HEALTHY VENUES ARE ON THE RISE
The new wave of venues offering organic and plant-based food continues to thrive in Bordeaux! The city even has the largest organic restaurant in France: Le Magasin Général in the Darwin centre. In the centre of town, take your pick from Munchies, Kitchen Garden, Label Terre, Le Buro des Possibles, and Casa Gaia. For gourmet organic vegetarian dishes, head for Rest’O. New arrivals in Bordeaux include: Le Raisin de Plus, the first vegan wine bar in France where you can sample 100% organic vegan and natural wines.
Four environmentally responsible restaurants have received Green Food Label certification in Bordeaux: Le Prince Noir, the first Michelin-starred restaurant to receive certification in France, Café Utopia (part of a cinema in a former church), La Cuisine d’Hélène and Food de Goût.
IN THE VINEYARDS TOO!
Well aware of environmental issues, the Bordeaux wine industry has been committed to responsible, sustainable winegrowing for more than 20 years. 65% of Bordeaux’s vineyards now have some form of environmental certification. Increasing numbers of châteaux are raising visitors’ awareness of environmental issues as part of their wine tourism activities.
SUSTAINABLE, RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
Visit sites without damaging them! Follow the guide on Bordeaux’s miniature electric train, or on bikes to learn more about the city. Another initiative: Alternatives Urbaines offers guided tours of the metropolis by people in an employment integration programme.
Launched in 2017, the Tourist Office’s webzine “Un air de Bordeaux” (in French) focuses on local tourism, listing locations, initiatives and activities, and revealing the hidden jewels of the Bordeaux metropolis.
The flagship site of the Tourist Office’s digital ecosystem, the Bordeaux-tourisme.com site was completely redesigned in the summer of 2020, bringing it up to date with new trends and visitors’ requirements. A sustainable destination category has been created with editorial content aimed at inspiring locals and visitors to (re)discover Bordeaux in a sustainable and eco-responsible fashion.
While increasing numbers of establishments offering accommodation are making real efforts to reduce their environmental impact and raise their guests’ awareness, some have made it their main priority: this is the case of the Best Western Grand Hotel Français, which has had environmental and “Clef Verte” certification for more than 10 years, and Eklo, halfway between a youth hostel and a hotel, ranked the fifth greenest hotel in France. Château Gassies - offering reception facilities and bed and breakfast just 20 minutes from the centre of Bordeaux - is committed to a «zero-pesticides» approach based on permaculture principles.