Fine dining in Bordeaux

In just one year, three Michelin-starred chefs have opened restaurants in Bordeaux, young culinary talent continues to attract ever-increasing attention, and markets in the city with a thousand restaurants offer the best produce from all over south-west France.

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Market days

From Tuesday to Sunday, you can marvel at the choice along the aisles of the Capucins market, one of the largest in the Metropolitan area. People meet there on Sundays for brunch, graze on tapas, or enjoy seafood platters to the sound of a jazz band. Or head for the Chartrons market on the waterfront to taste oysters from Arcachon Bay, local specialities like "tricandilles" or Grenier Médocain, a sliced tripe sausage, and admire the view of the Garonne River. A recent addition, in Le Tasta district of Bruges on alternate Wednesdays, features an open-air farmers’ market and food trucks offering gourmet delights.

Eat with the stars

The Bordeaux star-system is in a ferment, with Nicolas Nguyen at the Chapon fin, Vivien Durand at the Prince Noir, Cédric Béchade at the Hostellerie de Plaisance, and Nicolas Frion at the Gabriel. The main events of 2015 were the arrival of British chef, Gordon Ramsay, at Le Pressoir d’Argent* (InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hôtel) and the brasserie Bordeaux Gordon Ramsay, and the opening of Philippe Etchebest’s new restaurant, Le Quatrième Mur (inside the Grand Théâtre). In 2016, Pierre Gagnaire arrived at the gastronomic restaurant La Grande Maison. These new establishments have broadened the gastronomic horizons of the Gironde area, which already boasted a number of wonderful Michelin-starred restaurants: the Pavilion des Boulevards (1 star), the St-James in Bouliac (1 star), Château Cordeillan-Bages in Pauillac (2 stars), and La Grand’Vigne in Martillac (2 stars).

Informal eating

A rooftop with a 360° view over the city. Enjoy the Mama Shelter rooftop terrace in fine weather.

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Miam Bordeaux organizes gourmet walks in Bordeaux in small groups, to meet passionate artisans and taste local products.

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Try a Sunday brunch: American-style at Plume Small Kitchen, relaxed at Chez les Tontons, British at the Breakfast Club, Scandinavian at Koeben, organic at the Magasin Général in the Darwin complex, or local at La Cagette Cantine Fraiche.

Worth trying

Garopapilles, voted "Best wine-cellar eatery" by the Fooding guide in 2016. Chef Tanguy Laviale was awarded two "toques" in the 2016 Gault & Millau guide and included in the "Tomorrow’s great chefs" selection.

Fusion cuisine is definitely part of the Bordeaux scene: Miles reveals influences from all over the world, as does the newcomer, Mampuku ("full belly" in Japanese), as well as Nama and Dan, taking delicious inspiration from Asian flavours.