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The Perfect 48 Hours in Bordeaux

The Perfect 48 Hours in Bordeaux: A Journey through French Elegance and Wine Bordeaux, a city synonymous with fine wine and French elegance, offers visitors an unforgettable 48-hour escape. With a perfect mix of history, culture, gastronomy, and of course, the world's best wines, this two-day itinerary takes

The Perfect 48 Hours in Bordeaux
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The Perfect 48 Hours in Bordeaux: A Journey through French Elegance and Wine

Bordeaux, a city synonymous with fine wine and French elegance, offers visitors an unforgettable 48-hour escape. With a perfect mix of history, culture, gastronomy, and of course, the world's best wines, this two-day itinerary takes you through the very essence of this UNESCO-listed city during your next holiday in Bordeaux. Let's embark on a journey through the heart of Bordeaux, a place where every moment is a masterpiece.

Day 1: Discovering Bordeaux's Historic Charm

Breakfast at Pain D'Emmaline

The day begins with a delightful breakfast at Pain D'Emmaline, a charming bakery where you can savor fresh croissants, homemade jams, and a steaming cup of good coffee. This sets the stage for an unforgettable day.

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Cathedral Saint André and Hotel de Ville

After breakfast, take a leisurely walk through the historic heart of Bordeaux, passing by the impressive Cathedral Saint André and the regal Hotel de Ville. These architectural gems offer a glimpse into Bordeaux's rich history.

Tour Pey Berland - Climbing to New Heights

For those who wish to burn some energy, ascend the 200+ steps to the top of Tour Pey Berland. From the summit, you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of Bordeaux. After this invigorating exercise, a coffee break at Café Français, located right in the square, is a must to recharge your energy.

Café Français · 5 Pl. Pey Berland, 33000 Bordeaux, Frankrijk
★★★★☆ · Restaurant
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Grand Hotel de Bordeaux and Bordeaux Opera

As you continue your walk, admire the elegant Grand Hotel de Bordeaux, now the Intercontinental Hotel Bordeaux, and the Bordeaux Opera, also known as the Grand Theater. These landmarks showcase Bordeaux's splendid architecture and its appreciation for the arts.

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Place de la Bourse and the Water Mirror

Stroll down to the riverfront and capture iconic photos at Place de la Bourse, a square adorned with a grand fountain and the enchanting Water Mirror (miroir d'eau). This UNESCO-protected area is surrounded by beautiful and charming Bordelaise architecture, making it the perfect spot for those Instagram-worthy snapshots. Pause for a coffee or drink at Le Castan, just off to the side of the Water Mirror.

Le Castan · 2 Quai de la Douane, 33000 Bordeaux, Frankrijk
★★★★☆ · Koffiebar
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Porte Cailhau and History Museum

Head inland to Porte Cailhau, a structure resembling a castle, which houses a small museum about the history of Bordeaux. Explore the exhibits to deepen your understanding of the city's past.

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Rue Sainte-Catherine - Shopping and Canelés

For a quintessential shopping experience in Bordeaux, visit Rue Sainte-Catherine. You can buy souvenirs, indulge in delectable canelés, and enjoy some people-watching in this vibrant area.

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Jardin Public - An Afternoon in Tranquil Gardens

Unwind in the afternoon at Jardin Public, which boasts beautifully manicured gardens. Explore the options for the Natural Sciences Museum and botanical gardens, and don't forget the two kids' playgrounds for little travelers.

Evening Delights Downtown

As the day draws to a close, head back to Cours Victor Hugo or downtown, where a plethora of dining and bar options await. Whether you prefer traditional French cuisine or international flavors, Bordeaux has something for every palate.

Day 2: Bordeaux's Wine and Culinary Excellence

Breakfast at Cedre et Vous

Start your second day in Bordeaux with a delightful breakfast at Cedre et Vous, fueling up for another exciting day ahead.

Cèdre et vous · 2 Bis Rue de Cursol, 33000 Bordeaux, Frankrijk
★★★★★ · Brunchrestaurant

La Cité du Vin - A Wine Lover's Paradise

Take the tram to La Cité du Vin, a remarkable museum dedicated to the world of wine. This modern building, shaped like a giant wine carafe, glistens in the sun with its golden and silver accents. Inside, you can participate in workshops, explore exhibitions, and learn A-Z about the world of wine, fitting for the wine capital of the world.

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Lunch at Les Halles de Bacalan

For lunch, head to Les Halles de Bacalan, located conveniently next to La Cité du Vin. This bustling food hall offers a wide range of regional specialties, including seafood, cold cuts, cheeses, roasted lamb, and, of course, an extensive selection of Bordeaux wines to complement your meal.

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Les Halles Bacalan · 15 Quai du Maroc, 33300 Bordeaux, Frankrijk
★★★★☆ · Versmarkt

River Promenade and Scenic Stroll

After savoring your meal, take a leisurely stroll along the river promenade. Along the way, you'll pass by the skate park, the Cap Sciences science museum, ideal for kids, and a couple of outdoor playgrounds for the little ones.

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La Table de Bécassine - Savoring a Fine Steak

As the sun sets on your 48 hours in Bordeaux, enjoy a sumptuous dinner at La Table de Bécassine, a restaurant renowned for its delectable steaks and exquisite French cuisine. It's the perfect way to conclude your unforgettable journey through Bordeaux.

La Table de Bécassine · 32 Cr Pasteur, 33000 Bordeaux, Frankrijk
★★★★★ · Restaurant voor vleesgerechten

Bordeaux, with its rich history, world-class wines, and impeccable cuisine, has the power to create lasting memories on your next trip to Bordeaux. Whether you're a wine connoisseur, a history enthusiast, or simply seeking a romantic getaway, Bordeaux's unique charm and beauty promise an experience like no other.

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