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Guide to Bordeaux Cuisine

Guide to Bordeaux Cuisine

UNESCO World Heritage–listed Bordeaux ranks among the most interesting culinary corners of France. With regional specialties including Arcachon oysters, locally harvested truffles, and, of course, luscious wines, it’s no surprise that foodies flock here year-round. Here are some ways to give your taste buds a treat in Bordeaux.

Must-Try Dishes

Nestled on the Atlantic coastline by the banks of the Garonne River, France’s Bordeaux region is famous for its seafood and red wine. The delicate oysters of Arcachon are a must-try, especially when complemented by a fresh glass of white Bordeaux wine such as Haut-Brion or Clos Floridène. Dishes such as entrecôte bordelaise —essentially rib steak prepared in a gravy of butter, bone marrow, herbs, shallots, and, of course, plenty of local red wine—are also popular.

For something a little sweeter, canelés are a tasty sweet treat popular across France, but they originated in Bordeaux around the 16th century. With a caramelized crust, custard center, and rich rum and vanilla flavors, they perfectly complete any meal.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Take a cooking class at the famous L’atelier des Chefs, and master skills like sautéing and deglazing while creating dishes like duck confit or roast lamb.

  • Indulge your sweet tooth in a pastry class, and whip up a feast of macarons, eclairs, and canelés.

  • Sample locally harvested oysters in the coastal town of Arcachon.

  • Treat yourself with a meal at one of Bordeaux’s exceptional Michelin-starred restaurants.

  • Delve into the Médoc or Saint-Émilion region on a wine tour, and sample some of the delicate wines for which the region is famous.

  • Follow a guide on a foodie walking tour of Bordeaux, visiting local bakers, chocolatiers, and cheese-makers around the city center and historic Place de la Bourse.

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Bordeaux Gourmet Food Walking Tour

Bordeaux Gourmet Food Walking Tour

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Delve into the culinary wonderland of Bordeaux with a 4-hour gourmet food tour. Join your knowledgeable foodie guide for a walking tour of the city, stopping in beloved local shops to sample things like chocolate, cheese and bread and meet the passionate shop owners. At the end of the tour, enjoy a buffet-style lunch of local specialties accompanied by fantastic Bordeaux wine.
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Bordeaux Super Saver: Small-Group Trip to Arcachon with Oyster Tasting and Lunch plus Médoc Wine Tour
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Bordeaux Super Saver: Small-Group Trip to Arcachon with Oyster Tasting and Lunch plus Médoc Wine Tour

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Combine two of the most popular Bordeaux excursions into one full-day including magnificent châteaux, picturesque vineyards, wine tasting and fresh oysters in the Bay of Arcachon and Médoc wine region. With this Bordeaux Super Saver, you'll experience the best of the region in one day at a discount. Group size is limited to eight people, ensuring more personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 10 hours
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Bordeaux Super Saver: Gourmet Food Walking Tour with Lunch plus Médoc Wine Tasting

Bordeaux Super Saver: Gourmet Food Walking Tour with Lunch plus Médoc Wine Tasting

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Combine two popular tours with this full-day Bordeaux Super Saver to indulge in the best food and wine the region has to offer. Start with a morning food tour in historic Bordeaux, followed by an afternoon spent wine tasting in the Médoc region. Sample local cheese, gourmet chocolate and freshly-baked baguettes. Enjoy a buffet-style lunch at midday before heading into the nearby Médoc region for vineyard tours and wine tasting at two châteaux. Group size is limited to eight people to ensure more personalized attention from your guide.
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