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Bordeaux is known for its stunning architecture and vibrant city life. On sunny days, you can spend the day in terrace cafes and walk along the neverending Garonne riverfront. The problem is though, that you can’t always count on sunny days in Bordeaux, as there are quite a lot of rainy periods here even during the summer. So having a plan for rainy days is quite a must! 

In this article, I put together some of the best places and things to do in Bordeaux. These include some of my favorite indoor places for drinks, museums, and of course wine-related activities. Many of these activities are geared towards adults so if you’re traveling with kids I invite you to take a look at my article about things to do with kids when it’s raining in Bordeaux

If it’s your first time in Bordeaux check out my list of the best 50 things to do in Bordeaux. Now let’s start our list of the best activities for rainy days in Bordeaux.

Food and wine with friends at Halles des Bacalan

The Bacalan market opened its doors in 2017 and has become one of the most popular places in town since. It’s not a surprise, of course, Bordeaux is well known for its gourmand population. This impressive 950m2 hangar is located just in front of the famous Cité du Vin museum and hosts numerous artisans and merchants who were chosen for the quality of their products. 

Les halles des bacalan

It’s a perfect place for lunch or an apero with friends, especially on rainy days. You can stay there for hours tasting delicious food and drinking wine. If you want to discover other cool places in the Bacalan neighborhood check out my article about things to do in Bacalan.

Address: 149 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

See an immersive exhibition at Les Bassins de Lumières

Les Bassins de Lumières is a visual arts space situated in an old submarine base built during WWII. Since 2020 it has been hosting marvelous immersive exhibitions of many famous artists like Klimt and Dali. Different parts of their famous works are being deconstructed and screened on the walls of the Bassin accompanied by a touching soundtrack. You can see a video I took in their previous exhibitions just to get the vibe.

 This year les Bassins de Lumières is hosting an exhibition dedicated to Vin Gogh and other Dutch painters. The new exhibition will be presented from February 16, 2024, to January 5, 2025. You get your tickets here.

La cité du vin

The cité du vin is a fun place for any wine lover but can be very interesting and enjoyable for people who don’t drink at all. This impressive piece of modern architecture is a one-of-a-kind cultural center, all dedicated to discovering the wine world. Through its interactive exhibition, It offers a journey to both French and global wine history. You will learn about winemaking, see movies and interviews with wine producers, and then smell and taste wine.

The tickets are not cheap but there’s so much to see there that you can easily spend a full day there. So you won’t have to worry about making plans for a rainy day. If you want to learn more about this super innovative museum, check out my article about visiting the Cite du Vin.

Address: 134 – 150 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Visit Darwin

Darwin is probably one of the most surprising places in Bordeaux. An old military base turned into an urban space with a co-working space/incubator for startups, a skate park for all ages, a restaurant, and many other surprises, all with an agenda of ecological awareness. 

Darwin in Bordeaux
Darwin

This is a great opportunity to discover a different Bordeaux, beyond the elegant historic center. When it’s raining you can spend a full day there, eating at a restaurant, tasting wine, doing second-hand shopping in Emmaus, and enjoying street art. 

It’s also one of the best places to take kids to when it’s raining

Address: 87 Quai de Queyries – 33100 Bordeaux

Le garage moderne

Le Garage Moderne is a special combination of a garage for cars and bicycles and a place of art and culture, workshops, and social meetings. If you have a problem with your car or your bicycle, it’s a good opportunity to learn how to fix it. The mechanics of le Garage Moderne will accompany you with explications adapted to your level of mechanic knowledge. 

Apart from that you can just drop by to have a drink, make friends, and see interesting art expos. Le Garage Moderne is open from Monday to Friday.

Address: 1 Rue des Étrangers, 33300 Bordeaux

Visit the Opera building

The Grand Theatre de Bordeaux was built at the end of the 18th century by the architect Victor Louis. It’s one of the most beautiful 18th-century theaters in the world and is one of France’s preserved historical buildings. 

Previously a seat of the French parliament, today it’s home to the Opera National de Bordeaux and the Ballet National de Bordeaux. You can try and get tickets to one of the shows at the Opera. A few times a week, depending on the season, the Grand Theatre also offers a guided tour. The price is 10 euros and free for people under 26. For reservations click here.

Address: Place de la Comédie, 33000 Bordeaux

Taste Wine 

We are in the capital of wine, so instead of being gloomy about the weather, use it as an opportunity for wine tasting. Here in Bordeaux, you have several places where you can taste local wines during the day without waiting for the wine bars to open up in the evening.

One good example is Bar à Vin which is located in one of Bordeaux’s beautiful 18th-century buildings. This place specializes in the wines of Bordeaux and it changes its wine menu once a month, so there’s always a good reason to go back and learn about new local wines. If you want to discover other good places for wine tasting check out my article about wine tasting in Bordeaux.

wine tastings in Bordeaux
photo by lost in Bordeaux

Visit art museums

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

Le musée des beaux-arts

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

Address: 20 Cours d’Albret, 33000 Bordeaux

Musée des Art décoratifs et du Design– the museum is closed for renovation

The Museum of Decorative Art and Design is located in a beautiful 18th-century mansion and is one of UNESCO’s heritage sites in Bordeaux. Many of the furniture and pieces of art you will see in this museum are dated to the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.  Not less impressive is the original woodwork and wooden floor of the museum. 

The museum is currently closed for renovation

Le CAPC – musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux

Le CAPC is worth visiting even if you are not a big fan of contemporary arts. The museum is housed in an old wool warehouse where commodities, traded down the river, used to be stored. What makes it special is the combination of modern art with the old architecture of the building. 

In the permanent collection, there are almost 300 works of art and it regularly hosts temporary exhibitions that are dedicated to the history of art.  Open from Tuesday to Sunday 11:00-18:00.

Address: 7 Rue Ferrere, 33000 Bordeaux

CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux
CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux

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

Visit the Capucins Market

One of the main attractions in Bordeaux is Marché des Capucins. It’s the biggest daily market in Bordeaux and it has everything from fruits and spices to local sweets and plenty of oyster stands. 

Chez-jean-mi Bordeaux market
Chez-jean-mi – Lost in Bordeaux

It’s a perfect place when you want to hide from the rain in Bordeaux. Take your time strolling between the stands and discover the Southwest of France gastronomy. You can then stay for lunch in one of the many restaurants in the Market. You can also try and book a food tour and turn it into a richer experience.

Weekends are especially busy in Capucins with locals meeting their friends for oysters and wine after their market run. So if you want to get a table on a Sunday be sure to be there before 11 am. If you need help choosing what and where to eat at the market, check out my article about the best places to eat in Marche des Capucins.

Play board games in Jeux barjo

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

Address: 12 Rue Saint-James, 33000 Bordeaux

See a movie in Utopia

Utopia is an independent cinema theater that offers a unique experience as it’s installed in an ancient church, l’église du Vieux Bordeaux. It is much more than just a cinema, there are regular meetings with directors and debates on social issues that are being addressed in movies. The program is very diverse, from little independent productions to big-budget movies and old classical ones. 

Utopia cinema Bordeaux
Photo by: Ramon Szmuk

At the entrance to this beautiful building, you will also find a restaurant, and on sunny days there are a lot of tables outside watching Place Camille Jullian. An old movie and lunch in an old church sounds like the most comforting plan for a rainy day. The price is 7 euros, see the program.

Address: 5 Place Camille Jullian, 33000 Bordeaux

Surfing in a coffee place

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

Address: 174 Cours du Médoc, 33300 Bordeaux

See local contemporary art in MECA

If you crossed Pont Saint-Jean recently you must have noticed the white modern building that reminds La Defense Arc in Paris. This is MECA the Regional Pole of Culture and Creative Economy. One of the more interesting places you’ll find here is Frac. 

MECA Bordeaux

Frac is a cultural institution with a mission to promote contemporary art in Nouvelle Aquitaine, hosting several exhibitions of local artists.  The exhibitions are varied and include many genres from photography to painting and sculpture. During the weekend it hosts interesting talks, workshops, and activities for kids. For more details click here

Address: 54 Quai de Paludate, 33800 Bordeaux

Visit the chic foodie market – Boca 

If your stomach starts growling after the long art session in FRAC, just continue to the next place on Quai de Paludate – La Boca Foodcourt. They call it the first French food court, although it reminds me less of a traditional food court in an American mall and rather chic and a bit of a pricy foodie’s market. 

boca food bordeaux

Boca is a long hangar with rows of wooden tables in the middle and about 15 different restaurants. I like it as there’s a great variety of food such as seafood, Spanish tapas, a meat restaurant, and a good bar. It’s especially nice if you come as a group of people and share many different plates. On weekends La Boca hosts many fun events such as salsa parties, 90s dance parties and more, you can check their events schedule here.

Address: 208 Quai de Paludate, 33800 Bordeaux

Try to get out of an escape room in Espace Hunt

Escape rooms have become popular around the world and it didn’t skip Bordeaux. There are a few escape rooms in Bordeaux and Espace Hunt, located next to Gare Saint-Jean is one of them. The concept is that for one day you become a group of detectives and you have 60 minutes to collect clues and solve a series of questions to exit the room before time runs out. The bigger your group is the easier it will be to get out! 

After the game, you can enjoy a coffee in a 100m2 Victorian salon and take photos in special detective costumes. The place isn’t recommended for kids under 12 and all kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. One of the rooms is forbidden for kids under 16.

Adresse: 5 rue Pierre Loti, 33800 Bordeaux 

Bowling 

Bowling is one of the best indoor activities you can do on a rainy day. Bordeaux has a big Bowling facility right just a few minutes walk from the city center. Bowling de Bordeaux is located in Meriadeck and it’s open daily. The place also has a bar and billiard tables. See all the information here.

Address: Terrasse du Général Koenig, 33000 Bordeaux

Centre Aquatique Caliceo

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

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

Enjoy a Roller Disco 

Moovens Roller Rink in Gradignan is a fun place where you can go skating or rollerblading. They offer skating classes, roller sessions and even organize roller disco parties from time to time. If you don’t have rollers you can rent them there. See all the details here

Address: 11 Av. de la Madeleine, 33170 Gradignan

Axe Throwing in Pessac

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

Address: 152 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 33600 Pessac

Go shopping in one of Bordeaux’s Malls 

I’m not a huge fan of shopping centers but I must say that it saved a lot of my rainy days here in Bordeaux. If you want to stay close to the center of Bordeaux, Meriadeck is the only mall in the city. It has quite a few nice shops and a few simple restaurants/ coffee shops. 

However, if you want something bigger where you can spend many hours you should head to one of the commercial centers of Bordeaux. The two biggest and most impressive ones are Rive d’Arcins in Begles and Aushopping Bordeaux Lac, both accessible by public transport from the center of Bordeaux. Both of these commercial centers have a huge variety of shops, many places to eat, and little corners for little kids to play.

Attend one of Bordeaux’s events

The Bordelais are quite used to rainy winters (or falls and springs for that matter) so there are plenty of events that are adapted for people trying to escape the rain. While the summer events are usually outdoors, starting October many events, like special markets and open doors in various Chateaux, are starting to take place all over the region. 

To know about specific events taking place every month, follow my monthly lists that I publish regularly on the blog and subscribe to my weekly newsletter where I update you about the best events every weekend. 


I hope this list gave you a lot of ideas for the upcoming rainy weather! Thank you for reading and share if you liked it 🙂

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Chartrons is a chic neighborhood in Bordeaux, 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) 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 district attracting many artists, craftsmen, and sailors. The “place to be” of the 19th century if you want 🙂

While it 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 represents the heart and soul of this neighborhood, Rue Notre Dame. It’s one of the most beautiful streets in Bordeaux with tiny balconies decorated with planters full of colorful flowers. Plenty of coffee places, trendy boutiques, and antique shops can be found all along the posh street. You can spend several hours here admiring the beautiful architecture, shopping, and trying great pastries.

If you’re a foodie, a visit to this part of Bordeaux should be on your list. You can take this fun Chartrons food tour to help you discover some of its gastronomic secrets, or just take the day to stroll the narrow streets and try to find them yourself :). Rue Notre Dame and other gastronomic parts of Bordeaux can be found in 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). In other parts of Chartrons, you can find Maison Boileau (11 Rue Camille Godard), which 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 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) which 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 situated 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. It’s not as modern and interactive as the Cité du Vin but it’s the best place to discover the history of the Bordeaux wine region. The visit ends with a wine-tasting session where you get plenty of explanations about the different wine appellations in Bordeaux.

Le Musée du Vin et du Négoce 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 lawns, 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 even nicer scenery go to the quai (river banks), where you can find plenty of good restaurants with tables facing the Garonne River. Mt favorite restaurant in Chartron is located exactly there, it’s called 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. 

A visit to this ond bakery and tasting of some of its delicacies is always included in the Chartrons Food Tour.

Visit the local market

marche des quais Chartrons

There are several food markets taking place in Chartrons on 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). Tourists often overlook this church in Bordeaux because it’s situated outside the city center. However, it’s worth exploring, particularly for its captivating 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. 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. 

The CAPC is open from Tuesday to Sunday 11:00-18:00. It’s included in the Bordeaux city pass, so if you have it, you don’t need to pay to enter the museum.

If you’re looking to discover other art venues in Bordeaux, check out my article about the best museums in Bordeaux.

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. Chartrons is one of the most interesting neighborhoods to explore when it comes to street art. There’s even a guided tour dedicated to the street art of Chartrons.

If you’re planning to discover it on your own, let me give you one spot you shouldn’t miss. Le M.U.R (the wall) of Bordeaux (located at 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.

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 the north of Chartrons. 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 boutiques 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. The center is called Quai des Marques and it’s located at 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 newsletter but if you’re passing by, don’t hesitate to take a sneak peek to see if anything is 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.

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This weekend is heaven for geeks, with three days of the Bordeaux Geek Festival taking place at the Parc des Expositions. But there are more great events for those staying in town, such as the ODP music festival in Talence, the European Museums Night and the Portuguese market. If you want to leave the city you have a Picnic at the Vineyards festival.
The program is very long as you can see, so let’s start. Here is the list of things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux (May 18-21):

Festivals, Salons and Special events

Bordeaux Geek Festival

Comics, science fiction, video games, parallel worlds, creative industries – you’ll find all of these at the next Bordeaux Geek festival (BGF), taking place May 19-21 at Parc des Expositions. The goal of this festival is to experience geek culture and share knowledge on topics that are at the heart of the Geek community 🙂 The BGF will bring together different players from these industries, among them: video artists, gamers, illustrators, designers, scientists, authors, comedians and more. The festival will include four big contests with quite impressive awards: BGF E-Sport, BGF Awards, BGF Makers and  BGF Comics.  Check out the full program for these three days.

For more details and tickets.

When: May 19-21
Where: Hall 3 and 1 – Parc des Expositions, 33000 Bordeaux

ODP Music Festival in Peixotto

This is the fourth edition of the ODP Festival, whose objective is to raise funds for the orphans of firefighters that have died on duty. The festival will take place on  May 18-20 in Park Peixotto, in the center of Talence. Here is a list of some of the acts that will perform at the festival: NTM, alt-J, Ibeyi, Coeur de Pirate, BALOJI, Dätcha Mandala, Laurent Lamarca, Da silva officiel, Gauvain Sers, Les Négresses Vertes

The prices go from 35€ to 45€  for a day ticket, 60€ to 70€  for a two days pass and  100 € for a 3 days pass – see tickets.

For more details and tickets go to the website of the festival and the facebook page.

ODP festival peixotto 2018

When: May 18- 20
Where: Parc du Château Peixotto, 33400 Talence

European Museums Night

Like every year, thirteen museums and cultural establishments in Bordeaux will open their doors this Saturday (May 19) to the public for free exhibitions and activities. For the 14th edition of the European Museums Night the participating institutions invite the visitors for a cultural journey in 10 destinations: England, Italy, Spain, Greece, Island, Denmark, Portugal, Belgium, Germany and Netherlands, which is a great opportunity to explore the relations of Bordeaux with its neighbors.

This is the list of the participating museums:

BASE SOUS-MARINE
CAP SCIENCES
CAPC
CENTRE D’INTERPRÉTATION BORDEAUX PATRIMOINE MONDIAL – CIAP
JARDIN BOTANIQUE DE LA BASTIDE
LA CITÉ DU VIN
MUSÉE D’AQUITAINE
MUSÉE D’ETHNOGRAPHIE DE BORDEAUX
MUSÉE DE LA CRÉATION FRANCHE
MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS ET DU DESIGN
MUSÉE DES BEAUX-ARTS
MUSÉE DES COMPAGNONS DU TOUR DE FRANCE
MUSÉE NATIONAL DES DOUANES
All the museums will have a special program organized only for that night. The very cool Base Sous Marine for example, hosts DJ Chloé, a big name in the French techno music world. For the full program and the different hours in every museum check out this site.
This video covers some of the museums you have the chance to visit during that night, so take a look to get the feeling of the event:
When: May 19 – 6pm until midnight
Where: in all the museums listed above

Saint-Emilion by night

The European museums night event gives you a rare opportunity to discover Saint Emilion in a different way – a night tour. On May 19, the night watchman of Saint-Emilion will be waiting for you at Place du Clocher  with a lantern in hand for a night discovery of the village. The guide will walk you through the narrow streets, tell you the history of the medieval city and take you to the famous underground monuments. For more info.

When: May 19 at 21:00
Where:  Place Clocher, 33300 Saint- Emilion

Take your picnic to the Vineyard

Wine and picnics are two favorite French activities, so why not combine them? Usually, the vines, owned by the different chateaux can only be visited as part of a guided tour in the chateau, however this month you will have an opportunity to bring your own picnic basket and spend a great day with your family and friends in the vineyards. The principle is quite simple: You bring your own picnic and the chateau will provide the wine and entertainment.

Around 400 different wine domains are participating in the event taking place during the long weekend of May 19-21. More than 1000 activities are proposed to families by the participating chateaux, they will reflect the specialty of the chateaux and the area, among them: art workshops, concerts, bike tours and more.

There are 17 participating Chateaux in the Bordeaux area-  See the list
To find a chateaux in other areas in France click HERE. 
The places are limited so reserving a spot as soon as possible is recommended.

picnic between the vines of Bordeaux area

When: May 19-21

Go to a secret event at the Festival de Caves

Festival de Caves (Cellars festival) is an underground theater festival, gathering a small number of spectators in cellars and other underground places throughout the city. In Bordeaux, the festival will take place on May 16-27 and will run the whole month of May in different cities in France.  So where are those city cellars we are talking about you ask? Well that’s the whole idea, these events are being kept secret and the locations will be revealed to those who reserved a spot only on the day of the show.

Check out the full program on the website of the event. For more details click here.

festival-de-caves-theatre-souterrain
photo by: Compagnie Gbouillon

When: May 16-27
Where: locations are secret for now 🙂
How much: full price is 12€/ reduced price is 10€

Salon de l’agriculture of Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Salon de l’agriculture  of Nouvelle Aquitaine is an annual ten days event where you get to discover the agricultural richness of our area through different information stands and activities. For example, a farm space with many animals and plants will be put in place and will provide interesting activities for both kids and adults. Another feature that may attract you is the Gastronomy and Wine space which will highlight the exceptional heritage of the region.

The Salon de l’agriculture is part of a larger event taking place at the same time (Foire Internationale de Bordeaux) and will take place on May 12-21 in Parc des Expositions. For more  info check out the website, for tickets click here.

salon de l'agriculture bordeaux

When: May 12-19
Where: Parc des Expositions
How much: 8 euros/ 20 euros for a family pass ( at least 4 people).

Portuguese Art and Gastronomy Market

Musicians, artists and craftsmen, are coming to Cenon from the north of Portugal to introduce their culture during  this three day festival.  The program includes tasting  of Portuguese local products, stands of traditional art, concerts and more. The event will take place May 18-20 in Domaine Du Loret  and will include an area for kids. Check out the full program  or the facebook page of the event.

Portugues market in cenon 2018

When: May 18-20
Where: Domaine Du Loret, 33150 Cenon

Le Marché des créateurs

The 29th edition of the creators market (Marché des créateurs) will take place on May 18-19 at Place Camille Jullian (next to Utopia cinema). This market proposes a great variety of items giving everyone a chance to find something fitting their taste and budget: clothes, accessories, jewelry, decorations, kids accessories, toys and more.  Just a few days before mother’s day, this will be the perfect place to look for creative, original  and handmade gifts.  For more details check out the facebook page of the event.

Le Marché des Créateurs

When: May 18-19
Where:  Place Camille Jullian, 33000

Les Cogitations

Les Cogitations is a mocking art festival that will take place in the L’entrepot in Lehaillan on May 16-19. Check out the full list of the performers on the site of L’entrepot

les cogitations

When: May 16-19
Where: 13 rue Georges Clémenceau – Le Haillan

CULTURE

Last chance to see the Digital Abysses expo 

If you still didn’t go to the incredible Base sous- Marine to see the currently running exhibition, this is your last chance. The Digital Abysses exhibition, by the digital artist Miguel Chevalier, will be presented until May 20, so hurry up.  His fantastic work of art explores nature through underwater plants and wildlife. Combining the characteristics of this unique place with the interactive digital installations makes it a special experience.

See more details.

Address:  Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

CAPC

Two new exhibitions of the artists Danh Vo and Daphné Le Sergent will be presented this week at the CAPC, Bordeaux’s museums of contemporary art. The vernissage will take place on May 19 at 6pm as a part of the Museums Night event and is open to the public and free. For more details check out the facebook page of the event.

vernissage CAPC

When:  May 19 – 6pm
Where: Entrepôt Lainé. 7 rue Ferrère, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Pilleur de rêves- Philippe Mohlitz  

Philippe Moritz is a engraving Bordelaise artist. The exhibition (2 March – 4 June 2018) takes place in the Musée des Beaux-Arts art in Bordeaux and includes about 40 works of the artist.  For more info check out the site of the museum

When:  2 March – 4 June 2018
Where: 20 cours d’Albret, 33 000 Bordeaux

Exhibition by Rodolphe Martinez

An exhibition of the artist Rodolphe Martinez about Venice takes place at Institut Bernard Magrez on May 10-20. Martinez has created around 40 pieces of art (paintings, designs, photographs and other mixed techniques) that is intended to describe his relationship with the city of Venice. See more info in the site of the museum.

venise institute bernard magrez bordeaux

When: May 10-20
Where:  16 Rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Florilège – Jardin Boutanique

La bibliothèque du Jardin Botanique invites you to discover their special collection of ancient plants from several European countries and the herbarium from its collections.  The exhibition will run from May 15 to September 2. For more info.

jardin boutanique expo

When: May 15-September 2
Where: esplanade Linné, 33100 Bordeaux

TIC TAC – Play with time

Cap- Sciences invites you and your family to play and experiment with time. This special day (May 19) is proposed as part of the Clock’, les horloges du vivant  exhibition, with many activities such as: Hourglass, stop-motion, and cooking workshops, artistic creations, games  and more. The activities are open to kids older than 6 years old.
For more info and tickets check out the site of the museum.

cap sciences tic tac

When: May 19 2pm – 7pm
Where: Hangar 20 – Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

 

Just Fun

Les Chantiers de la Garonne

Les Chantiers de la Garonne, a perfect spot on the rive droite of the Garonne, where you can bury your feet in the sand and eat delicious food, is open for the summer. It seems like it’s going to be a sunny weekend and so a beach atmosphere, with a cold beer and an amazing view on Bordeaux seems  like time well spent.

LES CHANTIERS DE LA GARONNE

When: Wednesday to Friday (12-15 and 18:30- 23:30), Saturday (12-23:30), Sunday (12-19)
Where: Hangar 20 – Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

The royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is going to take place in England  this Saturday (May 19). If you don’t want to miss out on one of the biggest events in the world this weekend, go and celebrate with the Brits at the House of Parliament.  For more info check out the facebook page of the bar.

royal wedding

When: May 19-20
Where: 11, Rue du Parlement St Catherine, 33000 Bordeaux, France

 

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