Bordeaux by Kim Leuenberger

I had wanted to visit Bordeaux for quite some time now, considered to be one of those places that can’t be missed. Here are some places, slightly off the beaten path and alternative, that are not to be missed!


First stop on my little trip in Bordeaux. Really cool retired ferry which is now permanently decked by La Cité du Vin. It triples up as a gig place with a stage in the basement of the boat as well as a restaurant and a bar.

Garage Moderne

After the iBoat, we went on a cycling tour of the city, and after seeing some street art and sculptures at les Vivres de l’Art, we went to the Garage Moderne, a collaborative mechanic workshop, that also doubles up as an art venue.

Darwin Eco-Système

I was blown away by the atmosphere at Darwin, the last stop on our cycling tour. It has a real community feel, with its organic store le Magasin Général, its bar and café, skate park, picnic tables and artworks all around, with engaged messages.

La Belle Campagne - Restaurant Locavore

I had one of my best meal in a long time in this quaint little restaurant in the Old part of Bordeaux, La Belle Campagne. The restaurant prides itself to be serving ingredients that have been grown organically and locally and also only serves seasonal products.

Quartier Libre – Jazz Bar

The night ended with wonderful jazz music and a beautiful drink at Quartier Libre in the Saint Michel Neighbourhood. Each musician started jamming on their own solo, and a young student even gave it a go himself, the whole crowd cheering him on.