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Rue Sainte-Catherine
Bordeaux’s main shopping street stretches 1.2 km (0.7 miles) through the city center and is one of the longest pedestrianized shopping streets in Europe, only beaten by Strøget in Copenhagen and ul. Knyaz Alexander I in Bulgaria’s second city Plovdiv. It is bookended by the Place de la Comédie in the north, which is home to the city’s Neo-Classical Grand Theater, and the Place de la Victoire in the south, dominated by a pink marble obelisk and an 18th-century triumphal arch that marks the position of the city’s original gates.

Narrow and lined with majestic four-story townhouses, Rue Sainte-Catherine is a mecca for international, big-name and mid-range brands such as Zara, H&M and the Czech shoe chain Bata. There’s an Apple Store and a vast outpost of FNAC for DVDs, mobiles and kids’ toys, but the biggest draw along the street is the branch of Paris’s glamorous Galleries Lafayette, which sells everything from high-end designer fashion to gourmet olive oils. Another highlight is the elegant glass-roofed Galerie Bordelaise shopping arcade near the intersection with rue de la Porte Dijeaux; opened in 1837, this is a treasure trove of chic cafés and small, independent boutiques. 

Visiting during the annual sales – usually lasting through January and February – may well turn up some real bargains in the 250 stores along Rue Sainte-Catherine and the network of little streets that dive off it. By night the street hums to the sound of happy diners enjoying late suppers in the many restaurants scattered along its length.

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Take Tram B to Place de la Victoire.
Address: Bordeaux, France
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Bordeaux City Sights Walking Tour

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Get to know Bordeaux by foot on this walking tour, perfect for first-time visitors to the city. As you stroll between the sites, discover illuminating facts about the city and its history, and enjoy photo stops at highlights such as the towering Monument aux Girondins and handsome Place de la Bourse. Along the way, take in the picturesque Garonne River, amble along the pedestrianized shopping boulevard of Rue Sainte-Catherine, and check out the splendid Grand Théâtre, a vision of sweeping columns and one of France’s best-known theaters.
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