I don’t feel there’s anything you need to particularly go to Bordeaux to see but simply walking around for a couple days and enjoying the atmosphere here is a good enough reason to visit in my opinion.
Its architecture is similar to that of the streets of Paris but with a fraction of the people living here Bordeaux makes for a pleasant stay where you’re able to wander the quaint city streets (many free of automobiles) in relative peace.
Plus, for all the wine lovers out there the proximity to vineyards such as St. Emilion is certainly a temptation.
The Place de la Bourse (above picture) is home to a beautiful 18th century building which is often reflected day or night by the Miroir d’Eau de Bordeaux, a water feature directly facing it and next to the river.
This area of town is perfect to hang around at twilight with locals and tourists alike, it’s then a quick walk to some fantastic restaurants for dinner.
The National Opera building is also worth a wander into and is free to do so – you may want to see if you can catch a show while you’re in town.
Inside the Opera
Otherwise, the National Opera is also really close to the main shopping area and with hundreds of them to choose from if you’re in the mood to buy you certainly won’t be bored.
Outside the Opera
Keep an eye out for street art works hidden around the place too in this city and having a picnic lunch in one of the lovely parks around here is recommended too.
There is a great tram system which will get you around quickly and easily otherwise walking around was my preferred method of transport!
More snapshots of Bordeaux..