Translation by Lamia Rabii, All Photographs by Isabelle Rozenbaum
Located in the southwest of France, not far from the Atlantic coast, Bordeaux is the Centre of a legendary wine growing region, vibrant and sophisticated; as well as a top gourmet and culture destination. Synonymous with fine wines, Bordeaux is one of France’s most elegant cities and was selected as the best European destination by Internet users in 2015. A real fascinating town, rich in history, culture and gastronomy are all good reasons to make it your next city trip.
Bordeaux is built on a bend of the river Garonne with its famous “Moon harbor” and reveals an exceptional and remarkable architectural harmony. Its urban form represents the success of The Enlightenment philosophers who consider cities as a melting pot of humanism, universality and culture.
This wonderful city was classified, by UNESCO, as a world heritage site and was recognized for the unity of its architectural heritage. Bordeaux offers an unmatched golden and blue setting. Protected like a treasure, the mystery of Bordeaux can be unveiled like a dream. Chic and authentic, the Girondin style mixes different influences inspired by the continent and the ocean. Bordeaux now proudly displays its monumental 18th century architecture. This legacy is revealed through the streets and squares that visitors can discover and admire “Chartrons”, “Tourny” and “Grand Théâtre.”
Teeming with high quality hotels, hundreds of French traditional restaurants, museums, cultural institutions, independent structures and new businesses, Bordeaux has a real buzz. Forget everything you thought about Bordeaux. This amazing city so loved by tourists is guaranteed to surprise you in a thousand ways.
Great place to unwind and relax
Intercontinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel, 2-5 Place de la Comédie : Bordeaux, 33000
Located at the heart of the city and of the Unesco World Heritage, the InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel faces the majestic Bordeaux Opera House. The hotel features rooms with a unique and cozy decor, inspired by the 18th century and designed by the famous Jacques Garcia. The brasserie Le Bordeaux, Le Pressoir d’Argent and Gordon Ramsay’s gastronomic restaurant are places that will seduce you by their atmosphere and culinary experiences.
At InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, they offer an array of services to suit every occasion : The spa is devoted to wellness and treatment; it is largely inspired by the Roman baths of antiquity. The Spa, entirely decorated by Jacques Garcia, occupies the top three floors of the hotel and includes the panoramic Jacuzzi-terrace which overlooks the Grand Théâtre and the rooftops of Bordeaux.
The Intercontinental Bordeaux is a Charming, unique, elegant hotel with a great location.
Celebrate life and take a break
Jocteur – Le Boulanger de « l’Hôtel de ville », 76 rue des Trois-Conils, 33000 Bordeaux
One of the amazing spots in Bordeaux is this Jocteur bakery with its legendary praline tartes, numerous kinds of bread and pastries. The pastries are scrumptious and made with love, the service is friendly, and the boss is charming.
If you like to start your day with something sweet that will wake up your palate, and make you smile or if you like to finish a meal with something sweet, or perhaps if you prefer to have a little snack with your afternoon tea or coffee, then Jocteur pastries are a must for all pastry lovers.
Glass of wine for dinner time
Le Point Rouge – 3 Quai de Paludate, 33800 Bordeaux
“Le Point Rouge” is a unique place that revisits 200 years of the cocktail history. An atypical place between cocktail bar, wine Bar with a thousand spirits references.
At the origin of this crazy project are four partners; Claudes Martignolles Passionate wines, cocktails, spirits and leaders of prestigious names in Bordeaux “Le Point Rouge ”
“Le Point Rouge” is an address that does not face outside, there is a sign that took place on the right side of the ancient castle Descas, at the former site of Descas chai and a poker room (declared). This lounge required two years of work and restoration with the state of the art stone walls, brick curved ceilings, ironwork from the German lighting designer Ingo Maurer, all under the supervision of a well-known architect agency.
Finally, Point Rouge revisits the history of the cocktail for 200 years with an educational approach. You will travel back into the days of American prohibition, the roaring twenties, from Cuba to New Orleans, tropical drinks with retro drinks, nearly 100 cocktails.
Nama – Wine Restaurant, 24 Rue Lafaurie Monbadon, 33000 Bordeaux
Nama is a new place in Bordeaux where you can enjoy the finest wines at affordable prices. A new way of consuming wine, you can enjoy stylish contemporary Franco-Japanese fusion cuisine of the highest quality for the price of a standard bistro.
Nama Restaurant offers a new tasting concept that has been adopted by foodies in Bordeaux. In this establishment you can enjoy food made by brilliant chief Paul Gouzien and drinks by the owner Patrick Herreyre whose modern wine selection includes the Grand Cru and subtle range of regional and world wines. Nama is a trendy, comfortable restaurant. On the menu you’ll find fine food, wine, local produce and a dash of Japanese flavor.
Nama also hosts a “Wine Maker’s Dinner” on a regular basis – you can meet and dine with the castle owners while enjoying a glass of wine and learn about their wines directly – the perfect way to improve your wine knowledge in the world’s wine capital.
Caroline Hoctan lives between the Old and New World. She has contributed to various magazines and published several books including two novels : “Le Dernier Degré de l’Attachement” (Denoël, 2004) and “Dans l’existence de cette vie-là” (Fayard, 2016). She works with the photographer and video artist Isabelle Rozenbaum. Together this dynamic-duo, have come on board WBM as a contributing Editors to share their vision of the world from their home in France to New York their new found love.