I recently spent a short 48 hours in Bordeaux during a weeklong solo trip to France that also included a pastry workshop in the French countryside and a beautiful stay at the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris. Since my Bordeaux travel was limited, I called upon one of Virtuoso’s on-site tour connections in France, Chocolatine, to arrange a walking tour so I’d be sure not to miss any highlights. Upon meeting my guide, she intuitively noted that I was passionate about food, flora, photography, and treasure hunting. We set out to find all of my favorite things – here, a few favorite photos from my time in beautiful Bordeaux.

Grand Theatre de Bordeaux
The Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux as seen from my balcony.

InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel
With views of the Opera National de Bordeaux, the 130-room InterContinental’s central location is perfect for anybody looking to travel to Bordeaux. Filled with character – I’m always a sucker for Wes Anderson vibes – it has everything you need, including a Michelin-starred restaurant, a Wine Concierge (because when in Bordeaux, right?), and a newly renovated spa inspired by Roman baths.

InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel
Pattern play behind a cozy bed at InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel.
Bordeaux Travel: Jardin Public de Bordeaux
Wisteria in full bloom and a very French merry-go-round in the middle of the park.

Jardin Public de Bordeaux
Wisteria, lilac, hydrangea, oh my! This beautiful public park is the best place for a picnic or to witness how the French really live. In addition to all the flower-spotting (and photo taking), I sat and watched locals simply spend time together – it made me wonder why I don’t live a little more like the French do.

Bordeaux, France Flea Markets
Good finds: Bordeaux brocantes.

Brocante Treasure-Hunting
I love a good search for vintage gems, and the brocantes (flea markets) in Bordeaux did not disappoint. A few of my favorite things: glassware, artwork, jewelry, and monogrammed linens.

Bordeaux, France Food
French market bounty: Oysters, goat cheese with greens, and (of course) wine; and picnic essentials.

Marche des Capucins
You’ll find everything from oysters and olives to endless rows of regionally sourced organic produce at Bordeaux’s largest market. Whenever I travel, I love seeing how the locals live, and you can easily people-watch here while eating a market salad with a petit glass of wine.

Bordeaux, France Cheese Cart
Say cheese: So much fromage at Bordeaux’s Marche des Quais.

Marche des Quais
If you happen to be in Bordeaux on a Sunday, this open-air market along the Garonne River is a great way to feel the city’s energy. I stumbled upon the most beautiful cheese cart I’ve ever seen here, and picked up a few items (including salami, strawberries, and bread) for a perfectly French picnic dinner on my balcony.

All photography by Korena Bolding Sinnett.