Bordeaux, hub of the famed wine-growing region, is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France. It’s known for its Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, 18th- to 19th-century mansions and notable art museums such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux. Public gardens line the curving river quays. The grand Place de la Bourse, centered on the Three Graces fountain, overlooks the Miroir d’Eau reflecting pool.
The massive Place des Quinconces is a public square lined with trees, towering columns and white-marble statues. Chartrons, Bordeaux’s old wine merchants’ quarter, is now home to galleries and antiques shops. Its pedestrianized shopping street Rue Sainte-Catherine features fashion boutiques and cafes. Sophisticated restaurants offer local specialties including wine, oysters, lamb, beef and truffles. Nightlife buzzes in the medieval Saint-Pierre district and the north’s revamped wet docks, the Bassins à Flot.