Here are a few more of our favourite places…

For brunch or a little break 


Où s'arrêter pour un goûter
For brunch or a little tea break

Our usual haunt on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. There’s a lovely little terrace overlooking the pedestrian street “des ramparts”. Teas, Coffees, creamy hot chocolates, and a superb assortment cakes and the scones…


This charming Tea room is at the end of Passage Sarget, and sitting at the table, you can enjoy the calm and cosy atmosphere of the Passage and the magnificent view over the Place du Chapelet, if it’s nice day sit on the terrace. It’s close to the Baroque Notre Dame church and Mably court.


Situated on Parlament Square, it does brunches and great sharing platters. It’s bright and good for people watching.


Good for brunch or lunch, on Rue de Cheverus. Its modern and inventive!

Outdoor Dining


Tables en bord de Garonne
Terrasse du Café du Port

See also : Chez ALRICQ (tavern), le Pavillon Garonne (on the banks of the Garonne in Rives d’Arcins. There’s a beautiful terrace with little lanterns hanging wisteria. Take the taxi boat to Rives d’Arcins)

Fine Dining


A hidden gem on the corner of rue de “pont aux mouches” (rue pont de la Mousque) between the Grand Theatre and Parliament Square. We love it, the cellar setting, the kindness of the staff and the superb menu with a modern taken on french classics. The whole place is about the size of our dining room with no more than 20 tables, so book!

See also : Le bistrot du Sommelier, Le boeuf sur la Place ( Pessac), Chez Peponne and  les Ragazzi da Peponne : Italians , Le soufflet :Go there in Autumn for fresh mushrooms! (Mérignac Arlac)


Restaurant l'Escorial

Just beside L’invitation au Voyage going down towards la Victoire you’ll find it on  Rue Sainte Catherine in a little square. The food is good, the staff are attentive and the prices are reasonable. We love it!

Pair that with a night at the theatre: just nearby is the Theatre Victoire (Rue des augustins)

See also : CPP (an italian just next to L’invitation,between Platinum and CPP. Great for lunch ), L’orangerie (in the Public Gardens),Glouton (rue des Frères Bonnie in front of l’hôtel de justice), Café Opéra (in Grand Théatre), le caillou in the Botanic Gardens (organic and also does live concerts!)


Le petit commerce

Right in the centre of St Pierre, its a fish restaurant and wine bar in the style of a 1950’s bistro. Open 7 days a week, Fish is the specialty. It’s a safe bet: fresh catches every day and plenty of atmosphere.


Bistrot: three friends as chefs and a welcome change a well filled belly.


Bring back Canelés ( a sweet local speciality) from 

chez BAILLARDRAN – they’re to die for!

Get introduced to wine tasting at


Gourmet Restaurants


The fois gras, it’s something else! Very close to Hotel de ville, its a small place, so booking is recommended. Closed Monndays, Wednesdays and Sundays.


Popular restaurant in Bordeaux. There is a “bistro” and a “gourmet” menu. The bistro has a great quality to price ratio making it one of our absolute favourites. Booking is essential, especially if you want a table with a romantic view of Place de la Bourse. Open 7 days a week.


See also : L’oiseau bleu, Gravelier, Solena, C Yusha, Davoli, Comptoir Cuisine, le Raviolon, Le Miles,Garopapilles

If you want to eat “like a local”


Eat like the locals in this cafe brasserie where you’re sure to find businessmen and traders sipping coffees and having lunch. Family friendly and affordable.


Perfect for Sunday afternoons, after the market. Brasserie food, and a setting where you feel both at the market and at a parisien brasserie with white tablecloths and classic décor.


Rub shoulders with the property moguls and those who work at the designer Galeries Lafayette. It’s been our lunch spot on shopping days for the last 15 years. Its quiet and relaxing and the food is just the way we like it.


Try oysters and sea food at this food stand Capucins Market. Great atmosphere at the week ends.

Chez jean Mi


Taste all different types of cheese at this stand in Capucines market.


A great video from  Geoffroy Grould

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  • Bordeaux, the perfect base for touring/exploring A town both lively and relaxed with it’s Boutiques, restaurants, culture it has a certain quality of life that many would be envious of. Day trips are easy even on public transport . The train station has daily departures to Arcachon and St Emilion, only 1 hour away. Personal advice: When going to Arcachon by car, choose your timings carefully! Leave in the morning (even late morning) and don’t come back until after dinner. The locals travel to Arcachon daily and return traffic can ruin a lovely relaxing day! So make the most of the beautiful sunsets over the Atlantic and come home without any fuss after 9pm.
  • What to do in Bordeaux Discover the architectural sites that class Bordeaux as a Unesco world heritage site. Wander down the pedestrian streets and get a taste of the lifestyle. Go for a walk along the beautiful quays. Go to the markets at the weekend and eat at the numerous food stands. Rent one of the V-Club bikes and cycle along the quays. Come back by boat. Have a few aperitifs on the terraces. Let time pass.
  • With whom: From families with children, to the culture enthusiast, to shopaholics, everyone will love it. For the kids, the Miroir D’Eau and the skate park are safe bets. L’invitation and the Tourist Office can also guide you on cultural treasure hunts.
  • Here's a great list of things to do in Bordeaux, taken from an article in Les Paves Bordelais 1. Stroll along the quays early morning and watch the beautiful sunrise 2. Enjoy the longer days and have a drink after work in the Place du Palais 3. Find some hidden treasures on Sunday mornings at the flea markets in the Saint-Michel 7am-4pm 4. Admire the vines on the wall of Faubourg des arts in Chartrons 5. Go to the free exhibition, the first Sunday of the month 6. take your bike or rent one from Vclub and do the two bridge circuit (7km) 7. Cool down with a smoothie or artisan ice cream at Delice n’ Coffee 8. admire the town from the Garonne river with BatCub for the Price of a bus/tram ticket 9. Stroll through the flowery paths on the quay between Pont de Pierre and Place de la Bourse 10. Sit in the sun and taste oysters at the Sunday markets on the quays ( until 2pm) 11. Go to a football match with friends or family at the new Stade de Bordeaux stadium ( May) 12. Wander around the stalls at the Quinconces Spring Market (24th april – 10th May) 13. Indulge in a good home-made Sunday brunch at Chez Plume 14. Have a go at skateboarding or longboarding or simply admire at the SkatePark 15. Go on a space expedition in “l’espace avec l’Odyssée” by Cap Sciences ( Bacalan quay) 16. Pull on your swim suit and get back into swimming in one of the 4 pools in the city. 17. Buy fresh strawberries at Capucins market and make a sweet gazpacho 18. Explore the magnificent caves of Parc de Majolan in Blanquefort 19. Spend hours choising a selection of spring reading at Mollat bookshop 20. Climb up the Tour Pey Berland and see the 4 neighbourhoods of Bordeaux 21. Allow yourself mini holidays to the coast when the good weather returns