than 3,000 m2 and 19 themes, with an ultra-modern audio-guide that allows you to devise your own route to suit your particular tastes and interests. The venue is the opportunity for a 360° discovery and total immersion in the civilization of wine and vines, covering the history and techniques, as well as literature, painting, cinema, photography… Not to be missed, a tasting at the panoramic bar – and the bonus is an exceptional view of the city and the meanders of the Garonne!

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    The most daring

    CAPC Musée d’Arts Plastiques Contemporains

    Museum, Art - 1.3 km from Mama

    Opened in 1974 in a former early 19th century warehouse dedicated to colonial commodities, the CAPC was a pioneer in France in terms of contemporary art (remember the Centre Pompidou dates from 1977 and les Frac from 1982).
    Rue Ferrère, 33000 Bordeaux - +33 (0)5 56 00 81 50

    This innovative spirit has enabled the museum to acquire a prestigious collection of works of art, including in situ works by Boltanski, Long, Haring and Boroni, housed in the magnificent cathedral-like nave. The CAPC also has an important collection of paintings from the Figuration Libre movement (Di Rosa, Combas, Blais), photographs by Nan Goldin and Georges Rousse and sculptures by Annette Messager and Mario Merz. Fans will spot furniture by Andrée Putman before visiting one of the temporary exhibitions, always full of character, such as the “Tour du Jour en 80 mondes”, which will revisit the museum’s major works in a renewed vision of the world.

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    The most delicious

    Marché des Capucins

    Food market - 1.6 km from Mama

    Popular and cosmopolitan, it is the oldest market in Bordeaux (founded in 1749), as well as being the largest and one of the nicest.
    5 Place des Capucins, 33800 Bordeaux - +33 (0)5 56 92 26 29

    Ideally explore it early in the morning, stroll quietly through the aisles and admire some of the 100 stalls run by local bakers, market gardeners, butchers, fishmongers and oyster farmers. Another not-to-be-missed event is the covered Halles des Capucins, built with the metal structures from the 1878 Paris Universal Exhibition, nowadays a meeting place for foodies. This covered market is home to small stalls where you can enjoy local produce – such as the exquisite hams from the House of Pata Negra and seafood platters from Chez Jean-Mi.

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    The most design nature

    Lodge & Nicoletta by Lodge

    Concept store - 500 m from Mama

    Isabelle lived in Paris for many years before packing her bags and settling in the heart of Bordeaux where she created Lodge - a remarkable interior design concept store that plays the nature eclecticism card: Monsieur Naturaliste wallpaper, reprints by designer Josef Chierovski, Nkuku shelves, Jars Céramiste stoneware.
    6 rue du Pas Saint-Georges / 17 rue Bouffard, 33000 Bordeaux - +33 (0)5 56 81 02 24 / 9 87 51 96 16

    In light of the brand’s success, Isabelle expanded its concept with a new address, Nicoletta by Lodge, which offers more lifestyle products with, once again, original pieces: raku vases, baskets made of vetiver roots, revisited Duralex glasses, and a multitude of exercise books, small notebooks and origami.

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    L’Utopia

    History - 500 m from Mama

    The former church of Saint-Siméon, built in the 14th century, has been transformed into an artistic and experimental cinema.
    5 Place Camille Jullian, 33000 Bordeaux - +33 (0)5 56 52 00 03

    Remarkable line-up and numerous events – festivals, previews, evening conferences with filmmakers…

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    The most historic

    La Tupina

    French, local - 1.7 km from Mama

    The Bordeaux institution with a beautiful room heated by the large fireplace.
    6 rue de la Porte-de-la-Monnaie, 33000 Bordeaux - +33 (0)5 56 91 56 37.

    Come for the delicious grilled meat and poultry and the best produce south west France has to offer.

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    The most exotic

    Café Eriu

    Coffee - 1.2 km from Mama

    Excellent coffees selected by Theo and above all, the tasty cuisine devised by Grace, a young Irish woman who is the delight of the entire neighborhood.
    119 rue Fondaudège, 33000 Bordeaux - +33 (0)5 57 34 38 24

    Homemade granola, eggs & bacon and organic smoked salmon (from the Duncannon smokehouse), without forgetting the pastries: soda bread, salted brioche perdue and carrot cake to die for.

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    The most intellectual

    Librairie Mollat

    Bookstore - 200 m from Mama

    Founded in 1896, it is an institution in Bordeaux and the first independent bookstore in France, with more than 300,000 books on offer.
    15 rue Vital Carles, 33000 Bordeaux - +33 (0)5 56 56 40 40

    Here, we love everything: the joyful and tranquil atmosphere, the expertise of the sales staff, not to mention the readings and signing sessions where the most prestigious writers take turns.

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