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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.