France: Bordeaux

Bordeaux City and its Négociants

The heart of the City
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 16 June 2012
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Main towns and villages

The following are the most important centres of the city of Bordeaux:


Two hundred years ago, négociant offices lined the Quai de Chartrons, their smart buildings directly facing the Garonne River to allow for easy loading and unloading of wine barrels heading to and from England and northern Europe. The name of the quarter comes from the Chartreux Convent that was built at the end of the 19th century, but today it’s the secular heart of Bordeaux; with fast-rising property prices, endless hip bars and gourmet épiceries.

Triangle d’Or

Glamorous clothes shops and inviting delicatessens line this shopping district between Cours Georges Clemenceau, Cours de L’Inténdance and the Allée de Tourny. The main shopping is centred around Place des Grands Hommes, but you can also spend a very pleasant morning getting lost among the numerous smartly paved back streets.

Saint Pierre

The spire of the Saint Pierre church is a good way to navigate along the quays. Right in the heart of the old town, and marking the exact spot of the original Gallo-Roman port, this area can seem a little shabby, but it’s full of life and wonderful Louis XV architecture, with great bars, eclectic shops and row upon row of restaurants – Italian, Vietnamese, Japanese and Indian alongside the French. The heart of the area is the Place de Parlément, which can get crowded in summer, but on sunny days, a cobbled square with a beautiful central fountain is surely what France is all about.

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