Bordeaux is a foodies’ paradise! Not only is it the wine capital of the world but it’s also home to numerous Michelin-star restaurants and an excellent local culinary scene. The honey-colored heart of the left bank is full of experimental, modern bistros, classic French brasseries, elegant bakeries and cozy bars.
One of the city’s newest culinary landmarks includes the Maison Bernard Magrez that opened in 2014 and is located in a stunning 19th-century mansion. Bordeaux also has an abundance of more casual offerings including Garopapilles, Le Bouchon Bordelais and Le Taquin. Make sure to check out the Capucins market, perhaps the most famous farmers’ market in the city. Fresh, local delicacies are available at every stand.
From the delicious entrecote bordelaise, fresh seafood, crispy canelés, and of course the wine, eating your way through the city is perhaps the best way to visit Bordeaux! We’ve put together a list of must-try dishes and our favorite restaurants in Bordeaux and the surrounding area. Come hungry and we wish you Bon Appétit!
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Perhaps the most famous local dish in the Bordeaux area is Entrecôte Bordelaise. Steak is seared and served with a flavorful sauce made from shallots and red wine. This dish is a perfect pairing for a glass of Bordeaux wine, of course. This style of preparing beef is so common in the area that it’s often simply referred to as “à la bordelaise” on restaurants menus.
No trip to Bordeaux is complete without tasting the famous canelés! The small cake with a soft inside and deliciously crispy outer shell is flavored with rum and vanilla. It’s been the pride of the city since the 17th century! They often come in larger sizes or smaller, “bouchées” (bite-sized).
For the best canelés in the city we recommend either La Toque Cuivrée or Baillardran.
Bordeaux and the Gironde region’s coastline is teeming with delicious seafood, including mussels. Eclade is a special way of eating these fresh mussels. They’re prepared using a barbecue on the beach. First, the mussels are placed on a water-soaked board. Then, pine needles or hay are added and set on fire. The resulting hot mussels are traditionally eaten with bread, salted butter and white wine.
Local drinks in the Bordeaux area
Wine is of course a must-try during your trip. Bordeaux produces some of the world’s finest wines and brandies and is considered by many to be the wine capital of the world. Bordeaux red wines are typically made from a blend of two or more grapes. Though less well-known, about 10% of the wine produced in the region is white. Tour one of the famous Châteaux for a tasting.
Lillet is a classic French aperitif wine that was created in Bordeaux in the 19th century. It’s a blend of Bordeaux wine (85%) and fruit liqueurs (15%), though the exact mix remains a secret. The blend is then aged in oak barrels for six months. The recipe has been kept secret for generations. Make sure to try this local aperitif before dinner in Bordeaux!
Sauterne is a sweet white dessert wine produced using the “Noble rot” technique. This involves a fungus that causes the grapes to shrivel, sucking the water out of them and naturally concentrating their sugar to create amazing flavor compounds. The resulting grape has intensely flavorful, sweet juice. The process might sound strange, but the resulting sweet wine is delightful and a true Bordeaux classic.