Bordeaux is something of a gastronomist’s dream, and you won’t have to look far for some top notch French grub.
The historic centre is full of cafés, bistros and more formal restaurants, and there are offerings to suit every budget. Rue St Remi, which runs from Place de la Bourse away from the river, and the pedestrianised roads either side of it offer perhaps the greatest concentration of eateries in the city, so start your search here and enjoy getting lost among the backstreets.
If fresh produce is your thing, then the Marché des Capucins (just off Cours de la Marne, heading east from Place Victoire) offers up affordable food and drink, particularly seafood. At Chez Jean Mi, for example, you can get yourself half a dozen raw oysters, served with bread and washed down with a glass of the local vin for less than €10.
If you’re looking for an education in wine, then the Bar a Vin École, also known as the Maison du Vin, is centrally located on cours du XXX juillet (opposite the tourist office) and a perfect and inexpensive way to try the local tipple. Starting at just €2 a glass, and with more than half the range at under €4, the prices are discounted thanks to the Bordeaux Wine Council who operate the Maison du Vin, meaning you’ll be getting them cheaper here than anywhere else in the city. For a full list of what’s on offer, and more about the Maison, head to baravin.bordeaux.com (in English).
For a cosy atmosphere at a backstreet wine bar, try Le Petit Bois (18 Rue du Chai des Farines), hidden just off the banks of the river. Glasses start at around €3.50, with light bites in the €7-10 range. Le Wine Bar (no, seriously, it’s called that - on Rue des Bahutiers) is a similarly excellent little spot with a more extensive european wine list, and charcuterie.
A lot of the city’s bars can be found in the streets around Place de la Victoire, while for nightlife you’ll want to head to** Les Quais**, on the banks of the river down towards the train station.
**Le Frog and Rosbif **(Rue Ausone) is an English-style microbrewery that offers a range of different craft beer styles, and has a happy hour to help make things more affordable, too.
For those wanting a little slice of home from home, there are a surprisingly large number of English/Irish pub options including** Dick Turpin’s **(Rue du Loup), the **Connemara **(Cours Albret), **The Black Velvet **(Rue du Chai des Farines) and the Cambridge (Rue Rode).
All provide the usual mix of domestic and imported beers, while the Connemara and Cambridge also offer up a taste of home with pub grub, snacks and full meals.
There’s also the English Country Kitchen(rue du Castelnau d’Auros), part of a larger chain of English pubs and restaurants in the city, which include the **Charles Dickens **and the Sherlock Holmes.