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As the city that served as the French capital twice, Bordeaux itself is a must-see. While you visit, make sure you don’t miss out on these amazing places:
1. Place de la Bourse:
This beautiful example of 17th century architecture, and the city’s most famous landmark, has earned Bordeaux its UNESCO World Heritage Site honor. If you visit in the warmer months, you’ll see it reflect on the water mirror for a particularly incredible effect.
2. Place de L’Opera:
Modern sculpture meets classic architecture in this square. You will see the gorgeous opera house, and the city’s most famous and most expensive hotel juxtaposed with modern sculptures, and the tramway. It is a perfect reflection of the cultural mix that characterizes Bordeaux.
3. Rue Sainte Catherine:
If you love shopping, people watching, and walking, this long street is the place for you. The Champs Elysees of Bordeaux, this street will also give you access to smaller, quaint streets, and family-owned shops.
4. La Victoire:
Several cafes, restaurants, and bars surround this star-shaped square that features an Arc de Triumph and a giant turtle sculpture. It is always lively and diverse, so you can be sure there will never be a dull moment here!
5. Vieille Ville:
This is the oldest part of town, starting near the banks of the Garonne, in the Pont de Pierre, and ending in Quinconces. La vieille ville is characterized for its small, cobblestone streets that are full of quaint bars, small shops, and beautiful architecture.