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It was soooo hot today that I could barely write or think, but somehow I made it to the end of the list and I have some great weekend plans for you 🙂 So what do we have this week? Fun activities for kids, a beautiful exhibition at the Opera, and plenty of outdoor activities. Now let’s just hope that the weather will go easy on us! 

If you missed it, this week I released a list of all the night markets taking place this summer in Gironde, Dordogne and Lot et Garonne. So if you don’t find anything interesting in this weekend list you can always go to one of these fun events. For more ideas of things on these hot summer days check out my article about things to do in Bordeaux this summer. If you want to read about my weekly idea for a day trip in the region, subscribe to my email list here. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (July 31 – August 2):

Quai des Sports

I’m happy to tell you that even this summer the annual Quai des Sports was opened at the Parc the Sports in Saint Michel. The Quai des sports is a continuous sportive event for kids and adults where you can take part in many sports activities for free. The event this year will take place until August 23. For more info click here

When: until August 23 / Where: Parc des Sports Saint Michel, Bordeaux

Open-air cinema in Talence

This Friday (July 31) the city of Talence invites you to an open-air cinema event. The movie “astérix – le secret de la potion Magique” will be screened at Parc Peixotto at 21:00. For more details click here

chateau peixotto
chateau peixotto in Talence
When: July 31, at 21:00 / Where: Parc Peixotto, 33400 Talence

Un été au Grand Parc Rivière

For several weeks this summer, Parc Rivière in Bordeaux is hosting daily events with different concerts and workshops. The next evening will take place this Friday (July 31) starting at 16:00. For more details click here.  

When: July 31, starting 16:00 / Where: Parc Rivière, Bordeaux

Costumes exhibition in the Opera of Bordeaux

A beautiful exhibition called “Plus que Parfait” is currently presented at the Opera of Bordeaux. The exhibition presents the incredible world of theater costumes and includes many items from shows that were previously played at the Opera. The exhibition will be presented until September 6 and is free for kids under 12yo. For more info and reservations click here

When: from Tuesday to Sunday until September 6 / Where: Place de la Comédie, 33000 Bordeaux

Run & Yoga à Bordeaux

This Sunday (August 2) Darwin is hosting a Run and Yoga practice – apparently, there’s such thing. The activity will be guided by Yosi Goasdoué who is the French semi-marathon champion for 2015. The event is free but you must register in advance. For more info click here.

When: August 2, at 10:45 / Where: 87 Quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Marché des Créateurs

A creators market is taking place this Sunday (August 2) at Campus Atlantica in Artigues-près-Bordeaux. For more about the market click here.

When: August 2, 10:00 to 21:00 / Where:  24 Avenue Virecourt, Artigues-près-Bordeaux

Night Market in Arcachon 

During the summer the city of Arcachon is hosting a night market with music, a small creative market, and plenty of food stands. The market is taking place from Tuesday to Friday until August 20. For more info click here

When: Tuesday to Friday until August 20 / Where:  Place des Marquises, Arcachon

Picnic at the vineyards

vineyards in Saint Emilion

This is the last weekend of the Picnic at the vineyards events. The picnics are a great initiative by the Bienvenue à la ferme en Gironde association- every Friday 16 wineries in Gironde are hosting visitors for an event that includes wine and tapas of different local producers at a price of 7 euro per person. The visit has to be booked in advance directly from the winery – you can see the list of the chateaux here

Visit the Cité du Vin 

If the pricey ticket to the Cité du Vin has deterred you from visiting it so far, this summer is your chance! The interactive wine museum reduced its ticket price from 20 euros to 10 euros for the residents of Bordeaux Metropole and free for kids under 17yo. You must show proof of residence to get the discount. 

If you want to know what to expect in the museum, read my article about the Cite du Vin before going.  

Go to Blassimon Lake

If you live east of Bordeaux, getting to the beaches of Arcachon can be a long journey. Luckily there are a few lakes in the region where you can find beautiful spots that are perfect for a family day at the beach. One of them is Lac Blasimon in Entre Deux Mers. You can read more about it here

Free beach activities in Bordeaux

This summer (until August 31) Bordeaux Lac will offer FREE activities such as kayaking, SUP, zumba and more! The activities are taking place daily from 14:00 to 18:00 and registration is taking place on the beach starting from 13:30. Please read the content in this link as it includes instructions for some documents you need to present to be able to register as well as the schedule of the daily activities. For more events and activities taking place this summer in Bordeaux check out my article about things to do this summer in Bordeaux

If you’re looking for more ideas for day trips in the Bordeaux region here are a few other articles you might want to read:
The best beaches around Bordeaux
Day trips around Bordeaux – wine, beaches and villages 
10 day trips from Bordeaux by Public transport
A weekend in Medoc – Bordeaux wine tours
What to do and eat in Saint Emilion

You can also get plenty of tips on things to do in the Southwest of France via lost in Bordeaux’s social media accounts and email list, check them out here:

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Going to night markets (marchés nocturnes) in the southwest of France is one of the best ways to discover small villages in the region and to get a nice dose of French rural vibes.  During market days, the beautiful villages of the Southwest of France suddenly become very lively and festive. Complete with regional food stalls, music, and happy tipsy locals 🙂 

There are many markets taking place on a daily basis in the region but finding information about them is not an easy task. That’s why I did some research for you and came up with a relatively complete list of night markets taking place in Gironde, Dordogne, Lot et Garonne, and Les Landes. Not all the info regarding night markets exists online so consult your local tourist office if you want to attend one closer to where you’re staying. 

If you want more ideas for things to do this summer in the Bordeaux region check out my article about what to do this summer in Bordeaux. If you love visiting French markets check out my article about the best markets in Bordeaux. Also, if you want recommendations on what night market to go to you can join my Facebook group “Travel in the Southwest of France“, there are many locals there that can give you their opinion on the matter 🙂

NOTE – At the beginning of the summer the list was much longer but many markets were canceled due to COVID 19, which means that the markets I mention here could also be canceled at some point. I added links to every event I mention here so please be sure to check if there are any updates regarding the night market you want to attend.

Now let’s dive into the night markets of the Southwest of France. 

Night Markets in Gironde and Les Landes

Monday – Biscarrosse Plage (Every week until August 31 – info), Talais (Every week until August 25 – info)

Tuesday – Arcachon (Every week until August 20 – info), Biscarrosse Plage (Every week until August 31 – info), Parentis en Born (Every week until August 25- info), Soulac Sur Mer (Every week until August 25- info), Lacanau ( August 11, 25- info), Salles (August 4 – info)

Wednesday – Arcachon (Every week until August 20 – info), Biscarrosse Plage (Every week until August 31 – info), La Bastide de Monségur (Every week until August 26 – info)

Thursday – Arcachon (Every week until August 20 – info), Biscarrosse Plage (Every week until August 31 – info), Sainte Eulalie en Born (Every week until August 31 – info)

Friday –  Arcachon (Every week until August 20 – info), Biscarrosse Plage (Every week until August 31 – info), Macaire (August 7 – info), Audenge (August 21 – info), Verdelais (August 21 – info)

Saturday – Sanguinet (Every week until August 31 – info), Biscarrosse Plage (Every week until August 31 – info), Salles (August 15 – info), Ludon Medoc (August 29 – info), Saint Médard en Jalles (September 5 – info)

Sunday – Biscarrosse Plage (Every week until August 31 – info)

If you’re planning to go to the night market in Arcachon, check out my guide to Arcachon for more info on what to do and see there. You can also check my article about the most beautiful villages in Gironde for more ideas for places to visit in the region.

Night Markets in Dordogne

Monday – Sainte Mondane (every week until September 7 – info)

Tuesday – Saint Amand de Coly (every week until August 25 – info), Villefranche du Périgord (every week until September 1- info)

Wednesday – Issigeac (Every week until September 3- info)

Thursday – Sarlat (Every week until August 27 – info), Eymet (every week until end of August)

Friday –  Le Buisson de Cadouin (Every week until August 28 – info), Parcoul-Chenaud (Every week until August 21 – info), Salignac (August 28 – info)

Saturday – Saint-Meard de Gurson (August 8 – info)

Sunday – Tamniès (Every week until August 30 – info)

*You can find more info about all the night markets in Gironde here

If you’re traveling in Dordogne check ou my articles about visiting Eymet and kayaking on the Dordogne river.

Night Markets in Lot et Garonne

Monday – Mézin (every week until September 7 – info)

Tuesday – Nerac (every week until September 1 – info)

Wednesday – Francescas (every week until August 26 – info), 

Thursday – Duras (Every week until September 3 – info), Lavardac (Every week until September 3 – info), Aiguillon (August 13 – info), Lamontjoie (Every week until September 3 – info)

Friday – Beauville (every week until August 21 – info), Le Frechou (every week until September 4 – info), Vianne (every week until September 4 – info)

Saturday – Barbaste (Every week until August 22 – info)

If you’re looking for more ideas for day trips in the Bordeaux region here are a few other articles you might want to read:
The best beaches around Bordeaux
Day trips around Bordeaux – wine, beaches and villages 
10 day trips from Bordeaux by Public transport
A weekend in Medoc – Bordeaux wine tours
What to do and eat in Saint Emilion

You can also get plenty of tips on things to do in the Southwest of France via lost in Bordeaux’s social media accounts and email list, check them out here:

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As you can understand from my articles and posts on social media I do most of my trips with my kids. But last week, thanks to a platform I recently discovered I had the opportunity to FINALLY travel all alone. And it was so brilliant that I have to tell you about it (I also got you a discount so it’s worth reading until the end 🙂)! 

You already know that traveling with a local allows you to discover all the best places, especially in a city. It’s simply the ultimate way to discover the best restaurants and avoid tourist traps. That is exactly the experience I had on my trip to La Rochelle as I decided to use La Voyageuse, a travel platform where women host other women in their homes. I had an amazing host that helped me plan my trip and recommended many of the places I’m going to write about in the next few articles about La Rochelle and the surrounding islands. You can read about my personal experience using this platform at the end of the article.

So what is la Voyageuse?

La Voyageuse is a Bordeaux based start-up that connects female solo travelers to female hostesses. The hostesses are volunteers offering free accommodation in their house (could be a sofa or a room) simply out of their love of hosting and the desire to help other women on their solo traveling journey. The idea behind this startup is to provide female solo travelers a safe way to travel. The startup was founded last year and has been getting attention from the traveling industry (and even won some important prizes). 

hosts on La voyageuse platform
Almost 1400 hosts on their platform

A few weeks before we all went into lockdown I was contacted by Christina Boixière, the founder of La Voyageuse. Christina thought, rightly so, that many of my female readers are quite adventurous and enjoy discovering special places through the eyes of a local. Also, a lot of my readers travel alone, so providing a safer travel option is a great value I can give you gals. I must admit that this idea really resonated with my personal experience. In my early 20s, I used to solo travel quite a lot and I remember the hesitations and insecurity I felt when arriving alone at a hostel in a new city. Also, I feel that when you travel to a new place for just a few days you rarely have the opportunity to exchange with locals in the region. So this platform gives women a unique opportunity to travel safely and interact with local women who are very welcoming in their nature. 

How can you start using la Voyageuse

If you want to start using the platform as a traveler you need to purchase an annual pass for 119€ and you will have unlimited and free access to all the accommodations offered by the network of trusted female hostesses. The fee is used to finance the platform and

the verification process carried out by a dedicated team, to carefully review and validate all members. To support moms, this platform givers you the option to travel with one child under 12 yo. Currently, it’s being used by 2100 verified members of all ages, because let’s admit it, who doesn’t need a vacation after this long confinement period?

Now listen to the best news!!! I managed to get from Christina the founder of the company a special discount just for my readers and followers. So when you purchase it with my coupon code you get a 20€ discount!!! Awesome, right?! 

That’s how you purchase the pass:  You just go to the purchase page on their website and use my coupon code LOSTINBORDEAUX to get your discount. You can also buy it as a gift to someone else and get the same discount with my code. 

An advice from me – If you’re already planning your trip check the map of the hosts before purchasing just to make sure there are any ladies hosting in your destination. You don’t need a pass to be able to see all the hosts on the platform, you just have to open an account on the platform. Once you see that there are hosts in your destination, go ahead and purchase the pass. 

My personal experience with la Voyageuse

While I thought the idea was brilliant right away, I told Christina that I had to test La Voyageuse myself before writing about it on Lost in Bordeaux. That’s what I always do, I write only from my personal experience. So when we could finally go back to traveling in France again I decided that after three months with my kids at home this is the perfect time for a solo getaway (or mom vacation in my case 🙂 ). 

Oysters and wine in La rochelle market
Oysters and wine in 11am is the real mom-vacation 🙂

I’ve been planning a solo trip to La Rochelle for a while now and luckily there were several hosts in La Rochelle registered on the platform. I ended up contacting Sylvia – a Polish expat who has been living there for more than a decade. 

To be honest I didn’t know what to expect. I knew that I was going to someone else’s house and invade their life in a way so I wasn’t sure how comfortable I would feel. But all of that disappeared the minute I met Sylvia at the entrance to her warm and lovely house in La Rochelle. She made me feel at home the minute I stepped in, offering dinner and wine and plenty of funny stories about their family life in the region. She then asked me what my plans are for the rest of my trip and without hesitation brought all of her guide books and maps, giving me the most elaborated explanation of what to do and see in the region. I loved that it was advice coming from a local who actually tried all these experiences so you could feel when she was really excited about a place or when it was something not really worth your time. 

A voyageuse host preparing dinner
A homemade dinner and wine – perfect after a long day in La Rochelle

Then came the best part! At some point when I was trying to decide what to do the next day she said “let’s just go to Île de Ré now and you’ll see how amazing it is” – and just like that we spent an amazing evening discovering Île de Ré. 

During my days there, she texted me to see if I’m doing ok and it felt so nice that someone I just met thinks about my well being. There’s just no way I could have had such an amazing experience if I would’ve stayed in a hotel or even a standard Airbnb. A hotel has its benefits of course, but when you travel alone as a woman, feeling safe and welcomed by a verified local woman really upgrades your traveling experience. 

I do want to make it clear, that if you’re looking for an Airbnb kind of experience, this is not it. La Voyageuse focuses on the interaction between traveling and local women rather than just a way to find accommodation. You need to have that in mind when planning your trip. There’s a chance that there won’t be an available host at a specific town you’re going to or that they won’t be able to host you for more than two-three nights. So just be ready for that and try to contact the host as soon as possible. 

An evening stroll in Ile de Re
An evening stroll in Ile de Ré

So just to sum-up, why do I think this is a fantastic way for women to travel? Mostly because it’s a great opportunity to meet interesting women in France and other places where the platform is active. Not less important, it’s the safest way for female solo travelers to travel, and finally, it’s just way cheaper than staying in hotels. An annual pass that provides you unlimited accommodation will cost you less than two nights in a hotel in France.  

I know that this article was mostly for women, but if you’re a man and you got to this point just know that you can buy the pass as a gift to your girlfriend, wife, sister, or mom. I promise you all of them would love to do a bit of solo traveling right now 🙂 So go ahead and check out their platform to see all the amazing locations you can find a host at and don’t forget to use the LOSTINBORDEUX code when purchasing to get your 20€ discount.

Note: This article contains an affiliate link, meaning that if you buy a pass using my promo code I receive a small commission. So you get the 20€ discount, I get paid, and you will be supporting the work I do at Lost in Bordeaux. So thank you 🙂

You can also get plenty of tips on things to do in the Southwest of France via lost in Bordeaux’s social media accounts and email list, check them out here:

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Discovering beautiful villages in the southwest of France is one of my favorite parts of living here and with all my traveling lately, I decided that it’s time to write a little bit about the Dordogne as well. So today I’m taking you to Eymet, located in the Bergerac region about 100 km from Bordeaux. While it’s not as famous as some of the villages in the Sarlat region, this cute little village with its picturesque houses and abundance of restaurants is a great option for a day trip from Bordeaux or from Bergerac. In this article, I’ll give you all the info on things to do in and around Eymet including an amazing chateau you can visit with your kids. 

Eymet in Dordogne

If you’re looking for more ideas for day trips in the Bordeaux region here are a few other articles you might want to read:
The best beaches around Bordeaux
Day trips around Bordeaux – wine, beaches and villages 
10 day trips from Bordeaux by Public transport
A weekend in Medoc – Bordeaux wine tours
What to do and eat in Saint Emilion

You can also join my Facebook group “Travel in the southwest of France” where many enthusiasts of the region share their recommendations for places to visit and things to do in the southwest of France. Now let me take you to this beautiful part of purple Perigord and the village of Eymet. 

What to see in Eymet

Eymet is a typical bastide town founded in the 13th century by Alphonse de Poitiers, Comte de Toulouse. Bastide towns that can be recognized by their arched central squares were created from the 12th to the 14th century in the southwest of France by both the French and the English kings. These were new towns (or “villes neuves” in French) built to encourage settlements of empty areas. There are many of them in the old Gascony region with most being small sleepy towns. Eymet, however, is a rather lively little town with plenty of restaurants and a small cultural scene. Ironically, while the town was originally established by the French as part of a defensive strategy against an English invasive, today it’s one of the most “British” towns in Dordogne with a 20% British population.

Eymet -Bastide towns in the southwest of France

When you arrive in Eymet, start your tour at Place des Arcades, the central square with well-maintained houses. Take some time to admire the beautiful arched houses with stone or timber framed (colombage) fronts. The tourist office of Eymet is located on the square as well. They are very helpful and can give you a map of Eymet with all the interesting houses to see on your little tour. There’s also a map on display near the tourist office so you can see some of the main points of interest even if the tourist office is closed.

From here you can take some time to stroll the narrow charming streets of Eymet. The center of town is very small and many of the more interesting houses are located on rue Traversiere and rue de Veau. Don’t miss the beautiful temple on rue du Temple and the cute flowery passage between rue du Temple and rue Portanel.

Beautiful streets in Eymet France

There’s also an impressive château in Eymet, however, it’s usually closed unless there’s an exhibition in one of the rooms. It’s still worth taking a stroll through the garden and admire the chateau from the outside.

Where to eat in Eymet 

The only problem regarding food in Eymet is that for such a small town there are just too many restaurants to choose from 🙂 There are plenty of restaurants located under the arched houses on the central squares, these are especially fun on sunny days as you can sit outside and absorb the beauty of the village.  Two recommended restaurants in Eymet are Le Gambetta on Place Gambetta as well as Walnut which is slightly out of the center. 

Restaurants in Eymet Dordogne

Markets in Eymet

Every Thursday morning, a lively market with the best products of the region takes place at the central square. You can buy baguettes, cheese, and regional fruits at the market and find a nice spot for a picnic on the banks of the Dropt river. That’s what we do many times as we travel with little kids and picnics are always a bit easier than sitting in a restaurant. 

Every Tuesday during July and August a lively night market is taking place here with live music and plenty of food stands. The market is taking place at Place de la Bastide starting from 19:00. 

Hiking around Eymet

Besides a stroll in the city which will take you 1-2 hours (if you’re slow like us), you can also go on a short hike to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Eymet.  There are two hiking routes you can take around Eymet. One called Sentier du Dropt – a 3km hike that takes you through the port, the old windmill, and other nice spots close to the Dropt river. 

Another hike is the Balade Patrimoine au fil du Dropt – an 11.5km route you can also do by bike. I took a picture of my map but you can get it at the tourist office. 

Chateau de Bridoire – the chateau of games

Chateau de Bridoire
Chateau de Bridoire

If you’re traveling with kids you absolutely must include this place on your trip to Eymet. Château de Bridoire is located at the heart of the Monbazillac wine region about 15 minutes by car from Eymet. The beautiful château is a private historic monument dating back to the 15th century. You will visit 15 different rooms from the kitchen to the dining room and the working office but what makes this château special is that it’s much more interactive than the other castles you’ll visit in the southwest of France. For example, one of the rooms you’re going to visit is the games room where you can touch and play with all the fun wood games. The best part is the garden of the château where plenty of huge games were put in place to be played by the visitors of the chateau.

Chateau de Bridoire - the castel of games
Chateau de Bridoire – the castle of games

Needless to say, we spent hours there and they actually had to kick us out as my daughter refused to let go of the bow and arrow. 

The château is open daily during the summer, you can see more details here

What else to see around Eymet 

One of the main attractions in the region is Chateau de Duras, a 12th-century impressive castle with an amazing view of the Dropt valley.

If you’re looking for a bigger livelier city, be sure to visit Bergerac, which is located on the Dordogne river only 20 km from Eymet. On the way, you can also visit Chateau de Monbazillac, famous for its white sweet wine.

If you’re visiting the region on a Sunday, you can start your day in Issigeac, yet another beautiful village in Dordogne that holds one of the best markets in the area on Sundays. 

Issigeac market
Issigeac market

If you want to stop somewhere on the way to Bordeaux, don’t miss Castelmoron d’Albret, which happens to be the smallest village in France. You can read more about it in my article about my visit to Castelmoron d’Albret

You can also get plenty of tips on things to do in the Southwest of France via lost in Bordeaux’s social media accounts and email list, check them out here:

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Bordeaux is a lively city throughout the year, with plenty of restaurants, pubs, and wine bars where you can grab a drink every day of the week (well Mondays are kind of tough, but you can still find a spot for an apero).
In the summer, however, Bordeaux takes it up a notch and becomes one of the coolest summer places in France. Plenty of rooftops, terrace cafes, and open bars are surging all over the city making the city extra chic. Most of the summer bars in Bordeaux are open only during the summer (duh!) and some only for a short period during the season, so you have a limited time to enjoy them. Some are more posh and chic, other more simple and chill but they are all super fun to hang out in during the summer in Bordeaux. In this list, I included 10 of my favorite rooftops and terraces all over Bordeaux metropole so you won’t necessarily have to get to Bordeaux center to enjoy the Bordelaise summer vibes. 

If you’re about to spend the summer in Bordeaux be sure to check my article about the best things to do this summer in Bordeaux.  If you’re interested in wine tastings in Bordeaux check out my article about the best places in Bordeaux that offer wine tasting sessions. For specific events and other ideas for things to do every weekend, I invite you to subscribe to my email list here. If it’s your first time on Lost in Bordeaux and you want to get more tips about traveling in Bordeaux and the Southwest of France feel free to join my Travel in the southwest of France group on Facebook or follow me on my Facebook/ Instagram accounts.

Here’s a list of the best places summer bars in Bordeaux for a perfect cocktails evening or an afternoon apero!

Summer bars in Bordeaux

Mama Shelter – the chic rooftop

Mama Shelter is probably the most popular summer rooftop bar in Bordeaux. It has a funky design and many original cocktails but I believe its location should also get a lot of credit for its popularity. It’s one of the only rooftops in the center of Bordeaux, located just next to the Cathedral Saint André, and it has one of the best views of the city. If you come during evening hours, booking in advance is recommended. 

Mama shelter bordeaux

Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux
When: Lunch everyday 12:00 – 15:00, Dinner Sunday to Wednesday 19:00 to midnight, Thursday to Saturday the bar is open for drinks 
For reservations click here.

La Guinguette chez Alriq – the best tavern in town

La guinguette chez Alriq is one of my favorite places in Bordeaux and its opening event is for me signaling the beginning of the Bordelais summer! The Guinguette is a big tavern located on the right banks of the Garonne at the Bastide neighborhood, hosting plenty of open-air concerts every summer. The performing bands and artists are coming from all over the world and create a laid back party atmosphere. There’s usually a small price to pay for the concerts taking place on Wed-Sat and on Sundays the entry is free. You can see their program here. The place is very popular so expect to see a line at the entrance. 

la guinguette chez alriq - the of the best summer bars in Bordeaux

Where: ZA Quai des Queyries, Port Bastide, 33100 Bordeaux
When: Wed-Sat from 19:00 to 1:00 and Sunday from 12:00 to 22:00
Click here for more info and booking for groups.

Les Chantiers de la Garonne

Just next door to La guinguette chez Alriq you can find one of Bordeaux’s best-hidden gems. Les Chantiers de la Garonne is an old hangar turned into a sailing club and a restaurant with one of the best outdoor spaces in Bordeaux. The restaurant is located on board of the Garonne river and the outdoor space feels like a real beach with plenty of low tables on fine white sand and fresh seafood with cold bottles of white wine. You can find more info about the restaurant and other activities proposed by the Chantiers de la Garonne here

les chantiers de la garonne

Where: 21 Quai de Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux
When:  The beach is open from Wed-Sun from 17:00 to midnight.

Terrasse 14 – a pop-up bar

The new hip rooftop in Bordeaux is located on the roof of Hangar 14 and thus its name Terrasse 14. Besides an amazing view on the Garonne river, this place has all the hipster 101 kit 🙂 A cool bar, a petanque court, great local beers, wines, and tapas, and a lot of chic bordelaise people. This rooftop is going to be open until August 31 so hurry up if you want to try it. 

Terrasse 14 rooftop in Bordeaux
Crédit photo : Terrasse 14

Where: Hangar 14, Quai des Chartrons, Bordeaux.
When: Wed-Sat from 17:00 to 23:00

Plage de L’IBOAT

The Iboat is a three-level ferry spanning 687m2, anchored to one of the docks of Bassins a flot and mostly known as a concert venue. During the summer they also open their “beach”, a fun outdoor space on the banks of the Bassin a flot with a bar, comfy sofas, and varying outdoor events. La Plage de L’IBOAT is definitely one of the best summer bars in Bordeaux for an afternoon drink! You can see the list of concerts and events here

Iboat Bassin a Flot Bordeaux

For more cool places to visit in the Bassin a flot area check out my article about the Bacalan district

Where: Bassin à Flot n°1, Cours Henri Brunet, 33300 Bordeaux
When: Every day from 17:00

Café Utopia

This isn’t specifically a Bordeaux summer bar but it’s one of my favorite Terraces in Bordeaux all year long (when it’s not raining of course). For those who’re not familiar with the place, Utopia is an independent cinema theater, installed in an ancient church, l’église du Vieux Bordeaux. At the entrance to this beautiful building, you’ll find le Cafe Utopia, a nice bistro, and a good place to take your laptop for a few hours of work. However, the best part is the terrace which has plenty of tables on one of the liveliest squares in Bordeaux, Place Camille Jullian. If you’re looking for a nice, simple place for a drink in the center of the city, this one is recommended. 

Cafe Utopia - one of the best terraces in Bordeaux
Cafe Utopia – one of the best terraces in Bordeaux

Where: 5 Place Camille Jullian, 33000 Bordeaux
When:  Daily from 10:00 to 22:30

Rooftops and Terraces in Bordeaux Metropole

Domaine de Raba

The beautiful chateau of Domaine de Raba is well hidden in a residential neighborhood in Talence. This place is a bit hard to describe as it has everything from a spa to a fancy restaurant, a bar, and different events like cinema nights and morning yoga. About a year ago, the Domain de Raba opened an outdoor bar called the Tiki Bar. The menu of the bar changes every week and it has many special evenings with Dj sets and concerts.

Where: 35 Rue Rémi Belleau, 33400 Talence
When:  The Tiki bar is open Wed-Sun starting 19:00 
Booking in advance is recommended, you can do it online here

Les Halles de Talence

The Talence market is the little brother of the Bacalan market, built by Biltoki in December 2018. Inside the market, you can find a very good cheese stand, tapas, Moroccan food, sushi, oysters, and more. The prices are a bit high except for the bar, which has a great variety of wines at a decent price. The best part, however, is the outdoor area! Plenty of tables are spread in the afternoon between the market and the other restaurants in the Forum and you can enjoy a really fun apero or dinner with a very local vibe. I live in Talence so this is actually my favorite place for a Friday apero! 

Halles de Talence - chic market near Bordeaux

If you want to discover other markets in Bordeaux check out my article about the best markets in and around Bordeaux

Where: Place Alcala de Henares, 33400 Talence
When:  Daily except for Mondays, the market closes for a break between 14:30 to 16:30 on weekdays 

Canopée Café in Merignac

If you want to avoid going to the city center the Canopée Café is a great option! The Canopée Café in Merignac has both an indoor restaurant (open for lunch and dinner) and a very chic rooftop with a huge selection of cocktails and a petanque court, called the Bodega. This rooftop is located in the industrial zone in Merignac and thus lacks the beautiful view of Bordeaux’s rooftop bars but the place itself is super chic and there’s plenty of parking 🙂

Canopée Café Mérignac - chic rooftop near Bordeaux

Where: Face Mérignac Soleil, 1 Chemin de Pouchon, 33700 Mérignac
When:  The rooftop (La Bodega) is open Mon to Sat from 17:30 to 1:30 and Sun 17:00 to 1:00. 
If you’re a group of 15pl, you must book a table. All the details are here

La Laiterie – a new garden bar

Another summer bar in Talence! It’s starting to look like a “Bars in Talence list” but it’s just because I live here :). La Laiterie in Talence is a beautiful outdoor bar hidden in a wild green garden. Once/Twice a week they also have concerts, for those you must book your place in advance – all the details are here. The place is open from May to October. 

La Laiterie - Talence - bar in a Garden near Bordeaux

Where: Impasse Vieille Tour,  33400 Talence 
When: The days and hours are changing weekly – check the updated hours on their Facebook page

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If it’s your first time in Bordeaux you may also like to read some of the following “intro to Bordeaux” articles I wrote:
The Ultimate Guide to Bordeaux 
The best districts in Bordeaux 
Where to stay in Bordeaux 
What to do in one day in Bordeaux
Things to do with kids in Bordeaux

I absolutely love street art and any city that makes the effort to complement its historic landscape with a modern expression of art is buying a fast ticket to my “go-to” list. That’s why Angoulême, which is located in the Charente department, about 1.5 hours drive from Bordeaux (or 35 minutes by train) has been on my mind for quite a while now. Angoulême is widely known as the comics and street art capital of France and is globally renowned for its Internation Comics festival hosting more than 200,000 people every year. Although I knew that I’m expected to see some beautiful murals in Angoulême, the creativity of this city took me by surprise the minute I entered the historic part of the city. Angoulême’s admiration for comics was expressed in every detail, from colorful post boxes to painted recycling bins and statues of famous comics characters. Visiting Angoulême is a little bit like playing treasure hunt for art lovers, there’s something to find on every street corner. 

Now, don’t get me wrong here, this is by far not the only reason to visit Angoulême. It’s a beautiful historic city, surrounded by ancient ramparts, abundant with elegant monuments, and generally a vivid place with an impressive number of bars and restaurants. My article about all the things you can do in Angouleme is in the making but in this article, I want to focus on what attracted me to this city, which is its street art. My goal is to make you experience this city as if we were in an open museum of comics and street art. Having said that, if you really love comics don’t miss la Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l’Image, the comics museums of Angoulême. 

Street art in Angouleme France

If it’s your first visit in this region, check out my guide to Bordeaux and my article about visiting Cognac. You can also get plenty of traveling tips in my Facebook group “Travel in the Southwest of France“.

The map of all my favorite murals and statues 

There are 25 huge murals painted on different buildings spread around Angoulême. If you can, pass by the tourist office (located in the Hotel de Ville), and grab a map indicating all of these murals. However, you should know that some of them are located quite far from the city center and require a long walk to get there. So if you are limited in time or just want to save your energy for the more interesting parts of the city, I made a map of my favorite murals and other street art that I really loved when strolling the city. In most of the locations on the map, I added the name of the work and the artist’s name and in some, I also added a photo and a link for more info about this work (in French). 

I should mention also that there’s an app that can help you navigate around the murals in the city. I didn’t try it myself, but if you want to give it a try, these are the links, Google Play, App Store.

My three favorite murals in Angoulême

I should start by saying that all the murals in Angouleme are stunning but there are several that I particularly loved and I think you should see.

La Fille des Remparts – Max Cabannes

This one is probably the most famous mural in Angouleme and one of the best spots for taking photos and selfies in the city 🙂
In this Mural, Max Cabann imitates the atmosphere of the old city with its ramparts and old buildings. It almost feels like a continuation of the street your standing on. You can find it just next to the market on 6 Boulevard Pasteur. 

Chassez le Naturel – François Boucq

This beautiful mural is located in a residential neighborhood slightly outside of the city center, but it’s so stunning it’s worth the walk. François Boucq is a French comics artist known for its books about Jérôme Moucherot, an insurance salesman, who is dressed in a leopard suit. The mural can be found at: Rue du Dr Duroselle above the parking entrance.

Chassez le Naturel - François Boucq - mural in Angouleme

L’Archiviste – François Schuiten

L’Archiviste by François Schuiten is one of the most special artworks on the streets of Angoulême – one million holes on a stainless steel plate over a huge building facade. The building is located on 24 Avenue Gambetta.

L'Archiviste - François Schuiten - street art angouleme

The Comics Festival

If you can choose when to visit Angouleme, the best time would be in January when the city hosts its famous Comics Festival. The Angoulême International Comics Festival is the third biggest comics festival in the world, hosting more than 200,000 visitors every year. 

Discover more art when strolling Angoulême 

The murals of Angoulême display the works of the most famous comics artists in France. However, street art and comics are such an important part of the modern identity of this city that the murals are only a fraction of the art you can find in Angoulême. I spent hours just walking and absorbing the colors, the cute characters painted on the shatters, and unusual statues in the garden below the ramparts. Here are some of my favorite discoveries from this beautiful city. I count on you to find many more when you visit fascinating Angoulême 🙂

Street art Angouleme
memoire du xxeme ciel - street art Angouleme

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My weekend list is coming back today with a more modest but still very entertaining list of events and places to visits. We are still in a pandemic mode of course so bear in mind that there are no big events happening yet and that most of the events I’m publishing here will require prior registration and wearing masks. Before going be sure to check the info in the links I added to every event. I’ll also add a few recommendations for places you can visit around Bordeaux in case you prefer to avoid going to events right now. 

If you’re looking for a fun day trip to do this weekend, don’t miss my latest article about visiting Eymet and Chateau Bridoire in Dordogne.

If it’s your first time on Lost in Bordeaux and you want to get more tips about traveling in Bordeaux and the Southwest of France feel free to join my Travel in the southwest of France group on Facebook or follow me on my Facebook/ Instagram accounts. If you want more ideas for things to do this summer in Bordeaux, check out my summer list for 2020. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux (July 24-26). 

Picnic at the vineyards

Like many sectors, the wine industry of Bordeaux suffered great financial consequences due to the recent crisis. To bring back visitors to their wineries the winegrowers of the Bienvenue à la ferme en Gironde association are coming up with a great initiative – a picnic at the vineyards. Every Friday 16 wineries in Gironde are hosting visitors for an event that includes wine and tapas of different local producers at a price of 7 euro per person. The visit has to be booked in advance directly with the winery – you can see the list of the chateaux here

Night markets in South Gironde

Night markets are fun local events taking place in the center of small villages during the summer. This Friday (July 24) the beautiful village of Saint Macaire will host a night market with regional products and live concerts. The market will start at 19:00. If you want to read more about Saint Macaire and other beautiful villages in the region go to my article about the most beautiful villages in Gironde.

You can see the dates of all the other markets in this poster:

Open doors weekend in Sauternes

This weekend (July 25-26 ) four 1er Grands Crus Classés wineries in the Sauterenes wine appelation will host an open-doors event with free tasting, activities and tours. The participating chateaux are Château Sigalas Rabaud, Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Château de Rayne Vigneau and Château La Tour Blanche. You can find their details and more information about the event here

Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, in Sauterens
The beautiful Château Lafaurie Peyraguey

Open doors in Cotes de Bourg

This weekend (July 25-26) the Cotes de Bourg appellation is inviting you to its annual open doors weekend. Around 40 chateaux in Bourg and the towns surrounding it will host you in their domains and offer tours, wine tastings, exhibitions, activities for kids, and more. You can see the list of participating wineries and the activities they propose here.

Friday nights in Talence

Every Friday during the summer Parc Peixotto in Talence is hosting fun nights with music and food trucks. For more details click here. The event starts at 19:00. For more details click here

Halles de Talence - chic market near Bordeaux

And if you made the whole way to Talence you can start your evening with a drink at the market which is one of my favorite places for a Friday apero. If you want to discover other hip places for a drink in Bordeaux check out my article about the best summer bars in Bordeaux

Go dancing at La Guinguette chez Alriq

The Guinguette is a tavern on the right banks of the Garonne hosting plenty of open-air concerts every summer. The performing bands and artists are coming from all over the world and create a laid back world music party atmosphere. You can see their program here. The place is open from Wednesday to Sunday with concerts taking place daily. You can see all the details here

Free beach activities in Bordeaux

This summer (until August 31) Bordeaux Lac will offer FREE activities such as kayaking, SUP, zumba and more! The activities are taking place daily from 14:00 to 18:00 and registration is taking place on the beach starting from 13:30. Please read the content in this link as it includes instructions for some documents you need to present to be able to register as well as the schedule of the daily activities. For more events and activities taking place this summer in Bordeaux check out my article about things to do this summer in  Bordeaux

Visit La Sauvagerie in Arcachon 

Discover the hipster little sister of Darwin in Arcachon. La Sauvagerie is an eco-friendly summer pop up restaurant in Pyla sur Mer with a well-being vibe to it. Besides the cool and slightly wild design, they have a very healthy menu and activities like yoga and capoeira. If you’re going to Arcachon this weekend this is definitely a place to check out. See all the details here.  The address is 2 Boulevard Louis Lignon, 33115 La Teste-de-Buch.

Try a kids’ friendly beach –  Plage De Caton Sanguinet

Plage Caton Lac Cazaux

If you’re looking for a kids’ friendly spot in the Arcachon region try the beautiful lake beach on Lac Cazaux. One of the most kids-friendly beaches over there is Plage Caton which has a huge parking just next to it. 

New Design Exhibition – Playground

If being outdoors is a bit too hot for you, go see a cool exhibition instead. The playground is a new exhibition in the design museum of Bordeaux that is entirely dedicated to sneakers! The exhibition includes more than 600 pairs, films, archive documents, photos, and personal accounts that will tell the story of this iconic object, from its success with New York breakdancers to the globally popular object it is today. The exhibition will be presented at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Design until January 10th. Important note – due to the sanitary situation the number of people allowed in the museum is limited, thus prior reservation is recommended. For more details click here

If it’s your first time in Bordeaux you may also like to read these articles:
What to do in Bordeaux – the ultimate guide
The best areas in Bordeaux – the district guide
Where to stay in Bordeaux – the hotels guide
The best museums to visit in Bordeaux
What to do in Saint Emilion