Where to stay in Bordeaux


Welcome to the enchanting city of Bordeaux, a gem nestled in the heart of France's famed wine region. With its historical significance and vibrant cultural tapestry, Bordeaux beckons travelers with its unique blend of old-world charm and contemporary flair. This picturesque city boasts many neighborhoods, each with its distinct personality and offerings, making it an amazing but sometimes daunting destination from which to choose where to stay. This guide aims to give you an honest look at the various areas within Bordeaux, ensuring that you'll find a locale that suits your preferences perfectly whether you're here for the wine, the history, or the ambiance.

  • Centre

    • 🏙️ central
    • 🛍️ shopping
    • 🍝 food
    • 🍷 nightlife
    • 📸 touristy

    The bustling heart of Bordeaux, the Centre area, is ideal for those who want to be in the middle of it all. Home to many of the city's shopping areas, restaurants, and cultural attractions, such as the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, expect a lively atmosphere. Due to its central location, however, it can be noisy, and accommodation is usually at a premium. Public transport is excellent, though you can access most sites on foot.

    Historic District and Quartier Mériadeck are located within Centre.
  • Historic District

    • 🏛️ historic
    • 🧘 quiet
    • 📸 touristy
    • 🎭 cultural

    The Historic District is where the old-world charm of Bordeaux comes to life through cobbled streets and neoclassical architecture. Attractions like the Cathedral Saint-André are a highlight. While beautiful, it can become crowded with tourists, and lodging can be more expensive. It also has limited parking options, making it less ideal for those with a car.

    Historic District is a part of Centre.
  • Chartrons - Grand Parc - Jardin Public

    • 🥂 upscale
    • 💅 trendy
    • park
    • 🏘️ residential

    The Chartrons - Grand Parc - Jardin Public area is a favorite among expats and locals for its charming antique shops, the CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, and the beautiful Jardin Public. It is a well-balanced residential and commercial neighborhood with a quieter ambiance. However, accommodation prices can reflect its desirability, and it's a slight walk from the city center's hustle and bustle.

  • Bacalan

    • 💅 trendy
    • 🏙️ modern
    • 🍤 foodie
    • industrial

    Bacalan, located north of the city center, is an up-and-coming area known for its maritime heritage and modern cultural spaces like the Cité du Vin. It has a hip, industrial vibe and offers some interesting dining opportunities. However, it's still in the process of development, meaning some areas lack the charm and amenities of more established neighborhoods.

  • La Bastide

    • 🧘 quiet
    • 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 family-friendly
    • 🌅 scenic
    • 🏘️ residential

    La Bastide, on the right bank of the Garonne, offers fantastic city skyline views. It's more laid-back and provides good-value accommodations. The Darwin ecosystem is a highlight here. However, the river separates it from the city center, which can be a barrier if you're looking to be in the thick of city life.

  • Bordeaux Sud

    • budget
    • local
    • 🏘️ residential
    • less-central

    Bordeaux Sud is a more affordable option, but it's further from the city's primary attractions. This area offers a more authentic local experience, with diverse dining options. It's well-connected by public transport, yet some parts may feel less polished compared to more central locations. At night, it might not feel as secure as other districts.

  • Quartier Mériadeck

    • 🏙️ modern
    • 💼 business
    • convenient
    • soulless

    Quartier Mériadeck is modern and somewhat stark compared to the historic areas, characterized by its office buildings and housing blocks. It's efficient, has good shopping options, and is well-served by public transport. However, it lacks the typical Bordeaux charm and can feel soulless after business hours.

    Quartier Mériadeck is a part of Centre.
  • Le Bouscat

    • 🏡 suburban
    • relaxed
    • greenery
    • 🏘️ residential

    Le Bouscat is a suburban area northwest of Bordeaux's center. It is peaceful and primarily residential, offering a break from city life. While it's well-maintained and can be more spacious, the distance from key tourist attractions can be a drawback for some visitors, and public transport options are less frequent.

  • Caudéran

    • 🥂 upscale
    • 🧘‍♂️ tranquil
    • 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 family-friendly
    • 🏡 suburban

    Caudéran is Bordeaux's largest district and is akin to a small city within the city, offering parks, amenities, and a family-friendly environment. It's generally more tranquil and has less tourist traffic. Nevertheless, it's the furthest from the city center, meaning visitors will need to rely on public transport or private vehicles to explore Bordeaux's main sights.