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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. 


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Going to a market is probably one of the most exciting experiences when traveling in the Southwest of France. The colors of strawberries in the spring, the smell of cheese from local farms, and the fresh oysters from the seaside always get me thrilled. Luckily for us, Bordeaux has one of the best markets in France, which should not be missed on your visit here!

But the main market of Bordeaux is definitely not the only market worth a visit when you’re in the region. Due to the French people’s tendency to buy everything fresh from the market, there are plenty of open-air markets taking place in different parts of Bordeaux on a daily basis. Besides the small weekly markets in the different neighborhoods of the city, there are several big covered ones that are open daily and offer a great shopping and dining experience. 

The best markets in Bordeaux
markets in Bordeaux by Lost in Bordeaux

The Southwest is one of the most prolific agricultural regions in France, so visiting markets here is an absolute must. You have the most delicious strawberries from Lot et Garonne, tomatoes from Marmande, sheep cheese from the Basque country, and duck from the Dordogne. That’s just a tiny list of delicacies you’ll find in Bordeaux’s markets. In this article, I will help you discover the best food markets in Bordeaux, both in the city center and in the suburbs. Let’s start!  

If you’re traveling in other parts of the Southwest, check out my article about the best markets in Toulouse, which is another foodie city in the region.

The BestFood Markets in Bordeaux city

Marché des Capucins – the central market of Bordeaux

The Capucins market is one of the most visited places in Bordeaux. It’s the city’s biggest daily market and has everything from fruits and spices to local sweets and plenty of oyster stands. This is the best place to discover the gastronomy of the southwest of France and if you’re a foodie, it might take you a few good hours.

Marche des Capucins, one of Bordeaux's best markets
Marche des Capucins by Lost in Bordeaux

After you stroll the market, upgrade your experience with a delicious lunch in one of the many restaurants in the market. If you need help choosing what and where to eat, check out my article about the best places to eat in Marche des Capucins

This is a covered market so it can also be a perfect place to escape to on one of Bordeaux’s many rainy days. Weekends are especially busy at Marche des 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. 

Eat at the Capucins market in Bordeaux
Charcuterie tasting at Marche des Capucins – Lost in Bordeaux

If you don’t have a lot of time, the best way to discover this huge market is by taking a food tour. You can join the great group food tour of the No Diet club or join a more in-depth private tour with Anne, who’s a chef, and an amazing food tour in Bordeaux. Check Anne’s website for details. 
Opening hours: Open daily except Mondays, see opening hours / Address:  Place des Capucins, 33800 Bordeaux

Marche des Quais – the market with the most beautiful view

Every Sunday morning dozens of food stalls with the best oysters of the region, fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, fish, wine, and plenty of food trucks are installed on the Quai des Chartrons. It’s one of the most popular markets in Bordeaux for locals and tourists alike thanks to the quality of the products and the stunning setting on the riverfront. 

Besides the local products you can buy at the market, it’s simply a very nice spot to have an early lunch. For many visitors, the main attraction is the oyster stalls, serving you a plate of six oysters with a cold white wine from the region. It kind of embodies the good life atmosphere in this region :). If you want to have a table be sure to be at the market no later than 11:30.

Marche des quais - bordeaux

On Thursdays, a smaller market takes place at the same place. It hosts only a few stalls and doesn’t have the lively atmosphere of the Sunday market but if you need good organic products to cook at home, it’s a good market to go to. 

For more info about the market and other places around it read my article about the best places to visit in the Chartrons district

Opening hours: Every Sunday and Thursday morning / Address:  Place des Capucins, 33800 Bordeaux

Les Halles de Bacalan – the posh market of Bordeaux

This fancy food market opened its gates in November 2017 and has been visited by more than 60,000 people in the first month. It’s no surprise, as Bordeaux is well known for its gourmand population. 

Halles de Bacalan - the posh market  of Bordeaux
Halles de Bacalan – by Lost in Bordeaux

This impressive 950m2 hangar is located just in front of the famous Cité du Vin and hosts many different artisans and merchants that were chosen for the quality of their products (85% of which are produced in the Southwest of France). 

Most weekends the market hosts different events like pintxos evenings, cooking workshops, music concerts, and activities for kids. This is one of the best places to go for an afternoon drink and tapas with friends.

Les Halles de Bacalan - one of the best markets in Bordeaux
The Bacalan market – Lost in Bordeaux

If you have time, you can stay a bit longer and explore one of the rising neighborhoods in the city. Read about it in my article about the Bacalan district. If you would also like to visit one of the best wine museums in the world, check out my article about visiting the Cité du Vin.

Opening hoursfrom Tuesday to Sunday (the market closes between 14:30 t0 16:30 on weekdays) / Address: 149 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Marché Royal in Saint Michel

Marché Royal is one of the biggest open-air markets in Bordeaux, taking place every Saturday morning at Place Meynard in the Saint Michel district. The surroundings of the church and bell tower are covered by tens of stalls, with merchants selling everything from fruits and vegetables to kitchen supplies, clothes, and even pillows :). 

From my experience, this is the cheapest market in Bordeaux. However, if you’re looking for organic produce, this one is probably not for you. On sunny Saturday mornings, the market attracts both locals, doing their weekly shopping, and outsiders that come for the noisy market atmosphere and chic cafés.

Saint Michel Bordeaux - market day

On Monday mornings a different market is taking place in front of the church. You will find very diversified merchandise displayed on the stands of Marché Neuf, including books, house supplies, clothing, toys, and more. However, it’s not a food market and doesn’t have the vibe of Marché Royal. This market is composed of hundreds of stands but has a more local vibe to it. 

On Sundays and Fridays,  antiques and flea markets are also taking place on the same square so this place is always worth a visit. 

Bordeaux's flea market on Sunday morning
Flea market on Sunday morning – by Lost in Bordeaux

Wondering what else is there to do in this neighborhood? Check out my article about the best things to do in the Saint Michel district.

Opening hours:  Saturday for the food market, and Monday, Friday, and Sunday for the other markets / Address: Place Meynard,  33000 Bordeaux

Marché de Producteurs Saint-Seurin

The farmers market of Saint Seurin takes place every Friday morning at Place des Martyrs de la Résistance, about 10 minutes walk from the center of Bordeaux. It is a fairly small market with about 20 stalls but has a very cozy atmosphere and a variety of high-quality products from local farmers. 

In addition, it’s located on a beautiful square next to one of the most impressive churches of Bordeaux, la Basilique Saint Seurin, so it’s definitely worth a visit. 

Opening hours:  Every Friday Morning (7:00-13:00) / Address: Place des Martyrs de la Résistance

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Les Halles de Talence – one of my favorite places in Bordeaux

The Talence market is the little brother of the Bacalan market, built by Biltoki in December 2018. This market has a more local vibe to it with people from Talence (the university town of Bordeaux) coming here for their daily shopping. The market offers stalls of meat, seafood, bakery, and more.

However, the fun part is that it also has a tapas bar and many other places to get ready food from. In the center of Les Halles de Talence, you’ll find the Biltoki Bar, where all the locals gather to have their morning coffee or afternoon apero. It also has quite a big terrace, where all the locals meet their friends, especially on weekends.

Les halles de Talence, the locals' market in Bordeaux
A perfect apero at the Talence market – Lost in Bordeaux

 In the last couple of years, the market organizes plenty of cute events with live music and workshops for kids. See their Instagram for more info. 

Like les Halles de Bacalan, this too has a bit of a posh vibe to it compared to Marche des Capucins. The prices are not very cheap, but it has everything you need, including a great atmosphere.

wednesday openair market in Talence
Wednesday open-air market in Talence – Lost in Bordeaux

Every Wednesday there’s also an open-air market (in front of the covered market) that offers great products at much more reasonable prices. If you want to stay for lunch, a few nice food trucks are there to welcome you every Wednesday until about 14:00.

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

Thouars Talence – Every Sunday 

Let’s stay in Talence just a little bit longer as there’s another great market I must mention in this list. This one takes place every Sunday morning in the Thouars forest in Talence, just in front of the swimming pool. 

This is the biggest weekly market of Talence with tens of stands with great French products. I particularly love going there for the big variety of fruits and veggies and for the deals at the fish stall (if you come towards noon of course). 

This isn’t only a food market! You can also find other practical things like plants, clothing, and kitchen accessories. The market is located within a few steps from a lake within a forest so you can also make a nice picnic day out of it. It’s not the easiest one to get to by public transport but if you have a car it’s worth a visit. 

Marche de thouars in Talence bordeaux

When: Sunday morning  / Where: the parking of 235 Avenue de Thouars, 33400 Talence

Le Marché du Centre-ville de Mérignac

Another market I really love visiting during the weekend is the Merignac city center market. A short ride on tram A from the center of Bordeaux will take you to one of the best markets in the city.

The market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday morning on Place Charles de Gaulle, just next to Mediatheque Mérignac, the city library. It offers stalls of regional wine, a huge variety of cheese, nuts, honey, pastries, and all the basics like vegetables, meat, and fish.

A few tables have been put in place for you to enjoy a nice cup of coffee from the market’s coffee roaster stall. 

One of the best markets in Bordeaux - Merignac

When: Wednesday and Saturday  / Where: Place Charles de Gaulle, Merignac

Pessac center

A very nice market takes place in the center of Pessac every Tuesday and Saturday morning. Pessac is one of the more charming suburbs of Bordeaux and a market day is a good excuse to visit its lovely city center. The market isn’t big but the products are excellent, I especially love the cheese stall. And as a bonus, you can finish your market tour with a drink in one of the coffee places on the square. 

Cycling in Pessac
The central square of Pessac – Lost in Bordeaux

You can reach it easily by public transport, just take tram B from the center of Bordeaux to Pessac Centre.

A much bigger market is taking place not far from the center every Sunday morning. Le marché Bourrec, on Avenue Pierre Wiehn is hosting more than 150 merchants and farmers coming from all the departments surrounding Bordeaux (Lot et Garonne, Dordogne, Landes…) with the best products of our region. This market also has stalls of clothing, art, and more. 

When: Tuesday and Saturday and Sunday  / Where: Place de la Ve République and Avenue Pierre Wiehn. Pessac.

Marché de Rochefort –  Gradignan

Marché de Rochefort is a great option for those living in the Southern suburbs of Bordeaux. More than 70 merchands arrive here every Saturday morning selling everything from meat to cheese and fish, flowers, and more. 

It’s a very local market with a cozy vibe to it. People are greeting each other and the customers share their cooking ideas and stories from their family dinners with the merchants who come here every week. It’s a very nice market if you’re looking for a calmer local vibe rather than a touristy atmosphere. 

It’s located next to the central road of Gradignan, Cours du Général de Gaulle so it’s easy to get there by public transport from Bordeaux and Talence (bus line 10 stops next to it).

Marche de Gradignan

When: Saturday morning (8:00-13:00) / Where: rue de Rochefort ( between the cemetery and le collège des Fontaines de Monjous), Gradignan. 

Marché de Bassens

The Bassens market is less known by most tourists but it’s actually one of the biggest markets in our region and one of the most popular among people on the rive droite of the Garonne. The market takes place every Sunday at Place de la Commune de Paris in Bassen, a town located just after Lormont. 

Almost 150 stalls are waiting for you with some of the best products in the southwest of France. There are oysters from Arcachon and from Ile de Re, charcuterie from the Basque country, tarts from the Landes, and other produce from almost every corner of Nouvelle Aquitaine. Among them, there are quite a few food stalls like Morocain couscous, Portuguese grilled chicken, and a coffee place. You can spend a really fun morning here, strolling the many alleys of the market and tasting local food. 

When: Sunday morning (9:00-13:00) / Where: place de la Commune de Paris, Bassens

If this list of the best markets in Bordeaux got you in a foodie mood you can also read my article about the most foodies streets in Bordeaux and the one about the sweet specialties of Bordeaux.

dunes blanches
Dunes Blanches – local specialty

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

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Now that Easter is over we can finally go back to events that don’t involve chocolate and treasure hunts. This weekend there are so many cool events all around Bordeaux, even Sunday is packed with activities you don’t want to miss. Open doors in Lalande de Pomerol, a celebration of asparagus in Etauliers, celebrating Bordeaux’s art and music on the banks of the Garonne and more in the list of things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux (April 26-28).

To know what’s going to happen in Bordeaux in the next few weeks don’t miss my latest post about the 20 things to do in Bordeaux in May.

Open doors at Lalande de Pomerol

An open doors weekend will take place on April 27-28 at the châteaux of the Lalande de Pomerol appellation. During the weekend, 25 châteaux will offer plenty of activities such as guided tours, tastings, markets, an old cars exhibition, and many other activities. If you want to learn more about the Lalande de Pomerol appellation and its châteaux, click here. Check out all the participating châteaux and the offered activities in the picture below. For more details about the event click here.

When: April 27-28/ Where: Lalande de pomerol (see the list of chateaux in the picture

Festival Animasia

Animasia is a festival of Asian pop culture that brings together many elements like Manga, karaoke, Cosplay performances, martial arts and more. The chosen theme for the 7th edition of the festival is “China”. The event will take place this Saturday (April 27) at L’Entrepôt du Haillan. The entry is free, for more details click here.

When: April 27 / Where: 13 Rue Georges Clemenceau, 33185 Le Haillan

Fête de l’Asperge du Blayais

la Fête de l’Asperge du Blayais in Etauliers, taking place on April 27-28, is all about celebrating the greatness of asparagus. More than 8000 visitors are expected to stroll among the 50 exhibitors of local delights and enjoy the activities offered to both adults and kids (make-up sessions, mini farm, pony rides and more). See the full program.

When: April 27-28 / Where: Place principale, 33820 Etauliers

Le Bord’Osmose Festival

Le Bord’Osmose Festival celebrates Bordeaux’s art and culture. The festival will take place this Saturday (April 27) at the La Guinguette Chez Alriq, which you can visit before its big reopening on May 2. The program includes performances and concerts of local artists, exhibitions by some of the best Bordelais artists (NASTY is one of them) and plenty of great food trucks. You don’t want to miss this one!! For more details click here.

When: April 27 / Where: ZA Quai des Queyries, Port Bastide, 33100 Bordeaux

Search for beautiful antiques at the Brocante

The big brocante of Bordeaux is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants, and craftsmen. It’s the biggest brocante event in the area and the selection is huge, from vintage home decor to paintings, antique furniture, garden accessories and more. While some items can be pricey, you can still find plenty of affordable pieces at this antique market. The merchants are very nice and are open to negotiations. The brocante is taking place from April 19 to May 5. For more info and the list of exhibitors click here.

When: April 19 – May 5 / Where: Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux

Tous au Pâquodrome – La Teste de Buch

If you’re a bit sad that Easter is over, this event is for you. A huge treasure hunt will take place this Friday (April 26) at the Hippodrome de la Teste. The event is limited to 150 kids. For more info click here.

When: April 26 / Where: 785 route de Cazaux, 33260 La Teste-de-Buch

Bal du Printemps

This Saturday (April 27) the Jardin l’Ephémère in Begles will host a big spring party. The program includes a big recycling market, games for kids, concerts and many workshops such as making a natural deodorant, how to make compost and more. See more details and the full program here.

When: April 27, starting 11:00  / Where: Jardin l’Ephémère, rue Faidherbe, Bègles

The opening of Décathlon Bègles

To celebrate the opening of Décathlon Bègles, the mega sports store invites you to a day full of free sports activities. The program includes climbing, rollerblades, yoga and artistic workshops for kids. The event will take place on Saturday (April 27). To see the full program click here.

When: April 27 / Where: Domaine De La Plantation, 33140 Villenave-d’Ornon

PIK NIK ZIK – free concerts

Pik Nik Zik is a series of free concerts organized by the Les P’tits Gratteurs association, that will take place every last Sunday of the Month from April to August. The first event will take place this Sunday (April 28) at the Quai des sports Saint-Michel and will include concerts by Naragansett, Vent d’est and the Bastards Of The Opera. For more details click here.

When: April 28, starting 17:00 / Where: Quai des sports Saint-Michel, Bordeaux

Kids Room in Halles de Bacalan

This Sunday (April 28) Halles de Bacalan will launch its kids’ room. Every Sunday (11:00 to 16:00) from now to the end of July, the market will run activities and workshops for kids with two operators, meanwhile, you can enjoy your drink and snack with friends without running after your kids. The activities are for kids over 3 years old and the price is 5 euros. For more details click here.

When: April 28 / Where: 10 esplanade de pontac, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Noche Del Pintxo

Noche del Pintxo is a fun event taking place in Halles de Bacalan every last Friday of the month. As the name indicates, this event is all about Pintxos, with ingredients coming solely from the market. This Friday (April 26) between 18:30 and 22:30 you’ll taste Pintxos and vote on the Pintxo of the month. One of the most fun things about these evenings are the prices: Pintxo = 2€, glass of wine = 2€.  For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When: April 26, 18:30- 22:30 / Where: 10 Esplanade de Pontac, 33300 Bordeaux

Mama’s Brunch

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

When: April 27 / Where: 19, RUE POQUELIN MOLIERE, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Swing on the streets

Swing In Kiosque is a series of improvised dance events that are taking place in Jardin Public once a month. This weekend the event will take place on April 28. Take a look at the full program of events on their facebook page.

When: April 28 at 15:00 / Where: Jardin Public, 33000 Bordeaux

Roller Night

Every last Friday of the month the AIR Roller association is organizing a fun roller night. The group meets next to Hotel de Ville at 20:30 for about an hour ride. Everyone is invited. For more details click here.

When: April 26 / Where: Place Pey-Berland, 33000 Bordeaux

Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs – photography festival

The 29th edition of the “traveling photographers routes” festival is taking place on April 2-28. During one month, 18 photography exhibitions will be presented at the main cultural institutions in the city, among them, the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon, the Bibliothèque Grand Parc, Espace Saint-Rémi and others. Get the full list of all artists and more info about the event here.

photography exhibition at espace saint remi bordeaux
photo by : Gaelle Abravanel
When: April 2 -28 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux (see program)

Exposition d’art au Château Pichon Bellevue

A big art exhibition is presented these days at the Château Pichon Bellevue in Vayres. The exhibition hosts four artists: Carole Collaudin (designer), Chantal Druet (photographer), Caroline Escaffit (painter) and Katrine Gaultier (sculptor). For more details click here.  

When: until April 30 / Where: 23 Avenue du stade, 33870 Vayres

Last chance to see the Sous les mers, au-delà de l’image exhibtion

“Sous les mers, au-delà de l’image” is a photography exhibition presented at the new Musee de la Mer et de la Marine until April 30. The expo consists of more than 100 photographs by Paul Nicklen and David Doubilet, two National Géographic photographers. Check out more info on the site of the museum.

When: Until April 30 / Where: 89 rue des étrangers, 33300 Bordeaux

If it’s your first time in Bordeaux don’t miss my full guide to a weekend in Bordeaux. Also, don’t forget to check out my list of things to do in May if you want to be up to date on all the events in the Bordeaux area.

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The Chateaux of Sauternes et Barsac will open their doors to the public this weekend so if you love sweet wine this weekend is a treat. If you prefer to stay in town there are plenty of other things to do like a yoga festival in Darwin, a craftsmen market in Chartrons, a piano festival, a World music festival and more.

Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux (November 9-11):

Open doors in the Chateaux of Sauternes et Barsac

Sauternes et Barsac are two wine areas (appellation d’origine contrôlée) famous for their sweet white wine. This weekend (November 10-11) 50 wine producers of Sauternes et Barsac invite you to an open door weekend, with a program that will include wine tastings, visits in the châteaux, gourmet food, concerts and activities for kids. Some of the participating châteaux are: Château La Tour Blanche,  Château Coutet à BarsacLa Maison du Vigneron SauternesChâteau SuduirautChâteau de Rayne VigneauChâteau Caillou. You can see all the châteaux on the photo below.

Sauternes et Barsac open door

When: November 10-11
Where:Sauternes et Barsac– chose your chateau from the program

BLISS YOGA Festival

The Bliss Yoga festival will take place this weekend (November 10-11) in Darwin. The program of the festival includes 30 courses that aim to make you discover different types of yoga no matter what level you are. Although yoga is the main event, there will be other activities like workshops, different information stands, a well being space, kids area, a photography exhibition, bio products and more. For more info check out the website of the festival and the facebook page of the event.

When: November 10-11
Where: Darwin Ecosystème, 87 quai des Queyries

Halles de Bacalan – 1 year anniversary 

Halles de Bacalan invites you to celebrate their first anniversary with a super gourmand event on the weekend of November 9-11. This fun market is one of the best places for drinks with friends, especially on rainy weekends, so this event is guaranteed to be good. For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When: November 9-11
Where: 10 esplanade de pontac, 33300 Bordeaux,

Piano Festival

This is the 9th edition of the Festival L’esprit du Piano that will take place at the Auditorium of the Opera of Bordeaux on November  9-26. This magnificent festival hosts some important pianists like Chick Corea, Yefim Bronfman, Deszo Ranki and Bertrand Chamayou and others, some of whom will collaborate with the National Orchestra of Bordeaux and the choir of the Opera of Bordeaux. One of the biggest names to take the stage of the Auditorium is the Jazz legend, Abdullah Ibrahim. See the program of the festival here and info about the tickets here.

When: November 9-26
Where: Grand Théâtre, Place de la Comédie – 33 000 Bordeaux

Remembrance day ceremonies- November 11

This Sunday (November 11) is remembrance day in France and some events will take place in Floirac to commemorate the centenary of the armistice of the First World War.  For more details click here.

When: November 11, 9:00-12:00
Where: Floirac, see the program

Centenaire de l’armistice de la 1ère Guerre Mondiale – Exhibition

This year is the centenary of the armistice of the First World War and as part of the commemoration the city will present an exhibition of different objects, posters and archives related to the war. The exhibition will be presented at the Town Hall in Floriac between November 6 and November 17 and in Espace Lucie Aubrac on November 11. For more info click here.

When: November 6-17
Where:  6 avenue Pasteur BP 110, 33270 Floirac

Jazz Festival in Caudéran

The second edition of the Jazz festival of Caudéran will take place on November 8-10. Three days with 6 concerts: Robin & the Woods, IepXtet – création musicale de Sébastien Iep Arruti, Lorenzo Naccarato trio, Itamar Borochov quartet, Saxtape and the Nicolas Folmer Horny Tonky experience. For more info about prices and the full program click here.

When: November 8-11
Where:  La Pergola Theater, Rue Fernand Cazères, 33200 Bordeaux

Salon Ob’Art

Le salon Ob’Art (Objets de créateur) is a creators fair with a rich pedagogic program of activities, workshops and demonstrations. The aim of the event is to create a dialog between artists, craftsmen and the wide public in order to transfer their know-how and to make the young generation discover a variety of professional vocations. The event will be dedicated to Japanese philosophy and craftsmanship. Le Salon Ob’Art will take place in Hangar 14 (Quai des Chartrons) on November 9-11. Entry is free for kids under 18 years old and 6 € for adults (free on the first day). For more info check out the website of the event.

When: November 9-11
Where: 173 Quai des Chartrons, 33300 Bordeaux

L’Arche de Noël – creators market

L’Arche de Noël is a creators market that will take place in the Chartrons neighborhood every weekend until Christmas (November 22-23 is the last event). Each week a group of local talented craftsmen and artists will present their original creations. This weekend (November 10-11) the stands will include jewelry, kids toys, textile, graphic design and more.

See more details here.

When: November 10-11
Where: 23 Rue Minvielle, 33000 Bordeaux

Festival Toutes Latitudes

Festival Toutes Latitudes is taking place this week (November 7-11) in Rocher de Palmer in Cenon. The festival celebrate diversity through world music with musicians from all the the world. The lineup includes the Malian singer Oumou Sangaré (the black Tina Turner), the Turkish guitarist Bilal Karaman, the Algerian band Babylone and more. To see the full program and buy tickets click here  and for more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When: November 7-11
Where: 1 rue Aristide Briand, 33150 Cenon

Salon des Grandes Ecoles

The Salon of  the “Grandes Ecoles” is an event where the most prestigious institutions in the French higher education come to present their schools to future students. The Salon will take place this Saturday (November 10) at the Palais des Congrès. The event includes conferences and meetings with representatives from the schools who will present you their academic programs. For more info click here.

When: November 10
Where: Espace Pluriel, Avenue Jean Gabriel Domergue, 33300 Bordeaux

Bordeaux Medoc Lyrique comtest

The finals of the International singing competition of the Opera of Bordeaux will take place this weekend (November 9-10) at the Opera. Some of the young singers are coming from the biggest opera houses and theaters in France and abroad such as Opéra de Zurich, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Opéra national de Paris, Semperoper Dresde, Théâtre du Bolchoï and Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse. For more info and tickets click here.

When: November 9-10, at 20:00
Where: Place de la Comédie, 33000 Bordeaux

Delirium Party

Mille et Une Bieres, the very cool beer boutique invites you this Friday (November 9) to a Delirium party. The program includes a DJ , tattoo sessions and a happy hour on some of the beers. See more details here.

When: November 9, from 17:00 to midnight
Where: 42 Rue Edmond Besse, 33300 Bordeaux,

Fit Attitude

The Fit Attitude is a sports event that takes place on Saturday every two weeks in Jardin Public. It’s a free fitness event  and it’s open for all. The event will take place Saturday (November 10) at 11:00. See more details here.

When: November 10. 11:00
Where: place du Champ de Mars, 33000 Bordeaux,

Exhibitions

Exposition 3/1 – Espace Saint-Rémi

La Spirale association invites you to a collective exhibition by three local artists: Magalie Darsouze (visual artist), Benjamin Monteil (engraver) and Chris Pillot (painter). The exhibition will be presented at the beautiful Espace Saint-Rémi on November 7-17. The entrance is free. See more info here.

When: November 7-17
Where: 4 rue Jouannet à Bordeaux

Douro, l’air de la terre au bord des eaux – Exhibition

La Cité du Vin is currently hosting its second temporary exhibition of the “Vignoble invité” (invited vineyard). This exhibition, called Douro, l’air de la terre au bord des eaux, will take you to the heart of the wine region Haut-Douro in Portugal. As with the permanent exhibition in La Cité du Vin this too will be  accompanied by an experience of sounds and senses.  For more info click here.

When: October 5- January 6. 2019
Where:1, esplanade de Pontac, Bordeaux, 33300

Salva Me exhibition

“Salva me” is the new exhibition of the Bordelais graphic designer Aymeric Giraudel. The exhibition combines photography and graphics and plays with the human body to express its beauty. The exhibition will be presented at the Les Vivres de l’Art until November 16. For more info click here.

When: until November 16
Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 BORDEAUX

 

If you want to plan ahead check out my general list of things to in Bordeaux in November 2018.

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This weekend it’s time to relax a bit after the fête du vin and fête de la musique. There are no big festivals but plenty of fun events and activities and a few incredible art exhibitions you should go see.

If you need a really calm weekend after the overload of events in Bordeaux in recent weeks, check out my list of the best places for a picnic in Bordeaux and choose the best spot to enjoy this sunny weekend!

This is the list of things to do in Bordeaux this weekend (June 22-24):

Festivals and Events

Bordeaux Open Air #1

The first part of the third edition of the Bordeaux Open Air festival will take place on June 24 in Parc Palmer in Cenon. Bordeaux Open Air is a series of summer free electronic music events, all set in different locations and with a great city vibe to them. The second and third parts of the festival will take place on July 22 and August 12 in Jardin Public and Parc Palmer, respectively.

See more info about the event on their website and facebook page.

Bordeaux Open Air festival
Credit: openagenda.com
When:  June 24
Where: Parc Palmer , 1 rue aristide Briand, 33150 Bordeaux, France

Refugee Food Festival

The Refugee Food Festival will take place on June 21-25 in several location across the city. Five restaurants in Bordeaux will open their kitchen to refugee chefs that will enrich their menus with special dishes from their countries. For more details check out the website and the facebook page of the event.

refugee food festival 2018

When:  June 21-25
Where: Different locations in Bordeaux (check out the link above)

Fête de la Musique for kids 

Every year, on the weekend following the Fête de la Musique, kids get to celebrate their own music day in Parc Bordelais. The event proposes a large program of musical activities such as concerts of different music schools, a workshop of electronic music for kids, a concert of the Orchestre d’Harmonie de Bordeaux and more. See the full program here.

fete de la musiques des enfants 2018 bordeaux

When:  June 24
Where: Parc Bordelais

Flashmob Studio Attitude 2018

Join the big Flashmob event that will take place this Saturday at the Miroir d’eau at 16:00, organized by Studio Attitude. You can learn the dance moves in the video bellow. See more details on the facebook page of the event.

When:  June 24, 16:00
Where: Miroir d’eau

A zero waste festival will take place on June 23 at Place Sainte Bernadette in Merignac. During this event you’ll be able to do a no-waste shopping and gain new ideas you could implement in your day to day life in order to decrease waste. For more info check out the website of the event.

village zero dechet in Bordeaux

When:  June 23 (10:00 to 17:00)
Where: Place Sainte Bernadette. Merignac

Festival de Papa Yann from Enfant- Bordeaux

Papa Yann, the founder of the super helpful website Enfant-Bordeaux will host the first event for kids on Sunday (June 24). The event will take place at la Cabane de Raba in Talence and will include many activities and spectacles in its program. For more details check the website and the facebook page of the event.

When:  June 24 – from 10:30 to 18:00
Where: 35 rue Remi Belleau , 33400 Talence
How much: 6 €

La Ferme des Halles

le Carreau des Producteurs, a group of farmers and a local producers located at the Halles de Bacalan will hold a fun event this Saturday (June 23), by the name of “La Ferme des Halles”. The event will include a little farm installed in place, a farming class and a market where you could meet the local producers. See more info here.

When:  June 23
Where: 10 esplanade de pontac, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Banzaï Lab présente : Arrière Cour #3

Banzaï Lab invites you to spend a lovely afternoon this Sunday (June 24) at Les Vivres de l’Art. The program includes a Barbecue, different games, a magic show and more. See the full program on the facebook page of the event.

When:  June 24 from 12:00 to 22:30
Where: 2 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France
How much: 3 € (free for kids under 12 yo)

 

CULTURE

Last chance to see the Street Color Exhibition

I know I have been saying that in the last three weeks, but this is really your last chance to see this amazing street art exhibition at the Institut Bernard Magrez, which will be presented until the end of this weekend (June 24). The expo includes some well known street artists (mostly French ones), such as MAD C (GER), Seth (FRA), d’Alexöne (FRA) and more.

For more info and tickets.

color street exhibition at the institut culturel bernard magrez
photo by @lost_in_bordeaux
When:  until June 24
Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux
How much: 8 €

Urban Legends Exhibition

“Legendes Urbaines” , an exhibition that will host more than 50 street artists, will be presented from June 21 to September 16 at La Base Sous Marine, one of the most unique places in Bordeaux.

For more details check out the facebook page of la Base Sous-marine.

When: June 21 – September 16
Where: La Base Sous Marine, Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

Corpus Focus – a journey of a dance

Corpus Focus is a dance project that has been running since March in different locations in Bordeaux. It brings together 4 renowned international choreographers with dancers (from the Adage dance school) that will perform their new creations. The forth edition of Corpus Focus is coming to an end with two performances this weekend, on June 22 (19:30) and June 23 (16:00) in Bordeaux and Saint-Macaire, respectively. The entry is free.

Read more about the project and the next two performances here.

Corpus Focus 2018

When: June 22-23
Where:  Bordeaux and Saint-Macaire, (check out the program of the event)

Last chance to see the Wine and Music Expo

The is the last chance to see the “Le vin & La musique, accords et désaccords“ art exposition at la Cité du Vin, that will be presented until June 24. The exhibition reveals the relationship between wine and music through a visual journey that alternates between paintings, music and stage art. Around 150 pieces of art will be put in place from French and European collections: ceramics, paintings, music books , instruments and more.  For more details and tickets go here.

When:  until June 24
Where: 134 – 150 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux
How much: 8 €

Shakira

Shakira will perform at the Bordeaux Métropole Arena  on June 24 –  buy tickets here.

Le Bruit des Corps – Festival

Le Bruit des Corps is a festival combining the arts of dance and theater, mixing both professional and amateur dancers. The festival will take place on June 21-30  in different venues in the city. The program of the festival includes concerts, workshops and conferences. For more info check out the website and the facebook page of the festival.

When: June 21-30
Where: Different locations in Bordeaux, take a look at the link above.

La Guinguette Chez Alriq

Enjoy a concert in front of the Garonne river at La Guinguette Chez Alriq. This cool place has live concerts every evening of the weekend with performances in many different music genres. See the full program for the weekend on their website.

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If you want to plan ahead check out my general list of things to in Bordeaux in June 2018.

Have a great weekend!