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Wine enthusiasts don’t need an introduction to Saint Emilion. The small wine appellation (comprising only 6% of the vineyards in the Bordeaux denomination ) has long gained a reputation as one of the greatest wine regions in the world. It’s no wonder it attracts more than a million tourists every year. However, when many visitor plan their day trip to Saint Emilion they don’t realize it’s also one of the most beautiful and fascinating villages in the Southwest of France, registered as a heritage site by UNESCO. 

For many decades this picturesque town has been an economic and religious center attracting royals, winegrowers and pilgrims. Every square in the small village center is packed with history and some incredible architecture. Thousands of hectares of vines surround the medieval village making the landscape an unforgettable scenery. And so, many tourists arriving to Bordeaux become overwhelmed when trying to construct their own trip. In this article, my goal is to tell you about all there’s to do and see in Saint Emilion, where to eat and how to get there. While you can still take guided tours, I hope this complete guide to Saint Emilion will make you want to do it by yourself and at your own pace. If you still prefer to take a guided tour, I have a few to recommend, so you can continue reading or go directly to my article on how to get to Saint Emilion (with or without a tour).

day trip to Saint Emilion
Saint Emilion from above by lost in Bordeaux

I previously published an article about the best wineries to visit in Saint Emilion so you can skip all my explanations about the city center and jump straight to wine tasting if you wish, simply click here

What to do and see in Saint Emilion

A little touch of history

Saint Emilion has an integral part in the history of Bordeaux and the region. The history of wine in Saint Emilion (or Ascumbas as it was called back then) can be traced to the 3rd century BC, when the Romans planted the first vines in the region. It originally had a mere 200 hectares dedicated to vineyards, clearly not the wine empire it is today. 

In the 8th century, a monk named Emilian arrived to the little village in search of a quiet simple life and decided to make it his home. He lived in a little cave, receiving the many followers who traveled all the way to Saint Emilion to get his blessing. That’s actually how the village received its name, Saint Emilion. In the following decades, many religious orders would follow the steps of the monk and move to Saint Emilion to build their churches and convents, which explains the abundance of religious buildings in such a small village. The city became an important landmark for many of the pilgrims following the Camino de Santiago pilgrim way to Spain. The cave of Saint Emilion inspired the construction of the most impressive monument of Saint Emilion, the monolithic church. 

In the middle ages, during the 300 years of British rule, Saint Emilion was an autonomous city with a lot of financial and governmental power. In 1199 the British king established the Jurade, a group of magistrates governing the city. In return for the economic and political autonomy, the British received in return the best wines of Saint Emilion. That’s how the wine of Saint Emilion become so popular in England. 

The rich history of this little town left many traces in the city center. Many books have been written about its historic monuments, but here I want to share with you a few places that are in my opinion a must on your day trip to Saint Emilion. 

Take a tour to discover the underground of Saint Emilion 

Probably the most famous monument of Saint Emilion is the 12th-century Monolithic church that as its name suggests is carved from one stone. It’s the largest Monolithic church in Europe and it’s construction required the extraction of 15 000 mof stone. When looking at its modest front, it’s hard to imagine how big it is from the inside. I saw many pictures of the Monolithic church before going to Saint Emilion for the first time but I was still amazed when I saw this masterpiece firsthand. 

As it’s a preserved site, to visit the church you will need to take the tour proposed by the tourist office. I know that many people are not big fans of guided tours but this one is really worth it. During the tour, you get to also visit other underground sites which tell some of the history of the city. Apart from the church itself, you will visit the catacombs, where the important people of Saint Emilion used to be buried in the middle ages. You will get to sit on a fertility chair in the original cave of Saint Emilion (according to the tourist office many babies have been born following this ritual) and to see the impressive paintings on the 14th century Chapelle de la Trinité.

Two English tours are offered two times a day. At 11:00 you can take a general tour in Saint Emilion which ends with the underground tour. While the 14:00 tour is dedicated only to the underground sites. Times may change according to the season. See more details on the official tourist office page. 

The bell tower of the Monolithic church. 

While the church itself is well hidden in the rock, its bell tower is standing tall and can be seen from every spot in the city. If you’re interested in architecture, the tower is a fascinating monument by itself, built in both Romanesque and gothic styles. You can climb the bell tower and see a magnificent view of Saint Emilion from the highest point in the city.

The Collegiate church

The Collegiate church is a beautiful monument built between the 12th and 15th centuries and you can visit it all by yourself, without taking a tour. Here again, you can see an interesting mix of Romanesque and Gothic styles, reflecting the long period of its construction. The west door of the church was built in a pure Romanesque style during the 12th century while the north door is a Gothic one from the 14th century. It’s located behind the tourist office and you can enter it through one of the two doors or through its beautiful cloister. If you pay close attention to the walls of the cloister you will see quite a lot of interesting items such as graves, statues and even a little dragon. 

La tour du Roy

The 13th century King’s Keep is one of the most famous military architecture monuments in Gironde. There’s still a debate between historians on who ordered its constructions but one thing is sure, it’s a beautiful monument well worth a visit. It’s also a great spot to see the view of the vineyards of Saint Emilion. The tower is open daily for visits, consult the opening hours and prices here

Les Cordeliers – drink sparkling wine in an old cloister

Red wine is not the only famous product of Saint Emilion, you can surprisingly find also one sparkling wine as well, called Cremant de Bordeaux. The producer of the sparkling wine sits in a beautiful old cloister that is worth a visit even if you’re not a fan of bubbly wine. The Cordeliers cloister was established in the 14th century by the Franciscan brothers. For several centuries that’s where they used to live, pray and grow vegetables in their beautiful garden. Most of the building was destroyed during the French Revolution and was later sold to private owners. In the 19th century, the new owners of the place decided to use the enormous underground galleries to produce and store sparkling wine.

Today the production has moved to a remote location but they still store their bottles in the caves underneath the cloister and they offer daily tours where you get to visit the caves and taste the sparkling wine of Saint Emilion. Although the tour is nice, it’s not a must unless you really want to see the underground galleries. 

They also have a nice bar outdoors where you can grab a glass of Cremant de Bordeaux (the sparkling white or rosé) together with a picnic basket and sit in the beautiful garden. For more details about the tours and the history of the place click here
Address: 2 Bis Rue de la Porte Brunet, 33330 Saint-Émilion

Enjoy the vibes of the Local markets

The markets in the Southwest of France are a treat so visiting at least one should always be on your list. The market in Saint Emilion takes place every Wednesday and Sunday between 8 am and 1 pm in the city center. It’s a nice small market that can give you a little taste of how a typical French village market looks like. However, if you want to experience a real big regional market with tens of stands of local cheese, wine, charcuterie, oysters and more you must visit the Libourne market that takes place every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Libourne is located just a few minutes drive from Saint Emilion so it’s really in the neighborhood. 

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If you’re about to visit Bordeaux on your trip, don’t miss a chance to visit Bordeaux’s main market, Marché des Capucins. It’s truly one of the liveliest markets in France and a great place to try local food. There are plenty of restaurants at the market and you can read about the best ones in my article about where to eat at the Capucins market. 

Night market

Like many small villages in the area, Saint Emilion holds a weekly night market during the summer months. The market takes place at Parc Guadet and has a very fun local vibe to it. Every year it attracts many tourists and locals to enjoy the best local food and concerts. If you arrive to Saint Emilion in July-August you can get all the details about the night market in the tourist office. 

Try regional sweets 

macarons of Saint Emilion

If you’re tired of wandering around soaking history and sipping wine it’s time to stop for some local sweets! Yes, the Bordeaux region has special sweets that you can’t find anywhere else in France and one of them is coming straight from Saint Emilion. Did you know that the original Macaron was actually born in Saint Emilion? The macaroons of Saint Emilion are produced there since 1620 when the Ursulines sisters established their convent in the village. The recipe is being passed from generation to generation and hasn’t been changed ever since. You can get a box of macarons at the little sweets shop “Fabrique de macarons” ( Address: 9 rue Guadet). Or have a cup of tea with a great variety of local sweets and pastries at Au Parvis des Thés, a nice coffee shop, located behind the tourist office. Address: 1 Place Pioceau, 33330 Saint-Émilion

If you want to learn more about the macarons and other Bordeaux sweet specialties go to my article about the sweets of Bordeaux

The Saint Emilion wine route – visiting wineries 

How to visit wineries in Saint Emilion 

We’re finally getting to the topic most visitors come for – how to visit the wine chateaux of Saint Emilion. If you just want to drive around the Saint Emilion area and taste and buy some wine directly from the wineries, it’s quite straightforward. Many of them will happily welcome you to the chateau and will happily let you taste their wine. However, if you’re interested in a tour (even a basic one), you usually have to either make and appointment or book online. So it will require some communication on your part, but I highly recommend visiting at least one chateau when in the region. 

best wineries in Saint Emilion

Here’s a good tip for those of you who don’t like to plan and would just love to visit a few properties. The tourist office in Saint Emilion publishes a list of two to four chateaux on a daily basis that are open for a visit without prior reservation. It allows you to be both spontaneous and to discover some wine chateaux you may have never heard of. You can see the daily list of wine chateaux here

Having said that, I know that most people traveling such a long distance to the southwest of France would love to know ahead what chateaux are the best ones to visit. There are more than 130 wine producers in the great Saint Emilion area, many of which are open to visitors. So obviously choosing only one or two is not easy. But as I had the chance to visit many chateaux in Saint Emilion in the last two years, I’ve gathered a list of some of the best wineries to visits in Saint Emilion. This list is very limited and surely there are many other excellent wineries in the region but I found those to be particularly friendly and interesting to visitors. At least half of my list is dedicated to small family estates rather than big wineries owned by big companies. I personally prefer this kind of visits as they feel more personal and allow you to discover the passion and history stretching several generations of winegrowers in one family. 

Château Cantenac in Saint Emilion
Château Cantenac by lost in Bordeaux

Most of the winery owners and their employees speak English so contacting them should not be a problem. However, If you don’t want the hassle of contacting the chateaux you can always book a visit through Rue des Vignerons

Discover the Pomerol Appellation 

If you’re really passionate about wine I would also recommend discovering the luxurious neighbor of Saint Emilion, the Pomerol Appellation. It’s located very close to Saint Emilion but is considered a separate wine area and while it’s one the most prestigious appellations in the area, it’s not included in the official classification from 1855. It’s the smallest wine appellation in the Bordeaux wine region, covering roughly 800 hectares of vines.
Chateau Petrus is the most famous one in Pomerol. Unfortunately, most of us cannot visit this chateau as they are open only to wine professionals and honestly, most people can’t afford it either. But there are several Pomerol wineries who will be more than happy to welcome you to their estate. The most impressive one, in my opinion, is Chateau Beauregard with the most impressive wine tanks I’ve ever seen. Another one I really like is the smaller family-owned Chateau Bel Air.

Visit wineries in Bordeaux Chateau Beauregard in Pomerol
Chateau Beauregard in Pomerol

Even if you don’t have the time to visit a winery in Pomerol you can still taste it in one of the wine shops in Saint Emilion. It’s really a great wine so I strongly recommend it. Many call it a ladies wine because it’s easier to drink than a Saint Emilion, but don’t say that to a Pomerol producer, they don’t like that label 🙂 

Taking a guided tour to Saint Emilion 

While I believe that Saint Emilion is a great trip to do on your own, I know that many visitors love to take guided tours. So for those of you who would rather not drive in France or just don’t want to spend time planning their visit, here are a few recommended tours that will take you from Bordeaux to Saint Emilion. 

  • This is one of the most popular half-day tours from Bordeaux to Saint Emilion. Besides the ride to Saint Emilion from Bordeaux the tour also includes several wine tastings and a visit to two wine chateaux which for many people is plenty for one day. The price is €94 per person. You can find all the details of the tour and book directly here.
  • This is a half-day tour in Saint Emilion with a visit to one winery for € 75 per person. It’s rather intimate as they book small groups meaning you get to actually listen and ask questions. You can check out the details and get your ticket here.
  • A full day trip from Bordeaux to Saint Emilion, visiting three different chateaux at € 125 per person. This is a great option if you want to see different techniques of winemaking and taste different wines from the same area. You can see all the details and get your ticket here.
  • One of the cheapest tour options (€ 42 per person) is a half-day trip to Saint Emilion leaving on Wednesdays and Sundays that also includes a visit to a chateau. The downside is that these groups are quite big so don’t expect an intimate experience. See all the details and get your tickets here.

What to eat in Saint Emilion 

The village of wine must take itself seriously when it comes to gastronomy and indeed there are dozens of great restaurants in Saint Emilion. Nevertheless, as I already mentioned, Saint Emilion is a very popular tourist destination which means that there are plenty of tourist traps to watch out from. Also, it’s crucial to make reservations in advance! Most of the good restaurants are booked so avoid trying to enjoy a spontaneous meal there. I gathered a shortlist of good restaurants in Saint Emilion, which includes both high-end gastronomic institutions and more simple but very good restaurants.

Logis de la Cadene – I dare say that this one Michelin star restaurant is the most praised restaurant in Saint Emilion. If you’re celebrating a special event or just want to have a culinary treat, this is the place for you.
Address: 3 Place du Marché au Bois, 33330 Saint-Émilion

L’Envers du Décor – It’s the first wine bar in Saint Emilion that became one of the best restaurants in town. The place is a bit pricey but the food and the overhaul experience are worth it. Plus, they have a nice little garden which is super fun when it gets warm. It’s currently owned by the Perse family, the owner of the famous Château Pavie so perfect wine matching won’t be a problem. The restaurant is open daily. The address is 11 Rue du Clocher, 33330 Saint-Émilion

Delices du Roy – a delicious menu of local cuisine with a more relaxed atmosphere than many of the other restaurants in Saint Emilion. One of their trademark dishes is the duck burger. Address:1 Rue de la Porte Bouqueyre, 33330 Saint-Émilion

L’huitrier-pie – a creative restaurant with great food. It feels very fancy but the prices are not too high compared to the more expensive restaurants in Saint Emilion. Address: 11 Rue de la Porte Bouqueyre, 33330 Saint-Émilion

Comptoir des Arts – If you don’t want to spend a lot of money or just prefer a light lunch head to Comptoir des Arts. This small little restaurant serves nice quiches and salads at very reasonable prices. The restaurant is located at the very pleasant Cour des Arts in the center of Saint Emilion. 

Chateau de Candale – If you want to take full advantage of the wine region you can have lunch between the vineyards. Chateau de Candale has a nice gastronomic restaurant in their wine chateau and you can even combine it with a great wine tour. 

Attend some of the best events in Saint Emilion 

Saint Emilion is a small but very lively town with plenty of events taking place throughout the year. This wine region celebrates everything from wine to gastronomy to Jazz music so check out if there’s an event lining up with your planned trip. I write monthly and weekly posts about the events taking place in and around Bordeaux (including Saint Emilion) so all the events will eventually appear on my blog. But here are just a few of the major ones:

The open doors in Saint Emilion – a weekend at the beginning of May when tens of wineries open their chateaux and welcome the public for free tours, wine tastings, exhibitions, concerts and more. 

Saint Emilion Jazz festival – The Saint Emilion Jazz festival is one of the biggest music festivals in the region taking place at the end of July. Plenty of local and international Jazz bands arrive to Saint Emilion to celebrate music and good wine. 

Montgolfiades de Saint-Emilion – a hot air balloon festival taking place every year in October above the vineyards of Saint Emilion. This event is absolutely stunning!

saint emilion hot air balloon
Saint Emilion hot air balloon festival

Ban des Vendanges – a ceremony taking place on the King’s Keep in September, officially starting the harvest season in Saint Emilion. 

What’s the best time to come to Saint Emilion 

Let’s start with when not to come to Saint Emilion! try to avoid coming at the beginning of April as it’s the primeur week. The En Primeur way of buying wine is very common in Bordeaux thus most wineries are busy with hosting wine traders and won’t have time to offer you a tour. Also, once in two years in June, Bordeaux hosts one of the biggest wine events in the world – Vinexpo, meaning that many wineries will send their staff to the expo and will welcome only a minimal amount of tourists. The next one is about to take place in June 2021. Also, avoid coming to Saint Emilion in the last week of December and the first week of January. While many wineries stay open for visits even during the winter, in those two weeks you will have a hard time finding an open chateau. Don’t forget that many of the wine estates employ only a small number of people and these usually leave for their Christmas vacation. 

day trip to Saint Emilion
cute little shops in Saint Emilion

Is Summer a good time to visit Saint Emilion?

Generally, summer is a good time to visit the Southwest of France and the Bordeaux area in particular. It’s the official tourist season and most places are open and offering you a world of activities and adventures in this lovely area. On the other hand, arriving in August, the most touristic month, can also be a disadvantage. Saint Emilion is one of the most popular destinations meaning that during the summer it gets packed with tourists flooding its narrow streets. Even getting a simple lunch in the city center can become a real hassle. And while the big chateaux are all open for daily tours some of the small family-owned chateaux can close their wineries for a few weeks in August. I’m not discouraging you from coming in August of course but I want you to be prepared. If there’s a particular winery you’d like to visit, contact them in advance. And most importantly, book your lunch and dinner in advance as well or else a homemade sandwich might be your only friend in August 🙂 

When is the best time to come to Saint Emilion?

In my opinion, the best time to come is from Mid April to July and then in September through October. May and June are excellent months for a visit as all the tourist attractions are open for the summer season but it’s not too crowded yet. September and October are the magical harvest season and if you’re interested in wine it’s something you wouldn’t want to miss. 

harvest time in Saint Emilion
harvest time in Saint Emilion

How to get to Saint Emilion

My directions here mostly focused on people coming from Bordeaux for a day trip. I will just mention that the two closest airports to Saint Emilion are the Bordeaux airport in Merignac and the little airport in Bergerac. 

How do you get from the center of Bordeaux to Saint Emilion

Saint Emilion is one of the easiest destinations to get to from Bordeaux as there’s a direct train from Gare Saint-Jean (Bordeaux’s main train station) to Saint Emilion. The station in Saint Emilion is located about 15-20 minutes walk from the city center. If you want to know in detail about the train’s time schedule, where to buy tickets and how to get a transport from the station to the city center, read my article about how to get from Bordeaux to Saint Emilion

Nonetheless, if your day trip to Saint Emilion includes a visit to more distant wineries I do recommend coming with a car. 

Where to park in Saint Emilion?

There’s the free parking lot of the Gendarmerie (police station). However, this parking is often full on busy days in which case you can leave your car at the free parking next to the train station. There are also several paid parking lots (about 2 euros/hour): around the collegiate church (the upper town) and Place Bouqueyre (bottom town). 

Where to stay in Saint Emilion

I know that many visitors go to Saint Emilion only for a day trip but consider staying a night in the medieval beautiful city as it can really be a beautiful experience. Here are a few recommended hotels for those who decide to stay in Saint Emilion.

Logis de la Cadene

This is one of the most recommended hotels in the center of Saint Emilion. The hotel, with an amazing view of the historic center, has a warm and elegant design to it. And as I mentioned above it also has one of the best restaurants in town. Book it here

Hostellerie de Plaisance 

One of the most luxurious and beautiful hotels in the center of Saint Emilion. The hotel is located just next to the Monolithic Church of Saint Emilion and offers a magical panoramic view of the medieval village and the vineyards. Book it here.

Les Chambres d’Ovaline

Les Chambres d’Ovaline is a cozy and beautiful B&B located a few minutes walk from the center of Saint Emilion. The rooms are beautifully designed and you can enjoy your breakfast in their cute garden. It’s also much more affordable than the other options in Saint Emilion. Book a room here

Château Hôtel Grand Barrail

where to stay in saint emilion

A luxury hotel located in the middle of the vineyards a few km from the center of Saint Emilion. The hotel has a pool and a SPA facility as well as a gastronomic restaurant. This is a great place if you’re looking for a more isolated vacation. Book it here

Le Relais de Franc Mayne Saint Emilion

A magical B&B with the most beautiful view on the vineyards of Saint Emilion. The rooms are quite spacious and beautifully decorated. To book a room click here.

Bleu Raisin

If you don’t mind driving a bit, this cute B&B is located in an old wine farm, about 14 km from the center of Saint Emilion. Their price is really great and the setting is quite amazing. Book a room here

I know that this article was very long so if you got to the end, “Bravo” as the French say. Here are a few other articles you’ll find useful when traveling to the area.

If you’re planning to visit Bordeaux you can follow my guide to a weekend in Bordeaux or my post about what to do in one day in Bordeaux.

If you want to discover other wine areas in the Bordeaux region read my article about two days in the Medoc region. Also, check out my article about day trips from Bordeaux

Hope you find this article helpful! If you do, please share it with your friends!

*Note – Some of the links in this article include affiliate links for which I earn a small commission. It adds absolutely nothing to your cost and helps me continue writing about this amazing region. Don’t worry, I’m not getting rich here, I’ll never recommend anything I don’t believe in 🙂 

Saint Emilion is one of the most popular day trip destinations from Bordeaux. It’s a beautiful medieval town, abundant with historical monuments and surrounded by its famous vineyards. I receive plenty of messages from tourists wondering about the best way to get from Bordeaux to Saint Emilion. So in this short article, I’m going to cover all the ways you can easily get to Saint Emilion and where you can park in case you come with a car. 

Before visiting Saint Emilion you might want to check out my articles about what to do, see and eat in Saint Emilion and the best wineries to visit in Saint Emilion.

How to get to from Bordeaux to Saint Emilion without a car

How to get from Bordeaux to Saint Emilion by train 

If you don’t have a car, the easiest way to get to Saint Emilion is by train! There’s a direct train from Bordeaux to Saint Emilion leaving from the Saint-Jean train station in Bordeaux. The 40 km ride takes approximately 35 minutes by train. The first train leaves at around 6 am and then every one/two hours until 10 pm. You can check the time table here. The price of a one-way ticket is € 9.50 and you can book it online or buy the ticket directly at the station. 

I recommend buying a return ticket to Bordeaux as the ticket vending machines at the little station in Saint Emilion are often broken. If you’re not sure about your return time, you can buy an open return ticket at the agent’s desk with no additional cost. 

The Saint Emilion station is about a 15 minutes walk from the city center. Alternatively, you can reserve a tuk-tuk shuttle service that will cost you 4 euros per person. Call +33640836260 or [email protected] to book it in advance (only from April to October). 

Take a Bus from Bordeaux to Saint Emilion

Taking a bus to Saint Emilion is a much cheaper option than taking a train as the price is only € 2,60. The TransGironde company has a regular line from Bordeaux to Saint Emilion that takes about one hour. However, it operates only during the high season and otherwise stops only in Libourne, which makes the tour too complicated. Bus number 302 leaves from the Quinconces station in Bordeaux and stops just a few minutes’ walk from the center of Saint Emilion. You can check out the timetable here

By Bike – an adventurous way to get from Bordeaux to Saint Emilion

If you’re in shape, making a bike trip to Saint Emilion can be a pretty amazing experience. You begin your trip cycling along the Garonne river, then continue on the Roger Lapebie cycle path where you can stop for lunch at one of the charming villages on the way. After you cross the Dordogne river you start the famous route through the vineyards of Saint Emilion. The route is quite long and will take at least three hours without stops.
You can see the exact cycling road map here

Take a guided tour to Saint Emilion

Another option is taking a guided tour from Bordeaux to Saint Emilion. There are several options for day/ half-day tours to Saint Emilion, both group tours and private ones.

This is one of the most popular half-day tours from Bordeaux to Saint Emilion. Besides the ride to Saint Emilion from Bordeaux the tour also includes several wine tastings and a visit to two wine chateaux which for many people is plenty for one day. The price is €94 per person. You can find all the details of the tour and book directly here.

This is a half-day tour in Saint Emilion with a visit to one winery for € 75 per person. It’s rather intimate as they book small groups meaning you get to actually listen and ask questions. You can check out the details and get your ticket here.

A full day trip from Bordeaux to Saint Emilion, visiting three different chateaux at € 125 per person. This is a great option if you want to see different techniques of winemaking and taste different wines from the same area. You can see all the details and get your ticket here.

One of the cheapest tour options (€ 42 per person) is a half-day trip to Saint Emilion leaving on Wednesdays and Sundays that also includes a visit to a chateau. The downside is that these groups are quite big so don’t expect an intimate experience. See all the details and get your tickets here.

By car  – the best way to go to Saint Emilion

If you just want to visit the city and a winery next to the city center, a train will do just fine. However, the Saint Emilion wine area is quite big and if you want to discover more distant beautiful chateaux, you must rent a car. Also, if you’re more than two people traveling, renting a car might be a much cheaper option. There are plenty of rental companies both at the airport and Gare Saint-Jean, the main train station, so renting a car is very easy. 
To get to Saint Emilion by car take the N89 (Bordeaux – Libourne) route. 

Where to park in Saint Emilion

There’s a free parking lot at the Gendarmerie (police station). However, this parking is often full so on busy days you can leave your car at the free parking next to the train station. There are several paid parking lots (about 2euros/ hour): around the collegiate church (the upper town) and Place Bouqueyre (bottom town).

*Note – Some of the links in this article include affiliate links for which I earn a small commission. It adds absolutely nothing to your cost and helps me continue writing about this amazing region. Don’t worry, I’m not getting rich here, I’ll never recommend anything I don’t believe in 🙂 

Today my post is a bit more personal than usual but it’s really worth reading because you can win an amazing prize in the end! And when I say amazing I mean a night and a private photo shoot in a beautiful chateau! So this is serious!!

Since I started this blog I’ve visited countless breathtaking chateaux in the region but scrolling through my posts you’ll notice that I’m never in the photos (luckily I have my kids pose as models 🙂 ). The reason is that, like many women I know, I’m a bit embarrassed to show off the “princess in the castle”. That’s why I was very excited when Chateau Fengari in the Charente department invited me and my little girl Mika for a private photo shoot by a professional photographer, Bruce Smith. We had the most amazing afternoon at the chateau, dressing up in fancy dresses and taking photos at the mysterious chateau and its beautiful garden (they even have a private lake).

Chatreau Fengari
We are modeling 🙂

Now, listen carefully, you too have a chance to win a free private photoshoot with Bruce in Chateau Fengari as well as a night’s stay for two guests at the chateau, isn’t that amazing? So before we go into the details of the competition I’ll introduce you to the chateau and Bruce’s work.

Chateau Fengari, built in 1880 as a Cognac producing chateau and now rejuvenated as a beautiful sanctuary, hosts groups of all sizes for retreats, weddings and events. It also opens its doors every year for those wishing to experience a little taste of chateau life for themselves. Guests can stay in a B&B bedroom or reserve the entire chateau for a self-catering holiday. The chateau is very impressive, with original furniture and paintings revealing facets of its past. If the weather is good you can spend time in the beautiful garden gazing at horses running in the background. In front of the chateau, there’s a little private forest where you can take a stroll around the lake. I’ve seen many photos and videos of weddings celebrated in the chateau and it looks beautiful. You can see all the info about the chateau and its services here

Chateau Fengari

Our private photoshoot was done by Bruce Smith, a professional fashion and portrait photographer that happens to live in Chateau Fengari. Bruce has been working in the fashion industry for almost 40 years and you can see some of his stunning works on his site and in the bottom of this post. Although he has spent most of his career working with professional models you can see that real people are his favourite subjects. He is such a lovely and attentive guy with a special gift to make any lady feel beautiful and comfortable even when she’s a bit camera shy like me :). What amazed me the most was the patience he had photographing my daughter. She is a very active 3 years old so it’s not obvious at all! The whole afternoon there was a blast! A stunning chateau, a makeup session, beautiful gowns (for those who really want to feel like a duchess in a chateau) and one brilliant photographer. 

A wedding at chateau Fengari by Bruce Smith
A wedding at chateau Fengari by Bruce Smith

And now to the amazing news! Chateau Fengari and Bruce were kind enough to offer my readers a free photography session just like the one I experienced!

So what do you get?

Bruce offers you a free photography session at Chateau Fengari which includes 8 (5in x 7in) prints of images you liked the most. You can see on his site that the price of this package is 1520 euros so the fact he’s offering that for free to my readers is quite amazing. It’s a session for two people so you can take your spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, kid, mom, etc. I honestly think that this is an amazing gift to offer for Christmas! 

But this is not all! The chateau is also offering one night B&B stay for two people, so you can really relax and enjoy your time there. I’m so excited that one of you is going to experience that!

How to participate?

Ok, so that’s how it goes!
In order to participate in this giveaway, you need to go to my Instagram post and follow the rules of the competition!
The competition will take place between November 21 and November 29. The winner will be announced in the comments of the Instagram post in the evening of November 29.  

Good luck!!!

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Traditionally, December is not a very busy month in Bordeaux. Many people leave the city heading for their Christmas vacations, among them  the organizers of many of Bordeaux’s events, they too need to rest 🙂 On the other hand, the city dresses up for Christmas becoming even more charming than usual. So take some time to discover Bordeaux when it’s decorated with beautiful Christmas lights and sip a glass of hot wine at the main Christmas market. Don’t worry, there are still interesting events in December that are not Christmas related.  Arcachon hosts the annual Geek festival, the Chateaux of Pessac Leognan will open their doors to the public and the city of Pessac is hosting a fantastic kids festival, so there’s a lot to wait for. If you want to check out events taking place in November check out my November list. Now here’s the list of things to do in Bordeaux in October 2019.Here’s the list of things to do in December 2019 in Bordeaux.

Celebrate Christmas 

The Christmas season in Bordeaux has  plenty of great markets to attend and buy presents! The official Marché de Noël de Bordeaux with all the traditional stands and a lot of vin chaud (hot wine) will open its gates on November 27. If it’s your first Christmas in France, the traditional Christmas market is a must! However, if you feel that you’ve seen it too many times try one of the smaller markets where all the local artists and craftsmen present their original creations. I have made a whole list of Christmas markets in Bordeaux so check it out.

Marché de Noël de Bordeaux

Open Doors in the Chateaux of Pessac-Léognan

There are plenty of open doors weekends in the wineries of Bordeaux in December. This wine region is really close to Bordeaux and offers some  great wines so I had to put it on my list. On December 7-8 the Pessac-Léognan appellation is holding an open doors weekend with 34 chateaux hosting you for wine tastings, tours, gourmet food and plenty of activities for kids. Some of the participating chateaux are Château de Léognan, Château Pape Clément and Château Haut-Lagrange , for the full list of Chateaux and more info about the open doors weekend click here and here.

When: December 7- 8 / Where: Bordeaux metropole (Check out the link above for the full list of events)

Cabanes en fête

This is one of the most anticipated events in Bassins d’Arcachon. Cabanes en fête is the oysters and wine celebration taking place in Andernos-les-Bains on December 7. Come to the Bassins to discover its oysters and celebrate Christmas with concerts and plenty of activities. The program also includes a music concert, a flash-mob dance, exhibitions, fireworks and more. For more info click here and for the full program here.

When: December 7 / Where: Port Ostreicole, 33510 Andernos-les-Bains

International Animated Films Festival

Les Nuits Magiques is an annual international festival of animated movies taking place at  “Le Festival” cinema in Begles on December 4-15. This is the 29th edition of the festival, which over the years gained a reputation in the animation and special effects world. The rich program includes plenty of events and activities for both kids and adults: premiers of new movies, workshops, meetings with film creators and more. Check out the full program here and all other details you might need here.

When: December 4-15 Where: 151 Boulevard ALBERT 1er, 33130 Bègles

Bassin Geek Festival

If you enjoyed the Bordeaux Geek Festival a few months ago, it’s time for the winter edition with the Bassin Geek Festival. The program includes all the things the geek community loves:  comics, sci-fi, web culture, video games, parallel worlds, creative industries and more. The festival will take place at the Parc des Expositions de La Teste De Buch on December 7-8. Check out the full program and all the details here and ticket prices here.

When: December 7- 8 / Where: 940 Avenue de l’Europe. 33260 La Teste-de-Buch

Search for beautiful antiques at the Brocante 

The big brocante of Bordeaux is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen. It’s the biggest brocante event in the area and the selection is huge, from vintage home decor, to paintings, antique furniture, garden accessories and more. While some items can be pricey, you can still find plenty of affordable pieces at this antiques market. The merchants are very nice and are open to negotiations. The brocante is taking place until December 8. For more info and the list of exhibitors click here.

Brocante in Bordeaux
When: Until December 8 /Where: Place des Quinconces

Christmas Market in Saint Emilion

The traditional marché de Noël (Christmas market) of Saint Emilion is about to take place on the weekend of December 7-8. So if you plan to visit Saint Emilion anytime soon, this would be the perfect weekend for that. For more details click here

When: December 7-8 / Where: Center of Saint Emilion

Les lumières de la ville

Les lumières de la ville is a great chance to discover how Bordeaux’s monuments look at night. It’s an hour and a half biking tour that will start at Place Pey-Berland and will finish with Christmas drinks. On the way you will get to see the most important monuments and all the beautifully decorated little streets of Bordeaux. The event will take place on December 13 at 19:00, it’s free and open to all. For more details click here

When: December 13, at 19:00 / Where: Place Pey-Berland, 33000 Bordeaux

Taste the best French wines

This month you have a chance to taste some of the best French wines in one place at an event called “Bordeaux Tasting”. During two days (December 14-15) more than a hundred wine houses from Bordeaux and other regions in France like Bourgogne, Rhône, Alsace and Loire will be there to present their best wines. The tasting will take place at different sites around Place de la Bourse. For more details click here.

When: December 14-15 / Where: Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux

Casse-Noisette – Opéra National Russe

The Russain National Opera is arriving once again to Bordeaux with the classic Christmas ballet, the Nutcracker, or Casse-Noisette in French. Don’t miss the masterpiece of Tchaikovsky performed by one of the best ballets in the world. The show will take place on December 15  at the Arkea Arena in Floirac. For more details and tickets click here

When: December  15/ Where: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Festival « Sur Un Petit Nuage » de Pessac

The city of Pessac invites you to a fantastic kids festival with plenty of live shows. The festival Sur un Petit Nuage will take place on December 17-22 in different locations in Pessac. The program will be published soon (I will, of course, update it here).

When: December 17-22 / Where: different places in Pessac

MIKA in Bordeaux

Mika, one of the most popular singers in France will give one concert in Bordeaux on December 19th. The concert is taking place at the Arkea Arena in Floirac. For more details and tickets click here

When: December 19 /Where: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Go to a Christmas Mass

If you’re staying in Bordeaux on Christmas night (December 24) why not enjoy a mass and a choir concert at the most beautiful church of Bordeaux, the Saint André Cathedral. Two choirs (Le Choeur de Filles de Bordeaux and Les Petits Chanteurs de Bordeaux) will take the stage on this festive night. For more details click here

When: December 24, from 6pm to 9pm / Where: Place Pey-Berland, 33000 Bordeaux

A traditional marionette theater

Guignol Guérin is the oldest family-run marionette theater in France. While their well-known show runs in the summer, the theater’s winter edition is only two years old and plays at the center of Bordeaux. Their traditional spectacle takes place in Théâtre l’Inox between December 26 and January 5. For more details click here.

When: December 26 to January 5 / Where: 13 Rue Fernand Philippart, 33000 Bordeaux

Icones, Spectacle Musical & Réveillon Saint Sylvestre 

If you’re looking for something fun to do on New Year’s eve, Casino Théâtre Barrière is hosting an evening dedicated to pop music, with a lot of glamour, dancers and music. For more info and tickets click here

When: December 31 / Where: Casino Théâtre Barrière, avenue Jean Gabriel Doumergue , 33300 BORDEAUX LAC

Escape the rain

If it’s cold and raining and you’re not in a mood for an event you can always choose one of the cool places on my list of things to do when it’s raining in Bordeaux.

Finally, if you are looking for a fun and delicious activity in Bordeaux, check out my food tours in which I’ll take you through a three hours journey in the culinary scene of the Southwest of France.

Basque food in Bordeaux

Is it your first time in Bordeaux? If it is you should definitely check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in the city. To help you choose a hotel I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux to help you find your preferred AirBnB location.

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With the highest number of restaurants per person in France, Bordeaux is heaven for foodies. If you find youreself hungry in this city, finding a place to eat will be an easy task 🙂 However, food specialty boutiques selling cheese, chocolate or products from the southwest of France are not as easy to find as one might think. I receive many messages from both tourists and locals asking me about the best streets for foodies, and hidden places where they could find specialty products that aren’t available at the supermarket.

Luckily that is exactly the research I had to do when I was building my food tours. I spend several days simply strolling the streets of Bordeaux, looking for those special places I can take my tourists to. Today I want to share some of these foodie secrets with you! In this article, I gathered a list of my favorite foodie streets in Bordeaux. Here you will find the best patisseries, specialty chocolate places, quality coffee, cute little cheese shops and more. So if you’re in a discovery mode, join me for a foodie ride in the streets of Bordeaux! 

Foodie streets at the historic center of Bordeaux

rue des Remparts

Rue des remparts
Stop for cheese and wine – Rue des Remparts

Let’s start with one of my favorite foodie streets in Bordeaux center- rue des Remparts, located just next to the city hall of Bordeaux. At first glance, it looks like many other streets in this district full of fashionable boutiques and art galleries, but it’s actually one of the richest gastronomical streets in Bordeaux. As you climb the street heading north you’ll pass by plenty of specialty shops, many of which are focused on a specific local product. There are two great chocolate shops on this street. The first one is Mademoiselle de Margaux which sells specialty chocolates from Margaux located in the Medoc wine region and the other is a famous chocolate shop from Bayonne – l’Atelier de Bayonne. You’ll also find a fancy cheese shop (Chez Delphine) where you can stop for some wine and cheese (the best thing to do when in Bordeaux). Besides that, there are quite a few interesting shops you should keep an eye on, among them Pierre Oteiza with their Basque charcuterie and Noisettines du Médoc with their nut products from Medoc as well as Oliviers & Co, an olive oil shop. 

Rue de la Vieille Tour

Once you finish rue des Remparts you’ll see the beautiful Porte Dijeaux on your left. Continue straight into another magical street that you might have missed when strolling the city – rue de la Vieille Tour. Until a few years ago rue de la Vieille Tour was just a quiet back street in the Hotel de Ville neighborhood. Today many people know it thanks to the presence of one of the best coffee shops in Bordeaux – l’Alchimiste. Just in front of the coffee place sits the second star of this street, the dunes blanches. This pastry was born a few years ago in Cap Ferret and was since embraced by the locals as a proper Bordelais pastry. I often stop there on my food tours and peoples’ reaction to the yummy cream-filled pastries never disappoints :).  On the same little street, you can find two of the best chocolate shops in Bordeaux, Hasnaa Chocolat grand cru and La Maison Darricau. If you’re in the mood for a good homemade cake and tea don’t miss the cozy Mona cafe. 

Mona Cafe Bordeaux
Mona Cafe by Lost in Bordeaux

If you want to discover other great coffee shops in Bordeaux, check out my article about the five coffee places you don’t want to miss

Rue des Trois Conils

The next street on my list is still in the Hotel de Ville neighborhood but this time we’re heading towards the river on Rue des Trois Conils. I find this street a bit less charming than rue des Remparts but it’s no less interesting when it comes to food. In just two minutes’ walk, you’ll find two great chocolate shops (Yves Thuriès and Jeff de Bruges), a delicious Spanish ham place (Viandas de Salamanca), a chic canned products shop (Conserverie la belle-iloise) and more. It’s even more attractive if you love cooking or baking as there are two big cooking shops in the middle of the street, my favorite is Alice Delice. One of the most interesting boutiques on this street is La Trinitaine Biscuiterie. Here you can find plenty of traditional local sweet specialties like cookies and chocolate that are not easy to find in the center of Bordeaux. One such example is the Bouchon de Bordeaux, you can read more about this and other local desserts in my article about the sweets of Bordeaux

foodie street in Bordeaux
a chocolate shop on rue trois conils

Le marché des Grands Hommes

The triangle d’Or district in the center of Bordeaux is probably one of the most attractive areas in the city when it comes to foodie boutiques. Here you can find some of the best wine shops and a number of lucrative chocolate boutiques. For example, just next to the Opera, on allee de Tourny, you will find l’Intendant, a shop that earned the name “the wine library of Bordeaux” due to its wide selection of local wine. Just a few steps from there, don’t miss the oldest chocolate shop in Bordeaux, Cadiot Badie. 

In my opinion, however, the best foodie places are located on one of the narrow streets surrounding the marché des Grands Hommes, notably, rue Michel Montaigne. If you’re a patisserie snob, you’re likely to find one of the best patissiers on this street. David Capy is one of the best chocolatiers- patissiers in Bordeaux, and a visit there should not be missed. That is also the street I take people who join my food tours for cheese tastings. The shop is called Beillevaire and I especially like it as it’s both a shop and a cheese producer. 

More foodie spots around Bordeaux

Rue Fondaudège

Rue Fondaudège
Rue Fondaudège by lost in Bordeaux

I bet that most of you visiting Bordeaux for a short period of time have never heard of rue Fondaudège but it’s actually one of the rising stars in Bordeaux. After several years of tram works this street finally got the spotlight it deserves. It’s a long busy street, very different from the cozy streets of the center of Bordeaux, and it’s quite easy to miss all the interesting food shops on it. But if food is your thing, it’s worth taking a few minutes to walk from the city center just to discover this street. Here’s just a short list of some of the specialty shops on this street: Chocolaterie Lalère, if you want a hot chocolate; Aux dix vin, a great little cheese shop; Perrin, a very good bakery and Original US, a shop of American products (a lot of candies 🙂 ). One of my favorite secret spots on this street is a little coffee place named Eriu. Apparently, other expats love it as well as you can often spot some English speakers ordering their scones there. 

Rue Notre Dame

If you’ve been to Bordeaux for more than two days, most chances are that you have visited this street. Rue Notre Dame in the Chartron district is a stylish street full of boutiques, antique shops and restaurants but it’s especially attractive for foodies. La P’tite Boulangerie Notre-Dame, one of Bordeaux’s best bakeries is located just in front of the church, you will easily spot it by the long queue. A little pastry shop I especially love is Micheline et Paulette – they have a very small selection of cakes but they are all excellent and the place is super cute. If you want to stop for a cup of coffee don’t miss la Pelle cafe. Check also la Conserverie which will introduce you to a variety of local products and wines. The atmosphere in this place is great and they’re not closing after lunch which is unusual for Bordeaux. 

Notre dame street and the central square next to it are full of specialty boutiques and good restaurants so one paragraph will not be enough to cover all of them. You have two choices, go and discover it for yourself or wait for my article about the Chartrons district coming up soon 🙂

Cours Portal

Cours Portal is not a very charming street but it definitely deserves a visit if you’re interested in food. It’s a long street but most of the good boutiques are located close to Place du Marché des Chartrons. Remember Beillevaire, the cheese shop I’ve mentioned before? Here you can find their second boutique in Bordeaux. Another good cheese shop is La Fromagerie de Pierre, visit both for the variety.  If you like to make quality coffee at home, check out Café refuge, a coffee specialty shop. The coffee roaster machinery there is really impressive! Like every foodie street, Cours Portal has its own little patissier, named Taupy. One of the more interesting places on rue Portal is Gastronomie Des Pyrénées, a specialty shop offering products from the southwest of France. 

foodie street in Bordeaux
Café refuge on Cours Portal

Marché des Capucins

Although my list includes only streets and not markets in Bordeaux, I had to add the place all foodies in Bordeaux fall for. Marché des Capucins is the ultimate place to go to if you want to explore the food of the Southwest of France. At the market, you have three-cheese shops where you can buy a variety of French cheeses. If you’re looking for a place to taste oysters while in Bordeaux, Chez Jean Me is definitely the place to go to. While on weekdays the atmosphere at the Capucins market is very chill, on weekends many more merchands are coming to sell their produce at the market. The central part gets completely covered with little stands of basque cheese, locally grown fruits and vegetables and plenty of local pastries such as the famous canelés and basque cakes in many flavors. There’s one local pastry in the market you shouldn’t miss called Puits d’amour by Maison Seguin. This little ‘well of love’ will keep you happy all morning 🙂 If you want to read more about sweet local specialties I invite you to read this article about my favorite sweets in Bordeaux. If you want to learn more about the market, check out my article about the best places to eat at Marché des Capucins

Marche des Capucins Bordeaux
Marche des Capucins by Lost in Bordeaux

I’m sure that many of you are familiar with other boutiques in Bordeaux where you can find fine cheese and delicious pastries. In this article, I focused on streets with a high concentration of shops selling products that will allow you to discover the gastronomic side of Bordeaux. If you know other streets and interesting specialty shops in Bordeaux, please share them with us in the comments below. 

Is it your first time in Bordeaux? If it is you should definitely check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in Bordeaux. To help you choose a hotel in Bordeaux I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux to help you find your preferred AirBnB location.

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After many open door weekends, the focus is back to Bordeaux, with plenty of events in town this weekend. A big Pintxos party is taking place in Darwin as well as a big wellbeing fair and of course, the Christmas market of Bordeaux is on!! This weekend I published my ultimate guide to Saint Emilion, it took me a long time to write but it includes everything you need to know before going, so check it out. If you want to plan ahead for the next few weeks check out my articles about the best things to do in December and the Christmas markets in Bordeaux. Also, in case you missed the last weekend list on my Facebook page, I am currently running an amazing competition with Chateau Fengari. You can win a night at the chateau and a photography session with a professional photographer, you just can’t miss it! Go to the Instagram post for all the details. Or you can read more in the post about my experience visiting chateau Fengari. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (November 29 – December 1).

Marché de Noël de Bordeaux 

The traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux is officially on! This is one of the biggest Christmas markets in the region with 150 pavilions selling all the traditional Christmas merchandise such as clothes, decorations, jewelry, toys and local products. Even if you don’t intend to buy any gifts at the market you can still enjoy the Christmas spirit with some hot wine and roasted chestnuts.  For more info click here.

marche de noel bordeaux
When: November 27 – December 29 from 10:30 to 21:30 / Where: Allées de Tourny, 33000 Bordeaux

Garage a Pinxtos

The Second Garage a Pinxtos is taking place this Saturday (November 30) in Darwin. 30 chefs from Bordeaux and the French Basque country will gather for a long night dedicated to Pintxos and you’re more than invited to join them. If you want to have some of those yummy pintxos you’d have to purchase the special Pass, check all the details here.  The evening will also include a music concert. 

When: November 30 / Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Bordeaux galleries weekend

This weekend (November 29 – December 1), 13 galleries in Bordeaux will open their doors to the public and present the best contemporary art Bordeaux has to offer. The artists come from a variety of disciplines allowing you to explore new forms of art.  You can see the map of all the participating galleries here.  For more info about the event click here.

When: November 20 – December 1, from 14:00 to 19:00 / Where: see the map here.

The Salon Bien-être

The big Well-being Fair of Bordeaux will take place on the weekend of November 29 – December 1 at the Palais des Congrès. The event has 120 stands and  65 conferences all focused on different ways of improving the quality of life. The exhibitors are varied and come from all facets of daily life: food, home decor, therapies and beauty. For more info click here.

When: November 29- December 1 / Where: Palais des Congrès, Cours J.-G. Domergue 33300 Bordeaux

Orchestres en fête

Orchestres en fête is a beautiful event taking place all over France aiming to get the wide public more familiar with the work of the Orchestra. This Sunday (December 1st) the Orchestra of Bordeaux will host different activities such as workshops, games and concerts where you will meet the musicians and learn all about their instruments. The event will take place at the Grand Theatre and is fun for both kids and adults. See the full program here

When: December 1 / Where: Place de la Comédie, Bordeaux, 33000

Brocante des Quinconces

The big brocante of Bordeaux (antique/flea market) is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen. This fall edition of the brocante will take place from November 22 to December 8. Although it’s quite upscale, you can find some fine antiques and vintage pieces at a bargain price. For more info and the list of exhibitors check out the website of the event.

When: November 22 – December 8 / Where: Place des Quinconces

Bordeaux TOUCH Salon de Créateurs

Bordeaux Touch is a creators fair taking place this weekend (November 29 -December 1) in Chartreuse Saint André in Cauderan. The participants of this fair are professional Bordelais artists that will present their creations to the public. Among the stands, you’ll find jewelry, accessories, ceramics and more. For more info click here.   

When: November 29 – December 1 /  Where: Chartreuse Saint André, 194 avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny 33200 Bordeaux

Piano Festival

Festival L’esprit du Piano is taking place at the Auditorium of the Opera of Bordeaux on November 13 – December 7. This magnificent festival hosts some important pianists (Grigory Sokolov, Jacky Terrasson and others), some of whom will collaborate with the National Orchestra of Bordeaux and the choir of the Opera of Bordeaux. See the program of the festival here and info about the tickets here.

When: November 13 – December 7 / Where: Grand Théâtre, Place de la Comédie – 33000 Bordeaux

Etsy Made in France Bordeaux

The Etsy market is organized by the Etsy Made in France team with the goal of promoting local independent creators. Come to experience a more cozy market of young passionate creators and hear their stories and inspiration for their work. The event will take place this weekend (November 30- December 1) in Garage Moderne. For more info click here.

When: November 30 – December 1 / Where: Garage Moderne – 1 Rue des Etrangers – 33300 Bordeaux

Free museums Sunday

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

musee art decoratif bordeaux

Pintxo Gaua

Pintxo Gaua is a fun event taking place in Halles de Bacalan every last Friday of the month. As the name indicates, this event is all about Pintxos, with ingredients coming solely from the market. Finish your week this Friday (November 29) with Pintxos, wine and a Dj set. For more info click here

When: November 29, 18:30- 22:30 / Where: 10 Esplanade de Pontac, 33300 Bordeaux

Les foulées Littéraires

Les Foulées littéraires is an annual sports literature fair taking place in Lormont. The festival includes plenty of events taking place during the weekend (November 29 – 30) with sportsmen, journalists, sports commentators and more. You can choose between a sports commentary competition, a solidarity run, meetings with sportswriters and more. For more details click here.  

When: November 29-30 / Where: Different places in Lormont (check out the link)

Un Château en Ville fête ses 2 ans

Chateau Lestrille was the first winery in the Bordeaux region to open a bar in the city, named ‘un Château en Ville’. The cute bar is located on one of the liveliest streets in Bordeaux, rue Saint James. This Saturday (November 30) it celebrated its two years anniversary with a big festive event in the bar. For more details click here

un chateau en ville Bordeaux
photo by Lost in Bordeaux
When: November 30 /  Where: 25 Rue Saint-James, 33000 Bordeaux

Marché des Producteurs

On Saturday (November 30) Darwin will host its big organic market with many local producers from all over the southwest of France. Among others, you will find stands of oysters, wine, cheese, flowers and more.  For more info click here

When: November 30 / Where: Darwin Caserne Niel, 87 quai des queyries, Bordeaux

Vente sapins de Noël 

If you’re already ready to buy a Christmas tree this Saturday (November 30) a big sale of Sapins de Noël (Christmas trees) will take place at the MARC Postulka Fleuriste Jardinerie. For more info click here

When: November 30 / Where: 6 Rue Charles Chaumet, 33200 Bordeaux

Marché de noël de Bègles

The Christmas market of Bègles will take place this Sunday (December 1) at the Bordeaux Ecole Numérique. The event includes a creator’s market and activities for kids. For more details click here

When: November 30 / Where: 9 Avenue du Prof bergonie, 33130 Bègles

Have a great weekend everyone!

This weekend is all about the good life! A few very interesting wine related events are taking place both in the city and in other towns of Gironde. We’re already starting to feel some Christmas vibes with several Christmas markets taking place around Bordeaux. If you want to see which Christmas markets are awaiting us go to my article about Christmas markets in Bordeaux. It’s also a good opportunity to remind you that my December list is on the blog so you can see what’s ahead in the next few weeks.
This week I publsihed a post about my visit to Chateau Fengari and you absolutely must read it as you have a chance to win a photoshoot and a night at the chateau!!!!
Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux (November 22-24).

Festival Tango à l’Opéra Bordeaux

The third edition of the Festival Tango à l’Opéra will take place at the Grand Theatre of Bordeaux on November 22-24. The rich program includes shows, dance workshops, exhibitions and a big inauguration evening on November 22nd. For more details and tickets click here and the for full program here

The Opera house of Bordeaux
When: November 22-24 / Where: Place de la Comédie, 33000 Bordeaux

Organic Wine Market in Darwin 

Les Barriquades is the biggest market of bio wines in the region, an event that will take place on the weekend of November 23-24 in Darwin. On the menu, a huge selection of organic wines from Bordeaux, Saint Emilion and many other wine regions of France. The entry is free. For more info click here.

When: November 23-24 / Where:  87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Brocante des Quinconces

The big brocante of Bordeaux (antique/flea market) is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen. This fall edition of the brocante will take place from November 22 to December 8. Although it’s quite upscale, you can find some fine antiques and vintage pieces at a bargain price. For more info and the list of exhibitors check out the website of the event.

When: November 22- December 8 / Where: Place des Quinconces

FACTS – Art and Science festival 

FACTS is an art and science festival dedicated to research and creation and organized by the University of Bordeaux. The festival takes place every year in different art locations in Bordeaux, Talence, Pessac, and Gradignan. During six days (November 19-24) many artworks and exhibitions will be presented in some of the most emblematic art institutions in Bordeaux such as Musée d’Aquitaine, MECA, Cap Sciences and more. For the full program click here

When: November 19-24 /  Where: different locations in Bordeaux Metropole

Les Journées Gourmandes Loupiac & Foie Gras

In the last twenty years, Loupiac has been hosting the Loupiac & Foie Gras event that allows people to get familiar with the sweet wines of Loupaic and meet the farmers of the department and taste their gourmet production. This year the event is taking place on November 23-24 and includes workshops, guided tours in the participating chateaux, tastings, exhibitions and more. On Saturday evening a big gourmet cocktail event will be hosted by two chefs from the Maison Claude Darroze. To reserve a spot for the dinner check out the facebook page of the event, the info will be updated there. For general info about the event click here.

When: November 23-24 / Where: Different chateaux in Loupiac-De-Cadillac

Foire Sainte-Catherine

Foire Sainte-Catherine is an ancient fair taking place every year in the village of Podensac. The fair is very entertaining and includes plenty of food stands and little activities for kids. The event will take place this Sunday (November 24 ). For more details click here.

When: November 24 /  Where: in front of the salle du Sporting, 4 allée Georges Montel, Podensac.

Lettres du monde

The literature festival, Lettres du monde, is taking place on November 13-24 with lectures and debates in different venues across Bordeaux Metropole. Events will take place in libraries, schools, book stores, cinemas and more. You can enjoy this festival even if you don’t speak French as most of the writers participating in the lectures are coming from all over the world. For more details go here.

When: November 13-24 / Where: Different places in Bordeaux – check the program

International History films festival

The theme of the 30th edition of the Festival international du film d’histoire of Pessac, taking place on November 18-25, is Latin America. The rich program of the festival includes debates and lectures with several historians as guests and screenings of more than a 100 movies, from classics to works of heritage, rare or unpublished films, previews, fiction and documentaries. For more info and the full program click here.

When: November 18-25 / Where: several venues in Pessac center – check out the end of the program

Piano Festival

Festival L’esprit du Piano is taking place at the Auditorium of the Opera of Bordeaux on November 13 – December 7. This magnificent festival hosts some important pianists (Grigory Sokolov, Jacky Terrasson and others), some of whom will collaborate with the National Orchestra of Bordeaux and the choir of the Opera of Bordeaux. See the program of the festival here and info about the tickets here.

When: November 13 – December 7 / Where: Grand Théâtre, Place de la Comédie – 33000 Bordeaux

Salon de la Création

Here’s is a nice creative event if you want to avoid going to the center of Bordeaux on the weekend. Salon de la Création in Bouscat is an annual fair with plenty of DIY activities for both adults and kids. The event will take place this weekend (November 22-24) at the L’Ermitage-Compostelle in le Bouscat and it’s free for all. For more info click here

When: November 22-24 /  Where: L’Ermitage-Compostelle, 10 Rue Bertrand Hauret – 33110 le Bouscat

Foire aux Vins

The Bordeaux international wine and spirits academy is hosting its first wine Salon. The concept is for you to come and taste different niche and organic wines selected by the head of the academy and get great discounts if you buy some wine :). The Foire aux Vins will take place this Sunday and Monday (November 24-25) at Vatel. The entry is free but you need to register in advance. For more details click here

When: November 24 – 25/  Where: 4 cours du Médoc, 33070 Bordeaux

Sam Dougados exhibition

If you ever visited Biarritz you’ve surely seen the amazing works of Sam Dougados on the beach. Sam’s Beach art, as he calls it, has appeared in many places around the world, from Maroco to South Africa and Spain. Now Institut Bernard Magrez is presenting the photographs of his best works at their atelier that is dedicated to promoting local talent. The exhibition will be presented until November 24th so this is your last chance to see it. For more details click here

Beach art Biarritz
Beach art Biarritz
When: Until November 24 / Where: 16 Rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Marché des Producteurs

On Saturday (November 23) Darwin will host its big organic market with many local producers from all over the southwest of France. Among others, you will find stands of oysters, wine, cheese, flowers and more.  For more info click here

When: November 23 / Where: Darwin Caserne Niel / 87 quai des queyries, Bordeaux

Mama Bordeaux / Super Sunday & Live

Mama shelter invites you to its new line of Sunday lives. Every Sunday evening the restaurant will host a dinner with a live concert. This week the performing artist is BOCAS DE CENIZA . For more info click here

When: November 24 at 19:00 / Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux

Christmas is slowly starting 

While most of the big Christmas markets are starting towards the end of November – beginning of December, I found some smaller ones happening this week that will get you into the Christmas spirit.

Vente de Noël caritative / Charity Christmas Fair

The annual Christmas fair of Les Bonnes Causes de Céline (a local charity organization) is taking place this weekend (November 22-24) in Grand Darnal in Bruges. All of the vendors give 10% of their sales to Parent’raide Cancer, an association that helps children who are afflicted with cancer or leukemia. So you get to shop for Christmas and do a positive thing! In the fair you’ll find clothing and accessories for adults and kids, toys, artwork, well-being, cards and lots of wine 🙂 For more info click here

When: November 22-24 /  Where: 44 Rue Louis Fleuranceau, 33520 Bruges

Marché de Noël 2019 – Château Saint Ahon

A nice Christmas market will take place this weekend (November 23-24) in Chateau Saint Ahon in Blanquefort. If the weather is good, don’t forget to visit their beautiful garden. For more details click here

When: November 23-24/  Where: 57 rue de saint ahon, 33290 Blanquefort

12ème Marché de Noël du Château de Camarsac

Château de Camarsac invites you this weekend (November 23-24) to an early Christmas celebration. The traditional Christmas market will take place at the reception hall of the chateau. For more details about the event click here

When: November 23-24 /  Where: 30 Route de Bergerac, 33750

Marché de Noël de Sauternes

Sauternes is hosting its Christmas market this Sunday (November 24) at the Salle Des Fêtes De Sauternes. For more details click here

When: November 24 /  Where: 16 le Bourg Sud, Sauternes, Gironde

That’s it for this weekend!

Is it your first time in Bordeaux? If it is you should definitely check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in the city. To help you choose a hotel I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux to help you find your preferred AirBnB location.

Also if you’re here for more than a weekend you might want to check my article about the best day trips from Bordeaux.

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This weekend, Pomerol, one of Bordeaux’s most prestigious wine areas, opens its doors to the public making it a great opportunity to discover the area. Staying in this sophisticated mood you can also attend the Bordeaux Piano festival or the Cauderan Jazz festival. Also, a few days ago I updated my article about things to do in Bordeaux when it’s raining, so there are plenty of places for you to discover if it turns out to be a rainy weekend. In case you missed it a few days ago I published an article about the best things to do in Bordeaux in December. If you want to plan your weekends ahead check out my November list as well.
Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (November 15-17).

Portes Ouvertes in Pomerol

Pomerol, the prestigious wine appellation is hosting the annual open doors event this Sunday (November 17). 14 wine chateaux will be open that day, among them Château Beauregard, Château Bel-Air and Château Bellegrave. See the list of participating wineries here

When: November 17 /  Where: Pomerol 

Piano Festival

Festival L’esprit du Piano will take place at the Auditorium of the Opera of Bordeaux on November 13 – December 7. This magnificent festival hosts some important pianists (Grigory Sokolov, Jacky Terrasson and others), some of which will collaborate with the National Orchestra of Bordeaux and the choir of the Opera of Bordeaux. See the program of the festival here and info about the tickets here.

When: November 13 – December 7 / Where: Grand Théâtre, Place de la Comédie – 33000 Bordeaux

Jazz Festival in Caudéran

The annual Jazz festival of Caudéran is taking place on November 14-16. For three nights, the Pergola Theater will host six international Jazz players. For more info about prices and the full program click here.

When: November 14-16 / Where:  La Pergola Theater, Rue Fernand Cazères, 33200 Bordeaux

Margaux Saveurs 

The annual festival, Margaux Saveurs will take place on November 15-17. The idea of the festival is to make you discover the great wines of the Margaux appellation and present to you all the winemakers, merchants and restaurants of this gourmet area. During the weekend, you can enjoy special workshops in the different wine domains and enjoy fun activities and special menus made only for this weekend. For more details click here. If you’re attending this event be sure to read about other places to visit in the area in my article about the Medoc region.

When: November 15-17 / Where: different locations in Margaux

Salon Ob’Art

Le salon Ob’Art (Objets de créateur) is a creator fair with a rich pedagogic program of activities, workshops, and demonstrations. The motivation for the event is to create a dialog between artists, craftsmen and the wide public in order to transfer their know-how and to make the young generation discover a variety of professional vocations. Le Salon Ob’Art will take place in Hangar 14 (Quai des Chartrons) on November 15-17. Entry is free for kids under 18 and 6.5€ for adults (free on the first day). For more info check out the website of the event.

When: November 15-17 / Where: 173 Quai des Chartrons, 33300 Bordeaux

Lettres du monde

The literature festival, Lettres du monde, will take place on November 13-24 with lectures and debates in different venues across Bordeaux Metropole. Events will take place in libraries, schools, book stores, cinemas and more. You can enjoy this festival even if you don’t speak French as most of the writers participating in the lectures are coming from all over the world. For more details go here.

When: November 13-24 /Where: Different places in Bordeaux – check the program

Marché des Capucins Friday party

Every Friday you can enjoy the best market in Bordeaux, Marché des Capucins, as it stays open until 21:00. If you don’t know the market well check out my post about what to eat at Marché des Capucins for my favorites.

Chez-jean-mi-capucins-market-in-Bordeaux
Chez Jean Mi
When:  every Friday / Where: Marché des Capucins – Place des Capucins – 33800 Bordeaux

Le Brunch Raclette de Garg’Antoine

This Sunday (November 17) Halles de Bacalan opens the official raclette season! A raclette brunch will take place from 12:00 to 15:00. For more details click here

When: November 17 /  Where: 10 esplanade de pontac, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Marché des Producteurs

On Saturday (November 16) Darwin will host its big organic market with many local producers from all over the southwest of France. Among others, you will find stands of oysters, wine, cheese, flowers and more.  For more info click here

When: November 16 / Where: Darwin Caserne Niel / 87 quai des queyries, Bordeaux

Flamenco by La Caramelita

“La Caramelita” our local phenomenal Flamenco dancer will take the stage on the Grande Poste this Saturday (December 16). She will be accompanied by Manuel Vazquez on the guitar, Anthony Dunoguier on the cajón and by Alejandro Mendía singing. For tickets and more details click here.

When: December 16 / Where: 7 rue du palais gallien, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Mama Bordeaux / Super Sunday & Live

Mama shelter invites you to its new line of Sunday lives. Every Sunday evening the restaurant will host a dinner with a live concert. This week the performing artist is Quince. For more info click here

When: November 17 at 19:00 / Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux

Dîner Made in France

Domaine de Raba in Talence invites you for a “made in France” evening with a classic dinner accompanied by French chansons. If you want to discover fun places outside of Bordeaux’s center, Domaine de Raba is worth a visit. For more details about the French dinner click here

When: November 16 /  Where: 35 rue rémi belleau, 33400 Talence

Argentina, Terres de contrastes – exhibition

Several times a year the Cite du Vin puts one country under the spotlight and dedicates an exhibition to honor its wine and gastronomic heritage. This time the chosen country is Argentina, to which Cite du Vin dedicated its current temporary exhibition, Argentina, Terres de Contrastes. The exhibition takes you through a journey in six wine regions in Argentina, exploring their history, gastronomy and culture in an interactive way. The exhibition will be presented until November 17. For more info click here

When: Until November 17 / Where: Esplanade de Pontac, 134 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

If you want to join one of my food tours there are some free spots for this Friday, so don’t hesitate to contact me – [email protected] or through the facebook/Instagram pages.

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This weekend the Bacalan market is celebrating its two years anniversary so if you’re in town that’s a really cool event to go to. Monday is a day off so most places in the city will be closed and you’ll need a plan for that as well. One of the best events on Monday is the open doors at the Sauternes appelation. Even if you don’t like sweet wine, some of the chateaux are beautiful and worth a visit. You can also use this weekend to explore some foodie places with my new article about the best foodie streets in Bordeaux. If you want to see what other events are happening in Bordeaux in the next few weeks visit my article about events taking place in Bordeaux in November.Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (November 8-11)

Bliss Yoga Festival

The Bliss Yoga festival will take place on November 8-10 in Darwin. The program of the festival includes 45 courses striving to make you discover different types of yoga no matter what level you are. Although yoga is the main event, there will be other activities such as workshops, different information stands, a well-being space, a children’s area, a photography exhibition, organic products and more. For more info check out the website of the festival and the facebook page of the event.

When: November 8-10 / Where: Darwin Ecosystème, 87 quai des Queyries

Open doors in the Chateaux of Sauternes et Barsac

Sauternes and Barsac are two wine areas (appellation d’origine contrôlée) famous for their sweet white wines. On November 9-11 many of the wine producers of Sauternes and Barsac will open their doors to the public and give you an opportunity to discover their estates and taste their wines. The program includes wine tastings, tours in the châteaux, gourmet food, concerts and activities for kids. You can find the full program with the list of chateaux here. Also, check out the event at the Maison Du Sauternes on November 9-11. 

When: November 9-11 / Where: Sauternes et Barsac– chose your chateau from the program

Halles de Bacalan – 2 years anniversary 

Halles de Bacalan invites you to celebrate their second anniversary with a super gourmand event on the weekend of November 8-10. This fun market is one of the best places for drinks with friends, especially on rainy weekends, so the event is guaranteed to be good. For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

marche de bacalan in Bordeaux
When: November 8-10 / Where: 10 esplanade de pontac, 33300 Bordeaux

Marché de Noël Japonais

This special Christmas market has become a tradition. Every year the Japanese restaurant Little Tokyo hosts a Japanese style Christmas celebration with workshops of origami, calligraphy and other beautiful Japanese traditions. This is one of the early Christmas markets, taking place on November 9-10. For more info click here

When: November 9-10 / Where: 21 allée de Megevie, 33170 Gradignan

Les Salons de l’etudiant

The annual student fair is taking place this Friday (November 9) at the Palais des Congrès. If you have any plans of studying in Bordeaux this is a great opportunity to get familiar with all the main academic institutions in the metropole. For more info click here

When: November 9 / Where: Palais des Congrès, 33300 Bordeaux

Salon International du Disque de Bordeaux

The salon of vinyl and cd records of Bordeaux will take place this weekend (November 9-10) at the Velodrome. It’s the 60th 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. For more details click here.

When: November 9-10 / Where: Stadium Vélodrome de Bordeaux Lac, 33000 Bordeaux

Radio Éphémère de Quartier

Radio Éphémère de Quartier is a local open mic event taking place this weekend (November 8-9) at the Garage Moderne. The program includes concerts, a DJ set, a hip hop stage, activities for kids and tours in the Bacalan district. For more info click here

When: November 8-9 / Where: 1 rue des Etrangers, 33300 Bordeaux

Marché des Producteurs

On Saturday (November 9) Darwin will host its big organic market with many local producers from all over the southwest of France. Among others, you will find stands of oysters, wine, cheese, flowers and more.  For more info click here

When: November 9 / Where: Darwin Caserne Niel / 87 quai des queyries, Bordeaux

Mama Bordeaux / Super Sunday & Live

Mama shelter invites you to its new line of Sunday lives. Every Sunday evening the restaurant will host a dinner with a live concert. This week the performing artist is Quince. For more info click here

When: November 10 at 19:00 / Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux

Foire de la Saint Martin

Another fun place to visit on this long weekend is Duras. Foire de la Saint-Martin will take place there on November 11 with more than 250 exhibitors and stands of local gastronomy, clothing, cars, a big vide Grenier and more. For more info click here

When: November 11 / Where: the village of Duras

La Rochelle Swing festival 

If you were planning to go to La Rochelle in the near future, this is a good opportunity. La Rochelle swing festival will take place this weekend (November 8-11) at the Lentrepot-Cabaret. For more details click here.

 When: November 8-11 / Where: 3 Rue Augustin Fresnel, 17180 Perigny

Le Règne des Dinosaures  – an exhibition for kids

This is the last weekend (until November 11) of the big dinosaurs exhibition for kids, taking place at the Hippodrome Bordeaux-Le Bouscat. For more details click here

When: October 19 – November 11 / Where: 8 avenue de l’Hippodrome, 33110 Le Bouscat

Finally, if you are looking for a fun and delicious activity in Bordeaux, check out my food tours in which I’ll take you through a three hours journey in the culinary scene of the Southwest of France.

Is it your first time in Bordeaux? If it is you should definitely check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in Bordeaux. To help you choose a place to stay in Bordeaux I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux to help you find your preferred AirBnB location.

Lost in Bordeaux helps you enjoy the city and region in many ways so be sure to follow us on facebook/Instagram for more daily updates on things to do and see. Or better yet, join my newsletter where I share a lot of exclusive info about Bordeaux and the region – sign up here.