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As you can imagine, wine tasting is one of the best attractions the Bordeaux wine region has to offer. In Bordeaux, you don’t really have to leave the city in order to taste some of the best wines in the world. There are quite a few places in the city center where you can enjoy a variety of wine-tasting experiences. 

In this article, I gathered a list of the wine bars, boutiques, and guides that offer the best wine tastings in Bordeaux. So if you don’t have time to visit wineries or you just want to taste many different wines in one place, this article is for you!

Before we start, if you want to visit a winery in the city and do your wine tasting there, I highly recommend Chateau Pape Clement. The winery is located in Pessac, one of Bordeaux’s suburbs, and is reachable by public transport. If you’re looking for more information on visiting wineries in the Bordeaux wine region, I’ve written extensively about my favorite chateaux to visit, here you can see all my wine-related articles here.

Wine-tasting workshops in Bordeaux 

Discover Bordeaux vineyard: special wine tasting with two cellar men brothers

This wine-tasting workshop takes place at a chic wine boutique, Le Pied à Terre. The wine cellar and tasting workshop is run by two brothers, Pierre and Geoffroy,  who love drinking, talking, and educating about wine. During the atelier, you will taste three Bordeaux traditional grape varieties and learn about winemaking in the region. The tasting also includes a platter of Basque cheese and ham and practical tips for wine tasting.

The workshops are offered from Tuesday to Saturday. They tend to be full quite fast so be sure to book in advance, especially if you’re visiting during the weekend. The shop is located at 22 Rue Judaïque, one of the most foodie streets in Bordeaux.

Book your wine tasting here. 

Wine tasting in Bordeaux - learn about Bordeaux wine from two brothers
Le Pied à Terre – by Lost in Bordeaux

Wine Tasting Experience in Bordeaux with Snacks – by Olala

Olala is a wine tour company that offers private and group tours to Saint Emilion and Medoc. Additionally, the company also hosts great wine-tasting workshops in Bordeaux to help you learn about Bordeaux wine without ever leaving the city. 

This beginners’ workshop aims to introduce the participants to concepts of terroir, grape varieties, and wine appellations. It includes a tasting of three Bordeaux wines (one white and two reds), one of which is a Grand Cru (great growth). Throughout the session, you will learn about the different tasting techniques and get wine pairing tips. Charcuterie and cheese boards are also included so you won’t drink on an empty stomach. 

Olala Bordeaux is located on rue Mably, two minutes walk from the Opera building of Bordeaux. The wine-tasting workshop takes place daily in the afternoon and the price is 29€/per person. 
You can book their tasting session at this link.

Morning Wine Tasting Class

If you’re looking for a more immersive wine experience, I highly recommend this morning wine tasting master class in the heart of Bordeaux. Guided by a professional wine educator, this class will enhance your skills in tasting and comparing French wines.

During the 2-hour workshop, you’ll taste seven wines from the four main wine regions of France. Each tasting is accompanied by detailed explanations of the wines’ colors, aromas, complexities, and more. Additionally, you’ll participate in a blending workshop, where you’ll get hands-on experience blending Bordeaux wines. At the end of the class, you’ll enjoy your creations alongside traditional French delicacies like cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate.

This class is a perfect way to deepen your appreciation of French wines while enjoying the culinary delights of Bordeaux. The workshop takes place at 3 Rue d’Enghien and is offered daily (except on Mon and Fri). You can book it here.

Wine-tasting workshops at La Cite Du Vin 

wine tasting at the modern tasting room of La Cite du Vin in Bordeaux
Tasting wine at La Cite du Vin -by Lost in Bordeaux

La Cité du Vin, Bordeaux’s famous wine museum hosts daily wine-tasting workshops in French, English, and Spanish. All their workshops and wine-tasting events take place in their stunning modern tasting rooms. The English workshops are mainly dedicated to Bordeaux wines while those in French are varied. You can choose workshops about specific wine regions or learn how to match wine with cheese or chocolate. One of the workshops I had the chance to attend was red wine and chocolate tasting. 

Check out what are the next tasting workshops to take place at the Cité du Vin.

*Read my article about my latest visit to La Cité du Vin.

Wine shops in Bordeaux that offer wine-tasting

Vintage Wine Tasting -Cousin et Compagnie

This beautiful wine shop is located just next to Place du Parlement offering a large selection of Bordeaux wines. They also offer a variety of tasting experiences at their shops and other parts of town. The most popular one is Vintage Wine Tasting, an experience that includes tasting four Grands crus wines.  All the vintages presented are at least 10 years old, French wines from the 70s, 80’s, and 90’s decades. 

You can book your Vintage tasting here

wine tasting in the historic center of Bordeaux
vintage tasting in Bordeaux

Self-service and workshops at – Max Bordeaux 

Max Bordeaux is a wine shop with a neat concept – The Grands Crus Classés de Bordeaux is within everyone’s reach! Their Oenomatic machines contain more than 45 Great Bordeaux Wines such as Latour, Margaux, Haut Brion, Cheval Blanc, and Mouton Rothschild. This experience allows visitors to taste prestigious Bordeaux wines without paying for the whole bottle.

 Wine tasting workshops

One of the best options to properly experience these places is to join one of their wine-tasting workshops. During the session, you get to taste four wines from the most representative appelations in Bordeaux and learn their characteristics from a professional sommelier. You will then get an instruction manual on how to taste the wines and the characteristics of each of the wines you’re tasting. 

The shop is located at 14 Cours de l’Intendance, just a few steps from the Opera of Bordeaux. The workshop is offered from Tuesday to Saturday, you can book the experience here.

Max Bordeaux wine tastings
photo by Lost in Bordeaux

Wine Tasting at La Vinotheque 

La Vinotheque is one of the most emblematic wine cellars of Bordeaux. Their wine experience starts with a presentation of the different appellations of Bordeaux and a visit to their vintage collection. You then proceed to wine tasting (2-3 wines) and learn about the wines you chose to taste. Book your wine tasting here.

Emile & Marguerite

This article is about wine tastings but I had to add one place where you can taste other spirits that this region is famous for. Emile & Marguerite is a charming shop in the heart of the center of Bordeaux specializing in made-in-France alcohol. They have everything from Whisky to Gin, vodka, and a huge selection of local beers. 

But what’s more interesting is their large selection of Cognac and Armagnac brandies originating from the Southwest of France.  If you don’t have an extra day to go to Cognac or Armagnac this can be an opportunity to taste and gain more knowledge about these two exceptional French spirits. You don’t have to make reservations, just pass by and you’ll be welcome anytime. The shop is open daily, check out their facebook page for more info. 

Emile & Marguerite Bordeaux
photo by Lost in Bordeaux

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First time visiting Bordeaux?

If you’re visiting Bordeaux for the first time, be sure to check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux, which will get you familiar with all the “must” places to visit in Bordeaux. To help you to 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 choose your preferred location.

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If you have a passion for wine, food, and exquisite architecture, a day trip to Bordeaux is an absolute must when exploring the region. While one day may seem short to fully indulge in all its attractions and culinary delights, with a well-crafted itinerary, you can experience the essence of Bordeaux on a perfect day. 

Wondering how to make the most of your one day in Bordeaux? This guide covers everything from stunning architecture and Bordeaux’s bustling market to cycling along the riverfront, wine tasting, and beyond. By the day’s end, you’ll be exhilarated and utterly captivated by Bordeaux’s charm! I also recommend getting my Bordeaux audio tour to help you discover the main landmarks and foodie spots in the city.

If you’re coming for a weekend, be sure to read my check out my Weekend in Bordeaux guide as well as my articles about the best neighborhoods to stay in Bordeaux and the best hotels in the city center.

A perfect day trip to Bordeaux
The beautiful streets in Bordeaux – Lost in Bordeaux

Marché des Capucins – Visit the main market of Bordeaux

If you’re a foodie or just like discovering new markets, I highly recommend starting your one day in Bordeaux in Marché des Capucins. This is the biggest daily market in Bordeaux and has everything from stands of fruits, vegetables, sweets, and spices to a bunch of lively cafés and restaurants. 

Marché des Capucins - Visit the main market of Bordeaux
Marché 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 take a private tour with Anne, who is a chef and an amazing food tour guide. Or join the group food tour of the No Diet Club.

If you like oysters there’s one restaurant in the market you simply cannot miss! Chez Jean-Mi has become an institution in Bordeaux, attracting many locals for a plate of oysters with white dry wine. Before you go, be sure to check out my article about the best places to eat at the Marché des Capucins.

Chez Jean Me - the best oysters in Bordeaux
Chez Jean Me – taste oysters at the market – Lost in Bordeaux

The market is open from Tuesday to Sunday, however, be aware that not all the restaurants and stands are open on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Stroll the narrow streets of old Bordeaux

I have yet to meet someone who wasn’t captivated by the beauty of “Vieux Bordeaux,” the city’s historic heart. Its narrow, cobbled streets wind past stunning 17th and 18th-century houses, inviting hours of exploration. 

Bordeaux, the capital of the Southwest, boasts 362 preserved buildings designated as historic monuments, second only to Paris. Recognized by UNESCO for its exceptional urban and architectural harmony from the 18th century, this area and its surrounding streets are truly a marvel.

The beautiful town of Bordeaux
The center of Bordeaux – Lost in Bordeaux

Give yourself at least a few hours to wander the picturesque streets of Bordeaux. The city is rich with history and different architectural styles so if you have time, take a historic tour in the center of Bordeaux. Here’s a tour that’s offered by the Tourists office in several languages. If you don’t like big groups you can always take a private tour.

Main sites in the city center

The center of Bordeaux
Saint James Street – by Lost in Bordeaux

There’s a photographer in Bordeaux who does amazing photography tours with photoshoots of these and other Bordeaux highlights, so that could be a really special experience. Here’s a shortlist of the sites you should not miss on your visit:

Grosse Cloche – the 15th-century gate to the old city, located on one end of rue Saint James, one of the liveliest streets of Bordeaux. This stunning bell tower is part of a whole structure that was previously a part of the city hall of Bordeaux and at some point served as a prison for misbehaved juveniles (!). 

Porte Cailhau – another magnificent 15th-century gate to the historic center of Bordeaux. This glamourous monument was built to commemorate the glory of King Charles VIII and opens up to one of Bordeaux’s nicest squares, Place du Palais. 

The Grand Theatre -The beautiful 18th-century building on Place de la Comedie will be hard to miss. This is one of the most impressive buildings in the city and is home to the National Opera and the National Ballet of Bordeaux. You can also book tickets to one of the concerts the Opera or the national ballet. 

Continue from there to Place des Quinconces, the largest city square in France and one of the biggest in Europe. There you’ll also find the beautiful monument dedicated to the Girondins (members of a political faction) who were killed during the French Revolution. 

Have a drink on the lively squares of Bordeaux

There’s a very special atmosphere in Bordeaux. It’s a very touristy and lively city that somehow succeeds in maintaining its tranquility. What contributes to that are the lively squares in the city center, linked by pleasant pedestrian streets. Almost every square in Bordeaux is adorned with terrasse restaurants and wine bars. As you can imagine, the city of wine has plenty of amazing wine bars and wine tasting places for you to taste some Bordeaux wine.

Some of the liveliest squares in the city center include the Place du Parlement, Place du Palais with a magnificent view of Porte Cailhau, Place Pierre with the Saint Pierre church right in the middle, and Place Camille Julian with the Utopia bistrot (an old church converted into an independent cinema and restaurant). 

Discover the beautiful squares of Bordeaux - Place du Parlement
Place du Parlement – Lost in Bordeaux

Lift your eyes to see the mascarons

Mascaron in Bordeaux
Mascaron in Place de la Bourse

As you explore Bordeaux’s 18th-century rebuilt areas, be sure to notice the exquisite sculptures adorning the buildings. These sculpted faces, known as mascarons, are located between the ground and first floors, derived from the Italian word for masks. 

Bordeaux boasts over 3,000 mascarons adorning its buildings and monuments, inspired by Greek mythology, wildlife, religion, and the city’s economic development. Examples include Neptune, symbolizing the importance of the river, and African faces, reflecting Bordeaux’s historical connection to the slave trade. Most mascarons are prominently featured on buildings along the riverfront, Place de la Bourse, and Place du Parlement.”

You can read in more detail about all the main monuments in Bordeaux in my ultimate guide to a weekend in Bordeaux.

Dine in one of Bordeaux’s delicious restaurants

After the long walk, a proper lunch is in order! In recent years Bordeaux has gained popularity as a gastronomic city and even holds the record for the number of restaurants per person in France. If you have only one day in the city, trying one of Bordeaux’s restaurants should be on your list. 

Bo tanique -one of the best restaurants in Bordeaux

There are a lot of excellent restaurants in the city center and choosing one won’t be easy, but let me suggest just a few: Bo Tanique, Lauza, Symbiose,  Cent 33, Frida, Au Bistro and the list goes on and on. 

It’s important to notice that restaurants in Bordeaux tend to be closed on Sundays or Mondays (or both) so check out their websites when planning your trip. Also, it’s always recommended to book a table ahead of time, even if you do it on the same day.

Visit the main church in Bordeaux -Saint-André 

The big Cathedral on the main square of Pey Berland is a Roman Catholic church and the seat of the Archbishop of Bordeaux. This cathedral has an important part in the history of Bordeaux. Here, the 13-year-old Eleanor d’Aquitaine, married the future king of France Louis VII, therefore making her the queen of France (for a very short period of time).

Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux
Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux – Lost in Bordeaux

Like many other churches and basilicas in Bordeaux, Saint-André is classified as a national monument of France. In the evening the Cathedral often hosts concerts of classical music, choirs and an organ festival during the summer. You can check out more info about the concerts here

Chill at the Miroir d’eau

Now it’s time to visit Bordeaux’s most famous attraction and one you have probably seen in any guide or video about Bordeaux – Le Miroir d’eau. This modern monument, built in 2006, is the world’s largest reflecting pool. The surface is made from blue granite covered in water, reflecting the 18th-century Place de la Bourse. It’s a perfect place to chill on a hot sunny day in Bordeaux. 

miroir d'eau in Bordeaux

If you’re traveling with kids you can easily spend more than an hour here as it’s going to be quite hard to get them out of it. Kids seem to really love it! (don’t forget to bring change clothes for the kids, they tend to get soaked!)

Take a bike ride on the banks of the Garonne – or a cruise if you’re tired 🙂

The promenade on the left bank of the Garonne River is one of Bordeaux’s highlights. Since the massive overhaul project in the early 2000s, the quais (docks) of Bordeaux has become one of Bordeaux’s most popular spots, hosting many events and festivals during the summer. 

The 4.5 km promenade is also perfect for a walk or a bicycle tour. The most interesting part of it is between the two bridges of Bordeaux – Pont Saint Pierre in the center and Pont Chaban Delmas in the north of the city, which includes the Miroir d’eau as well as playgrounds for kids and restaurants with a view of the river.

Cycling in Bordeaux
Cycling in Bordeaux – Lost in Bordeaux

A few companies are offering a biking tour that covers all the parts of town and more, Monsieur Bacchus is one of the best ones.  But you can also do a self-guided tour using my bridge-to-bridge route article.

Want to cruise instead of cycling?

if you only have one day in Bordeaux and that’s taking a cruise. There are plenty of nice afternoon cruises on the Garonne, but I believe that to experience the good life of Bordeaux you should take the Cruise with a glass of wine.

Discover the hipster side of Bordeaux

After spending several hours on the classic left side of the river, it’s time to discover the more hipster right bank of the Garonne. Crossing the river to the other side you’ll get to the Bastide neighborhood. If you’re going on the biking tour from the previous item, you’re going to get there on your way.  

Here, the main attraction is Darwin, an old military base turned into an urban space with plenty of cool stuff to do. Among these, you’ll find a restaurant, a bakery, a winery, a huge skate park, and many hipster shops. 

Darwin in Bordeaux
Darwin by Lost in Bordeaux

Darwin is one of the most extraordinary places for street art and includes some amazing works by a lot of talented regional artists on every one of its buildings. If you visit the Bastide district on the weekend (during the summer) don’t miss one of Bordeaux’s hidden gems, La Guinguette chez Alriq. The Guinguette is a tavern on the banks of the river that hosts plenty of open-air concerts.

what to do in the summer in Bordeaux

How to get there? 

If you follow my advice about doing the bridge-to-bridge circuit, you’re going to pass through everything I mentioned on your way. Otherwise, you can do a nice walk, crossing Pont de Pierre or taking tram A to the other side. Another fun way to get there is by taking the river shuttle

Have a picnic in Jardin Public, Bordeaux’s main park

If you prefer leaving the dining experience for the evening you can replace a fancy lunch with a picnic in the beautiful park of Bordeaux, Jardin Public. Make yourself a basket of regional products and join the other Bordelais on the vast green planes. Don’t forget to add a bottle of Bordeaux wine you can get in most supermarkets or in dedicated wine shops. 

Jardin Public in Bordeaux
Jardin Public in Bordeaux – by Lost in Bordeaux

Jardin Public is a beautiful park and by far one of the most kid-friendly places in the city. However, it’s not the only good spot for a picnic or a little break. Bordeaux has many gardens and parks that you can enjoy on a sunny day. To discover them check out my post about the best places for a picnic in Bordeaux.

Visit the fancy district of Bordeaux 

It’s time for a little dessert and there’s no better place for it than the Triangle d’Or neighborhood, the fancy district of Bordeaux. You’ll notice that the architecture and landscape of this district are different from the narrow streets of the historic center of Bordeaux. The wide boulevards and decorated 18th-century houses reflect the economic boom that the city was undergoing at the time. Today it’s considered a gourmet district with plenty of wine and cheese boutiques.

Like every French city, Bordeaux has its chocolatiers, many of which are located in and around Triangle d’Or. On rue Michel Montaigne you will discover the most famous local patissier and chocolatier, David Capy. On Allée de Tourny you will visit the oldest chocolatier in Bordeaux, Cadiot Badie. It’s a very prestigious place that feels more like a jewelry shop than a chocolate boutique. Other amazing chocolate shops are la Maison Darricau and Hasnaa Chocolat Grand Cru.

Cadiot Badie - one of the oldest chocolate places in Bordeaux

If you also want to take the opportunity to stop for a coffee. Bordeaux has some amazing coffee shops. You can read about my favorite ones in my article about the five coffee places in Bordeaux you don’t want to miss

Shop on the Longest street in France

Sainte Catherine is the longest pedestrian street in France, full of clothing boutiques, and one of the only places in the center where you can find all the main fashion retail stores. If you prefer smaller boutiques, you won’t find them on the main streets but rather on the small narrow streets of Saint Paul and Saint Pierre districts, as well as on rue Notre Dame in Chartrons.

Shopping in Bordeaux
Shopping in Bordeaux – by Lost in Bordeaux

If you’re into second-hand clothing be sure to check my guide to second-hand and vintage shops in the center of Bordeaux

Have a drink in one of Bordeaux’s wine bars 

A great place to finish your day in the wine city is one of its great wine bars! And as you can imagine, there are plenty of wine bars to choose from in the city center, here are some of my favorite ones: le Bar a Vin for the beautiful decor and professional waiters, Wine More Time for its huge selection, and Les doux secrets d’Hélène for the design and the tasty tapas. 

Some bars offer wine-tasting experiences that allow you to better understand the wines of the region. To discover the best places for wine tasting check out my article about wine tasting in Bordeaux

Wine more Time - one of the best wine bars in Bordeaux
Wine More Time – Lost in Bordeaux

If you’re interested in wine don’t miss a trip to Saint Emilion where you can visit some of the best wineries in the region. You can take a guided wine tour or plan the trip by yourself using my post about the best wineries to visit in Saint Emilion

What is the best time to visit Saint Emilion

Not less interesting and beautiful is the Medoc wine area where you can see some of the most impressive chateaux in the region. Follow my post about the Medoc wine route when planning your trip there.

I hope you enjoyed this beautiful city and if you have a few more days in the area don’t forget to check out my article about the best day trips from Bordeaux.

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