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This is the list of all the best Easter events and treasure hunts taking place in the Bordeaux region on Paques (easter weekend). If you want to plan your next few weekends here, don’t forget to check out my article about the best things to do in Bordeaux in April.

The best chocolate places in Bordeaux

For those of you who want to buy some fancy chocolate, I just published an article about the best chocolate shops in Bordeaux. Finally, in this article I gathered only part of the events taking place this weekend in the region, if you want to be updated about all the other Eastern-related events, subscribe to my newsletter and get them all to your inbox on Friday. 

Let’s start 🙂 

Easter events around Bordeaux (Gironde and Beyond)

Chasse aux œufs géante

The CAPC, Bordeaux’s contemporary art museum is hosting a huge treasure hunt for kids on Sunday, March 24. See all the details here.

Chasse aux oeufs – Mérignac

The town of Merignac is hosting a fun treasure hunt for little kids (up to 6yo) on March 30, you must book your spots in advance. See the details here.

Le printemps de Soulac

Soulac Sur Mer, the beautiful village in the Medoc region is celebrating the start of Spring on the long weekend of March 30 to April 1st. The program includes a flower market, concerts on the streets, a wine fair, and a big treasure hunt for kids. See the fool program here.

Château de Villandraut

The Chateau de Villandraut will host two treasure hunts on Monday (April 1). Throughout the day, many activities will be offered to kids aged 3-12 years old including two treasure hunts. See all the details here.

Pâques au Château de Montaigne

Château de Montaigne in the Saint Emilion region is hosting a big easter event on the long weekend of March 30 to April 1st. The program includes a big egg hunt and games in the chateau’s gardens. You can reserve your spots here.

For a more general list of family-friendly activities in Bordeaux go to my article about the best things to do in Bordeaux with kids

Treasure hunts in other parts of Southwest France

Chateau de Duras

The beautiful Chateau de Duras in Lot et Garonne is hosting its annual egg hunt throughout the weekend. You can enjoy the treasure hunt as well as guided tours of the chateau from March 30 to April 1st. See more details here.

Paques au Chateau de Bridoire

 Le Chateau de Bridoire is nicknamed the castle of 1000 games and is considered one of the most kids-friendly places in Dordogne. So it’s no wonder that it’s also one of the chateaux hosting Easter events this year. The Program includes a treasure hunt, games for kids, and a lot of chocolate. The event will be taking place from March 30 to April 1st. You can see all the details and buy the tickets here

Écomusée de Marquèze

The Écomusée de Marquèze, in Landes de Gascogne, is hosting a fun easter weekend from March 31 to April 1. The program includes a big treasure hunt for the whole family and concerts of Gascony music. For more details click here.

Écomusée de Marquèze
Egg hunt at Écomusée de Marquèze

Grande chasse aux oeufs aux Jardins de Marqueyssac

Jardins de Marqueyssac is one of the most beautiful gardens in the Dordogne department. Every year it hosts an amazing treasure hunt that kids absolutely love. This year the event will be taking place from March 31 to April 1. See all the details here.

This is only one of the many events the Dordogne department is hosting for easter this year, see the full program here.

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.

If you need more tips for things to do in the SW of France I invite you to join my Facebook group ” Travel in the South West of France“. Also, every Friday I send a newsletter with plenty of additional events you can enjoy during the weekend, so hurry up and subscribe to my email list now 🙂

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Bordeaux has quite a few amazing chocolatiers, and I thought Easter would be a great opportunity to take you on a virtual tour of the best chocolate shops in Bordeaux. As we approach Easter week, the chocolatiers of Bordeaux become extra creative and their shop windows become a display of colorful rabbits, chickens, and other small cute chocolate creatures. So if you’re visiting Bordeaux around that time make sure to take some time to visit the places I mention in this article. Nevertheless, remember that chocolate shops are open all year long so you can come back to this article any time of the year. If you’re interested in chocolate shops, there’s a big chance you’d also love my article about the best foodie streets in Bordeaux

Now let’s discover Bordeaux’s talented chocolatiers!

Modern chocolate shops of Bordeaux 

We’ll get to some of Bordeaux’s chocolate institutions later in this article, but I wanted to kick off with some of my favorite modern chocolate shops in Bordeaux. 

David Capy

David Capy - chocolatier Bordeaux

The MOF (titled as Meilleurs Ouvriers de France – an almost noble status for French craftsmen) David Capy is one of the most celebrated chocolatiers in Bordeaux, holding shops in Bordeaux center, Cauderan, Gradignan, and Eysines. Capy opened his first shop in Bordeaux in 2012 and since then has been enjoying raving reviews from locals and tourists alike. Apart from divine chocolate, Capy produces some of the best ‘patisseries fines’ in Bordeaux. If you visit his shop in Gradignan, you can also enjoy their cute coffee shop. 
Visit their website here.

Address city center:  7 rue Michel Montaigne, 33000 Bordeaux 

Chocolaterie Lalère

One of my favorite chocolate shops in Bordeaux is Chocolaterie Lalère, run by a young talented chocolatier Xavier Lalère. His chocolate shop is located on one of the more foodie streets of Bordeaux, rue Fondaudège. One of the highlights of the place is the chocolate bar, where you can order their delicious hot chocolate and all the yummy things they have on display. You can see all the details here.  

Chocolaterie Lalère - one of the best chocolatiers in Bordeaux

Address: 145 Rue Fondaudège, 33000 Bordeaux

Hasnaâ Chocolats Grands crus 

Hasnaâ Ferreira is definitely one of the stars of Bordeaux’s chocolate world. After participating in the French version of Master chef, she opened her chocolate shop in Bordeaux in 2014 and quickly became the locals’ favorite. In 2016 she won the Chocolatier of the Year award from the Club des Croqueurs de Chocolat. In her creations, she uses only Premier Cru beans, carefully selected from a single plantation. Read more about Hasnaâ and her dedication to the chocolate world on her website

Address: 4 Rue de la Vieille Tour, 33000 Bordeaux

The classic chocolate houses of Bordeaux

These three places are considered Bordeaux’s chocolate institutions, passing their chocolate-making savoir-faire from generation to generation. They appear in many Bordeaux guides and tend to be more crowded during the tourist season. 

La Maison Darricau

La Maison Darricau is a family business created in 1915 and passed from generation to generation of chocolate makers ever since.  Today it’s run by Michel and Clément Garrigue, father and son, the third and fourth generations of the family, who still use the family recipes for many of their chocolate creations.  Apart from the amazing variety in their collection, it really feels like a family business with a huge passion for chocolate. Check out their website to learn more about the shop. 

La Maison Darricau - institution in the Bordeaux chocolate world

Address:  7 bis rue de la Vieille Tour, 33000 – Bordeaux France

Saunion

This emblematic place is the oldest family-run chocolate shop in Bordeaux!  Originally opened as a confectionery store, it became a chocolaterie in 1983 and since then has been frequently ranked among the best chocolatiers in France at the annual Salon du Chocolat. In 2017, Maison Saunion has been awarded the EPV label, a heritage label that celebrates the traditional craftsman know-how. Learn more about them on their website

Address: 56 Cours Georges Clemenceau, 33000 Bordeaux

Cadiot Badie

Cadiot Badie is one of the oldest and most reputable chocolate stores in Bordeaux. Starting as a confectionery shop it became the chocolate house we know today as early as 1900. Located on Allées de Tourny just next to the Opera, this place became a major attraction for visitors in Bordeaux. They have two other shops in the suburb of Bordeaux, one in Pessac and one in Gradignan.  Its most famous chocolate is the créoles, cherries macerated in rum, coated in chocolate, that are inspired by the Les Guinettes de Chocolats, one of Bordeaux’s specialties. You can learn about other local sweet specialties in my article here
See their Facebook page for more info. 

Cadiot Badie - one of the oldest chocolate places in Bordeaux

Address: 26 Allées de Tourny, 33000 Bordeaux

Chocolate shops outside of Bordeaux center

There are also a few chocolate shops in the towns surrounding Bordeaux that are worth checking. Here are a few of my favorites.

Franck Labasse Patisserie

Pessac center became quite a foodie spot in Bordeaux metropole and Franck Labasse’s chocolate shop is a good example of that. Franck, a locals’ favorite, produces quite a big variety of chocolates and beautiful pastries throughout the year but during the Easter period, this place is a celebration of creativity. 
Check out his beautiful work on his Facebook page.

Address: 11 Place de la Liberté, 33600 Pessac

Monsieur Pillet

Monsieur Pillet created in Bordeaux in 1964 is a pastry and a chocolate shop, loved by many locals in the region. It’s located outside the busy center of Bordeaux in the Cauderan neighborhood. Check out their Facebook page

Address: 167 Avenue Louis Barthou, 33200 Bordeaux

Have a sweet visit 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.

If you need more tips for things to do in the SW of France I invite you to join my Facebook group ” Travel in the South West of France“. Also, every Friday I send a newsletter with plenty of additional events you can enjoy during the weekend, so hurry up and subscribe to my email list now 🙂

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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Normally, at this time of the year, a lot of my content revolves around Paque (easter in Eglish), whether it’s about the best easter chocolate in Bordeaux or egg hunts in beautiful chateaux in the region. While this year you can’t go out on chocolate hunting it doesn’t mean you have to give up the beautiful tradition of Easter. On the contrary, take it as an opportunity to discover great chocolatiers in Bordeaux. There are even several chocolatiers that will be delighted to deliver their Paque creations to the doorsteps of your home or at least your neighborhood. In this article, I present you with five excellent chocolate boutiques in the Bordeaux Metropole, where you can order chocolate for easter. Let’s start the sweetest list of the year. 

Micielo Patisserie

If you still haven’t discovered this little wonderful patisserie, located right outside the center of Bordeaux, confinement is a great time to do just that. I won’t talk about their regular yummy pastries (I’ll do that after the confinement) but I will just say that their easter menu looks fab. They have delivery points in many of the neighborhoods and suburbs of Bordeaux. You can see the list of products and all the details here.

Micielo Patisserie in Bordeaux

Franck Labasse Patisserie

If you want to take the opportunity to discover some of the great patisseries and chocolatiers around the Metropole, this is your chance. Franck Labasse’s pastry shop is located in the center of Pessac. While the shop is currently closed to the public, the pastry chef prepared a beautiful easter chocolate collection and provides a delivery service. You have to be quick with your order as it can only be done until Wednesday night (April 8). You can see all the details and the order form in this post

easter collection Franck Labasse Pessac

Chocolaterie Lalere

Chocolaterie Lalere in the center of Bordeaux is run by a young talented chocolatier Xavier Lalère. The chocolate store offers a great collection of chocolates for easter that can be delivered around the metropole. The order has to be done by tomorrow evening (April 8 ). You can see all the details here.

Chocolaterie Lalere in Bordeaux

Hasnaâ – chocolat grand cru

Hasnaa is one of the most famous young chocolatiers in Bordeaux. Like every year she released a collection of chocolates for easter and you can order it on her website. Hurry up as many of the chocolates are already gone.

Hasnaa - last year's collection
Hasnaa – last year’s collection

David Capy

The MOF (Meilleurs Ouvriers de France) David Capy is one of the most celebrated chocolatiers in Bordeaux, with shops in Bordeaux center, Cauderan, Gradignan and Eysines. His chocolate shops are open during the confinement so if you’re in the mood to invest in top-notch chocolate, give him a visit. His paque (easter) collection is absolutely stunning including everything from cute bunnies to huge chocolate strawberries, fish and potato heads. Find the collection as well as the shops’ details here.

David Capy Bordeaux

If you’re in a mood to read more about the sweet world of Bordeaux check out my article about the sweet specialties of Bordeaux.

Happy sweet easter everyone!!!

We have a great weekend full of events and this time your Sunday is going to be especially busy. We have some big events like the Chocolate fair and the Jumping International de Bordeaux but also plenty of nice smaller events for kids and adults. Don’t miss two beautiful exhibitions I recommend for this weekend and if you’re in a traveling mood, don’t miss the big Playmobile in Mios. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (February 8-10).

Jumping international de Bordeaux

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

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

Chocolate Festival in Jardin Botanique

This tasty 10 days fair, organized by Fédération Autonome des Métiers Gourmands, will take place at the Jardin Botanique on February 8-17. This year the theme is a vegetable garden and you’ll discover the beautiful sculptures made by the chocolatiers for the national chocolate competition of Bordeaux. Some of the best Bordeaux chocolatiers will present and sell their works at the fair. For the full program click here.

When: February 8-17 / Where:  Jardin Botanique Bordeaux-Bastide, Esplanade Linné, 33100 BORDEAUX

Play Mios – Playmobile day

A Playmobil exhibition will take place this Saturday (February 9) in Mios. The event will include more than 50 exhibitors from all over the Bassin d’Arcachon presenting more than 43,000 Playmobil figures. The exhibition will include 17 dioramas of different themes such as Game of Thrones, Astérix and Star Wars. The program also includes nice activities for the little ones. For more info click here.

When: February 9 / Where:  Salle polyvalente Marc Daurys, Place Dominique Mayonnade, 33380 Mios

Green Market au Château des Tours, Bouscat

A green market will take place this Saturday (February 9) in Château des Tours in le Bouscat. The market will host local producers of organic fruit and vegetables, patisserie, natural cosmetics and more. Check out the full list of merchants here. The entry is free.

When: February 9, from 10:30  / Where:  246 Avenue de la Libération Charles de Gaulle, 33110 Le Bouscat

Grande fête enfantine à Pessac

La grande fête Enfantine is coming back this Sunday (February 10) with plenty of activities for kids. The program includes music, snacks, makeup sessions and many other surprises. The event will take place at Parc Cazalet in Pessac. For more details click here.

When: February 10, 14:00- 18:00  / Where:  Parc Cazalet, Avenue de Beutre, 33610 Pessac, France

Braderie d’Hiver

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

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

Troc party vêtements

As part of the “not buy anything new” challenge, the Maison Ecocitoyenne of Bordeaux organizes this Sunday (February 10) a clothes party. You can come and exchange, buy or sell second-hand clothes. The event is free but requires prior registration. Click here for more info and registration.

When: February 10, 14:00- 17:00  / Where:  Maison écocitoyenne de Bordeaux, Quai Richelieu, 33000 Bordeaux

Last chance to visit the Kaléidoscope exhibition

You have only two weeks to see the beautiful street art exhibition in Institut Bernard Magrez. The Kaléidoscope exhibition is all about feminine art, hosting nine female street artists to present their works in a genre that is usually considered more masculine. This is one of the most beautiful exhibitions presented in Bordeaux these days so go see it! The exhibition will be presented until February 24. For more info click here and here.

Institut Bernard Magrez Bordeaux
Institut Bernard Magrez
When: Until February 17/ Where:  16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Bengal stream – Exhibition

Bengal Stream is a beautiful architecture exhibition presented at the Erc en Rêve, the architecture center of CAPC (the contemporary art museum of Bordeaux). The exhibition presents pictures and models of tens of projects in Bangladesh, realized by emerging architects. Most projects had very little budget to work with, but with great imagination and the understanding of the local materials and weather conditions the final results are incredible.
This project is a testimony to the extraordinary architecture of this country. For more info click here.

When: Until March 3  / Where:  galerie blanche, arc en rêve, 7 rue Ferrère, 33000 BORDEAUX

Festival Pouce Bordeaux

Pouce is the annual kids’ dance festival taking place around Bordeaux metropole. During the festival, 8 dance shows will take place in Bordeaux, Pessac, Floriac, Bruges and other towns around the metropole. The program also includes a dance workshop for parents and kids and professional dancers day on February 13. Check out the full program here.

When: February 6-16 / Where:  different locations around Bordeaux (check out the program)

Villenave Trail Urbain

This Saturday a sportive event for kids will take place in Villenave d’ornon. Villenave Trail Urbain includes two hiking tracks for kids from 6 to 14 years old. The tracks will start from Espace D’Ornon and will go through several chateaux in the area. For more details and registration click here.

When: February 9, 14:30 – 20:00 / Where: 147, route de Léognan 33140 Villenave d’ornon, 33140 Villenave-d’Ornon

Surfrider clean up in Ambés

This Saturday (February 9) the Surfrider Gironde association is organizing a large clean up on the banks of the rivers in Ambés. This is a very nice and educative activity to do with the kids. Check out the program for the day here.

When: February 9, at 10:30 / Where: Route du Burck, Ambés – Bus stop “Le Marquis”

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 (February 9). The show will include plenty of acrobatic stunts and amazing urban decoration. For tickets and more details click here.

When: February 9, 20:30 / Where:  Arkéa Arena, 48-50 avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 FLOIRAC

Recital at the Opera of Bordeaux

The American Opera singer and Soprano, Renée Fleming, will take the stage of the Opera of Bordeaux this Sunday (February 10). She will be accompanied by the German pianist Hartmut Höl. For more details and tickets click here.

When: February 10, 20:00  / Where:  Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, place de la Comédie, 33000 BORDEAUX

Underground electronic music

Les Vivres de l’Art is hosting a long line up of underground electronic music concerts every weekend until February 15. Three nights full of concerts will take place this weekend (February 8-10). The concerts include some big names from the international underground scene.  Check out the full program here.

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