Bordeaux Food Tour (Self Guided), Bordeaux

Widely acclaimed for its prestigious wines, Bordeaux is also a prominent gastronomic destination. The local cuisine reflects the advantages of being a port city on the Atlantic ocean coastline – with its fish and shellfish galore, and a carnivore country. If you wish to get insight into the culture, history, and specific flavors of Bordeaux, and to find out what makes it a paradise for foodie travelers, embark on this self-guided walking tour!
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Bordeaux Food Tour Map

Guide Name: Bordeaux Food Tour
Guide Location: France » Bordeaux (See other walking tours in Bordeaux)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: alexander
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Marché des Capucins (Capuchins Market)
  • Le Comptoir des Chats (Cat Cafe)
  • Bistro du Musée (Bistro Museum Restaurant)
  • Hasnaâ Chocolats Grands Crus
  • La Toque Cuivrée Pastry Shop
  • Brasserie Bordelaise
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Marché des Capucins (Capuchins Market)

1) Marché des Capucins (Capuchins Market)

Capuchins Market is the largest market in Bordeaux. The market includes an extraordinary assortment of foods that are pleasure to try and buy.

More than 60 unique merchants populate the Capuchins Market. Visitors will find baked goods, fruits and vegetables, fish and seafood, meats, cheeses, spices and international cuisines.

The history of the Capuchins Market dates to 1749 when the first weekly market was held. In 1797, after the French Revolution, the market became a space for cattle to be sold on a weekly basis. Slowly, others began to bring their wares to the area. It took more than 50 years before a covered structure was put into place. That structure was added to, using leftover metal from the Exhibition of Paris in 1878.

Many changes have been made to the building over the years. Most notably, the market was completely revamped in 1999 in order to provide conveniences like hot and cold running water and electricity for guests and merchants.

Any food tour of Bordeaux is not complete without a visit to the Capuchins Market.
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Le Comptoir des Chats (Cat Cafe)

2) Le Comptoir des Chats (Cat Cafe)

Cat Cafe is a purr-fect spot for tourists who love food and felines. This cat cafe was the first of its kind in the city. It is a traditional teahouse with the extra benefit of having plenty of furry friends to keep patrons company as they dine.

Food offered at Cat Cafe include desserts and light, vegetarian meals. Buddha bowls are offered in different styles that may feature local cheeses, southwest-inspired ingredients or vegan bowls with hummus.

Visitors may also choose to try desserts at Cat Cafe. Chocolate mousse and panna cotta with strawberry coulis are mainstays at the teahouse.

The restaurant is located Rue Pierre de Coubertin near the Bordeaux Sports Palace. Visitors on a food tour may wish to stop by the Big Bell of Bordeaux, which is only a one minute walk from the restaurant. Thanks to its location in the center of Bordeaux, Cat Cafe is also near a number of historic buildings with interesting architecture. Tourists can enjoy food and drink while also taking time to admire their beautiful surroundings.
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Bistro du Musée (Bistro Museum Restaurant)

3) Bistro du Musée (Bistro Museum Restaurant)

Bistro du Musée is a restaurant located near the center of Bordeaux. Visitors on a food tour of the city should take note of this restaurant that features French gastronomy and local wine. Even those tourists who don't consider themselves foodies should dine at Bistro du Musée to get a taste of traditional French cuisine.

Restaurateur Patrice Paillat may occasionally tweak or change the menu. However, typical offerings at Bistro du Musée are appetizers that feature foie gras, entrees of grilled meats in mushroom sauce and delicious Bordeaux cannele for dessert. The restaurant offers vegetarian plates as well.

The wines offered at Bistro du Musée are specially selected to enhance the menu. While most visitors are often most interested in local selections, the robust wine menu includes wines from multiple regions. Many wines can be purchased by the glass as well as the bottle.

Bistro du Musée is located on Place Pey Berland. It is directly across from the 11th-century Bordeaux Cathedral. The outdoor seating at this restaurant offers stunning views of this Romanesque building. The restaurant is also near the Chateau du Ha and the Parvis des Droits de l'Homme.
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Hasnaâ Chocolats Grands Crus

4) Hasnaâ Chocolats Grands Crus

Who doesn't love chocolate? Hasnaâ Chocolats Grands Crus is the place for all chocolate lovers in Bordeaux. It is conveniently located on Vielle Tower Road, which is near the city center and a close walk to places that are popular on walking and food tours.

Hasnaâ Chocolats Grands Crus has artisan-crafted chocolates that cannot be found anywhere else. All of the chocolates crafted here are done so without the aid of preservatives or artificial flavors. Even coloring is derived from plants to offer the healthiest treats with the best flavor.

Every chocolate is made in the local, Bordeaux-based workshop. Though some ingredients are imported, like cocoa beans and nuts, none of the chocolate travels further than the city to be sold in the Hasnaâ Chocolats Grands Crus shop.

Along with chocolates, Hasnaâ Chocolats Grands Crus sells olive oil spreads, nut-based spreads, rums and wine. Tourists can find the perfect souvenir for friends and family back home at Hasnaâ Chocolats Grands Crus.
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La Toque Cuivrée Pastry Shop

5) La Toque Cuivrée Pastry Shop

French pastries are what's on the menu at La Toque Cuivrée Pastry Shop. Patrons can try bite-sized, lunch-sized or "greedy-sized" pastries at this popular bakery.

La Toque Cuivrée Pastry Shop has a 30-year history in the city of Bordeaux. They have used that time to perfect their specialty pastry: the Canele de Bourdeaux. A canele is small, cylindrical pastry with rum and vanilla flavoring. The outer shell is caramelized while the interior has a custard-like consistency. This dessert has been considered a Bordeaux specialty since 1985, though the recipe is thought to date to at least the 18th century.

This French treat is not the only pastry that is on the menu at La Toque Cuivrée Pastry Shop. Other treats enjoyed by customers include pies, tarts, cakes cookies and more. La Toque Cuivrée Pastry Shop does not use any artificial flavoring or coloring in its pastries. There are no GMOs or preservatives.
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Brasserie Bordelaise

6) Brasserie Bordelaise

Tourists in central Bordeaux have no shortage of food establishments from which to choose. However, there are some must-visit establishments that need to be on every visitor's dining menu. One of these is the Brasserie Bordelaise.

The restaurant is indicative of the gastronomy of the region. It offers the best of South West cuisine and a wine list with a head-spinning number of varieties. Those who want to experience the taste of authentic French food will find exactly what they desire at the Brasserie Bordelaise.

Menu items include oysters, caviar, grilled meats, soups and daily specials. Desserts and cheese plates are popular at the Brasserie Bordelaise as well.

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