I love Bordeaux’s natural beauty, thriving restaurant scene and, of course, incredible wine. For typical French food, go to Chez Dupont, a much-loved local restaurant with rooms. It showcases the best local ingredients and wines, and has a charming atmosphere. Le Mirabelle is another great French brasserie. It has a relaxed, cosy atmosphere and the dishes are generous and crafted with unwavering passion. It’s a great example of simple but beautiful French food.
One of my favourite restaurants is El Nacional. It pays homage to the traditional Buenos Aires bodegón, specialising in meat dishes. There’s also an exceptional wine list, with an emphasis on Argentinian varieties. Franco-Mexican restaurant Tlali is another great choice for incredible, delicate Mexican dishes.
Visiting a wine estate is a no-brainer. Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a hidden gem on the outskirts of the city. The perfect spot for a tasting and tour.
For brunch, try Bali Bowls on Rue Notre Dame. It serves delicious acaï bowls full of nutritious ingredients – my go-to is the OG Bowl with organic acaï, guarana, banana, granola and fresh fruit. If that’s not your thing, they also do a decent veggie dog. You can’t miss the bakeries in Bordeaux, and Panoche is one of the best. I love the cinnamon rolls.