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This article was very fun to make. I, together with the super talented photographer Laura Macias , went out to check five coffee shops in Bordeaux. There are plenty of nice coffee places in Bordeaux, with quality coffee, beautiful design and a great atmosphere so choosing this list wasn’t an easy task. So how did I choose these five? First, all of them have amazing coffee and a cozy atmosphere. But I also wanted them to be spread out around the city so every coffee in this article is located in a different district of Bordeaux. And last but not least, as most of my readers are English speakers I chose coffee places that are English friendly. In all of them, the owners and most of the staff speak English and you don’t have to break your tongue when ordering a coffee. So let’s start discovering the best coffee places in Bordeaux!

Café Piha

This place, I must admit, is my coffee place of choice when I hang out with my girlfriends, I discovered it through my Kiwi friend Julie and it’s on our list ever since. The place is owned by Pierre Guerin, one of the nicest and most welcoming people in coffee land. The name Piha combines two of his big loves: kite surfing and coffee. Piha is the name of a surfing village in New Zealand, where Pierre used to live and surf for quite a while and where he learned the barista craft. Coming back to France, knowing that he wanted to continue his journey in the coffee industry, he started working as a Barista in the KB Cafeshop in Paris and then in Loomi cafe where he learned to roast coffee. Several years ago he and his wife Carole moved to Bordeaux, her hometown. After a stint in Arcachon, where he created the MaxiCoffee, two years ago he and his wife decided to open their own coffee place in the center of Bordeaux.

Piha cafe

Piha was opened in February 2017 in what was previously a print shop. With the help of his interior designer friend they designed this elegant coffee shop, with mostly sofas instead of chairs to make you feel comfortable when you meet your friends for a coffee.  

Pierre really loves his staff, you can see that he genuinely appreciates their contribution to the success of this place. From Pauline, the manager and tea expert to Joslin the Barista and Angele, the chef, who’s also responsible for the delicious desserts on the bar (you must try the homemade chocolate cookies). Most of Piha’s clients are people from the neighborhood and while Pierre loves Bordeaux his real dream is to move closer to the sea where he can roast his coffee and surf everyday.

What else?
They offer a brunch every Saturday and the first Sunday of every month. On Saturdays, Pierre hosts coffee workshops and from the little course we received while making this article, I can assure you that it’s worth your time. Pierre has plenty of interesting collaborations with other places in the city. Other cafes use his roasted coffee and he sells other craft products in Piha (a local beer for example). These days he and Carole are developing their online shop selling freshly ground coffee roasted in the shop in Bordeaux, check it out here.

Address: 69 Rue des Ayres, 33000, Bordeaux
Opening hours: Monday 10:00 – 18:30, Tuesday to Friday 8:30 to 18:30, Saturday 10:00 to 18:30. Find them on: Website, Facebook, Instagram

L’Alchimiste Café Boutique

We now move to the fancy district of Quinconces and to one of the most popular coffee addicts places, L’Alchimiste Café. Arthur Audibert is a pioneer in specialty coffee roasting in Bordeaux. After working for a decade in consulting in Paris, he came back to his home area to open the first roastery in Bordeaux. He was influenced by his many travels abroad where he tasted quality coffee and decided to contribute his part in developing the coffee culture in France. Five years ago he opened a roastery, L’Alchimiste torréfacteur de cafés d’exception, in Darwin. In the first year, he was roasting coffee for other establishments in Bordeaux, mostly serving fancy restaurants and hotels.

alchimiste bordeaux

After a year he was joined by Yohan Caunegre, another caffe enthusiast who wanted to learn from the master and open the coffee scene to the wider public. After living in Australia and working in a coffee shop, Yohan wanted to bring the rising culture of coffee shops with a quality cafe to Bordeaux. In 2016, in addition to their roastery in Darwin they opened their coffee shop on a cute paved street not far from hotel de ville, Rue de la Vieille Tour. Albeit the central location, opening the cafe on that street was a gamble as at that time it wasn’t such a popular spot. Today, when you see this popular street with all the beautifully designed boutiques and pastries on the way to the coffee shop it’s easy to see the gamble paid off.

This cozy little place is divided into three areas: the bar, the sitting room with a few little tables surrounded by forest themed wall decorations and a small gallery with changing works of art, chosen by Virginie, Arthur’s wife. The name, L’alchimiste comes for the idea of transformation – the fact that the product starts from a fruit and transforms into a coffee.
This place is all about coffee, they don’t serve food, and the only snacks you can get are the cakes on the bar. Their coffee mostly comes from Central America and Eastern Africa (Ethiopia and Kenya).

What else?
The first Saturday of every month they hold a 2 hours workshop of tasting and brewing coffee. The price is 10 euros and you can register on their website. Next Autumn is going to be big for the guys! They will open a new coffee shop in Darwin, where apart from their amazing coffee they will make their own pastry and natural juices.

Address: 12 Rue de la Vieille Tour, 33000, Bordeaux /Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 8:30 to 18:00, Saturday 10:00 to 18:00 /Find them on: Website, Facebook, Instagram

Café Gusco

We finally get to the female representative on the list and for that, I will make you leave the center of Bordeaux. Gusco is run by Pauline Savin and is located in the Meriadeck district, distant from the buzz of Bordeaux center. Just a few minutes walk from Hotel de Ville you’ll get to a tiny square with turquoise tables from where you can spot the beautiful welcoming smile of Pauline.

Gusco Bordeaux

Pauline started her career in the wine industry and learned to appreciate good coffee through her husband, a distributor of coffee beans. He used to bring home samples of green coffee which they would taste together. After many exhausting years in the wine industry and after becoming a mom, Pauline decided to open her own business. It took a trip to New-York, which included a marathon of visiting coffee places, for her to decide to open a coffee place back home. She wanted to prove that good coffee culture can exist in France. Another brave decision was to roast her own coffee in order to own its taste. As someone who didn’t come from the coffee word, she had to learn everything from scratch and this girl definitely owns it!

In June 2017 she opened her specialty coffee place, Gusco. The name is a combination of the names of her kids Gustav and Colombe. The place is small but beautifully designed. It is a combination of many ideas she saw in other coffee shops as well as Portuguese touches as its a country she really loves. I especially loved the sofa with the hanging tables. They cook their own food and many customers actually come to Gusco for lunch. Pauline is super funny and charming and makes you feel at home in a second, and if you combine that with her great coffee, it’s really worth the walk.

Address: 2 Rue Ligier, 33000, Bordeaux /Opening hours: Monday 8:30 – 14:30, Tuesday to Friday 8:30 to 18:00, Saturday 9:00 to 12:00/ Find them on: Facebook, Instagram

La Pelle Café

We are moving from the historic center of Bordeaux to the northern chic neighborhood of Chartrons. A charming street like notre dame, deserves a beautiful place like La Pelle Cafe. The founders of the place is Carlos Pereira and his wife Paula.

pelle cafe bordeaux

Carlos, originally from Brazil, was surrounded by coffee from an early age and says he was always the one making coffee for his family so it’s no surprise he chose it as his profession. He left Brazil at the age of 26 and moved to Italy where he started his career in the coffee world. His first city in France was Paris, where he was one of the associates in a specialty coffee place, called Coutume Cafe.

In the end of 2015, he and his wife Paula have decided to move to Bordeaux and open their own little coffee place. While searching for the perfect place for their new “baby” they fell in love with the Chartrons neighborhood, and I can definitely see why. They are located on one of the most pleasant streets of Bordeaux, and they perfectly fit there with their chic design. The idea behind it is to make the bar the main scene with the baristas being the main actors in the play. The name Pelle comes from the Italian and Portuguese word for skin and it’s also the name of a coffee shovel in French.

He’s a real advocate for quality coffee and if you are interested in expanding your knowledge about different types of coffee and roasting he’s your guy.  Pelle cafe usually has coffee from 10 different origins, from countries like Costa rica, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Brazil, Colombia, Salvador and Guatemala. They try to educate people about the coffee they drink and enrich their experience beyond just drinking coffee.Left to the bar you’ll notice coffee related equipment on sale that will help you make your own quality coffee at home, with some guidance from Carlos himself of course.

What else: From time to time Carlos runs coffee tasting workshops, you can see more details on their facebook page.

Address: 29 rue Notre Dame, 33000, Bordeaux/ Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 to 18:00, Thursday 9:00 – 22:00, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 18:00/ Find them on: Website, Facebook, Instagram

Cofete B

Coming back to the heart of the historic center we are heading to Cofete B in the saint Pierre district. Although it’s located in one of the most touristic areas in Bordeaux, it’s not very easy to spot and I discovered it through a friend who lives in the area. The owner is Lizbel Lombardi. Born in Peru, raised in Germany, studied in England and moved to France following her French boyfriend who she met in Spain. Quite an international gal.

cofete b bordeaux

Lizbel’s story is about not giving up and having a lot of patience and optimism to follow your dreams. Her studies and career in England looked very different from what she does now. After several years in the hospitality industry she arrived to Bordeaux with no prior knowledge of French and had to find work and reinvent herself. During her student years in London she had worked as a Barista is a coffee shop, where she got equipped with the techniques and with a dream to have her own place. Finding the right place wasn’t easy and took a very long time. But with her ambition and the support of her boyfriend and his family she opened Cofete B, less  than a year ago. She chose this location because she wanted something central but on a small street for it to feel cozy and something that would draw the neighbors in. The name has a special meaning to her. Cofete is a beach in fuerteventura in Spain where she and her boyfriend met (yes, very romantic I know) and B stands for Bordeaux, barista and bio food.

While her coffee is amazing, it’s the food that gets her excited and she made it the focus of the place.The food is mainly vegetarian and there are always vegan options so for all of my vegan readers, here’s a great place for you. Saturday and Sunday are the brunch days and they have become very popular. On Sundays the place gets so busy that you have to book in advance.

Most of the clients are locals who come for a coffee in the middle of the week and then come back with their kids for a brunch on the weekend. You can see that people really love her, they come in and give her a bissou and tell her personal stuff about their lives. Others just come by to say hello on their way home. I can see why, she’s a really loveable person. Her vision for the place is a neighborhood coffee shop where people come to talk and be with friends.

What else?
One of the spaces in the cafe is quite isolated from the bar and that allows for hosting different events, which is something Lizbel really loves. As she’s busy with making the food and coffee, the events are not coffee related. It can be anything from a language exchange to yoga.

Address: 22 Rue Chai des Farines 33000, Bordeaux/ Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 to 18:30, Sunday 11:00 to 16:00/ Find them on: Facebook, Instagram

All these beautiful photos were taken by Laura, you can see her other amazing photos from Bordeaux and other places on her website and instagram.

Hope you enjoyed our list!!! I would love to read about your favorite coffee places in Bordeaux in the comments below!



When you think about festivals in Bordeaux, the first things that come in mind are wine and gastronomy. But let’s not forget that Bordeaux is the capital of the Southwest of France and one of France’s cultural hubs. So it’s not a surprise that there are quite a few big music festivals in Bordeaux. In this post, I gathered ten music festivals in Bordeaux and a few other attractive locations in Gironde. The list is very varied and I deliberately included many music genres like Jazz, Rock, electronic music and even Reggae. I added the dates of the festivals in 2019 (if published). For more information about the time and place follow my monthly and weekly lists, or subscribe to my newsletter.

Bordeaux Rock Festival

The Bordeaux rock festival takes place every January in the best music venues around the city, among them places like the Iboat, Quartier libre, L’avant scène, Void, La Tencha, La Voute, L’imperio, L’Antidote, and Salle des fêtes du grand parc. This festival was founded in 2004 by Bordeaux Rock, an association created to promote emerging music through cultural events. This festival is considered the main rock festival of Bordeaux, with tens of local and international acts performing here every year.

Bordeaux Open air

The Bordeaux Open Air festival is a series of music events taking place in different locations during the summer. These are all electronic music concerts, hosting djs from all over the world. They have a very young urban vibe to them and they are completely free! Some of the events are taking place in Jardin Public, right in the center of Bordeaux. With this festival your summer Sundays are covered.

Bordeaux relache festival

Another “all summer” festival is the Relache Festival. This one was created by the Allez les filles association in 2015 with the goal of providing free quality concerts to everyone. The festival lasts around three months (from June to August), with one or two concerts taking place in different locations in Bordeaux during each weekend. The program usually includes concerts of both local and international bands in many genres of music.

Fête de la musique

La Fête de la musique is a French national day, dedicated to the celebration of music, with free concerts and street parties happening on the same day (June 21) all over France. This is an extraordinary day where you have the chance to walk around the city and enjoy an endless amount of small and big concerts from any genre of music. Like every other city in France, Bordeaux too celebrates La Fête de la musique with its own street concerts and activities.

Millesime festival

This is a great event for all electronic music lovers who want to enjoy the unique atmosphere of an electronic music festival and still stay in the region of Bordeaux. Festival Millesime takes place in the early summer days in a beautiful town, La Réole, located about 40 minutes drive from Bordeaux. The festival hosts more than 30 electronic artists on three stages that are located on the banks of the Garonne river. Live electronic music with a beautiful view, sounds like a perfect summer festival to me. In 2019 the dates are May 31- June 1- click here for more details.

Jazz Festival in Saint Emilion

Saint Emilion with its romantic scenery is the perfect place to host this elegant event. The Saint Emilion Jazz festival was founded in 2012 and since than has been taking place every year in July. In its seven years of existence, it has seen more than 15k visitors. If you’re headed to the area in July, this one is really recommended. During the three days of the festival Saint Emilion offers a great mix of jazz concerts, wine tasting and tasty food. In the festival area you will find a wine bar with the wines of Saint Emilion and a gourmand market with local products and food trucks.

Arcachon en Scene

Arcachon en Scene is a popular music festival that brings big French and international acts to perform in this beautiful resort town. The festival usually takes place in the end of July/ beginning of August.

Festival Musicalarue

One of the biggest music festivals in Bordeaux area actually takes place in a small village in the landes department, named Luxey. The Musicalarue music festival usually takes places in mid August in the forest, just next to the village. The lineup includes a very long list of artists and bands, which in previous years included some big names such as Shaka Ponk, Gaël Faure and Matmatah and in 2019 will include Patti Smith, Orelsan and more. In 2019 the festival will take place on August 15-17 – click here for more info.

Reggae Sun Ska music festival

Sun Ska is a huge Reggae festival taking place every August in Vertheuil, between the vineyards of the medoc area. The lineup includes tens of artists with some big names like Ziggy Marley and the French Dub Inc. The festival was created in 1998 and besides music it has a strong environmental agenda. During the days of the festival many activities are taking place to raise the environmental awareness among the participants. In 2019 the festival is taking place on August 2-3 – for more details click here.

Piano Festival

I’m closing the list with a slightly different type of festival – the Piano festival of Bordeaux. Festival L’esprit du Piano takes place every year in the Auditorium of Bordeaux, usually mid-November. Every year this festival hosts worldwide known pianists like Abdullah Ibrahim, Chick Corea, Yefim Bronfman and more. Read more about the festival here.

piano

Other festivals that didn’t get into the list but are still worth mentioning are the Climax festival in Darwin in September, the Organ festival that is taking places in some of the churches of Bordeaux during the summer and the ODP music festival in Talence in May.

Hope you enjoyed my list! Do you want to know more about other type of events in Bordeaux and the area? Just comment below and I might write a post about that too 🙂

There are lots of great events this weekend! You have the big fair of contemporary art, a market for the famous black truffles of Périgord, a week of underground electronic music and plenty of shows, concerts, and exhibitions. If it’s too rainy for you, check out my list of things you can do when it’s raining in Bordeaux. You can also check out my new post about the best music festivals in Bordeaux and dream about the summer :). But for now, let’s get started with the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux.

Grand Marché de la Truffe

This weekend (February 2-3) a market of truffles will take place at Cours Malby. Grand Marché de la Truffe is a big event, dedicated to the famous black truffles of Périgord and other products of the region (foie gras, truffled liver pâtés and more). The event includes tastings and different activities related to the fancy mushrooms. The event is free. For more details click here.

When: February 2-3, starting 10:00 / Where: Salle Capitulaire de la Cour Mably, Rue Mably, 33000 BORDEAUX

Salon des Antiquaires et de l’Art Contemporain

The Salon of Antiques and contemporary arts is one of the biggest events in Bordeaux for Antique hunters. Around one hundred exhibitors, rigorously selected from different areas of France and other countries in Europe, will present their collections and knowledge in history and art. Le Salon des Antiquaires et de l’Art Contemporain will take place at the Parc des Expositions from January 26 to February 3. Entry is 10 euros and free for kids under 15 years old. For more details click here.

brocante in bordeaux

When: January 26 – February 3 / Where: Parc des Expositions, Bordeaux Lac, 33000 Bordeaux

Game In Jeux vidéo

Union Saint Jean invites you this Saturday (February 2) for a fun day dedicated to video games. The event includes activities for both kids and adults. The program for kids includes a family space with kids makeup, paper toys, arcade games, big puzzles and more. The adults can enjoy a game museum, board games and more. Check out the long program on the facebook page of the event.

When: February 2, 14:00- 18:00 / Where: 97 Rue Malbec, 33800 Bordeaux

A week of Underground electronic music

For the next two weeks Les Vivres de l’Art hosts a long line up of underground electronic music concerts. From February 1 to February 15, 17 live concerts will take place at this brilliant venue in the Bacalan district. The concerts include some big names from the international underground scene.  Check out the full program here.

When: February 1-15 / Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Exposition Système de Nasti

Good news for street art fans! The amazing exhibition of Nasty (one of the most talented artist in this field) was extended until March 3rd! So if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a must! The exhibition is presented at the Institut Bernard Magrez. For more about the artist click here.

Street art Nasty

When: until March 3 / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux, 33000

Marché des connaissances

This is the final event of the “Reboot : Semaine de culture scientifique“, a week dedicated to the relationship between humans and robots. This Saturday (February 2) a special fair will take place at the Halle de Chartrons that will reunite different scientific associations and players in the cultural scientific scene in Bordeaux, among them: Arts et Métiers (Bordeaux’s engineering school), Association des Sciences Archéologiques, Jeunes Sciences Bordeaux and others. See the full list of participants here. The event will include different activities, workshops for kids and games that address the topic of the human-machine relationship in a fun way. The entry is free and open for all.

When: February 2, 14:00- 18:00 / Where: 10 Place du Marché Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

Free museums Sunday

Like in most cities in France, the first Sunday of the month is a free museums day. You have a free entrance to all the public museums and to most exhibitions. Check out the full list of the museums in Bordeaux that you can visit for free this Sunday.

musee des beaux arts bordeaux

Pull à Facettes – Upgrade your clothes

This is a very cool evening for fashion lovers or just the creative ones among you. Pull à Facettes is an event created to get you out of the house for a winter cozy activity. You can bring your clothes and upgrade them with funky accessories. Make that old sweater of yours look cool again :). The event will include beer, hot wine, and karaoke! The event will take place this Saturday (February 2) at the Salle des fêtes Bordeaux Grand-Parc. For more details click here.

When: February 2, 19:00- 1:00/ Where: 39 Cours de Luze 33300 Bordeaux

Le Cirque Arlette Gruss

Arlette Gruss is a traditional French circus, founded in 1985. The circus has performed in Bordeaux several times in the last two decades and this time it’s coming back with a new show. This year they offer a free guided visit to the circus village to those who bought a ticket to the show. The circus tent will occupy the place de Quinconces from January 10 to February 6. For more details and tickets click here.

When: January 10 to February 6 / Where: Place des Quinconces, 33000 Bordeaux

Jazz Concert at Auditorium de l’Opéra

Richard Galliano, the French accordionist, will take the stage of the Auditorium of Bordeaux this Saturday (February 2). His concert will take you to a musical journey of exiles and sailors in Paris in the end of the 19th century. For more info and tickets click here.

When: February 2, 20:00 / Where: Place de la Comédie, Bordeaux, 33000

Misatango- dance show

Misatango was created in 1996 by the head of the Argentinian Orchestra, Martín Palmeri. This choreography is a spiritual journey that incorporates some of the Latin American musical traditions, especially tango. The show will take place this Saturday (February 2) at the Casino Barrière Theater. For ticket and more info click here.

When: February 2, 20:30 / Where: Rue du Cardinal Richaud, 33300 Bordeaux

Synapson – concert

The French electronic duo, Synapson, will take the stage of Rocher de Palmer this Friday (February 1). For tickets and more info click here.

When: February 1, at 20:20 / Where: 1 Rue Aristide Briand 33152 Cenon

Books market in Villandraut

A second-hand market for books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and board games will take place this Saturday (February 2) in Villandraut. It’s maybe a bit far from Bordeaux, but if you decide to travel to the South of Gironde, this is a very nice place to stop by. For more info click here.

When: February 2 / Where: Salle des fetes, 1 Place Paul Dunesme, 33730 Villandraut

Free Pony session for kids

Le Domain d’Ecoline is a farm in Sadirac that runs Pony workshops for kids throughout the year. This Sunday (February 3) you have a chance to discover their activity for free. For more details click here.

When: February 3, 14:00- 17:00 / Where: Lieu dit Joyeuse, 33670 Sadirac


That’s all for this weekend! If you want to plan ahead check out my winter edition of things to do in Bordeaux. And if you’re not on my email list yet, join me and get more tips about Bordeaux – subscribe here!

It looks like it’s going to be quite a rainy weekend so I guess most of you will be looking for some indoor activities. Some of the options this weekend include the big fair of antiques and art and the Trente Trente art festival. If you prefer keeping it cozy, you can check out the list of five coffee places in Bordeaux, and enjoy some excellent local coffee. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux (January 25-27):

International magic festival

The international magic festival will take place in Théâtre Fémina on January 25-27. This year seven world-class artists (magicians and illusionists) will offer you breathtaking spectacles that you wouldn’t want to miss. For more info and tickets click here.
When: January 25-27 / Where: 10 Rue de Grassi, 33000 Bordeaux

Salon des Antiquaires et de l’Art Contemporain

The Salon of Antiques and contemporary arts is one of the biggest events in Bordeaux for Antique hunters. Around one hundred exhibitors, rigorously selected from different areas of France and other countries in Europe, will present their collections and knowledge in history and art. Le Salon des Antiques et des art contemporaine will take place at the Parc des Expositions from January 26 to February 3. Entry is 10 euros and free for kids under 15 years old. For more details click here. les hangar saint michel - antiques shop
When: January 26 – February 3/ Where: Parc des Expositions, Bordeaux Lac, 33000 Bordeaux

Bordeaux rock Festival

The Bordeaux Rock festival will take place on January 23-27 in different music venues in Bordeaux: The Iboat, Quartier libre, El Chicho, L’avant scène, Void, La Tencha, La Voute, L’imperio, L’Antidote, and Salle des fêtes du grand parc. For the full program and tickets click here. Some of the events are free.
When: January 23-27/ Where:  Different venues in the Bordeaux area (check out the full program)

Le Cirque Arlette Gruss

Arlette Gruss is a traditional French circus, founded in 1985. The circus has performed in Bordeaux several times in the last two decades and this time it’s coming back with a new show. This year they offer a free, guided visit to the circus village to those who bought a full priced ticket to the show. The circus tent will occupy place de Quinconces from January 10 to February 6. For more details and tickets click here.
When: January 10 to February 6 / Where: Place des Quinconces, 33000 Bordeaux

La nuit des conservatoires

This Friday (January 25) le Conservatoire de Bordeaux invites you to a special night with concerts and performances from all the disciplines taught at the conservatory. Besides concerts, the night includes workshops and lectures. The concert is free and open to all. For more info click here. 
When: January 25, 18:15 to midnight / Where:  Jacques Thibaud 22 quai Sainte-Croix, Bordeaux

Vietnam circus 

This week (January 23-26), Pin Galant in Merignac hosts the amazing show Teh Dar by the new Vietnamese circus. Teh Dar means dancing around the fire in the K’h, the language of an ethnic minority in central Vietnam. The circus uses the costumes, the colors and the special traditions of the region in their beautiful show. For tickets and more info click here.
When: January 25, 18:15 to midnight / Where: 34 av. du Maréchal-de-Lattre-de-Tassigny, 33700 MERIGNAC

Trente Trente – Emerging arts Festival

Trente Trente is an annual festival, created to promote emerging artists in Bordeaux and Nouvelle Aquitaine in general. The festival includes more than twenty performances by artists from all genres, with some experimenting with interdisciplinary arts. Check out the full program that includes dance, music, theater, circus and more. The festival takes place on January 18-31 in different theaters and cultural spaces across the metropole (see the full list here).
When: January 18 – 31 /Where: Different venues in the Bordeaux area (check out the full program)

Tremplin de 2 Rives

This is the 7th edition of the Tremplin de 2 rives festival which aims to promote the musical talents of Bordeaux. The festival includes eight evenings from January 5 to February 9. This weekend is dedicated to Bordeaux west. On Saturday (January 26) five bands will take the stage of Salle Quintin Loucheur. For more details click here.
When: January 26 / Where: 96 rue de La Béchadel, 33000 Bordeaux

Hostens Trails 2019

Every year the Gironde department organizes plenty of sportive events that are open to the public. The first one of 2019 is about to take place this weekend (January 26-27) in Hostens. The event offers several trails for both runners, walkers and Nordic walkers. The price varies according to the trail and prior registration is mandatory. For more info click here and here. When: January 26-27 / Where: Secteur de la Base Nautique Hostens

Album Artworks Exhibition in Pessac

Album Artworks is an exhibition of five artists that have worked with Bordelaise bands and created both cd covers and accessories for music concerts. The exhibition will be presented at Sorti 13 in Pessac between January 25 to Mars 3. For more info about the artists click here.
When: January 25 to Mars 3 / Where: Sortie 13 – rue Walter Scott, Rue Walter Scott, 33600 PESSAC

Visions graphiques Exhibition

Visions graphiques is an art exhibition by 31 students in their fifth year studying graphic design. The exhibition will be presented at the maison Bm2050 until February 21. For more info click here.
When: January 24 to February 21/ Where: 1  quai armand lalande, 33300 Bordeaux

Interactive special effects exhibition

Do you ever wonder how the special effects you see in movies are made? If you do then you should check out the “Effets speciaux” exhibition taking place these days in Cap Sciences. It’s an interactive exhibition that allows you to see the behind the scenes of the cinema world and experiment with different special effects like the green screen. Entry prices range from 6.5€ to 9€ and free for kids under 5 years old. For more info click here.
When: until August 26 / Where: Hangar 20 quai Bacalan, 33000 BORDEAUX
That’s all for this weekend guys! If you want to plan ahead check out my winter edition of things to do in Bordeaux. And if you’re not on my email list yet, join me and get more tips about Bordeaux – subscribe here!

This weekend there are plenty of art and music concerts to keep you busy. If you want to plan ahead check out my winter edition of things to do in Bordeaux. Here’s the list of things to do in Bordeaux this weekend (January 18-20).

Trente Trente – Emerging arts Festival

Trente Trente is an annual festival, created to promote emerging artists in Bordeaux and Nouvelle Aquitaine in general. The festival includes more than twenty performances by artists from all genres, with some experimenting with interdisciplinary arts. Check out the full program that includes dance, music, theater, circus and more. The festival takes place on January 18-31 in different theaters and cultural spaces across the metropole (see the full list here).

When: January 18 -31
Where: Diffent venues in the Bordeaux area (check out the full program)

Le Cirque Arlette Gruss

Arlette Gruss is a traditional French circus, founded in 1985. The circus has performed in Bordeaux several times in the last two decades and this time it’s coming back with a new show. This year they offer a free, guided visit to the circus village to those who bought a full priced ticket to the show. The circus tent will occupy place de Quinconces from January 10 to February 6. For more details and tickets click here.

When: January 10 to February 6
Where: Place des Quinconces, 33000 Bordeaux

Le Salon du Livre Ancien de Bordeaux

Le Salon du Livre Ancien de Bordeaux brings together more than 40 French exhibitors for the biggest ancient books event in the Southwest of France. Every year more than 3000 people attend this event to look for rare pieces of literature and discover old book from every genre: fiction, kids books, old magazines and more. The event will take place at Cours Malby on January 19-20.

When: January 19-20
Where:  Cours Malby, 33000 Bordeaux

Tremplin de 2 Rives

This is the 7th edition of the Tremplin de 2 rives festival which aims to promote the musical talents of Bordeaux. The festival includes eight evenings from January 5 to February 9. This weekend is dedicated to Bordeaux center. On Saturday (January 19) five bands will take the stage of Athénée Joseph Wresinski. For more details click here.

When: January 19
Where:  Place Saint-Christoly, 33000 Bordeaux

Salon du Disque de Collection

Krakatoa in Merignac will host an event dedicated to collection CDs. Those are two days (January 19-20) of fun music browsing where you can find some real treasures among the hundreds of vinyls, CDs, DVDs and more. For more info click here.

When: January 19 – 20
Where:  3 Avenue Victor Hugo, 33700 Mérignac

Grand Nettoyage le Grand Crohot

This is an event with a great cause. This Sunday (January 20)
Surfrider Foundation Antenne Gironde invites everyone to a big cleaning of
the Grand Crohot beach in Lège Cap Ferret. For more info click here.

When: January 20 starting 10:30
Where:  33950 Lège-Cap-Ferret, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Tour de la Métropole en courant

The Tour de la Métropole en courant is a march/run with the goal to support hospitalized kids and to make their dreams come true.
L’hôpital des enfants et Aladin (the association behind the event) will host you for a coffee on January 20 at 8:30 before leaving in the direction of
d’Ambarès et Lagrave at 9:30. For more info click here.

When: January 20 starting 8:30
Where:  Leaving from Place Amélie Raba-Léon, 33000 Bordeaux, France

A creative workshop at the Kaléidoscope exhibition

Before this beautiful exhibition comes to its end on February 17, Institut Bernard Magrez continues with its workshops for kids and adults. This Saturday (January 19) the museum is hosting a creative workshop around the works of Koralie, one of the most impressive artists presenting at this exhibition. After a presentation of her colorful works, the host will guide you and your kids in making your own piece of art in the same spirit. The workshop is open to kids older than 5 years old. For more details click here.

When: January 19 at 15:00
Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux, France

The Big Lebowski French Fest

An evening all dedicated to the cult movie Big Lebowski will take place this Friday (January 18) at Bowling Mériadeck. The evening include activities like bowling polishing competition, electing the best disguise and more. For more info and tickets click here.

When: January 18 at 18:00
Where:  2 Terrasse du Général Koenig 33000 Bordeaux

Architectures du Bauhaus – Photography exhibition

This year marks 100 years to the birth of the Bauhaus movement. To celebrate Bauhaus Architecture, Bordeaux hosts a photography exhibition by the photographer Hans Engels. The exhibition will be presented at the Goethe-Institut Bordeaux from January 17 to Mars 9. to For more info click here.

When: January 17 – Mars 9
Where:  35 Cours de Verdun, 33000 Bordeaux

Noche Del Pintxo in Talence

After many successful Pintxo nights in Halle de Bacalan, the new Halle de Talence market continues this great tradition. As the name indicates, Noche del Pintxo is all about Pintxos, with ingredients coming solely from the market. This Friday (January 19) between 18:00 and 22:00 you’ll taste Pintxos and vote on the Pintxo of the month. One of the most fun things about these evenings are the prices: Pintxo = 2€, a glass of wine = 2€.  For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When: January 18, starting  18:00
Where:  Place Alcala de Henares, 33400 Talence

Swing Party

A swing concert and party will take place this Friday (January 18) at the Quartier Libre club in Saint Michel. It’ll start with a swing lesson at 20:00 and will continue with a concert of the Hot Swing Sextet. The entry is free and a chic outfit is obligatory :). For more info click here.

When: January 18, at 20:00
Where:30 rue des Vignes, 33800 Bordeaux

Mama’s Oysters Party

Mama Shelter is hosting an Oysters party this Saturday (January 19). For more info click here.

When: January 19 at 19:00
Where: 19, RUE POQUELIN MOLIERE, 33000 Bordeaux

That’s it for this weekend! Keep on being the great followers that you are and share this weekend list with your friends on social media 🙂
At the beginning of next week there will be a really fun article waiting for you, so stay tuned 🙂

Have a great weekend!

To help my readers plan their weekends in advance I decided to add quarterly editions of my “things to do in Bordeaux” lists, so here comes the winter edition!. The list includes the biggest events taking place in and around Bordeaux in January, February and the first half of March. I’ll continue releasing my weekend posts which will include both big and smaller events that I think you would love. In this article, however, I want to single out the big festivals, concerts, exhibitions, fairs and more. So let’s start with the winter edition of 2019.

Trente Trente – Emerging arts Festival

Trente Trente is an annual festival, created to promote emerging artists in Bordeaux and Nouvelle Aquitaine in general. The festival includes more than twenty performances by artists from all genres, with some experimenting with interdisciplinary arts. Check out the full program that includes dance, music, theater, circus and more. The festival takes place on January 18-31 in different theaters and cultural spaces across the metropole (see the full list here).

When: January 18 -31
Where: Diffent venues in the Bordeaux area (check out the full program)

Bordeaux rock Festival

The Bordeaux Rock festival will take place on January 23-27 in different music venues in Bordeaux: The Iboat, Quartier libre, El Chicho, L’avant scène, Void, La Tencha, La Voute, L’imperio, L’Antidote, and Salle des fêtes du grand parc. For the full program and tickets click here. Some of the events are free.

When: January 23-27
Where:  Different venues in the Bordeaux area (check out the full program)

Winter Sales

Winter Sales have finally started a few days ago with great discounts on everything from clothes to shoes and electric supplies, so this is the time to hit the stores. Les soldes d’hiver will take place during six weeks between January 9 and February 19.

Braderie d’Hiver

Every winter the main streets of Bordeaux are getting filled with stands of clothes, shoes, toys, house supplies and more – this is the Bordeaux winter Braderie. If you’re in town for winter sales take the opportunity to check out the stands of more than 250 merchants on rue Porte Dijeaux, rue Sainte Catherine and rue des Trois Conils. The Braderie will take place on February 6-8.

When: February 6-8
Where: Center of Bordeaux: rue Porte Dijeaux, rue Sainte Catherine and rue des Trois Conils

International magic festival

The international magic festival will take place in Théâtre Fémina on January 25-27. This year seven world-class artists (magicians and illusionists) will offer you breathtaking spectacles that you wouldn’t want to miss. For more info and tickets click here.

When: January 25-27
Where:  10 Rue de Grassi, 33000 Bordeaux

Le Cirque Arlette Gruss

Arlette Gruss is a traditional French circus, founded in 1985. The circus has performed in Bordeaux several times in the last two decades and this time it’s coming back with a new show. This year they offer a free guided visit to the circus village to those who bought a ticket to the show. The circus tent will occupy the place de Quinconces from January 10 to February 6. For more details and tickets click here.

When: January 10 to February 6
Where:  Place des Quinconces, 33000 Bordeaux

Salon des Antiques et des art contemporaine

The Salon of Antiques and contemporary arts is one of the biggest events in Bordeaux for Antique hunters. Around one hundred exhibitors,
rigorously selected from different areas of France and other countries in Europe, will present their collections and knowledge in history and art. Le Salon des Antiques et des art contemporaine will take place at the Parc des Expositions from January 26 to February 3. Entry is 10 euros and free for kids under 15 years old. For more details click here.

When: January 26 – February 3
Where: Parc des Expositions, Bordeaux Lac, 33000 Bordeaux

Fête des Bœufs Gras

Bazas in the Southern part of Gironde is a beautiful town that attracts many people with its weekly market. But what Bazas is mostly known for is its Beef. Since 1283, on the Thursday before Mardi Gras, the city of Bazas hosts the famous “Fête des Bœufs Gras” that celebrates the Bazas Beef. An Oxen parade takes place on the central streets of the town with the Oxen judged by a jury of experts. The day ends with a banquet where you can taste the famous meet. The event will take place on February 28.

When: February 28
Where:  Bazas, Gironde

Steven Wilson in concert

Steven Wilson is the lead singer of the British band Porcupine Tree, which also had an amazing solo career during the last 15 years. On January 22, he will perform his best songs at Théâtre Fémina. For more details and tickets click here.

When: January 22
Where:  10 Rue de Grassi, 33000 Bordeaux

Massive attack arrives to Bordeaux 

The famous British band Massive Attack will take the stage of the Arkea Arena on February 14, a great date for Valentine’s day 🙂 For more details and tickets click here.

When: February 14
Where:  48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Festival de 2 rives

Le Carnaval des 2 rives  (March 3)  takes place on both sides of the Garonne river. This is a modern festival (created in 1996) that has all the best features of a traditional carnival such as costumes, shows, and a big parade. The parade will start at 14:00 at the Allée Serr, on the right side of the river and will pass to the other side through Pont de Pierre ending at the Village Carnival at Place Pey-Berland at 15:30. The Village Carnaval will be open until 18:00 with a big scene including dancers and demonstrations of augmented reality. For more details click here.

When: March 3
Where:  Starts at Allée Serr, Bastide, Bordeaux

Swing Festival

Every March, for more than a decade now, Bordeaux has been hosting the Swing Art Festival (March 15-17) where swing dancers come from all around the globe to teach the dancers of Bordeaux their art of Swinging. This festival is much more than just swing dancing, it’s three days of live music, art, vintage markets, workshops, 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! For more details click here.

When: March 15-17
Where:  10 Place du Marché Chartrons, 33000 

Jumping international de Bordeaux

Jumping International de Bordeaux is a big riding equestrian event that includes competitions, spectacles and a fun fair. The event will take place February 7 -10 in Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux. More than 250 exhibitors will present their horses at the event which will include activities such as: Jumping world cup, amateurs competition, Equine Health Forum, a show of Iberian horses and more. For more details click here.

When: February 7-10
Where:  Cours Jules Ladoumegue, 33300 Bordeaux

Last chance to visit the Kaléidoscope exhibition

This is the last chance to see the beautiful street art exhibition in Institut Bernard Magrez. The Kaléidoscope exhibition is all about feminine art, hosting nine female street artists to present their works in a genre that is usually considered more masculine. The exhibition will be presented until February 17. For more info click here and here

When: Until February 17
Where:  16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux (16-23 March) is a very unique humor festival hosting more than 80 artists 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.

When: March 16-23
Where:  Different locations in Bordeaux

That’s it for the winter edition of “the best things to do in Bordeaux”! If you’d like to see other things getting into my lists, just comment below and I’ll be happy to hear any suggestion. If you just like it the way it is, share it on facebook 🙂 

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This weekend we can finally see Bordeaux coming back to life after the Christmas vacation. During the winter, as it’s quite freezing outside, most of the events tend to be smaller than the events and festival starting at the end of May. But it doesn’t mean that we have nothing to do until spring arrives. There are plenty of fun small events, a lot of art and nice shows for kids. As those are indoor events, many of them require making a reservation, so be aware of that! Here’s the list of things to do in and around Bordeaux this weekend (January 11-13).

Winter Sales

Winter sales have finally started, so if you were waiting to buy new shoes, this is a good time to hit the stores. Les soldes d’hiver will take place during six weeks between January 9 and February 19.

Hors Piste – ski in the city

Hors Piste is a cool winter event in Darwin where they transform one of the Hangars into a ski station with fun free activities. The event will take place this Saturday (January 12). For more details and the full program click here.

When: January 12
Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Le Cirque Arlette Gruss

Arlette Gruss is a traditional French circus, founded in 1985. The circus has performed in Bordeaux several times in the last two decades and this time it’s coming back with a new show. This year they offer a free, guided visit to the circus village to those who bought a full priced ticket to the show. The circus tent will occupy place de Quinconces from January 10 to February 6. For more details and tickets click here.

When: January 10 to February 6
Where: Place des Quinconces, 33000 Bordeaux

Disney on ice

For the first time in Bordeaux all the popular Disney characters reunite for an ice skating spectacle. Disney sur Glace includes three shows during this weekend (January 11-13).  For tickets and more details click here.

When: January 11-13
Where: Patinoire de Bordeaux, 95 cours du Maréchal Juin

A creative workshop at the Kaléidoscope exhibition

Last week in my article about 4 exhibitions you should see, I mentioned the beautiful Kaleidoscope exhibition at the Institut Bernard Magrez. This weekend I have some exciting news. The museum is hosting a creative workshop around the works of YZ, whose works are all about humanity and representing women from different cultures. After a presentation of her works, the host will guide you to make your portrait of a woman on rice paper. The workshop is open to kids older than 5 years old. The workshop will take place this Saturday (January 12). For more details click here.

When: January 12, at 15:00
Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux, France

No Land Demain- dance show

No Land Demain is a dance show, by the talented choreograph, Faizal Zeghoudi, that tells the story of immigration during crisis times like wars. The show will be presented this Friday (January 11) at the Casino Théâtre Barrière de Bordeaux. For more details and tickets click here.

When: January 11, 20:30
Where: 10 Rue du Cardinal Richaud, 33300 Bordeaux

Histoire de la danse espagnole

We’re used to thinking of Flamenco as the representative Spanish dance. However, Flamenco is only one of the many genres in the rich Spanish dance world. Ballet de Laredo invites you to discover the history of the Spanish dance with twenty beautiful dancers. The show will take place this Sunday (January 13) at the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon. For more details and tickets click here.

When: January 13, at 15:00 
Where: 1 Rue Aristide Briand, 33152 Cenon

Festival du film Turc de Bordeaux

A Turkish cinema festival will take place this weekend (January 12-13) at the Mégarama Bordeaux at the Bastide neighborhood. Check out the movies screened at the festival here.

When: January 12-13
Where: 7 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Inédit – Photography exhibition

Arrêt sur l’Image Galerie and the Labolabo workshop invites you to an exhibition of four photographers, presenting their work in the new expo called Inedit: Jean-Luc Chapin / Gabrielle Duplantier / Christophe Goussard / Valérie Six. This exhibition is an opportunity to discover the expertise of the workshop Labolabo in black and white prints. The exhibition will take place From January 10 to February 2. The exhibition is free. For more details click here.

When: January 10 – February 2
Where: 45 cours du médoc, 33300 Bordeaux

Trois Maitres – Exhibition

Robert Houdusse, Maurice-Elie Sarthou and Jean Sauboa are three painting teachers at the lycée Montaigne and Montesquieu de Bordeaux. From January 10 to March 10 their works will be presented at Château Lescombes in Eysines. It will be interesting to see the difference in styles and inspirations of the works of the three teachers who have influenced several generations of future Bordeaux artists.  For more details click here.

When: January 10 – March 20
Where: 198 Avenue du Taillan-Médoc, 33320 Eysines

My weekend lists are usually a bit longer than that, but as I said Bordeaux is slowly getting back to its rhythm of events and it will get busier starting next week. This week It took me some time to find good events but after many hours of searching and selecting I’m pretty happy with this list.

Just to let you know that I’m working on a list of the biggest events in January and February so you could plan your schedule ahead.

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Have a great weekend!

This is one of the slowest weekends in Bordeaux. Many locals are still on their Christmas vacation and the city is a bit dormant. So this weekend I decided to give you a short review of four exhibitions being shown these days in Bordeaux. This Sunday some of the museums are free so it’s a good opportunity to ingest some art! Enjoy, relax and see you next week!

Medio Acqua – Base Sous Marine

This weekend is your last chance to see the recent exhibition in the Base sous marine. The Medio Acqua exhibition includes installations by major French and intentional artists as well as a selection of video works by young emerging artists, recently graduated from the prestigious Fresnoy School. The main theme of the exhibition is inspired by the world of water, with the location and the structure of the base sous marine playing an important role in it.

When: October 26- January 6
Where: Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

Kaléidoscope – institut Bernard Magrez

Kaléidoscope is a street art exhibition dedicated to feminine art. Institut Bernard Magrez is hosting nine female street artists to present their works in a genre that is usually considered more masculine. The exhibition will be presented until February 17. For more info click here .

When: until February 17
Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Sous les mers, au-delà de l’image-  Musee de la Mer et de la Marine

“Sous les mers, au-delà de l’image” is a photography exhibition presented at the new Musee de la Mer et de la Marine until April 30. The expo consists of more than 100 photographs by Paul Nicklen and David Doubilet, two National Géographic  photographers. Check out more info on the site of the museum.

When: October 1 – April 30, 2019
Where: 89 rue des étrangers, 33300 BORDEAUX

GamingFX Exhibition

Throughout the winter vacation (December 22- January 6) Musée Replay together with Cap Sciences is hosting an exhibition that follows the evolution of digital technologies and the use of special effects in video games. Entry is 4€, for more details click here.

When: December 22 to January 5 (14:00 – 19:00)
Where: Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

That’s it for now.. see you again next week 🙂