You won’t believe how many people ask me if I live in Paris whenever I tell them I’m French. And most of the time, they seem a bit disappointed when I tell them I don’t... I'm always flattered as I absolutely love Paris, but not every French person lives in the city of love! France has a lot more to offer and there are so many other beautiful cities to explore. And Bordeaux, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 and Best European Destination in 2015, is definitely one of them.

Here's why I think you should add Bordeaux to your list of places to visit:

The beautiful architecture

No matter how many times I go there, the architecture never fails to take my breath away. My personal favorite is the Water Mirror reflecting the building of Place de la Bourse. It’s actually the world’s largest reflecting mirror! I love it especially in the summer when it creates fog and you can't help but smile watching children play in the water.

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The longest pedestrian street in Europe

Want to do some shopping? Take a walk on the Rue Sainte Catherine in the heart of Bordeaux, which is 1.2 kilometers long. You will find stores such as H&M, Zara, Mango… but also restaurants and cafés. If you take time to wander off of the side streets, you can find many little independent shops.

Bonus tips: Expect lots of people on Saturdays.

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The Quai des Marques

You can't visit Bordeaux without taking a walk along the Garonne river. This might be one of my favorite things to do in the city when the weather is lovely. Go to the Quai des Marques where you'll find lots of shops and restaurants. I'd recommend the Makila Kafé, I've been lots of times and loved it every time.

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The wine

Bordeaux is also known for its red wine. And there are tons of wine bars in the city! You can drink wine pretty much everywhere for as cheap as 2 or 3€ (important thing to know: in France, wine doesn't cost a lot. You can buy a bottle for 10€, sometimes less and it's still going to be a high-quality wine!) You can even book a tour to taste the wine and visit vineyards if that's something you would like to know more about.

The people

If you think Parisians look effortlessly stylish and chic, wait until you see les Bordelais. Paris, you’ve got competition. If you're looking for fashion inspiration, Bordeaux is the right place for you.

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I could definitely see myself living in Bordeaux... Maybe one day! (2020 update: I am living there right now and have been for the past two years! It's funny how life turns out sometimes)


Have you ever been to Bordeaux? If so, what did you like about it? I'd also love to know what your favourite city in France is!