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Bordeaux is so rich and beautiful that you can spend several days here without visiting even one museum. But actually, to the surprise of many tourists, Bordeaux has quite a variety of interesting museums. In this small city you can see permanent exhibitions of classic art, modern design, street art, architecture, archeology and more. In this article, I gathered a list of the most interesting museums to visit in Bordeaux. So if you’re in a cultural mood, this article is for you. If you found this article while desperately looking for something to do on a rainy day, check out more ideas in my article about the best things to do when it’s raining in Bordeaux

Just before we start I need to mention a few important bits of information. 

Discounts for Bordeaux’s museums 

The fees that I mention next to every museum represent the full ticket price. But that doesn’t mean you will have to pay that price as there are plenty of discounts in France. The price is usually reduced (or even free in some cases) for students, people under 25 yo, seniors, people with disabilities, unemployed, and people holding the Bordeaux city pass. So it’s always good to check the site of the museum to see if you can get a reduced price. 

Musee des beaux arts in Bordeaux
Musee des beaux arts in Bordeaux

Bordeaux city pass – This pass is a card you can buy online or at the tourist office that allows you to freely use the public transport, visit plenty of museums and enjoy some attractions for a reduced price. This pass is available for 24, 48 or 72 consecutive hours (the prices are 29€, 39€ and 43€ euros respectively). Even the expensive wine museum is there so it’s really worth checking out if you plan to visit a few places and use public transport a lot. You can see all the details and purchase the Bordeaux city pass here
Bordeaux museums pass – this pass is more interesting for people who live here or visit the city on a regular basis. The pass gives you unlimited entry for a year to seven museums in the city. You can see the list of museums and all the details here. The price is 25 € for a single pass and 37,50 € for a couple pass. You can purchase it in any of the museums mentioned in the link above. 
Free Sunday – many of the museums in the city are free on the first Sunday of the month, which includes permanent and temporary exhibitions. 

Now that we’re done with all that let’s get into our artistic mood and start discovering the museums of Bordeaux. 

Wine museums in Bordeaux 

Cité du Vin

The Cité du Vin is one of the most popular attractions on the tourist trail in Bordeaux. In the last couple of years, it has become one of Bordeaux’s most iconic institutions even though it opened its doors only in 2016. The extraordinary building, inspired by the movement of wine swirling in a glass, is a one of a kind cultural center, all dedicated to discovering the wine world. Through its interactive exhibition, It offers a journey to both French and global wine history, culture and knowhow. You will learn about winemaking, see movies and interviews with wine producers and then smell and taste wine. The Cite du Vin allows you to discover a selection of wines from all over the world in its spectacular wine shop and to see the best panoramic view of Bordeaux. The fee of the museum is quite high (20 euros) so if you want to decide if it’s worth the money, you can read my article about my visit to the cite du vin to get a good idea of what to expect.

You can also skip the line and buy the tickets online- click here to purchase the tickets. 

Cite du vin - colors of wine
A fun place even if you don’t like wine
Address: Esplanade de Pontac, 134 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday – Sunday and bank and school holidays from 10am to 7pm
Fee: 20€ for adults and 9€ for kids and free for kids under 6 years old. 
The site of the museum: https://www.laciteduvin.com/en

Musée du Vin et du Négoce de Bordeaux

Apart from the Cité du vin, Bordeaux also has another wine museum that is dedicated to Bordeaux’s wine history. Musée du Vin et du Négoce is a small museum, located in what used to be the house of an Irish négociant (wine merchant) in the 18th century. During that time Chartons was the neighborhood of Flemish, Irish and German wine merchants who settled close to the Garonne river in order to export wine to their home countries. Thanks to this museum you can go back in time and see how a typical house of a négociant used to look like. The ground floor was used to store wine and meet the winemakers and potential customers and the top floor was the residence of the family. Throughout your visit you will learn about the evolution of winemaking in Bordeaux during the last three centuries. You will discover old techniques and equipment that were used at the time and the way wine was stored and shipped. It goes into interesting details like the first use of bottles to age wine, the first wine etiquettes and more.

musee du vin et du Négoce bordeaux

This museum is small and not as modern and interactive as the Cité du vin but if you want to learn about the history of the Bordeaux wine region this is the place to go. It ends with a very nice wine tasting session where you get plenty of explanations about the different wine appellations in Bordeaux.
The museum is located in the northern part of rue Notre Dame, one of the most interesting streets in Bordeaux. If you want to know what else you can do on that street and generally in the posh Chartrons neighborhood, go to my article about the Chartrons district

Address: The entrance is from 41 Rue Borie, Bordeaux
Opening hours: Open every day 10:00-18:00
Fee: 10€ (visit and two glasses of wine)
The site of the museum: https://www.museeduvinbordeaux.com/

Art Museums in Bordeaux

Le musée des beaux-arts – fine arts

Le musée des beaux-arts is the main art museum of Bordeaux, known for its large collection of sculptures and paintings from the 16th to the 20th century. The museum owns a huge collection of more than 6000 paintings, 600 sculptures and 3000 drawings. Nevertheless, the museum is quite small and so most of these artworks are not displayed to the public. It’s a very nice museum but it’s quite modest so don’t expect a second Louvre here :). The museum is located in a beautiful house built in 1801 and has one of the most beautiful gardens in Bordeaux. The permanent collection includes a lot of famous works by artists like Pérugin, Rubens, Chardin, Delacroix, and Matisse alongside Bordelaise artists such as Odilon Redon and Albert Marquet. The museum often hosts temporary exhibitions as well as concerts and art events. 

Museums in bordeaux
Address: 20 Cours d’Albret, 33000 Bordeaux
Opening hours: Open every day except Tuesday 11:00-18:00
Fee: 5€ , free entry every first Sunday of the month (except July and August)
The site of the museum: http://www.musba-bordeaux.fr/

Le CAPC – musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux

CAPC is the contemporary art museum of Bordeaux located in the chic Chartrons district. The museum is housed in an impressive former warehouse from the 19th century where commodities, traded down the river, used to be stored. It was planned to be demolished in the 20th century but was saved thanks to a new law protecting houses with historic importance. In 1984 the city decided to transform this unique space into a museum of contemporary art, an idea which was very innovative at the time. In the permanent collection, there are almost 300 works of art and it regularly hosts temporary exhibitions that are dedicated to the history of art. I’ll admit that I’m not always a fan of their exhibitions, having said that, I think the place in itself is very impressive and worth a visit. 

CAPC Bordeaux
CAPC museum in Bordeaux

The museum is also home to the Architecture center “Arc en rêve”, which hosts temporary exhibitions related to urban planning, design, landscaping and more. I usually find their exhibitions super interesting and recommend visiting it when you are at the museum. The center is located on the first floor and is sometimes hard to find, so just ask for help from one of the employees. The entry is free every first Sunday of the month (except July and August).

Address: 7 Rue Ferrere, 33000 Bordeaux
Opening hours: Open from Tuesday to Sunday 11:00-18:00. Every second Wednesday of the month the museum in open until 20:00. 
Fee: 7€, free entry every first Sunday of the month (except July and August)
The site of the museum: http://www.capc-bordeaux.fr/capc

Musée des Art décoratifs et du Design

The museum of decorative art and design is located in a beautiful 18th-century mansion and is one of UNESCO’s heritage sites in Bordeaux. It has a large collection of furniture, porcelain and art objects, dating to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The building itself, named Hotel de Lalande, was built by Pierre- Raymond de Lalande, a counselor of the Parliament of Bordeaux and is an architectural piece of art by itself. Through the museum’s backyard, you pass to a separate building (former stables) where the temporary exhibitions are presented. These are usually very good and attract many locals. If you’re hesitating on whether to spend your time in this museum check out their website for the temporary exhibitions as these alone can be worth the visit. The museum is free every first Sunday of the month, except for July and August. 

Musée des arts décoratifs bordeaux
Musée des arts décoratifs bordeaux
Address: 39 rue Bouffard 33000 Bordeaux
Opening hours: Open every day except Tuesday 11:00-18:00
Fee: 5€, free entry every first Sunday of the month (except July and August)
The site of the museum: https://madd-bordeaux.fr/

La Base Sous Marine

This is one of the most unique places in Bordeaux. Built by the Germans during the Second World War, this old submarine base has been converted into a space dedicated to contemporary art, allowing you to enjoy the space itself no less than the art presented. It can be a bit tricky to find the entrance, so if you come from the la Cité du Vin tram station be sure to walk on rue Lucien Faure before turning right to Boulevard Alfred Daney. Also, if you come with kids, it’s important to know that strollers are not allowed in the exhibition as it’s dark and has a lot of stairs (you will have to leave the stroller next to the entrance). 

Base sous marine - entrance
La Base sous-marine museum in Bordeaux

Starting from April 17, 2020 the museum will go through a huge transformation and the Base Sous-Marine will become the Bassin des Lumières! It currently belongs to the city of Bordeaux and only part of it is occupied by the art exhibitions. However, starting April from next year, it will be run by a private company that is upgrading it to another level. Four big pools (where previously the submarines used to dock) will be used for a spectacular light installation, taking you over the bridges and along the quays of Bassins a flot (the current port of Bordeaux). The downside is that the price is going to be much higher, from its current fee of 5 euros it’s supposed to go to 15 euros per person.

La Base sous-marine is located in the Bacalan neighborhood which is yet another cool place to discover in Bordeaux and I have a whole article about the best things to do there, you can read it here

Address: Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux
Opening hours (until April 17. 2020): Open from Tuesday to Sunday 13:30 to 19:00 (only during exhibitions).
Fee: currently 5€ but will change soon, free entry every first Sunday of the month (except July and August).
The site of the museum: https://www.facebook.com/BasesousmarinedeBordeaux/

Institut Bernard Magrez 

If you’re in for some street art, you’re in the right city! Bordeaux has plenty of amazing local street art to offer. Surprisingly enough, one of the best places to see street art in Bordeaux is located in a beautiful 18th-century mansion called Chateau Labottiere. A cool contrast, isn’t it? The place is called the Institut Bernard Magrez and it regularly hosts exhibitions by the best local and international street artists. The art is beautifully integrated with the classical features of the chateau and is being alternated every couple of months so there is always something interesting to see there. Next to the château, there are two smaller exhibition spaces where amazing exhibitions of paintings, sculpture and photography are hosted on a regular basis so you actually get to see three exhibitions during one visit. The cultural institute also hosts plenty of creative workshops for kids and concerts for adults so check their events list on their site.

Mika Bordeaux
Mika at Institut Bernard Magrez
Address: 16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux
Opening hours: Open from Friday to Sunday 13:00 to 18:00 (the museum is often closed for events so it’s always better to call and ask them if they are open before going).
Fee: 8 €, free every first Sunday of the month
The site of the museum: https://www.institut-bernard-magrez.com/

FRAC – local contemporary art 

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

Address: Corto Maltese, La MÉCA 5 parvis, 33800 Bordeaux
Opening hours: Open Tuesday to Saturday and the first Sunday of the month from  13:o0 to 18:30. Every third Thursday of the month the museum is open until 21:00
Fee: It’s an organization that works on contributions so you can pay 1 euro minimum or more if you wish. 
The site of the museum: https://fracnouvelleaquitaine-meca.fr/

Kids Museums in Bordeaux

The Natural History museum 

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

kids museums in Bordeaux

I’m not sure that I should’ve put it under the category of kids museums as it’s a fascinating place for everyone. But it’s extremely kids friendly and it has become a go-to place for Bordelais parents, especially when it’s cold or raining outside. If you need more ideas for activities for kids check out my article about 30 things to do with kids in Bordeaux

Address:  5 Place Bardineau, 33000 Bordeaux
Opening hours: Open from Tuesday to Sunday. From April to September from 10:30 to 18:00 and from October to March from 10:30 to 17:30. 
Fee: 5€ (7€ when there are temporary exhibitions). Free entry every first Sunday of the month (except July and August).
The site of the museum: https://www.museum-bordeaux.fr/en/accueil

Cap Sciences

Cap Sciences is a kids science museum and one of the most fun and educative places in Bordeaux. The museum proposes interactive exhibitions and activities all dedicated to different aspects of science. It touches upon topics of light, space, time, robots and more and everything is presented in an interactive and approachable way for kids to understand. They normally also have an exhibition that is dedicated to little kids, up to 6 yo, so it’s really great for all ages. All the descriptions are also translated to English so it’s a welcoming place for tourists and locals alike. Another interesting feature of the museum is the kids’ workshops arranged by different age groups. Among them, you can find photography, molecular cooking, eco-citizens and more. 

Cap Sciences
by Lost in Bordeaux
Address:  Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux
Opening hours: Open from Tuesday to Friday from 14:00 to 18:00 and Saturday – Sunday from 14:00 to 19:00. The hours change during school break so check their exact hours on the site. 
Fee: The fee changes according to the exhibitions presented in the museum so check their site for current prices. 
The site of the museum: http://www.cap-sciences.net/

History, culture and others 

Musee d’Aquitaine 

Musée d’Aquitaine is the largest museum in Bordeaux, dedicated to archaeological findings and regional history and ethnology. The museum’s permanent collections span two floors. The first floor is largely dedicated to archaeological findings including tools from the Old Stone and Bronze ages. The other big collection covers the Gallo- Roman period of Bordeaux, with old statues and parts from the original wall that surrounded the city from the 3rd to the 18th centuries. The second floor is dedicated to the 18th century and the modern era of Bordeaux. A big part of the exhibition touches upon the importance of the port and the slave trade that Bordeaux was part of. The exhibition finished with some inspiring videos presenting the big (chances?) of Bordeaux in the last decade and leaves you with a taste to discover more of the city and region. The museum is very rich with information but the first floor is a bit outdated with almost no explanations in English. The second floor somewhat makes up for it with a more modern style of display and many more explanations in English. It also has many videos giving you an idea of how the city looked like in the 18th century, one of the most important centuries in Bordeaux’s history. 

Musee d'Aquitaine Bordeaux

The museum also runs good temporary exhibitions on specific topics related to the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. They often have guided tours in English but their schedule is always changing so it’s better to send them a message on facebook and ask when’s the next one. 

Address:  20 Cours Pasteur, 33000 Bordeaux
Opening hours: Open every day except Tuesday 11:00-18:00
Fee:  5€ , free entry every first Sunday of the month (except July and August)
The site of the museum: http://www.musee-aquitaine-bordeaux.fr/

Musée national des Douanes

This small museum is the national museum of the history of French customs. It’s located in one of the most beautiful buildings in Bordeaux, called the Hôtel des Fermes du Roi on Place de la Bourse, just in front of the water mirror. The exhibition of the museum presents the evolution of the customs administration from ancient to modern times. In the 18th century, it was the local headquarters of the French customs administration in the region, collecting taxes for the king. Through paintings, uniforms, maps and musical instruments the museum allows you to discover the works of one of France’s oldest administrations and their different challenges.

The Musée national des Douanes is a great place for people who are interested in history, especially French one. The fee is only 3 euros so it is worth a visit. 

Address:  1 Place de la Bourse, 33000 Bordeaux
Opening hours: Open every day except Tuesday 10:00-18:00
Fee:  3€ , free entry every first Sunday of the month (except July and August)
The site of the museum: http://www.musee-douanes.fr/

Musée Mer marine

The sea and marine museum is one of the newest museums of Bordeaux, located on the Bassin a flot, the port of Bordeaux in the Bacalan district. As the name suggests the museum is dedicated to the sea world with a remarkable exhibition of boats, sculptures and objects. The permanent exhibition has more than 10,000 sea and marine related objects like navigation instruments, maps and many pieces of art as well. The idea behind it was to create a bridge between the marine and art worlds. Even the building itself is interesting if you like modern architecture. The museum regularly hosts temporary themed exhibitions such as different illustrations by a specific artist, photography and more. The museum is certainly a good place to visit if you’re interested in boats. The entry fee is 14 so I’d also check their website for the temporary exhibitions to see if it’s worth going.

Address: 89 rue des Étrangers, 33300 Bordeaux
Opening hours: Wednesday to Friday  10:30-18:00 and Saturday to Sunday 10:30-19:00
Fee:  14€ 
The site of the museum: https://www.mmmbordeaux.com/en/home/

La Maison de l’Huître

This cute little museum is actually located on the Arcachon bay, but I decided to add it to the list because many people go to Arcachon for a day trip. The museum sits in Port de Larros in Gujan Mestras, the oysters capital of the Arcachon bay. It’s no wonder then that they have decided to dedicate a whole museum to oysters. The permanent exhibition includes a beautiful movie and plenty of items and information about all the techniques of oyster farming and the history of the oyster in our region. The museum is very interactive and fun to visit with kids. They even have a special oyster farming boat made for kids where they can play. If you’re heading to the Bassin d’Arcachon anytime soon, I highly recommend visiting there. 

La Maison de l'Huître arcachon
Address: Rue du Port de Larros, 33470 Gujan-Mestras
Opening hours: September to June from Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 18:00. July and August, open everyday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:30 to 18:30. 
Fee: 5.9€ for adults and 3.9 for kids (5-14 yo)
The site of the museum: http://www.maison-huitre.fr/

If it’s your first visit to Bordeaux don’t miss my full guide to a weekend in Bordeaux and my article about the most interesting districts in Bordeaux. And if you’re in for a foodie experience check out my foodies tours in Bordeaux 🙂 

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Chartrons is a super chic neighborhood, located in the north part of the city right after Place des Quinconces. It developed in the 17th century when Flemish, Irish and German wine traders (négociants) have settled beyond the walls of old Bordeaux to export wines to their home countries. So it was basically the “expats” neighborhood of the time. They have built beautiful houses along the riverfront with long warehouses on the first floor where they would store the barrels and bottles of wine before sending them by ship to other countries in Europe.
By the time Chartrons became officially part of Bordeaux in the 19th century, it had already become a flourishing and lively neighborhood. It was a hip bourgeois neighborhood attracting many artists, craftsmen and sailors, the “place to be” of the 19th century if you want 🙂 And while it has lost some of its glory during the 20th century, in the last two decades it was revived into a chic neighborhood with plenty of boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants and museums giving new life to the old warehouses. Today it’s one of the more posh and cool neighborhoods of Bordeaux and you can easily spend a day here when visiting the city. To help you discover it like a local I wrote a list of all the places you should visit and things you can do in the Chartrons district. 

If you want to learn about other neighborhoods in Bordeaux you can also check my guide to the Saint Michel district and my article about things to do in the Bacalan neighborhood. Now let’s discover the chic district of Bordeaux, Chartrons!

Stroll rue des Notre dame – the main street of Chartrons

what to do in Chartrons Bordeaux

Chartrons is one of the biggest districts of Bordeaux, but there’s only one street that’s really the heart and soul of this neighborhood, a street that is one of the “musts” when visiting Bordeaux. Rue Notre Dame is a posh street with plenty of coffee places, trendy boutiques, antique shops and more. You can spend several hours here admiring the beautiful architecture, shopping and trying great pastries. It’s one of the most beautiful streets in Bordeaux with a lot of tiny balconies decorated with planters full of colorful flowers. The perfect street for Instagram addicts 🙂 If you want to discover the foodie side of this street check out my article about the foodie streets of Bordeaux

Discover some of the best pastries in Chartrons

boulangerie rue notre dame bordeaux

Chartrons is home to some of the best boulangeries and patisseries in the city. On rue Notre dame you can find P’tite Boulangerie (Notre-Dame62 Rue Notre Dame), one of the best bakeries in Bordeaux. Continue South on the main street and you’ll find the cutest pastry shop of Chartrons, Micheline et Paulette (21 Rue Notre Dame). If you’re lucky, you may catch their one and only table available so you can stop for a coffee and one of their brilliant cakes or pastries. In other parts of Chartrons, you can find Maison Boileau (11 Rue Camille Godard), which has won the Meilleure boulangerie de France award (best bakery in France) in 2019 in a very popular TV show. Chartron even has the oldest bakery in the city (but more about that later).

Stop for a good cup of coffee

If you’re a coffee lover, another place you’d want to discover is la Pelle Café (29 Rue Notre Dame). The place is owned by Carlos who roasts his coffee on the spot and is a real advocate for quality coffee. It’s a very chic and popular place where both locals and tourists like to stop for a cup of coffee and homemade cakes. Before you enter, take a moment to look at the beautiful building, which used to be an oriental bath in the 19th century. Another good coffee shop that’s worth a visit is the 4e Vague Café (92 Rue Notre Dame) that makes Hawaiian coffee. You can also stop for a cup of tea (or coffee) at Juliena, a cozy Salon de thé with a nice selection of cakes (15 Rue Notre Dame).  

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

One of the best spots for shopping in Bordeaux 

shopping in Bordeaux

Bordeaux can be a fun place for shopping but If you’re looking for something more than big retail stores like Zara or H&M, I highly recommend going to the Chartrons district. Here you can find plenty of chic clothing boutiques, beautiful babywear and the coolest accessories. Most of the stores are located on rue Notre dame, here are just a few examples: Do you speak français? (a chic clothing store with a funky name), Nos Minis (the cutest baby wear ever), Coutume store (for anything stylish for your home). 

Look for antiques 

Antiques chartrons Bordeaux

Remember that I’ve told you that many of the houses on the east side of Chartron (the ones that are close to the river ) were originally warehouses where wine was stored? Well, today many of those warehouses are used as big antique shops. More than ten antique and vintage shops can be found on rue Notre dame alone and if you take some time to stroll the little streets around it you’ll find plenty of others. The biggest antique shop is Village Notre Dame (61 rue de Notre dame) which is settled in an old printing bureau. It’s the first antique shop of Aquitaine and it gathers several professional dealers in one huge store. Most of the antique shops on the main street are quite pricey but there are a few places in Chartrons where you can find some bargains. One example is the big hangar named Broc Alain (58 cours de la martinique).  

Every October Chartrons celebrates wine and antiquities with the lively Fête du Vin nouveau & de la Brocante. If you’re in town I highly recommend going to this event.

Learn about the history of Bordeaux wine at the musée du Vin et du Négoce

musee du vin et du Négoce bordeaux

The Cité du Vin is Bordeaux’s famous wine museum but in the Chartrons district, there’s another museum dedicated to the wine of Bordeaux. Musée du Vin et du Négoce is a small museum, located in what used to be a typical house of a négociant (wine trader) in the 18th century. This is the best way to learn how the Bordeaux wine area has developed over the years. It’s not as modern and interactive as the Cité du Vin but if you want to learn about the history of the Bordeaux wine region this is the place to go. It ends with a very nice wine tasting session where you get plenty of explanations about the different wine appellations in Bordeaux. The museum is located in the northern part of rue Notre dame (the entrance is from 41 Rue Borie).  If you also want to continue to the Cité du Vin which is located close to Chartrons, read my article about my visit there

Have a picnic in the central park of Bordeaux

Jardin Public Bordeaux

Jardin Public, the central park of Bordeaux, is technically not a part of the Chartrons district but one of the entrances is on Course de Verdun, one of the main streets of Chartrons. It’s a beautiful park with vast green planes, a lake with ducks and geese and plenty of different facilities for kids. On a hot day, it’s a perfect spot for a picnic, just don’t forget to buy a bottle of wine before heading there 🙂 

If you want to discover other perfect spots for picnics go to my article about the best picnic places in Bordeaux

Discover one of the foodie streets of Bordeaux – 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 with most of the good boutiques located close to Place du Marché des Chartrons. Here you have several good cheese shops and specialty shops for local products. 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 (19 Cours Portal). If you’re a foodie, don’t miss this street. 

Have a delicious meal in one of the restaurants in Chartrons

Chartrons is one of the most gastronomic spots in the city with dozens of restaurants to try. Many of the good ones are located in the center, on rue Notre dame, place du marché des Chartrons or the little streets surrounding it. If you want an even nicer scenery go to the quai (river banks), where you can find plenty of good restaurants with tables facing the Garonne river. Two of my favorite restaurants in Chartron are located exactly there: Pastel on 2 Quai des Chartrons and Symbiose on 4 Quai des Chartrons.

Discover the oldest boulangerie in Bordeaux

Au Pétrin Moissagais the oldest bakery in Bordeaux

Au Pétrin Moissagais on 72 Cours de la Martinique is the oldest bakery in Bordeaux, established in 1765. Serge, the baker and owner of the place, is very proud of his Gascognian traditions and still makes the original Gascognian white bread in the 18th-century oven. And yes, it’s the same oven since the opening of the boulangerie (bakery), some 24 years before the French revolution!. Don’t be shy if you want to take photos of the oven, Serge will happily show you around. The bakery has a completely different look and feel compared to a standard French bakery, it really feels like you’ve gone back in time to the 18th century. Don’t miss a visit there when in the neighborhood. 

Visit the local market

marche des quais Chartrons

There are several food markets taking place in Chartrons at different days of the week. The biggest and most famous market takes place every Sunday morning on Quai des Chartrons. It’s a very popular market with dozens of food stalls selling everything from fresh fruits, cheese, pastries and oysters. The market is usually quite busy with both locals and tourists, especially if you come towards noon, but it’s still worth the visit. Besides the fresh local products you can buy at the market it’s simply a very nice spot to have an early lunch or a plate of oysters with white wine if you want to feel like a local. A much smaller version of that market takes place at the same spot every Thursday morning. During the week you can also go to the covered market on Place des Chartrons, which is open every morning from Tuesday to Saturday. 

Visit Church Saint Louis

Eglise Saint Louis Chartrons Bordeaux

Eglise Saint Louis is the main church of Chartrons, a gothic-revival church built in the 19th century on the remains of the former chapel of the Chartreux (a religious brotherhood, Chartrons is named after). This church is largely ignored by tourists in Bordeaux as it’s located outside of the city center, but it’s worth a visit especially thanks to its beautiful stained-glass windows. It’s located on rue Notre dame, so it’ll be hard to miss. 

Go to the contemporary art museum

The contemporary art museum of Bordeaux (CAPC) is located right on the southern edge of the neighborhood. TheCAPC is worth visiting even if you are not a big fan of contemporary arts. The museum is housed in an old wool warehouse where commodities, traded down the river, used to be stored. What makes it special is the combination of modern art with the old architecture of the building. In the permanent collection, there are almost 300 works of art and it regularly hosts temporary exhibitions. I admit that I’m not always a fan of their exhibitions but I think the place in itself is very impressive.  Open from Tuesday to Sunday 11:00-18:00.

Explore the street art 

le MUR - street art Bordeaux

The street art scene in Bordeaux is blooming. You can find quite a few extraordinary works of local artists on many of Bordeaux’s buildings. One of the most interesting spots for street art is actually located here in Chartrons. Le M.U.R (the wall) of Bordeaux (located on 2 Place Paul) is a 35m2 wall where local street artists can express their art. Every month or so a different artist is invited to paint on the wall and you can come and watch them do it live. This event is usually published on their Facebook page, you can check it out here. The works are always usually amazing and worth the walk.

Discover the kids Science museum of Bordeaux

Cap Sciences Bordeaux

If you’re looking to occupy your kids in Bordeaux, Cap Science is a great option and it’s located here in Chartrons, on the promenade at the northern part of the district. This cool kids science museum proposes interactive exhibitions and activities all dedicated to different aspects of science. The museum is located at Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan.

For other stuff to do with kids in Bordeaux check out my list of 30 things to do with kids in Bordeaux

Wave Surf Café

Another cool place in Bordeaux for both kids and adults is the Wave Surf Café, the first coffee shop where you can also surf! The Big artificial wave in the middle of the coffee shop imitates the ocean waves and allows you to feel like a professional surfer in the city center. If you’re in Bordeaux for just a few days and have no time to go to the ocean, this can replace your surfing experience  (although real surfers will probably disagree with me here 🙂 ). For more details click here.

Sing Karaoke

For all of you wannabe singers, Chartrons has recently welcomed the biggest Karaoke bar in town, called BAM Karaoke Box. The bar offers private Karaoke rooms for 6 to 15 people for blocks of two hours. The place is designed in a central American style with every room having a different theme. If you’re a group of friends this could be a fun way to finish your day in the Chartrons neighborhood. For more details click here. 

Shop in the Hangars – Quai des Marques

quai of Bordeaux

If you’re really craving more shopping there’s another place in Chartrons you can go to. Les Hangars on the promenade are old warehouses converted into a shopping center with plenty of shops and restaurants. It’s not my favorite spot to eat but sometimes when the weather is really good I do sit there for lunch as the view on the river is just stunning. You have a decent amount of shops to visit but it’s mainly different chains rather than small boutiques. The center is called Quai des Marques and it’s located on 15-19 Quai des Chartrons. 

Check out what’s happening in Hangar 14

To the north of the shopping center, you will find Hangar 14 – a venue that frequently hosts different events like wine fairs, creators’ markets and more. I usually publish these events in my weekend posts but if you’re passing by, don’t hesitate to take a sneak peek to see if there’s anything interesting going on.

There are plenty of cool bars and boutiques in Chartrons so I could continue talking about it all day long but I think I’ve intrigued you enough to make you go and visit this chic neighborhood. Hope I helped you discover some hidden spots in Bordeaux that you didn’t know about :). 

If it’s your first visit to Bordeaux don’t miss my full guide to a weekend in Bordeaux and my article about the most interesting districts in Bordeaux. And if you’re in for a foodie experience check out my foodies tours in Bordeaux 🙂 

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A happy new year to all my wonderful readers! It’s the first month of the year, a moment for new resolutions and some fresh energy!. And what better way to do it than a good shopping session and a lot of music ;). The winter sales are taking place this month together with several music events and beautiful spectacles. If you want to go to one of the shows mentioned on my list, be sure to book now! If you’re looking for more recommendations of things to do in the Southwest of France region, you can join my new and very active Facebook group, Travel in the Southwest of France – join here. Here’s what you can do in Bordeaux in January 2020. Enjoy!!!

Winter Sales

Who cares if it’s raining and cold? January is the winter sales month!!
Soldes d’hiver are several weeks in the winter during which you can find really good deals on clothes, shoes, appliances, toys and more. This year the winter sales were shortened to 4 weeks from the previous six weeks period. But from my experience even if you come to Bordeaux a week or two after the sales many shops will still have a lot of items on discount. Les soldes d’hiver will take place from January 8 to February 4.

winter sales in Bordeaux

Arcachon still celebrated Christmas

If you’re moody about Christmas being over there is one place that continues the Christmas spirit just a little bit longer. The Christmas market in Arcachon will be open until January 5th and it even has an ice skating rink, so it’s a great place to go to with kids. For more details click here

When: December 14 – December 5 / Where: Place Thiers, Arcachon

Trial Indoor International de Bordeaux

This is a great show for motorbike and action lovers. Trial Indoor International de Bordeaux will take the stage of Arkéa Arena this Saturday (January 10). The show will include plenty of acrobatic stunts and amazing urban decorations. For tickets and more details click here.

When: January 10, 20:30 / Where:  Arkéa Arena, 48-50 avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac 

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 10 to February 8 in different districts of Bordeaux. For more details click here.

When: January 10- February 8 / Where:  See location in the program of the festival

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 books from every genre: fiction, kids’ books, old magazines and more. The event will take place at Cours Mably on January 18-19. Read more about the book fair here

When: January 18 -19 / Where:  Cours Mably, 33000 Bordeaux

Le monde des dinosaures au parc des expositions de bordeaux

If your kids love dinosaurs they will be happy to hear that this month the exhibition “The world of Dinosaurs” is coming to Bordeaux. The exhibition will present 25 species of dinosaurs, among them the huge T-REX measuring 13/5 m long and 4.5 m tall. The exhibition will take place on January 18-19 at the Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux. For more info click here

When: January 18 -19 / Where:  Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux, Cours Charles Bricaud, 33000 Bordeaux

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 21-February 1st in different theaters and cultural spaces across the metropole (see the full list here).

When: January 21 – February 1st / Where: Different venues in the Bordeaux area (check out the full program)

Bordeaux rock Festival

Bordeaux Rock festival is the big gathering of independent and alternative bands that takes place every year in Bordeaux. This year it will take place on January 22-26 in different music venues in Bordeaux like the Iboat and Salle des fêtes du grand parc. For the full program and tickets click here. Some of the events are free.

When: January 22-26 / Where:  Different venues in the Bordeaux area (check out the full program)

International magic festival

The international magic festival will take place in Théâtre Fémina on January 25-26. 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 25-26 / Where:  10 Rue de Grassi, 33000 Bordeaux

Hostens Trails 2020

Every year the Gironde department organizes plenty of sporting events that are open to the public. The first one in 2020 will take place on the weekend of January 25-26 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.

When: January 25-26 / Where: Secteur de la Base Nautique Hostens

La nuit des conservatoires

This Friday (January 31) 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 31 / Where:  Jacques Thibaud 22 quai Sainte-Croix, Bordeaux

Coulisses des Sciences 

Coulisses des Sciences is a week dedicated to different scientific themes, organized by Dealers de Science. The program of the event includes debates, conferences, a movie and debate night and more. As usual, the event will end with the Marché des Connaissances, a special fair taking place at Cour Mably that will reunite different scientific associations and players in the cultural scientific scene in Bordeaux. The event will take place on January 21-25. For more details click here

When: January 21-25 / Where:  Different locations in Bordeaux

Truffles markets in Dordogne

January is the middle of winter truffles season with many truffles markets in the region taking place during the month. Dordogne is known as the capital of truffles of the Southwest of France and starting mid-December it hosts several truffles markets in its different villages. You can see the full list of truffles markets taking place from December to the end of January here

Festival Bouche à Bouche – Bordeaux

Following the success of the event in Paris, the Bouche à Bouche festival is arriving this year to Bordeaux for the first time. During the two nights of the event you will discover the signature dishes of five Bordeaux chefs like Jérôme Billot from Madame Pang and Julien Camdeborde of L’avant comptoir du palais. The event that will take place on January 17-18 also includes a lot of music, shows and street art. For more info click here.

When: January 17-18 / Where:  See the program of the event

Go to the Opera

This January the Opera of Bordeaux invites everyone to come and enjoy a big variety of concerts from dance, to Jazz and Classical music. See the full list of January concerts and shows here

When: January / Where:  Place de la Comédie, 33000 Bordeaux

Black History Month in Bordeaux

The third edition of the Black History Month in Bordeaux will take place from January 9 to February 18. It is a month of reflection on the dark history of slavery that Bordeaux was part of as well as a celebration of black culture in France and around the world. The program of the Black History month includes conferences, music concerts, exhibitions and more. This time the main two themes are the one hundred years mark to the sinking of the “French Titanic” with 192 Senegalese workers onboard and the role Boxing played in the Black liberation.  For more info and the full program click here.

EXHIBITIONS:

La déferlante surf – last chance to see it

The Atlantic coast of the south-west of France is a popular destination for surfers these days and it looks like this sport has always been here. But did you know that surfing was actually introduced to Europe through our region in the 50s? Thus it only makes sense that Musée d’Aquitaine, which explores the history of the region, will also explore the surfing culture in Aquitaine. The déferlante surf exhibition deals with different aspects of surfing from the sport itself to its economic and environmental influences. Among others, the items presented include videos, sounds, different traditional objects, images from different beaches and more. The exhibition will be presented until January 5th. If you go to the museum on January 5th the entry will be free. For more details click here

surf musee daquitaine

When: Until January 5th / Where:  20 Cours Pasteur, 33000 Bordeaux

Muséum de Bordeaux – Rire! 

According to scientific research, we laugh 18 times a day on average. Laughter, however, is not unique to us human beings, different animal species also have different expressions of laughter in their language. The super fun exhibition at the natural history museum in Bordeaux offers different activities that provoke laughter. It’s a very interactive and kids friendly exhibition that includes videos, sounds, games, and painting. This is your last chance to see the exhibition as it ends on January 26! For more details click here.

When: until January 26 / Where:  5 Place Bardineau, 33000 Bordeaux (in Jadin public)

Robots in Cap Science

Robots is a cool exhibition for kids presented these days at the Cap Science, the children science museum in Bordeaux. The exhibition is dedicated to robots and their functions in our lives. It will be presented until May 3, 2020. For more details and tickets click here.

Cap Sciences
by Lost in Bordeaux
When:  Until May 3, 2020 / Where: Cap Sciences Hangar 20

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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Before we start with the weekend list, I want to take this chance to wish you all a Merry Christmas, a happy new year, and a happy Hanukkah 🙂 This is the official Christmas season so you probably won’t be surprised that most events this weekend are Christmas related. But that’s the last one I promise 🙂 For those of you spending your Christmas vacation here in Bordeaux I added a few suggestions of things you can do that are not Christmas related. You can also check out my “Weekend in Bordeaux” guide with all the must-do and see in 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

Cinderella at the Opera

The ballet of Bordeaux will perform a special version of Cinderella for kids, with the choreography of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. The show will take place on Friday, December 27 at 15:00. You can purchase tickets here

When: December 27 / Where:  Place de la Comédie, 33000 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 (December 27) with Pintxos, some wine and a Dj set. For more info click here

When: November 27, 18:30- 22:30 / Where: 10 Esplanade de Pontac, 33300 Bordeaux

Marché de Noël de Bordeaux 

The last days of the traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux will take place this weekend  (December 27-29). 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.

Christmas market in Bordeaux
When: until December 29 from 10:30 to 21:30 / Where: Allées de Tourny, 33000 Bordeaux

Arcachon fête Noël

The city of Arcachon invites you to its traditional Christmas celebration with a Christmas market and an ice skating rink. The event will take place daily until January 5 on Place Thiers. For more details click here

When: December 14 – December 5 / Where: Place Thiers, Arcachon

Drôle de Noël in Talence

This year Talence celebrates the 10th edition of their Drôle de Noël, a big Christmas celebration taking place every year at the Peixotto Parc. Drôle de Noël will run until December 29 with different activities for kids.  For more info click here.

When: December 20-29 / Where: Parc Peixotto, 33400 Talence

Noël à Langon

The city of Langon celebrates Christmas with a week of activities and free concerts. The festive week is taking place on December 21-29 in the city center. See the full program here

When: December 21-29 / Where: City center of Langon

Exposition artisanale & Marché de Noël

Issigeac, a lovely little town in the Dordogne, celebrates Christmas with its traditional Christmas market from December 19 to January 2. For more info click here

When: December 19 – January 2/ Where: Issigeac center

Mama Bordeaux / DJ SET & LIVE

This weekend Mama Shelter expands its Sunday DJ set & Live line to a Dj set weekend. Every evening from December 26-31 (not including December 30) one DJ is invited for a live set and a fun party. For more info click here

When: December 26-31 (not including the 30th) / Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux

Mama’s Brunch

Another fun event this Sunday is Mama’s Brunch. Mama Shelter invites you to its big buffet brunch which is a bit pricey (39 euros per person) but includes almost four hours of activities and artistic workshops for kids, so it’s like brunch with a babysitter :). For more details and the menu click here.

When: December 29 / Where: 19, rue Poquelin Moliere, 33000 Bordeaux

Ateliers Light painting

This Sunday the Base sous Marine invites you to a workshop of light painting as part of the Light Painting exhibition that is currently being presented there. The workshop is free but you must register in advance. For more details click here

When: December 29, at 15:00 / Where: Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33000 Bordeaux

Atelier Enfants Vacances | Dali Et Ses Rêves Surréalistes

This Saturday (December 28) Institut Bernard Magrez will host a creative workshop for kids. The theme of the workshop is Dali and his surrealist dreams. The workshop is open to kids over 5 years old. For more details and registration click here

When: December 28, at 14:30 / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

More things you can do while in Bordeaux

Explore the main market in Bordeaux 

Capucins is the main market of Bordeaux and its a real treat for foodies with plenty of cafes, restaurants and stalls with local produce. If none of the events this weekend interest you, you can always spend your time there, sipping white wine with oysters from Arcachon. When heading there check out my article about the best places to eat at Marche de Capucins

Chez-jean-mi-capucins-market-in-Bordeaux
Chez Jean Mi

Eat the sweet specialties of Bordeaux 

The Christmas weekend is a good time to discover the local sweets of the region. Bordeaux offers a variety of pastries and chocolates that you can find only in the southwest of France. If you want to discover these sweet spots you can follow my article about the sweet specialties of Bordeaux

Discover the foodie streets of Bordeaux 

Staying in foodie mood, you can also explore some of the foodie streets in Bordeaux. These are the places where you can find the best bakeries, coffee shops, cheese shops and more. They are not always on the tourist trail and not always easy to find and that’s why I decided to write an article about the foodie streets of Bordeaux.

Go to one of Bordeaux’s museums

Last but not least, if it’s too cold outside, going to a museum is always a good idea! Bordeaux has a great variety of museums, from street art to science and history, just choose one from my list of museums in Bordeaux.

That’s it for this year! See you all in 2020!!!

As we are getting closer to Christmas more and more events are Chrismas related (duh!), so it’s no surprise that there are so many Chrismas markets taking place this weekend. Besides the usual suspects like the main markets in Bordeaux center and Arcachon, one Christmas market that’s worth a visit this weekend is the one of Bazas. If you want to plan ahead check out my article about things to do in January 2020. If you’re leaving the city for Chrismas vacation (like me :)) I wish you a happy holidays season and see you next year!!! Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (December 20-22).

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. You can download the full program here, for tickets go here.

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

Lormont Fête l’Hiver

The town of Lormont, located just a few minutes’ drive from Bordeaux, invites you to its annual winter celebration. The program includes plenty of workshops, creative activities for Christmas, escape games, video games, trampolines, Afro battle, a big Christmas market and more. The event will take place on December 21-23 at Pôle Brassens Camus. For more info click here

When: December 21-23 / Where: Rue Henri Dunant, 33310 Lormont

Marché des Producteurs

On Saturday (December 21) 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: December 21 / Where: Darwin Caserne Niel, 87 quai des queyries, Bordeaux

Atelier de noël à la MECA

This Saturday, MECA hosts a fun workshop of cookies decorations for Christmas. The activity is both for kids and adults. For more details and registration click here

When: December 21, at 15:00 / Where: 54 Quai de Paludate, 33800 Bordeaux

Go to a classical music concert

If you need a more classic vibe on Christmas, attend the special Christmas concert by the Orchestre d’Harmonie de Bordeaux. The concert will take place this Saturday evening (December 21) at the Salle des fêtes du Grand Parc. For more info click here.

When: December 21 / Where: 39 cours de Luze, 33000 Bordeaux

BIKE’N’ROLL

Central Hotel are hosting their first BIKE’N’ROLL party with a DJ set, Flash tattoos session and plenty of food and  drinks. The party will take place this Saturday (December 21). For more info click here

When: December 21 / Where: 2 place Saint Projet, 33000 Bordeaux

The Best Reggaeton Show By Latin Addict – Base Bordeaux

A big reggaeton show will take place this Friday (December 20) at the Base dance club. For more info click here.

When: December 20 / Where: 287, boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

CHRISTMAS MARKETS THIS WEEKEND

Christmas in Bordeaux

IBOAT • Super marché de noël

IBOAT,  invites you to its annual Christmas market taking place on the weekend of December 21-22. IBOAT’s Christmas market is always a super fun and chic event, with plenty of stylish stands, activities for kids and alcohol :). For more details click here

When: December 21-22 / Where: Bassin à Flot n°1, Cours Henri Brunet, 33300 Bordeaux

Marché de Noël de Bordeaux 

The traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux is taking place between November 27 and December 29. 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.

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

Marche Enchantée – Bois Du Bouscat

Marche enchantée is a magical night market taking place every year at Bois du Bouscat. A huge installation of 1200m was created to host plenty of activities and workshops for kids and adults. This market will take place this weekend (December 20-21). For more info and tickets click here

When: December 20-21/ Where: 136 route du Médoc, 33110 Le Bouscat

Marché de Noël in Bazas

Bazas will host its traditional Chrismas market at the main square on December 22nd. Besides the traditional Christmas stands, the market will have activities for kids, concerts of local bands and Santa Clauss of course :). The beautiful town of Bazas is known for its annual Chrismas market that includes several traditional ceremonies at the main square, so if you’re in the region check it out. For more info click here

When: December 22 / Where: Place de la Cathédrale, 33430 Bazas

Marché de Noël du Fleuve

If the traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux is a bit too crowded for you, there’s a nice alternative at the riverfront. For three weeks (December 6-24) the Maison écocitoyenne de Bordeaux is hosting the annual Marché de Noël du Fleuve with 20 craftsman stands, each one making unique handmade objects you can buy as Christmas presents. For more info click here

When: December 6-24 / Where: Maison écocitoyenne de Bordeaux, Quai Richelieu, 33000 Bordeaux

Marché de Noël à Saint-Emilion

Saint Emilion will host its second Christmas market this year. The market is organized by the Wine Producers union of Saint Emilion and will take place this Saturday (December 21). The market will start in the morning but during the afternoon you could also enjoy a jazz concert and Pere Noel is coming for a visit. For more info click here

When: December 21 / Where: Haut Gravet, 33330 Saint-Émilion

Exposition artisanale & Marché de Noël

Issigeac, a lovely little town in the Dordogne, celebrates Christmas with its traditional Christmas market from December 19 to January 2. For more info click here

When: December 19- January 2/ Where: Issigeac center

Arcachon fête Noël

The city of Arcachon invites you to its traditional Christmas celebration with a Christmas market and an ice skating rink. The event will take place from December 14 to January 5 on Place Thiers. For more details click here

When: December 14 – December 5 / Where: Place Thiers, Arcachon

Noël à Langon

The city of Langon will celebrate Christmas with a week of activities and free concerts. The festive week will take place on December 21-29 in the city center. See the full program here

When: December 21-29 / Where: City center of Langon

Noël à Bergerac

Another market town in the region that’s worth a journey is Bergerac. Bergerac is one of the best Christmas markets in the south-west region with dozens of stands, beautiful decorations and activities. The market takes place at place Louis de la Bardonnie on December 14-24. For more details click here. 

When: December 14-24/ Where: place Louis de la Bardonnie, 24100 Bergerac

Enjoy the Chrismas spirit!!

Another very rainy and Christmasy weekend is ahead of us! This weekend’s list is super long with an endless amount of events so it’s gonna be fun 🙂 There is a free Christmas market (yes you heard it right, all the items are free), a big wine tasting event and plenty of Christmas markets all over the region. If it’s too rainy for a Christmas market you can always check out one of the museums in the city, just go to my article about the best museums to visit in Bordeaux. Or just go to my list of things to do in Bordeaux when it’s raining. If you want to see what else is happening in Bordeaux this December check out my December list. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (December 13-15).

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 such as Bourgogne, Rhône, Alsace and Loire will be there to present their best wines. The tastings 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

Grande Gratuiterie de Noël 

This is one of the best events this weekend, and technically it should be in the Christmas list below, but I decided to highlight it here at the top of my weekend list. Grande Gratuiterie de Noël is a FREE market where you can bring stuff you don’t need and take whatever you like. It doesn’t have to be an exchange, you can just come and take some stuff for free! In the market, you’ll find plenty of clothes, books, accessories and plenty of other surprises. The free market will take place this Saturday (December 14) at Placette au droit des Allées De Munich. For more details click here

When: December 14 / Where: placette au droit des allées de Munich, Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

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

Un an déjà! La Boca t’invite à son anniversaire

boca food bordeaux

Boca, the fancy food market, is celebrating its first anniversary this weekend (December 13-14) with music, a disco party, good food and drinks and a big cake :). For more details click here.  

When: December 13-14 / Where: Euratlantique, Quai de Paludate, 33800 Bordeaux

Grande Vente de Plantes et Sapins BIO Bordeaux 

A big sale of plants and organic Christmas trees will take place this weekend (December 13-16) on the Quai des Marques Bordeaux. Santa Claus will also be there with some surprises for kids. For more info click here

When: December 13-15 / Where: Hangar 15 à 19 – Quai des Chartrons, 33000 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 this 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

Vide Dressing d’Hiver Solidaire

A solidarity second-hand sale will take place this Saturday (December 14) in Jardin Botanique. The goal of the sale is to raise money for the Robins des Rues association that helps and supports people in difficult situations. For more info click here

When: December 14 / Where: 74 Avenue Thiers, 33100 Bordeaux

CHRISTMAS MARKETS THIS WEEKEND

Christmas in Bordeaux

Xmas Market – Darwin

This market is gradually gaining status as one of the main Christmas markets in Bordeaux. Like Darwin itself, the Xmas market is an alternative event with craftsmen and regional creators. The market will include stands of clothes, jewelry, accessories, art objects, books, sports accessories and organic products. To make it more entertaining many activities will take place during these three days, among them workshops for kids, tastings, concerts and other surprises. The market will take place on December 13-15, for more info click here.

xmasmarket darwin
When: December 13-15 / Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Marché de Noël de Bordeaux 

The traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux is taking place between November 27 and December 29. 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.

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

Le Père Noël n’est Pas Une Ordure 

Christmas is a magical time but also one of the most polluting times of the year with a lot of plastic that ends up in the Ocean. This special event taking place every year in Bordeaux will give you tips on how to spend a more environmentally responsible Christmas. The event will take place this Saturday (December 14) at the Eco-village de Noël that will be located on the promenade in front of  Quinconces. For more details click here

When: December 14 / Where:  Placette au droit des allées de Munich, Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

Noël aux bassins: Fabrique ta déco de Noël !

A fun workshop where kids will make their own Christmas tree decorations will take place this weekend (December 14-15) in Cap Science. Parents and Grandparents are also invited! Take a look at the hours and prices here

When: December 14-15 / Where: Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Marche De Noel Du Bouscat

The official Christmas market of the le Bouscat neighborhood will take place this weekend (December 13-15) in Parc de l’Ermitage. The big market will host more than 50 stands and activities for kids. For more info click here

When: December 13-15 / Where: Parc de l’Ermitage, le Bouscat

Carrousel de Curiosités – Marché de créateurs – Edition d’Hiver

Le Carrousel de Curiosités is a creators market taking place every year at the Garage Modern in Bacalan. The event will take place this Saturday (December 14). For more details click here.

When: December 14 / Where:  1 rue des Etrangers, 33000 Bordeaux

Marché de Noël du Fleuve

If the traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux is a bit too crowded for you, there’s a nice alternative at the riverfront. For three weeks (December 6-24) the Maison écocitoyenne de Bordeaux is hosting the annual Marché de Noël du Fleuve with 20 craftsman stands, each one making unique handmade objects you can buy as Christmas presents. For more info click here

When: December 6-24 / Where: Maison écocitoyenne de Bordeaux, Quai Richelieu, 33000 Bordeaux

Le Noël Finlandais

Here’s a nice change of scenery. Chateau Carsin invites you this weekend (December 14-15) to celebrate the Finish version of Christmas with special Finish hot wine and other specialties. You also get to taste all the wine of the chateau. For more details click here

When: December 14-15 / Where: 197 Route des Côtes, 33410 Rions

Noël à la Ruche des Chartrons

La Ruche des Chartrons, the local farmers market, will transform into a Christmas market this weekend (December 13-15). For more info click here

When: December 13-15 / Where: 34 Cours Balguerie Stuttenberg, 33300 Bordeaux

Arcachon fête Noël

The city of Arcachon invites you to its traditional Christmas celebration with a Christmas market and an ice skating rink. The event will take place from December 14 to January 5 on Place Thiers. For more details click here

When: December 14 – December 5 / Where: Place Thiers, Arcachon

G’M Noël

The town of Gujan Mestras will celebrate Christmas this weekend (December 14-15) with a Christmas market and activities for kids. The events will take place on Place de la Claire and Place de l’Hôtel de Ville. For more details click here

When: December 14-15 / Where:  Place de la Claire and Place de l’Hôtel de ville, Gujan Mestras

Marché de Noël à Sarlat 

If you’re in the mood to travel a bit this weekend, why not go to one of the most impressive Christmas markets in the South of France, the Sarlat Christmas market. Sarlat is a magical place that is worth a visit any time of the year, but this market makes it even more worthwhile. The village includes 70 chalets selling local products, clothes, decorations, hot wine and more. For more info click here.

When: December 4-30 / Where: Place de la Grande Rigaudie , 24200 Sarlat-la-canéda

Eymet Foire de Noël

Here’s another Christmas market in Dordogne but much closer to Bordeaux than Sarlat. This Saturday (December 14) Eymet is holding a night Christmas market with more than 50 stalls, lights, food and activities for kids. For more info click here.

When: December 14 / Where:  the center of Eymet

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If you don’t have a car and you feel you’ve been missing out on all the open doors events in the wineries of Bordeaux, this weekend you can finally take part in one. This weekend the chateaux of Pessac-Leognan will open their doors to the public and some of them are accessible by public transport. Other than that are plenty of Christmas markets taking place this weekend and other cool events that will make you go out even if it’s raining. If you still need help with ideas for a rainy weekend check out my list of things to do when it’s raining in Bordeaux. You can also plan ahead and see what other events are on this month in my December list. If you missed my latest article on the blog, it was about the best things to do in the Chartrons district, you can read it here. 
Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (December 6-8)

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

Portes Ouvertes au Château Pape Clément

Pape Clement, one of the most interesting wine chateaux in Bordeaux Metropole is opening its doors to the public as part of the open doors weekend of the Pessac-Leognan appellation. During the weekend (December 7-8) the chateau will hold guided tours and an organic market. For more info click here

When: December 7-8 / Where: 216 Avenue Docteur Nancel Penard, 33600 Pessac

Emmaüs Salon in Darwin

This Saturday (December 7) Darwin invites you to the 8th edition of the Emmaüs salon. Emmaüs is an international solidarity movement that has a big second-hand store in Darwin. For more info click here.

Darwin Bordeaux
When: December 7 / Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

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

Last weekend of the big brocante of Bordeaux

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

Marché des Créateurs Recycleurs

Recyclerie Atelier D’éco Solidaire is hosting this weekend (December 7-8) a market of recycling artists and creators.  At the market, you will find plenty of interesting stands of accessories, pictures, toys for kids, furniture and more, all made from reused objects and materials. The program also includes workshops for kids and adults. For more info click here

When: December 7-8 / Where: 7 rue de la Motte Picquet, 33300 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

La Première Bougie des Halles

Les Halles de Talence is celebrating its first birthday with a weekend of Pintxos, tastings, cooking classes and a lot of music. You can see the full program of the weekend here

When: December 6- 8 / Where: Place Alcala de Henares, 33400 Talence

IBOAT – Domingo!

Domingo is a line of events taking place every Sunday at the IBOAT to celebrate the end of the weekend. This Sunday (December 8) is the first event of the line with Dj sets by Bordeaux Open Air, SUPER Daronne and Amplitudes. For more details click here

When: December 8m 16:00-23:00 / Where: Bassin à Flot n°1, Cours Henri Brunet, 33300 Bordeaux

CHRISTMAS MARKETS THIS WEEKEND

Marché de Noël de Bordeaux 

The traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux is taking place between November 27 and December 29. 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

Le Grand Bazar des Créateurs

The Garage Modere in the Bacalan district will hold a very fun and creative event on December 7-8 called the Big Creators market. Around 20 local craftsmen and creators of clothes, jewelry, leather goods, accessories, sewing and photography,  will offer their original items for sale. The event is free, for more details click here.

When: December 7-8 / Where: 1 rue des Etrangers, 33300 Bordeaux

Christmas Market in Saint Emilion

The traditional marché de Noël (Christmas market) of Saint Emilion is about to take place this weekend (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

Marché de Noël du Fleuve (anciennement Pey Berland) 2019

If the traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux is a bit too crowded for you, there’s a nice alternative on the riverfront. For three weeks (December 6-24) the Maison écocitoyenne de Bordeaux is hosting the annual Marché de Noël du Fleuve with 20 craftsman stands, each one making unique handmade objects you can buy as Christmas presents. For more info click here

When: December 6-24 / Where: Maison écocitoyenne de Bordeaux, Quai Richelieu, 33000 Bordeaux

Salon des Loisirs créatifs – édition de Noël

Boesner, Bordeaux’s big arts materials shops, is hosting a Christmas creative market this Friday and Saturday (December 6-7). The event includes 15 stands with art and design products and plenty of demonstrations. For more details click here.  

When: December 6-7 / Where: 170 crs Médoc, Galeries Tatry, 33300 Bordeaux

GREEN Market de Noël, marché local et 100% végétal

This Sunday (December 8) le Bouscat will host the Green Christmas market, with plenty of stands of organic food and recycled items. For more info click here.

When: December 8 / Where: 246 Avenue de la Libération-Charles de Gaulle, 33110 Le Bouscat

Marché de Noël d’Eysines 

The Christmas market of Eysines will take place on December 6-7 at the Grand Place du Bourg. For more details click here.

 When: December 6-7 / Where: Grand place du bourg, Eysines

Marché de Noël – Duras

The big Christmas market of Duras will take place this Sunday (December 8) at the center of Duras. For more details click here.

When: December 8 / Where: Duras, Lot et Garonne

Marché de Noël à Sarlat 

If you’re in the mood to travel a bit this weekend, why not go to one of the most impressive Christmas markets in the South of France, the Sarlat Christmas market. Sarlat is a magical place that is worth a visit any time of the year, but this market makes it even more worthwhile. The village includes 70 chalets selling local products, clothes, decorations, hot wine and more. For more info click here.

When: December 4-30 / Where: Place de la Grande Rigaudie , 24200 Sarlat-la-canéda

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.

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.