AT THE MARKETS
The stands at the Marché des Capucins covered market offer a wide range of delicious food to eat in or take away. Order a seafood platter from Chez Jean-Mi, or enjoy a veggie brunch at Café Laiton. 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), as you admire the view of the Garonne. And since November 2017, the Halles Bacalan has about thirty counters offering gourmet products, opposite the Cité du Vin, with locally sourced truffles, oysters, foie gras, organic produce and a vegetarian caterer... There is plenty to see and to taste!
La Tupina (which means a cauldron in Basque) has upheld the colours and traditions of South-western gastronomy since 1968. It is the perfect embodiment of fireside hospitality. Chitterlings sizzle in the pan and soup simmers, while beef is grilled over glowing coals... Another Bordeaux gastronomic jewel, L’Orleans offers a perfect expression of the traditional French brasserie. Located in the heart of Bordeaux, Le Noailles, described as, ”the most Parisian of Bordeaux’s brasseries” - has been seducing palates for generations.
Restaurants such as Côté Rue, Le Hâ, or Garopapilles* flirt with haute cuisine, and will delight lovers of imaginative culinary combinations. Clos D’Augusta offers original, modern flavours in an elegant, refined atmosphere. Soléna is another favourite, with a simple yet rigorous style that transcends the familiar.
Fusion cuisine is also well represented in Bordeaux, with Miles, that incorporates influences from all four corners of the world, and its little brother, Mampuku, or Nama, Dan, or L’Exquis with deliciously inspired Asian flavours.
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. Belle Campagne has earned widespread acclaim for its cuisine based on local products.
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 Cuisine de Johanna, 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.