Guide to Bordeaux Cuisine

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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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