March 2018


After the success of my article about things to do in Bordeaux with kids when it’s raining I decided that it’s time to dedicate a separate article for adults trying to escape the rain in Bordeaux. Some of the suggestions in my first list are also valid without kids but I wanted to offer more options for those who don’t have kids to entertain. 

When you look at local guides to Bordeaux you mostly see outdoor places such as the Miroir d’eau, Place de la comedie and so on. But the truth is that Bordeaux is a very active city and there are many things you could do outside your house even when it’s pouring.  I’ve come up with a list of fun activities in Bordeaux, and you’d be surprised how many cool stuff you can experience indoors. So if it’s your first time in Bordeaux, don’t be discouraged by the wet weather and follow my list of special things to do in rainy Bordeaux.
If it’s your first time in Bordeaux, I think you’ll also like my guide to a weekend in Bordeaux

Food and wine with friends at Halles des Bacalan

Les halles des bacalan

This fancy food market opened its gates on November 2017 and has been visited by more than 60,000 people in the first month. No surprises there , as Bordeaux is well known for its gourmand population. This impressive 950m2 hangar is located just in front of the famous Cité du vin and hosts 23 different artisans and traders that were chosen for the quality of their products (85% of which are produced in the South-West region of France). Now, when all of this food is accompanied by several bars, you are guaranteed to have a good time. If you want to discover other cool places in the Bacalan neighborhood check out my article about things to do in Bacalan.

Address: 149 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Visit Darwin

Darwin is probably one of the most surprising places in Bordeaux. An old military base turned into an urban space with a work-space/incubator for startups, a skate park for all ages, a restaurant and many other surprises, all with an agenda of ecological awareness. If you want to discover Bordeaux beyond the center. go ahead to Darwin where you can eat at their designed restaurant, buy local organic products in their shop, do shopping in Emmaus and enjoy unique street art.

Darwin ecosystem Bordeaux
Address: 87 Quai de Queyries – 33100 Bordeaux

Visit art museums

If you are in the mood for some art on a rainy day, there are a few museums in the center of Bordeaux that are dedicated to art and design, the most important ones are:

Le musée des beaux-arts

This museum is famous for its sculptures and paintings from the 16th to  20st century, among them the works of Pérugin, Rubens, Chardin, Delacroix, Matisse alongside Bordelaise artists such as Odilon Redon and Albert Marquet. The museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions as well as concerts and art events. Open every day except Tuesday 11:00-18:00

Address: 20 Cours d’Albret, 33000 Bordeaux

Musée des Art décoratifs et du Design

The museum of decorative art and design is located in a beautiful 18th-century mansion and is one of UNESCO’s heritage sites in Bordeaux. Many of the furniture and pieces of art you will see in this museum are dated to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  Not less impressive is the original woodwork and wooden floor of the museum. Open every day except Tuesday 11:00-18:00

Address: 39 rue Bouffard 33000 Bordeaux

Le CAPC – musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux

Le CAPC is worth visiting even if you are not a big fan of contemporary arts. The museum is housed in an old wool warehouse where commodities, traded down the river, used to be stored. What makes it special is the combination of modern art with the old architecture of the building. In the permanent collection, there are almost 300 works of art and it regularly hosts temporary exhibitions that are dedicated to the history of art.  Open from Tuesday to Sunday 11:00-18:00.

Address: 7 Rue Ferrere, 33000 Bordeaux
CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux
CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux

*All museums mentioned above are free every first Sunday of the month.

Visit the Capucins Market

One of the main attractions in Bordeaux is Marché des Capucins. It’s the biggest daily market in Bordeaux and it has everything from fruits and spices, to local sweets and plenty of oysters stands. When it’s heavily raining in Bordeaux, this is one of the best places to go to. You can take your time strolling between the stands and discover the Southwest of France gastronomy and then conclude with lunch in one of the many excellent restaurants in the market. If you need help choosing what and where to eat at the market, check out my article about the best places to eat in Marche des Capucins. Weekends are especially busy in Capucins with locals meeting their friends for oysters and wine after their market run. So if you want to get a table on a Sunday be sure to be there before 11 am. 
You can also join my food tours in the market which is a fun way to learn about the local food scene.

Bistro Poulette Capucins market in Bordeaux

Play board games in Jeux barjo

Jeux Barjo is the most central game bar in Bordeaux which includes several spaces: mezzanine, cellar and large libraries. Anyone can enjoy this bar as it holds a very impressive board game collection, and even if you are not familiar with the games, the friendly staff are there to explain the rules. The bar offers different menus of games, drinks, and tapas. Jeux barjo is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 14:00.

Address: 12 Rue Saint-James, 33000 Bordeaux

See local contemporary art in MECA

If you crossed Pont Saint-Jean in the last year or so you must have noticed the new, very modern building that reminds a bit the Arc of La Defense in Paris. This is MECA the Regional Pole of Culture and Creative Economy. It houses many offices that don’t mean much to people trying to escape the rain, but there is one place inside where you can easily spend hours when the weather is bad. Frac, that sits in MECA is a cultural institution with a mission to promote contemporary art in Nouvelle Aquitaine, hosting several exhibitions of local artists. It has reopened its doors after being closed for two years. The exhibitions are varied and include many genres from photography to painting and sculpture. The works are not always my style but it’s big and you can always find a lot of interesting artists there.  For more details click here

MECA Bordeaux
Address: 54 Quai de Paludate, 33800 Bordeaux

La cité du vin

The cité du vin is a “must” place for any wine lover but can be very interesting and enjoyable for people who don’t drink at all. This impressive piece of modern architecture is a one of a kind cultural center, all dedicated to discovering the wine world. Through its interactive exhibition, It offers a journey to both French and global wine history. You will learn about winemaking, see movies and interviews with wine producers and then smell and taste wine. Le Cite du Vin allows you to discover a selection of wines from all over the world and to see the best panoramic view of Bordeaux. If you want to learn more about this super innovative museum, check out my article about visiting the Cite du Vin.

However, before going you should know that it is quite expensive (20€ per ticket) and many people are quite disappointed that the wine tasting includes only one glass of wine. Having said that it is an interactive full sensor activity that you are most likely to enjoy and is a great thing to do on a rainy day in Bordeaux. The Cite du vin is open daily from 10am to 7pm.

cite du vin Bordeaux
photo by: ramonszmuk
Address: 134 – 150 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Make a tour in the Opera of Bordeaux

The Grand Theatre de Bordeaux was built at the end of the 18th century by the architect Victor Louis. It’s one of the most beautiful 18th-century theaters in the world and is one of France’s preserved historical buildings. Previously a seat of the French parliament, today it serves as a home to the Opera National de Bordeaux and the Ballet National de Bordeaux. Excluding the summer period, the Grand Theatre offers guided tours in the building. The tours take place almost daily at 14h30, 16h00 and 17h30. The price is 6 euros and free for people under 26. For reservations click here.

Address: Place de la Comédie, 33000 Bordeaux

See modern art in la Base sous marine

This is one of the most unique places you can find in Bordeaux. Built by the Germans during the Second World War, this old submarine base has been converted into a space dedicated to contemporary arts, which allows you to enjoy the space itself no less than the art presented there. Base sous marine is located in the Bacalan neighborhood, so it can be combined with a drink in the Bacalan market mentioned above.

It can be a bit tricky to find the entrance, so if you come from the la cité du vin tram station be sure to walk on rue lucien faure before turning right to Boulevard Alfred Daney. Also, if you come with kids, it’s important to know that strollers are not allowed in the exhibition as it’s dark and has a lot of stairs.

Open from Tuesday to Sunday 13:30 to 19:00 (only during exhibitions).

la base sous marine bordeaux
Address: Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

Visit the chic foodie market – Boca 

If your stomach starts growling after the long art session in FRAC, just continue to the next place on Quai de Paludate – La Boca Foodcourt. They call it the first French food court, although it reminds me less of a traditional food court in an American mall and rather a chic and a bit of a pricy foodie’s market. Le Halle the Boca is a long hangar with rows of wooden tables in the middle and about 15 different restaurants. I really like it as there’s a great variety of food such as seafood, Spanish tapas, a meat restaurant, and a good bar.

It’s especially nice if you come as a group of people and share many different plates. I also found it to be very kids friendly with a lot of low tables that are a perfect fit for families. The paying method there is a bit tricky as you need to charge a special card and pay with at the restaurants. I’m not a fan of that as it makes you spend more than you would in a normal restaurant but the food is great and the experience is good anyway. Needless to say that it’s a covered market so it’s perfect for a rainy day. 

Address: 208 Quai de Paludate, 33800 Bordeaux

Try to get out of an escape room in Espace Hunt

Escape rooms have become popular around the world and it definitely didn’t skip Bordeaux. There are a few escape rooms in Bordeaux and Espace Hunt, located next to Gare Saint-Jean is one of them. The concept is that for one day you become a group of detectives and you have 60 minutes to collect clues and solve a series of questions in order to exit the room before time runs out. The place offers 3 different games: “ The Mystery of St-Emilion”, “Murder in the Harbour” and “Jack the Ripper “. The bigger your group is the easier it will be to get out, and in general, the Hunt is not recommended if you’re only 2 players unless you have previous experience in escape rooms.

After the game you can enjoy a coffee in a 100m2 Victorian salon and take photos in special detective costumes. Speaking French is not necessary as Espace Hunt provides a dedicated multi-lingual game master that will be your personal guide throughout the game. Age: the place isn’t recommended for kids under 12 and all kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. One of the rooms is forbidden for kids under 16.

Adresse: 5 rue Pierre Loti, 33800 Bordeaux 

Taste Wine 

wine tastings in Bordeaux
photo by lost in Bordeaux

We are in the capital of wine, so instead of being gloomy about the weather, use it as an opportunity for wine tasting. Here in Bordeaux, you have several places where you can taste local wines during the day without waiting for the bars to open up in the evening. One good example is Bar à Vin which is located in one of Bordeaux’s beautiful 18th-century buildings. This place specializes in the wines of Bordeaux and it changes its wine menu once a month, so there’s always a good reason to go back and learn about new local wines. If you want to discover other good places for wine tasting check out my article about wine tasting in Bordeaux

See street art in a beautiful Chateau

institut bernard magrez bordeaux

Socially aware street art and a fancy 18th-century chateau, can you imagine a bigger contrast than that in a place like Bordeaux?. Well, this is exactly what Institut Bernard Magrez had successfully put together in 2011.  Situated in Chateau Labottiere, the cultural institute regularly hosts exhibitions by the best local and international street artists which are interestingly integrated with the classical features of the chateau. The exhibitions are being alternated every couple of months so there is always something interesting to see there. 

Address: 16 Rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

See a movie in Utopia

Utopia is an independent cinema theater that offers a unique experience as it’s installed in an ancient church, l’église du Vieux Bordeaux. The program is very diverse, from little independent productions to big-budget movies and old classical ones. Utopia is much more than just a cinema, there are regular meetings with directors and debates on social issues that are being addressed in movies. At the entrance to this beautiful building, you will also find a restaurant and for sunny days there are a lot of tables outside watching Place Camille Jullian. An old movie and a lunch in an old church with a friend, sounds like the most comforting plan for a rainy day. The price is 7 euros, see the program.

Utopia cinema Bordeaux
Photo by: Ramon Szmuk
Address: 5 Place Camille Jullian, 33000 Bordeaux

Surfing in a coffee place

This is a super cool activity for a rainy day. The Wave Surf Café is the first indoor cafe where you can surf! The Big artificial wave in the middle of the coffee shop imitates an ocean wave and allows you to feel like a professional surfer in the city center :). It’s a nice experience for those who don’t live next to the sea and don’t have the opportunity to surf. For more details click here.

Address: 174 Cours du Médoc, 33300 Bordeaux

Centre Aquatique Caliceo

What’s better than to pamper yourself in a spa when it’s raining outside? The Caliceo center offers you just that. A spa with pools, aquatraining, hammam, different saunas and massage to relax and forget about work and city life. The place is open daily from 10:00 to 21:00.

Address: Quartier du Tasta, 8 Rue Jean Pommies, 33520 Bruges

Axe Throwing in Pessac

If you feel like doing something extraordinary that you probably haven’t done before – consider axe throwing. Apparently it’s a thing and Les Freres Jacks is the place for it in the Bordeaux area. You have to reserve a target for one hour (up to 3 people for 1 target) and the price is 48€ for a target. Open from Tuesday to Sunday.

Address: 152 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 33600 Pessac

Le garage moderne

Le Garage Moderne is a special combination of a garage for cars and bicycles and a place of art and culture, workshops and social meetings. If you have a problem with your car or your bicycle, it’s a good opportunity to learn how to fix them from the mechanics in garage moderne as they accompany the reparation with explications adapted to your level of mechanic knowledge. Apart from that you can just drop by to have a drink, make friends and see interesting art expos. Le garage moderne is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00.

Address: 1 Rue des Étrangers, 33300 Bordeaux

Attend one of Bordeaux’s events

The Bordelais are quite used to rainy winters (or falls and springs for that matter) so there are plenty of events that are adapted for people trying to escape the rain. While the summer events are usually outdoors, starting October many events, like special markets and open doors in various Chateaux, are starting to take place all over the region. To know about specific events taking place every month, follow my monthly lists that I publish regularly on the blog and check out my weekend list that includes all the main events taking place right now.

I hope this list gave you a lot of ideas for the upcoming rainy weather! If I missed any indoor places that you know about please let us know in the comments below.

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When my family and I decided to move from Paris to Bordeaux, practically everyone guaranteed that the hot weather is the real bonus of moving to the South of France. “No more rainy days being stuck at home with the kids” I thought to myself. Boy, was I wrong!
Although there are a lot of sunny and hot days in Bordeaux, not many people know that on average it’s raining here 170 days a year.
Almost every weekend I see people on social media asking: what do I do with the kids when it’s pouring rain outside and you can’t go to the park? Apparently a lot!!! You just have to know about it.
So I’ve made a list of all the fun indoor things you can do with your kids when it is raining in Bordeaux:

Cap sciences

If you want a fun activity which is also educative then Cap Sciences is the place for you. It is located on Quai de Bacalan, in a beautiful spot with a view on the Jacques Chaban-Delmas bridge. The museum proposes interactive exhibitions and activities all dedicated to different aspects of science. Another interesting feature of the museum are the workshops that are dedicated to kids of different age groups (3-6, 6-12 and 8-14 years old) among them you can find photography, molecular k kitchen, eco-citizens and more.  And while your kids are busy exploring the wonders of the universe, you can enjoy the amazing view of the Garonne river from the terraces of the “Cafe des sciences”.
The museum is open Tue- Fri from 14-18 and from 14 to 19 on weekends. The prices varies according to the exhibition and a 50% is given to holders of the Carte Jeunes.

Address: Cap Sciences – Hangar 20 – Quai de Bacalan – 33300 Bordeaux

Cap-Sciences Bordeaux
credit: Cap-Sciences Bordeaux

Natural History Museum

Bordeaux natural history museum
Bordeaux natural history museum

After years of renovations the museum of natural history of Bordeaux has finally opened its doors on March 2019. Created in 1971, the museum has one of the biggest collections in France with more than a million specimens. Besides the new design and the incredible collection, one of the new features in the renovated museum is the “Early Years Museum” for kids under 6 years old.
Where: 5 Place Bardineau, 33000 Bordeaux

Skating in darwin

Darwin eco-system is where the cool kids go :). An ancient military base, located in the Bastide neighborhood on the right side of the river, that has been turned into a place full of innovation and surprises for both parents and kids. And although it seems like a perfect spot for a sunny weather it has a lot to offer indoors as well, notably the skating park. As part of its environmental friendly agenda, the skate house is made of recycled materials and has a special cultural landscape of street art and electronic music. Your kids will love it!

In order to skate in the hangar you would have to pay a member fee of 5 and then 3 for the whole day every time you come. Open everyday except Monday.

Address: 87 Quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Skating in Darwin Bordeaux

Ice skating in La Patinoire de Mériadeck

For even colder days, you can get into the winter spirit with ice skating. La Patinoire de Mériadeck is a sports complex in Bordeaux center that hosts hockey games as well as many different concerts. However, several days a week the place is open to the public and you can come with your family and enjoy ice skating in this huge arena. The Patinoire is open on Wednesdays afternoon, Thursday and Friday evening and from the morning on Saturday and Sunday (with a lunch break). During the school break it’s open every day between 14:30 and 17:00. The prices range between  € 5.30  to   € 7,90 (depending on your age and if you need skates or not) and is free for kids under 5.

As the Patinoire hosts many different events during the year, it’s opening hours might change from time to time, so before heading there with your kids, check out the schedule.  You have three more months to enjoy it this year as the Patinoire de Mériadeck is annually closed between mid-May and the beginning of September.

Address: 95 cours du Maréchal Juin 33000 Bordeaux

Royal Kids in Pessac

There are some days when you just have to get your little ones out of the house to release all their energy, so if it’s raining non-stop and you can’t take them to the park, take them to Royal Kids in Pessac. Royal Kids is an indoor soft play with different structures adopted for kids from 0 to 12 years old.  The place is open on Tue, Wed, Fri , Sat and Sun and every day during school break. The prices varies according to the age and number of kids in the family (between 4.5 and 9) and the entrance is free for kids under 1 years old and over 13 years old.

Address:  6 Rue Henri de Châtelier, 33600 Pessac

Karting and Bowling

If your kids are a bit older (over 11 years old) and you need an activity with more action, karting is always a good idea. There are two karting facilities in Bordeaux, one in Bordeaux-Lac (indoor) and the other one in Merignac (outdoor), both belong to Kart System.

However, Kart system is not only a karting place, you can easily make a family fun day out of it. In Bordeaux- lac, additionally to the huge karting indoor space there is a bowling alley with 20 lanes as well as 13 billiard tables with a bar.  Kart-System in Bordeaux-Lac is open 7 days a week from 14:00.

Address: KART System INDOOR – Rue du grand Barail – 33300 Bordeaux Lac

Jump in the Trampoline park

Another great place for the whole family is the Let’s Jump Trampoline Park which is also located next to Bordeaux Lac. The Trampoline park has a 500m² of trampolines where besides jumping you can play dodgeball, trampoline basketball or (trying to) walk on a tightrope. Kids over 3 years old are welcomed to the park and the prices are 8 for 5-6 years old and 12 for the rest (there’s also a discount with a student cart) for one hour, it’s recommended to reserve a spot in advance.

Address: 49 Rue Pierre Baour, 33300 Bordeaux

trampoline park bordeaux

Enjoy lunch while your kids playing in Kidooland

kidooland bordeaux
kidooland by lost in Bordeaux

In this soft play wonderland you can enjoy a lunch while someone is watching your little kids enjoying 1000m² of soft playground. The Kidooland facility includes many inflatable installation for kids whose height is under 140cm, with the goal to make it a safe space for little kids.  Apart from the soft-play space the place organizes artistic workshops: comics, painting, photography, theater and more.
Kiddoland is closed on on Mon and Thur and the price is 9 for half a day and free for the parents.

 Address: 280 Boulevard Alfred Daney – 33300 Bordeaux

Climb on Blocks in Block’Out

If your family needs more action try climbing on blocs! Block’Out Bordeaux is the first climbing center dedicated to bloc climbing to open in Bordeaux, with a huge selection of structures and more than 1,100 m² of climbing surface.
The place is equipped with 45 blocs and 7 different levels so that both beginners and professionals can enjoy this activity.
Block’Out runs climbing courses for both adults and kids (7 years old and up) and it’s open every day of the week.

Address: 3 Rue Georges Barres, 33300 Bordeaux

Magic Makers

When the weather is bad many kids are stuck in front of the screen. This could be a good opportunity to discover if they like to create their own video games or to learn coding in general.
To help them discover the digital world take them to an atelier at Magic Makers in Chartrons.  Every Saturday at 13:30 Magic Makers invites children and teenagers between the ages of 6 and 15 to learn programming like adults and to enjoy themselves with other potential coding geeks 🙂
The price is 15 for every atelier.

Address: 60 Cours de la Martinique 33000 BORDEAUX

Bibliothèque Mériadeck

This activity for rainy days is fun, educative and totally free! If your kids are interested in books, the Bibliothèque in Mériadeck has a library for kids between 0 and 13 years old. The place includes novels, comics, manga, music, movies and even a coloring space for younger kids. Apart from books the Meriadeck library also hosts different events such as little shows for kids, story time and video games in groups.

Address: 85 cours du Maréchal Juin 33000 Bordeaux

La Parentèle for babies and toddlers

Last but not least, if your kids are too young for most of these activities, don’t be discouraged! La parentele hosts families with little kids every day except Sunday and it’s free. The Parentele is an indoor space for babies and toddlers where you will find a play area for different ages, a lot of toys, books, colors and a large space with coffee for parents to have a chat (while watching their kids of course). As the Parentele is open for all, it is limited for one hour and a half, but I guess for a toddler it is more than enough.

Address: 2 rue Courpon – 33000 Bordeaux

La Parentèle Bordeaux

So next time you see clouds approaching, don’t panic! Bordeaux offers great indoor activities to keep you and your kids occupied.

If you know of any other places to escape the rain with the kids, please let us know in the comments below.

Thank you for reading 🙂

While Saint Patrick’s day is an Irish religious and cultural celebration held on March 17 , it’s a beloved holiday in many cities around the world, and Bordeaux is no different. Apparently the capital of Nouvelle-Aquitaine has a substantial Irish community and a large Irish beer fan base and the amount of bars where you can get some Irish alcohol is quite surprising. So, with Saint Patrick’s day around the corner  we have decided to help you find all the places where you can celebrate  March 17 in Bordeaux.

Here is a list of all the Irish and English pubs in Bordeaux where you can grab a beer, watch a match, listen to some great music or just go celebrate with other Bordelais, expats or tourists.

The Rather Good Pub Company are hosting Saint Patrick’s events in their three bars:

The Houses of Parliament
11 rue Parlement Sainte Catherine
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 79 38 03

The Houses of Parliament in Bordeaux
Photo by: The Houses of Parliament in Bordeaux

The Market Tavern 
15 Rue Rode
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 44 09 58

HMS Victory BDX
3 Place Général Sarrail
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 92 78 47

HMS Victory BDX

Other Irish and English bars in Bordeaux that announced Saint Patrick’s celebrations:

Connemara Irish Pub Bordeaux
14-18, Cours d`Albret
Bordeaux, France 33000
05 56 52 82 57
check out Saint Patrick’s event.

The Frog & Rosbif
23 rue Ausone
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 48 55 85

check out Saint Patrick’s event.

frog and rosbif bordeaux

Oxford Arms
9 Place des Martyrs de la Résistance
05 56 51 41 48
check out Saint Patrick’s event.

16-18 rue Judaïque
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 48 51 22
check out Saint Patrick’s event.

Sweeney Todd’s
2 cours d’Alsace et Lorraine
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 48 21 13
check out Saint Patrick’s event.

Dick Turpin’s
72 rue du Loup
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 48 07 52
check out Saint Patrick’s event.

The Charles Dickens
9 Quai De La Douane
33000 Bordeaux
06 84 11 25 17
check out Saint Patrick’s event.

Other Irish and British bars you probably want to check out:

Le Molly Malone’s
83 quai des Chartrons
33000 Bordeaux
05 57 87 06 72

molly malone

The Black Velvet Bar
9 rue du Chai des Farines
33000 Bordeaux
09 51 34 28 73

The Blarney Stone
144 cours Victor Hugo
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 31 87 20

The Golden Apple
64 rue de la Pomme d’Or
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 79 03 83

Cock And Bull
23 rue Duffour Dubergier
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 81 63 62

Le Comptoir Irlandais:
This isn’t a bar, but if you’ve decided to celebrate Saint Patrick’s day at your place, this would be a good place to equip yourself with Irish food and drinks.

14, rue du Temple
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 01 17 40

If you live outside of Bordeaux and don’t want to drive into town for Saint Patrick’s day, here are two options in the suburbs:

The Yorkshireman is both an English pub and a Tea house with a great and cozy ambiance, located in Talence.
2 Rue Pacaris,
Talence 33400
06 25 17 03 30

The Irish lane

The Irish lane in Le Haillan is a paradise for all artisan beer lovers, with its impressive collection of Irish artisans beers.
30 Avenue Jean Mermoz
33185 Le Haillan
05 56 17 07 90

Do you know of any other Irish pubs or restaurants in Bordeaux or maybe a hidden gem in the suburbs of Bordeaux? Please comment below!

Whether you are into cycling or not, it is plain to see from the sheer number of cycling citizens that Bordeaux is a bike friendly city. Well actually, it’s a fact! Bordeaux is ranked the 6th most bicycle friendly city in the world by Copehagenize. So, whether you are already a cyclist or keen to give it a go Bordeaux is the place to be.

Bordeaux offers so many bicycle related activities, tours and places: dedicated bike paths that go through vineyards to the beach, English speaking bike tour companies and the Musette bicycle café where you can get your bike repaired or just have a delicious coffee, there’s something for everyone.

Today, our guest author Christopher, the owner of Musette bicycle café  and a cycling addict, gives us his take on the cycling scene in Bordeaux.

Bicycles and Coffee

Musette is a coffee shop and bicycle shop rolled into one, combining the best bits of both. Opened in 2017 by two Anglophone expats, it is the first bicycle café in Bordeaux. You can simply stop in to have some great coffee and home-made cake even if you don’t have a bike. They also do light lunches, beer and wine and they even have a cute little garden terrace. If you have a bike and need to get a quick repair, they do almost everything for you, from flat tire repairs to full revisions. If you don’t already have a bike and are looking to buy a gravel bike in Bordeaux then you should stop in and check out their stylish Genesis bikes that they display on the walls.

musette coffee shop bordeaux.
photo by: Christopher GJ Cooley

You’ll find Musette bicycle & coffee at 72 Cours de la Somme 33800 Bordeaux. 200 meters from the Victoire with the nearest tram-stop being Saint-Nicolas on the B line.

More information can be found on their website.

Bike Tours and Wine

If you are new in town and looking to discover the city one of the best ways to do it is by bike. Rustic Vines is an English speaking guided bike tour operator. Their Bordeaux by bike tour combines some of the best sights in Bordeaux brought to life with the stories behind them and of course a little drop of wine. If you would like to take it one-step further they also operate electric bike tours in Saint-Emilion, where they take you through the vineyards to explore different wine châteaux and provide a picnic lunch.

rustic vines birdeaux
photo by rustic vines

They can be found in person at 26 Rue de la Devise 33000 Bordeaux in the historic center or you can book directly on their website

Cycle Paths

If you have your own bicycle and want to enjoy a day in the open air, there are a few great options heading out of town. First, there is a dedicated cycle path that runs all the way to the beach at Lacanau. The path is all flat and mostly straight running through the pine forests. It will take you about 60km to get to the lake and Lacanau town and then another 10km to get to the actual beach but it makes for a great little adventure. To make a round trip there and back in one day requires a fairly high level of fitness, so it’s recommended to go back by bus ( if there’s a space for your bike in the boot of the bus of course).


Another bike path that is definitely worth riding is the Roger Lapebie Voie Verte. It runs from Bordeaux all the way to Sauveterre-de-Guyenne but a recommended day trip would be to the little Medieval village of Creon and back. You’ll see vineyards, forests and little lakes all the while being almost completely out of the way of motor traffic.

bike path Roger Lapebie Voie Verte
photo by: Christopher GJ Cooley

So now you can hop on your ‘bicyclette’ and ride, fix and drink in the biking scene in Bordeaux!

The author, Christopher GJ Cooley, is one of the owners of Mussette bycicle café in Bordeaux.

UPDATE: If you want to know what’s happening in Bordeaux in April 2019 – click here.

Don’t let the rain get you down, spring is almost here and the Bordeaux area will soon start flourishing with interesting things to do.  Now all we need is the sun to come out so we can get our spring party started. Meanwhile, take a look at all the great events Bordeaux has to offer this month.

This is my list of things to do in April 2018 in Bordeaux and the surroundings. I didn’t want this list to be too long so I focused on the big events, however I do plan to publish updates so stay tuned.

Treasure Hunt on Pâques Weekend

The first weekend of April is the long weekend of Easter in France and the area of Bordeaux offers a great deal of activities to entertain you and your kids. Egg hunting, visits in beautiful chateaux and chocolate workshops are only some of the activities you could do this weekend. To discover all Pâques events in and around Bordeaux read my article about “What to do in Bordeaux  in Easter 2018“.

Huge chocolate egg, easter in Bordeaux
photo by: Ramon Szmuk

Festival Musical Écran

Festival Musical Écran is a very unique film festival all dedicated to documentaries about music. This year the program of the festival includes 20 films from four different countries. The festival will be held April 1-8 in different places in Bordeaux: Cinéma Utopia, Cour Malby, Bibliothéque Mériadeck, Institut Cervantes, Université de Bordeaux Campus Victoire.

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution

When: April 1-8
Where: see locations.
How much: 39 € for the whole festival

Bicycle spring sale

Are you looking to buy or sell a bicycle, the big spring bicycle sale is just around the corner. Bordeaux bicycle stock exchange will take place  April 1 at Quai Louis XVIII. Those who wish to sell their bike can do it between 9:30 and 11am and the buyers will be able to start buying after 10am.
For more details.

bourse velo Bordeaux

When: April 1 (9:30 to 17:30)
Where: Quai Louis XVIII

Esclave du livre (literature festival)

Esclave du livre  is a literature association whose goal is to promote reading and to support the creation of new literature. April 6-8 they will hold a literature festival that will bring together authors and illustrators for debates, public readings, performances and uncovering of pieces that haven’t been published yet.

When: April 6-8
Where:  Place Renaudel – Quartier Ste Croix

Convention Tattoo Bordeaux 

The international tattoo convention of Bordeaux will take place on the weekend of April 14-15 in Hangar 14, which is located at Quai des Chartrons.  The program includes: tattoo contest, expositions, live concerts and different activities such as jungling and brakedancing.

a girl with tattoos
Photo by Timothy Paul Smith on Unsplash

When: April 14-15
Where: hangar 14, 115 Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux
How much: 15 € /day

Brocante des Quinconces

The big brocante of Bordeaux is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen. This spring is the 100th edition of the brocante and it will take place from April 20 to May 8.

brocante des quinconces
photo by: Ira Szmuk

When: April 20 – May 8
Where: Place des Quinconces


Digital Abysses at Base Sous-Marine 

If you still didn’t have a chance to visit the incredible Base sous- Marine, it’s time to do it. The first exhibition, Digital Abysses, ( 9 March to 20 May 2018 ) is by the digital artist Miguel Chevalier, which explores nature through underwater plants and wildlife. The characteristics of this unique place with the combination of fixed works and interactive digital installations makes it a special experience.

base sous marine
photo by: Ira Szmuk

Address:  Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

Street Color at Institut Bernard Margez

An extensive street are exhibition will be presented from April 5 to June 24 at the Institut Bernard Magrez. The expo will include some well known street artists (mostly French ones), such as MAD C (GER), Seth (FRA), d’Alexöne (FRA) and more. This institute is a historic monument dated to the 18th century, so the combination of an ancient chateau with street art will most certainly add to the atmosphere of the exposition.

For more info and tickets.

seth-street-art merapi indonesia
Seth street art-Merapi Indonesia

Address:  16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux

Luminopolis at Cap Sciences

The Luminopolis  exposition of Cap Sciences has been running from June 2017 and if you haven’t had the chance to go there yet, it’s time to do it now before the museum gets crowded with a lot of tourists. Luminopolis is a light exposition that have been structured as an Escape game where you need to answer questions about light in order to get out.
The expositions runs from June 2017 to September 2017 ,the ticket price is 8 euros and the minimum age is 6.

For more info.

Address: Cap Sciences Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux


Lisa Stansfield

The famous British 90s start, Lisa Stansfield will perform at Theatre Femina on April 28 at 20:00.

For more info and tickets

When: April 28/ Where: 10 Rue de Grassi, 33000 Bordeaux

Virginia Rodrigues in Cenon

Virginia Rodrigues, the Brazilian singer with the amazing voice will give one concert at Le Rocher de Palmer in Cenon in April 6.

When: April 6 / Where: 1 Rue Aristide Briand, 33152 Cenon

Imagine Dragons

The american rock band, Imagine Dragons, will stop by the Bordeaux Métropole Arena  on April 4 as part of their world tour. 

For more info and  tickets

Address: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Portes Ouvertes

Open doors in Médoc 

To celebrate the beginning of the spring the Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Pauillac will hold an open doors weekend where you’ll be able to visit all chateaux of the Medoc region and do a lot of wine tasting. The event will take place April 7-8.

For details about all the participating chateaux.

When: April 7-8
Where:  different locations (see the site)

Open doors in Saint-Emilion

An open door weekend will take place on April 29 to May 1 at Saint Emilion where 84 chateaux will hold open door events and will propose different activities to the visitors. Some châteaux (such as Château Fleur Cardinale) will start the open door weekend April 28.

On the event website you can see the participating châteaux , the activities and the wine tasting proposed for that weekend – see more info.

When: April 28 – May 1
Where: 7 Thibaud, 33330 Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse


If you’re craving for some activity with other English speakers, like going to Utopia cinema or just having a coffee together , check out the monthly planning of the ICB (International Club of Bordeaux)- see agenda.

Do you have any interesting events you know about? Please share with us in the comments below.

Easter is always a great time to spend with friends and family as it’s full of activities that always involve some chocolate. The long weekend of Pâques offers a great way to discover the region, entertain your kids and eat delicious chocolate. So I decided to make a list of some of the things you can do with or without kids this weekend. To give everyone a chance to enjoy this fun holiday, the list includes activities both within and around Bordeaux such as parks, chateaux and more..

In the city

le Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design

The museum of decorative arts and design of Bordeaux will hold its Paques activities on April 1-2 which will include a graffiti workshop (ages 8-12) and a chocolate treasure hunt (ages 6-12). The number of places is limited so if you are interested contact  the museum by phone 05 56 10 14 05 or by mail [email protected] .

Where: 39 Rue Bouffard, 33000 Bordeaux
When: April 1-2
How much: 10 €

Egg Hunt in Bacalan

le K’fé des familles association will hold a big egg hunt at place Buscaillet  in the Bacalan neighborhood March 31. The participants will be divided into different age groups and will then go on a hunt for chocolate eggs, bunnies and  hens that are hidden in different spots in the neighborhood.

Registration is required- for registration, for more info.

La chasse aux œufs géante de Bacalan- le K’fé des familles

Where: 46 rue de New York, 33300 Bordeaux
When: March 31
How much: 2 €

Les Vivres de l’Art en chocolat

Les Vivres de l’Art will hold a free Easter event at place Victor Raulin (next to the cité du vin) on April 1. The program will include plenty of activities for every age: mask painting workshop, barbecue, card games and more.

For more info.

Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France
When: April 1
How much: free

PIMP YOUR EGG with Hasnaâ

Hasnaâ Ferreira, renowned Bordeaux chocolatier, will hold several 15 minutes workshops for kids in Halles de Bacalan on April 1. During  the ‘Pimp your egg’ event, the kids will make a personal chocolate egg from her chocolate.

For more info.

pimp your egg Hasnaa

Where: Halles de Bacalan, 10 esplanade de pontac, 33300 Bordeaux, France
When: Avril 1
How much: 10€


Around Bordeaux

Château de Vayres

The biggest egg hunt in Bordeaux is at Château de Vayres . The chateau hosts parents and kids for a big egg hunt event which includes a visit in the chateau and different activities for kids in the park. The event will take place April 1-2.

Where: 63 Avenue de Libourne, 33870 Vayres
When: April 1-2
How much: free under 5/   5-14 year old : 10 €/ older than 15  : 12.50 €

Find the treasure at Pessac zoo

Like every year, the zoo of Pessac proposes different activities during Easter. This weekend (April 1-2) the participants will have to find the hints hidden at the alleys of the park in order to discover the treasure. Also, at 10 AM a team of makeup artists will transform the kids into little zebras, tigers and giraffes.

For more info.

Where: 3, rue du Transvaal – 33600 Pessac
When: April 1-2
How much: 16,50 € for adults / 12 € for kids


Pâques with the Woompa family

Come participate in a family riddle game at Château Pape Clément on March 31 and April 1. In Addition to the game the activity will include a visit to a mini museum of the family, chocolate tastings and even an aperitif for the parents.
for more info.

Woompa paques avec la famille

Where: 216 Avenue Dr Nancel Penard, 33600 Pessac
When: March 31 and April 1
How much: free under 4 and 10 €/ 11 € with/without reservantion

Egg Hunt at Larrivet Haut-Brion

Château Larrivet Haut-Brion in Léognan invites families to their Paques celebration on March 31. The program for the day includes: Egg hunt, wine and chocolate workshops, cellar visits and the  Design and wine 2018 award ceremony.

For more info.

Where: 84, avenue de Cadaujac, 33850 Léognan
When: March 31 (14:30-17:00)
How much: 10€

Pâques en Musiques à l’Ecomusée de Marquèze

l’Ecomusée de Marquèze invites families to an egg hunt and music on April 1-2. After the traditional  egg hunt in the neighborhood the museum will hold a little party with music and snacks.

Where: Route de la Gare, 40630 Sabres
When: April 1-2

Egg hunt at Château de La Brède

To open the 2018 season, Château de La Brède will hold an egg hunt event on April 2. The event will also include a chocolate workshop and the participants can take an advantage of a free visit to the chateaux and the gardens.
Where: Château de La Brède, Avenue du Château, 33650 La Brède
When: April 2 (14:00-18:00)
How much: free

Easter in Jardins d’Eyrignac

Jardins d’Eyrignac organises Easter activities on April 1-2, which will include: treasure hunting for kids and riddle games for the adults. This is quite a ride to get there from Bordeaux but it can be a  good opportunity to discover these beautiful gardens.

For more info.

eyrignac jardins
photo: Eyrignac jardins

Where: les jardins du manoir d’eyrignac 24590 salignac
When: April 1-2
How much: Normal ticket: 12,50€ – Students : 10,50€ – 11-18 ans : 8,50€; kids (5-10 ans) : 6,50€


As you see, this weekend is full of great and yummy Paques activities in and around Bordeaux, now let’s just hope that the wet weather won’t ruin the egg hunts.

If you know of any other interesting activities for Easter comment below and if you like the article share it with your friends on facebook so they won’t miss these fun events.

Thanks for reading and happy Easter!

The main event in Bordeaux this weekend is definitely the Marathon of Bordeaux. For those who look for smaller events there are nice festivals and expos and even a big vinyl records salon, and for some of them you don’t even have to get into Bordeaux center.

These are the things to do in Bordeaux in the weekend of March 23-25:

Special events

Bordeaux Marathon

The Marathon  (24 March) takes place in the historic city center, allowing the runners to cross all the historic sites and some of Bordeaux’s biggest wineries. The Marathon will start at 20:00 which makes it even more special as runners can see the city by night with special decorations just for the event.  Most of us are probably not in shape for the 42km run, but that should not prevent us from enjoying the atmosphere in the city as well as seeing others run 🙂

Marathon in Bordeaux



“Le vin & La musique, accords et désaccords” à La Cité du Vin

The art exposition at la Cité du Vin, named “Le vin & La musique, accords et désaccords“, reveals the relationship between wine and music through a visual journey that alternates between  paintings, music and stage art. Around 150 pieces of art will be put in place from French and European collections: ceramics, paintings, music books , instruments and more. The exposition will take place March 23-24 for the price of 8€.


Address: 134 – 150 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux


Festivals and Salons

Salon International du Disque de Bordeaux

The international salon of vinyl and cd records of Bordeaux will take place March 24-25 in the Parc des expositions.  It’s the 57th edition of this festival that brings together 80 exhibitors from France and abroad and proposes all genres of music: rock, pop, soul, jazz, punk, reggae and more.

Price: Normal 3€50 / Student 2€ / free for kids.

Address: Parc des expositions de Bordeaux – Vélodrome

Cordes Sensibles 2018- Guitar Festival

The annual guitar festival, Cordes Sensibles will take place on March 23-25 in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles and this year will be mostly dedicated to duos. Besides the concerts the festival will include master classes, art expos and concerts of the music school of Saint-Médard-en-Jalles.

See the program of the festival.

les cordes sensibles- guitar festival

Address: Carré des Jalles, place de la République33160 Saint-Médard-en-Jalles

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux 

If you still haven’t attended, les Fous Rires de Bordeaux   is still on until March 24. It’s a very unique humor festival  with more than 80 artists participating and different activities taking place all over the city. The festival provides the opportunity to experience humor in different forms, such as on stage, in pictures and even  through cooking!!

There are two parts to the festival:
Festival IN, with well known artists on stage.
Festival OUF– that proposes free activities during the whole week of the festival such as workshops, happenings, entertaining children in hospitals and more.

See the program here.

Concerts/ Shows

Piano concert in Château de Cadillac

Piano voyageur, a concert performed by the pianist Jérôme Médeville will take place at Château de Cadillac on March 25, at 15:00.  Médeville will play classical music from the 18th and 19th centuries, such as Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy, Mozart, and Liszt.  Ticket Price is 9€.

jerome medeville

Address: 4 Place de la Libération, 33410 Cadillac

Reggae concert and fundraising in Cenon 

On March 24, le Rocher de Palmer will hold an evening in support of the SOS Mediterranee association  denouncing the deplorable conditions in which refugees cross the Mediterranean, often risking their lives. The event will include a reggae concert of two and a half hours with the following artists: Yannis Odua, Natty Jean, Papa Style, Brahim.

The concert will start at 20:30, ticket price is 20€ (18€ online). For tickets and more details.

Address: 1 Rue Aristide Briand, 33152 Cenon

With Kids

Early Easter egg hunt in Talence

The Taillade neighborhood in Talence organizes an early Easter egg hunt March 24, between 14:00 and 19:00. Once the baskets of chocolate are full, kids and their parent will be able to taste it together.

Address: salle les Mallerettes, 170-172 cours Galliéni – 33400 TALENCE

Festival Entre 2 Rêves 

The Entre 2 Rêves  Festival, organized by the Collectif Entre 2 Rêves, takes place between 21-31 March on the right side of the Garonne river ( Cénac, Langoiran, Cambes and other towns in the area). Those 10 days will be full of  shows of different genres: theater, music, circus and more. For the full program and tickets.

Prices: daily show 2.50€, evening show 5€.

festival entre 2 reves

Drinking and Fooding

Original Cocktail Tour 2018

The Original Cocktail Tour  takes place March 20-26 in five bars in Bordeaux: Madame Pang, Au Symbiose, Le Gabriel, Le Taquin, Au CanCan “Coquetels & Flonflons” . During these 7 days these five bars will propose a menu of special cocktails at reduced prices.


Hope this list will help you find some nice things to do during this rainy weekend in Bordeaux. And for all the Marathon runners, you are very brave and good luck to you 🙂

This Saturday is going to be a very busy day in Bordeaux with Saint Patrick’s celebrations, several workshops for kids and a carnival. Besides that the weekend is full of great events  such as swing and jazz festivals, a Swan Lake ballet and more. So here is the full list of the most interesting events for the weekend of 16-18 March.


Photography exhibition –  Valérie Belin

An expo of Valérie Belin, one of France’s greatest photographers is presented in Institute Culturel Bernard Magrez , which is a beautiful chateau in the middle of Bordeaux.  If you want to go with kids, better do it on Saturday (17 March) at 15:00, as the place will hold a creative workshop for kids and adults by the name of “Rêves animaliers”. The expo is  open until March 25, so hurry up.


Address: 16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux

Remigio ROSANI – Exhibition 

An Exhibition of the Italian artist Remogio Rosani will take place at the Musée de la Création Franche in Begles (16 March- 28 May 2018). His brightly colored drawings are executed in oil pastel and the dominant theme in his work is hedonism and carnal relationships.

Address: 58 avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny ,33130 Bègles


Lac des Cygnes  

I already mentioned the famous Swan Lake ballet that was performed by the Saint-Petersburg Ballet on March 4  in my “What to do in March” post. For those who missed this beautiful ballet you now have a second chance to see it in Bordeaux. The Russian National Opera will perform the Swan Lake ballet on March 16 at the Bordeaux Métropole Arena.

le lac des cygnesc Russian opera

Address: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Pleymo – metal concert in Cenon

Pleymo is a French metal group that raised to fame some two decades ago . For their 20th anniversary they will perform on March 16 at the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon.

For tickets and more info.

Address: Rocher de Palmer, 1 rue Aristide Briand, 33150 CENON



Swing Festival 

Every March in the last 11 years Bordeaux has been hosting the Swing Art Festival (16-18 March) when swing dancers come from all around the globe to teach the dancers of Bordeaux their art of Swinging. However this festival is much more than just swing dancing, it’s three days of live music, art, vintage markets, workshop and a get together of many people from all around the world to celebrate this sweeping dance. It will take place in and around Halle des Chartrons and it’s Free!

This year the concept of the festival is “Drink & Draw” with the aim to create an interaction between the dancers, the artists and the public and will feature a big vintage sale, different exhibitions of photography and design, plastic art workshops and more.

1,2,3 Musique! Festival

The 10th edition of this Classical music and Jazz festival takes place  in Talence on 13 – 24 March. This year the program of the festival includes acts like Irish Spirit,  “Nougaro Revival” by Garanou and a Beethoven evening with the Talence music school.

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux 

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux (17-24 March) is a very unique humor festival  with more than 80 artists participating and different activities taking place all over the city. The festival is an  opportunity to experience humor in different forms, such as live on stage, in pictures and even through cooking!!

There are two parts to the festival:
Festival IN, with well known artists on stage.
Festival OUF– that proposes free activities during the whole week of the festival such as workshops, happenings, entertaining children in hospitals and more.

See the full program here.


Atelier de Peinture sur céramique

Planète Céramique in Le Bouscat offers a great way to entertain the kids right before Paques.  In a ceramic workshop, that will take place on  March 17, kids  will color their own ceramic plate for Paques. The price is 16 euros, open to kids from 7 years old up.

atelier de peinture sur ceramique

Address:  172 avenue de la Libération 33110 Le Bouscat

Superheros Carnival in Langon

The annual carnival of Langon will take place on March 17 at 13:30 at Place des Carmes and continue with a parade, accompanied by the Brazilian band Ozabumba. This fun day will also feature dance, costumes and musical shows.

Take a look on the full program.

carnival langon

Address: place des Carmes, Langon, 33210

Drinking and Fooding:

 Fête du Printemps au Petit Grain

Le Petit Grain in quartier Saint-Croix are welcoming the spring on March 17 with special workshops , DIY events,  concerts , shows and a lot of food and drinks.  You can learn cooking, planting, fixing your bike, see a cabaret show and finish this busy day with a free meal.

See the full program.

Address: 3 Place Dormoy, 33800 Bordeaux

Workshop Brunch Scandinave

Kweezine (a platform  for culinary discoveries) is hosting a workshop of Scandinavian cuisine (18 March), which will combine a chef class and a Scandinavian themed brunch.


Address: 9 Rue André Darbon, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Saint Patrick’s day

Saint Patrick’s day is always a good opportunity to get drunk from an Irish beer or whisky while listening to good music. But since we are in Bordeaux and not in Dublin,  you should know where to go in order to enjoy the day.

Irish and English Pubs in Bordeaux

There are plenty of Irish and English Pubs in Bordeaux that have already announced they will hold Saint Patrick’s events. For that occasion, I’ve made a detailed post of all the places where you can celebrate that in Bordeaux.  See the full list of Pubs.

The Houses of Parliament in Bordeaux
Photo by: The Houses of Parliament in Bordeaux

Fête de la Saint Patrick

Live Music in Espace d’Ornon 16 March.

B11 La Bodega

in Mérignac – will celebrate St. Patrick with the Booze Brother on 17 March.


Let us know in the comments if there are other interesting events in Bordeaux and its surrounding that we’ve missed! Or if you have suggestions for nice spots people can visit on the weekends, please share it with us 🙂

Enjoy the weekend!



A beer Festival, art expositions , an orchestra concert and champagne tasting are only a part of the fun activities in Bordeaux this weekend. So here is the full list of the most interesting events for the weekend of 9-11 March.


Re-opening of the Base Sous-Marine 

After 4 months of renovation the incredible Base sous- Marine reopens its doors to the public on March 9, with a launch of a new exhibition and a new space of 480m2.  The first exhibition ( 9 March to 20 May 2018 ) is by the digital artist Miguel Chevalier (see video below), which explores nature through underwater plants and wildlife. The characteristics of this unique place with the combination of fixed works and interactive digital installations makes it a special experience.

Address:  Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

Miguel CHEVALIER Highlights 2017 from Claude Mossessian on Vimeo.

Alexandre Bois – art exposition

A new art expo of Alexandre Bois includes 60 works of art. In his works he plays with shadows, lights and deep colors through a contemplation of skies and seas. The expo will be displayed in Cour Malby from 3 – 13 March.

Address:  Salle Capitulaire, 3 rue Mably, 33000 Bordeaux



Quelques lignes de cirque

A circus show of dancers and acrobats for kids and teenagers in Espace Médoquine in Talence will take place on 10 March.

Address:  Espace Médoquine , 224 Cours  Maréchal Gallieni, 33400 Talence

Concert de l’Orchestre d’Harmonie de Bordeaux

l’Orchestre d’Harmonie is one of Bordeaux’s emblematic cultural heritage institutions. This Saturday  (10 Mars) at 17:15  you have the chance to see them preform at the Femina Theater.


Address: 10 Rue de Grassi, 33000 Bordeaux

Shaka Ponk

The French rock band, Shaka Ponk will preform at the Bordeaux Métropole Arena on 8 March. They create a mix of rock and electronic music with different types of world music and most of their songs are in English.
For tickets and more info.
Address: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac


Bordeaux Beer Festival 

This is the first beer festival in Bordeaux (8-10 March) , organized by the Beer Family, which is a group of partners (bars, restaurants, clubs and local French shops) such as  Le Sherlock ,  La Casa, Le Théâtro and the Bordeaux Beer Factory.
The festivals is full of fun activities such as workshops of beer makers, concerts in the partner bars and sale of special beers that you wouldn’t normally find in your local bar.

You can find all the prices and the places where tickets can be purchases on the facebook page of the event.

Fête de l’Orange

Podensac, a little commune (about 30 minutes south of Bordeaux)  have been producing Lillet, a famous Bordeaux aperitif since 1872, which is orange based. Thus orange has always been a very important fruit for this region, to the extent that it requires a special celebration. And this little orange festival , that will take place at cours du Maréchal Foch in Podensac on 10-11 March does it in all forms:  an orange market with tastings of different types of oranges and orange specialties, Bistrot de l’Orange, orange pancakes and more.  Looks like a perfect activity with kids.

Address: 8 cours du Maréchal Foch 33720 PODENSAC


An expo of Valérie Belin, one of France’s greatest photographers is presented in Institute Culturel Bernard Magrez until 25 March. This Saturday (10 March) at 15:00 the place will hold a creative workshop for kids and adults by the name of “Devenez un super héros- une super girl”.

Valérie Belin

Address:  Institut culturel Bernard Magrez- 16 rue de Tivoli33000 Bordeaux

Drinking and Fooding:

Champagne vs. Prosecco & Oyster Tasting

Join the Champagne vs. Prosecco event of the Le Jeune Wine Club, that will take place at on 11 March. There you will learn everything about Bubble Wine, Find the difference between Champagne & Prosecco in a Tasting and discover Oysters with it.
And you even get to connect with other people at the international Hangouts afterwards.

Address: Restaurant Koh-i-noor 3, rue du puits descujols, 33000 Bordeaux, France

tasting event



Let us know in the comments if there are other interesting events in Bordeaux and its surrounding that we’ve missed! Or if you have suggestions for nice spots people can visit on weekends, please share it with us 🙂

Enjoy the weekend!