Bordeaux, the capital of wine, is a part of France I have always wanted to visit since tasting my friend's delicious Bordeaux wines. Myself and a group of friends decided to do a last minute weekend break at the end of April to this quaint little city. Supposedly the best time to go is between June to October, in terms of weather it was really nice for the whole weekend so I would recommend a trip there also in April/May.
The food is simple but prepared and cooked to perfection and the wine (oh don’t get me started on the wine), some of the best I have ever tasted, beats Napa in my opinion and much closer to home which is ace. The city is currently being regenerated and it is full of charming 18th century buildings and of course you have the amazing scenery of neighbouring Saint Emilion. Bordeaux is in the South West of France and only a short one hour flight from UK/Ireland, you can get cheap/reasonably priced flights through Ryanair. It has a lovely laid back ambiance and also has a very bohemian vibe to it.
We opted for an Airbnb rental and it was the perfect choice, a little bohemian haven to compliment our weekend break in Bordeaux. https://www.airbnb.fr/rooms/652513
We decided to make the most of our fabulous french town house and have a wine and cheese evening out in the cute quirky little back garden. Within a 5 minute walk from the house on the corner of Rue Fieffe, we found a traditional little deli and stocked up on the most delicious cheese and wine. We spent the evening basking in the Bordeaux sun planning the next day’s itinerary. We decided to take the short trip to one of the most well known Bordeaux wine regions, Saint Emilion.
Saint Emilion: Bordeaux's little sister
Is a 40 to 50 minute drive from Bordeaux. We hired a car for the trip as we were lucky enough to have a designated driver (thanks Ben!) but you can do an organised wine tasting tour that departs by couch from Bordeaux. The scenery in this charming little village is simply stunning and has some of the best views, obviously the weather helped a lot but it really is a beautiful village.
My restaurant recommendation in Saint Emilion:
L'Antre, a very simple menu but the food was out of this world, absolutely amazing and I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. Wine tip: try 'Fanny' wine, don't be put off by the name it turned out to be one of our favourite red wines of the trip 🙂
On Sundays most wineries are closed so make sure to check this out before you visit. Saturday is the best day to go wine tasting on the weekend.
Chateau La Conseillante Pomerol, I had been introduced to these famous wines through a friend and was very keen to visit the place they were made. This is Chateau royalty. I would recommend you put this on your wine tasting list.
Chateau Pas De L'Ane, We wanted to try out a more boutique chateau. So chose this one. It did not disappoint, the staff were so friendly and accommodating and the wine was on a par. It was a very relaxed enjoyable experience. I highly recommend this chateau.
La Cours Des Artes, Saint. Emilion Village
Maison Sersk, Bordeaux http://www.maisonsersk.com/ Homewares store in Bordeaux city centre. Boho is definitely their vibe... I wanted it all but unfortunately had no time or baggage allowance.
Bordeaux restaurants/bars: Our recommendations:
La Naoilles http://www.lenoailles.fr/ We only had one night out in Bordeaux for dinner and luckily we chose well (thanks Stu!). This place was amazing, the best steak I have ever had. Simple ingredients is the french way but they do it so very mouth wateringly well.
The Vintage Bar http://www.vintage-bar.fr/
Bordeaux is full to the brim of cool, quirky cafes/bars and restaurants. You will be spoiled for choice. I just wish we had more time to sample all this charming city had to offer. It really does make for the perfect weekend city break. I loved every minute of it and laughed every second, thanks to my Bordeaux possie... (you know who you are!) I hope you enjoy it too xx