AT THE MARKETS
The stands at the Marché des Capucins covered market -called the stomach of Bordeaux- offer a wide range of delicious food to eat in or take away. On Sundays, take a stroll along the quays to the open-air Chartrons market where you can find oysters from Arcachon Bay, tricandilles (chitterlings), pork tripe cooked in garlic, or grenier médocain (a type of sausage). 2 new Halles open their doors in 2017/2018 : Halles Bacalan has about thirty counters offering gourmet products, opposite La Cité du Vin and Halles de Talence.
Among the city’s temples to fine dining, the Chapon Fin with its grotto-style interior is acknowledged to be the oldest restaurant in Bordeaux, frequented in times past by Sarah Bernhardt, Aristide Briand and King Alfonso XIII of Spain. If brasseries are more your style, the Brasserie Bordelaise resides as an institution in the heart of old Bordeaux. Au Bistro du Sommelier offers traditional cuisine accompanied by fine wines.
Restaurants like Racines and Soléna flirt with haute cuisine, and are sure to delight the taste buds of lovers of imaginative culinary combinations. Near the Public Gardens, Cent33 has just opened its doors, under the auspices of Fabien Beaufour, the Michelin-starred chef formerly at the Domaine des Etangs in Massignac. A stone’s throw from the banks of the Garonne, Porte Quinze welcomes diners to the discrete atmosphere of its 20-seat dining room.
Fusion cuisine is also well represented in Bordeaux, with Miles, that incorporates influences from all four corners of the world, and its little brothers, Mampuku and Massa, or Nama and Dan with superb Asian flavours. For fans of glazed duck, Quanjude, a Chinese institution, has opened its doors on the Allées de Tourny, offering refined Franco-Chinese cuisine.
NEW ON THE BLOCK
Some very imaginative and affordable restaurants have opened in recent years in Bordeaux, such as L’Atelier des Faures, in the Saint Michel district, which uses traditional French products in dishes inspired by Berber, Polish, Indian and Asian cuisine. Still in Saint Michel, Le Taquin delights with its simple style of cuisine and cocktails. On the Quai des Chartons the trendy and hidden-bar Symbiose was awarded « Best Original Bar 2017 » by Le Fooding. Don’t miss: Cromagnon, with its food cooked on Himalayan salt blocks.
ORGANIC AND VEGGIE
Organic and vegetarian restaurants are flourishing in Bordeaux, successfully rising to the challenge of reinventing traditional cuisine to meet a growing demand. For lunch, head for the friendly at Munchies, Cosmopolis or the inspired Kitchen Garden. Bordeaux also has a gourmet vegetarian restaurant in the form of Rest’O (O for organic) and the biggest organic restaurant of France: Le Magasin Général. To enjoy organic and local products, don’t miss Casa Gaia.