10 Things to eat in Bordeaux and where

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Famous for its wine and its ancient historic center, Bordeaux it is a very popular destination for tourists interested both in the architectural beauties and in the food and wine aspect of the city. In fact, it is not difficult to meet visitors from all over the world walking in the downtown area (since 2007, World Heritage Site) or along one of the six beautiful ones wine roads, surrounded by historic vineyards.
Yet it is in the kitchen that Bordeaux shows its best, conquering the palates with refined and appetizing dishesIt should not surprise us, however, that most of the traditional dishes are based on wine! Here we present the most famous, certain that they will make you come to aquolina in your mouth.


  1. Foie gras
  2. Bordeaux sauce
  3. Lamb of Pauillac à la Persillade
  4. Ceppatelli
  5. Esturgeon à la Libournaise
  6. Bordeaux lamprey
  7. Poires au St. Emillon
  8. Crepes
  9. Cannelé
  10. Local wine
  11. Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Foie gras

Present a little in all French tables, the Foie gras it cannot be missing from restaurants in Bordeaux. Duck liver in these areas is considered a dish reserved for special occasions, to be shared in company. The peculiarity of Bordeaux's Foie Gras compared to that served in the rest of the country, however, is that it comes marinated in brandy to give it an even stronger taste.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: duck, brandy

2 - Bordeaux sauce

Among the sauces and condiments used in Bordeaux, the Bordeaux sauce is certainly the best known: this, based on marrow and red wine, is often used to flavor the main courses of meat, especially the rib.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: marrow, wine

3 - Lamb of Pauillac à la Persillade

Among the most appetizing meat-based second courses, however, we find theLamb of Pauillac à la Persillade: Lamb chops (from milk, grown in the Pauillac area) are generally grilled and served with chopped parsley. The dish is quite simple, but the tender and very tasty lamb meat makes it one of the most appreciated in the Bordeaux culinary scene.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00 / 15.00
  • Main ingredients: lamb

4 - Ceppatelli

I Ceppatelli they are particular mushrooms of the area (Cèpe in French), similar to porcini, often used as an accompaniment to duck breast. In addition, the mushrooms can be covered with a homemade sauce consisting of ham, onions and aromatic herbs. A mouth-watering delicacy!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 5,00 / 7.00
  • Main ingredients: duck, mushrooms

5 - Esturgeon à la Libournaise

Also with regard to the fish dishes, in Bordeaux the choice is quite wide. One of the most versatile typical fish is the sturgeon, proposed in multiple variations. In this case, it can be marinated in white wine for about an hour and a half, flavored with garlic and rosemary, heated on the grill and served to diners with olive oil, salt and pepper.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: sturgeon, wine, various condiments

6 - Lamprey in Bordeaux

Another typical fish of the area is the Lamprey. Little known and funny looking, this river fish, caught in the locality of Gironde, is drowned in Bordeaux red wine (alternatively, Bordeaux sauce is also used) and offered together with caviar and oysters, served raw with lemon juice and bread. Ideal for an aperitif or a refined dinner.

  • Recommended to: aperitif, dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00 / 20.00
  • Main ingredients: fish, red wine

7 - Poires au St. Emillon

Incredible but true, even in some traditional sweets of Bordeaux we find the much loved local wine. For the sweet tooth, we advise you not to miss the pears poached in red wine and flavored with orange juice and cinnamon: a real riot of flavors, excellent to end the meal in style!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: pears, wine

8 - Crepes

We must not forget that we are in France, there home of crepes. Soft, thin, stuffed with any type of sweet or savory filling, crepes are really a must for anyone who wants to taste something typical, but simple and cheap at the same time ... Both adults and children would eat them at all. hours!

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: from € 5,00 upwards
  • Main ingredients: milk, eggs, flour, butter, filling to taste

9 - Cannelé

However, they are the fluted the typical sweets of the city, prepared with a mixture of flour, eggs, butter, vanilla and rum. The aroma is slightly caramelized and the crunchy exterior contrasts with the softness of the inside. You will find them easily in all bakeries.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: eggs, flour, butter, vanilla and rum flavoring

10 - Local wine

So far we have met him in the preparation of many recipes, but without a doubt the wine produced by Bordeaux vineyards it is also good just to drink in company !. Among whites, we suggest you try Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, while among famous reds for which the area is renowned, not to be missed are the Cabernet Franc, the Sauvignon, the Merlot, the Petit Verdot and the Malberc.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: from € 10,00 per glass
  • Main ingredients: grapes, alcohol

Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Bordeaux it is the French city with the highest rate of restaurants per inhabitant: therefore it can only offer a large number of specialties and gastronomic experiences for those who are preparing to visit it. You will surely be satisfied with the wine making experiences, this being it the homeland of the homonymous French wine, but also of the thousand French cheeses cooked in various ways or served cold together with cured meats.

Here you can eat inside the bistros and brasseries, there are also numerous starred restaurants in town, including chef Gordon Ramsay's in the central square, place de la Comédie. In general, for those who want to visit small bistros that they serve simple dishes and glasses of good wine, it is enough to take a tour entering the city streets.

1 - L'autre Petit Bois

  • Description: charming bistro, cozy and with an atmosphere of other times, suitable for an aperitif
  • specialty: Bordeaux wine, salads, eggs
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

2 - Magasin General

  • Description: part of the urban laboratory Darwin project, it is a bistro-réfectoire (self service) and épicerie (grocery)
  • specialty: sandwiches
  • Average price: from € 7,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

3 - The Comptoirs des Chats

  • Description: bistro completely dedicated to felines, with which the space is shared
  • specialty: quiche
  • Average price: from € 12,50 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

4 - Brasserie Le Plana

  • Description: authentic brasserie in the heart of place de la Victoire, excellent wines and typical dishes
  • specialty: fish (coquilles Saint Jacques, Cap Ferret oysters) and meat (tartarre)
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

5 - Brasserie Les Frères Cailloux

  • Description: typical brasserie in a characteristic place, Porte Cailloux, where you can sip wine and taste platters
  • specialty: platters of French cheeses and cured meats
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

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