A beautiful city break: 48-hours in Bordeaux
Bordeaux is a beautiful city in a picturesque setting on the River Garonne. It’s like a more laid back version of Paris with equally handsome limestone buildings that, given the right light, emanate a gorgeous golden glow. I love that everyone cycles and uses trams (you can take the girl out of Blackpool…) and this helps give the place a more relaxed feel. Most importantly, it’s easy to get to on the train, 320km per hour on the TGV from Paris with a direct route from London coming soon (and yes, I’ve been looking at the price of studio apartments and wondering how on earth I can swing it). Having visited the city about 10 years ago, I really noticed the transformation that’s taken place over the last decade, Bordeaux has been completely revitalized – this feels like a super-chic hotspot.
Earlier this year Sawday’s sponsored me on a trip to the city. The deal was to Instagram the highlights and write a blog post for their website; so I thought I’d share it with you. We stayed in Chartrons an old quarter to the north of Bordeaux city centre that has an upmarket, village-y vibe. Rue Notre Dame runs right through the quarter and has lots of small independent boutiques (I actually bumped into a former-fashion editor from London who now runs a shop in Rue Notre Dame called Lily Blake), and antique shops, making it a great place to wander. It’s got all you need including a local boulangerie opposite the church, La Pelle Café for coffee and brunch and the best apple pie I’ve ever tasted, an Italian delicatessen La Bocca for a light lunch and L’Esprit de Chartrons (its sister the restaurant, across the road) for dinner. This is my kind of neighbourhood.
My highlight was the Brocante des Quinconces an enormous flea market that takes over the Place de Quinconces twice a year. We were lucky enough to catch the spring event and could’ve spent all day admiring the vintage furniture (mid-century and before), glassware, cutlery, linen, chic objets and general nicknackery. The next one is in November. I’m definitely going back to Bordeaux.