Visit Bordeaux by night: a guaranteed change of scenery!

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Visiting Bordeaux by night is an extraordinary outing. This is an opportunity to admire the illuminated Bordeaux city, to take a romantic walk on the banks of the Garonne, or even to try out unusual activities... But you may be wondering where to go for a walk in Bordeaux at night? We have selected the coolest ideas for you, alone, as a couple or as a family. We take you on an exotic stroll, to get off the beaten track and discover Bordeaux at night.


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Admire the reflection of the Palais de la Bourse in the Water Mirror

At night, it is the best time to admire the reflection of the Palais de la Bourse in the Water Mirror. On this symbolic place of the commercial life of Bordeaux, this water mirror is the largest in the world! But it is a victim of its own success and attracts so many tourists and children, who wade there during the summer, that it is difficult to appreciate this work at its fair value. While the night, when the Place de la Bourse is deserted, the show is great... The palace is illuminated and is reflected fully, revealing the majesty of this magnificent building of the 18th century, under the stars. It's romantic as you wish for an outing for two.

  • Attention: It is under maintenance during the winter.

Water mirror Place de la Bourse

Take a guided night tour

The Bordeaux tourist office organizes night tours. They are themed to tell you a different story of the city. Routes take you in the footsteps of Montaigne or Montesquieu or take you through dark alleys to show you a more disturbing facet of the Bordeaux city. By choosing a theme adapted to the age of your children, it is a very interesting family activity. During the Christmas holidays, Bordeaux is adorned with a thousand lights... Enough to keep the little ones awake, even late in the evening.

The good idea To spice up the outing a little, there are also photo rallies, investigations or night treasure hunts.


Guided night tour

Participate in the "Happy Hours" of the Darwin ecosystem

This eco-district is the ideal place to discover ecology, short circuits and artistic creations around recovery. Its architecture and its "Street-art" style decoration offers an exceptional setting for original events. During certain evenings, the Darwin district comes alive during its “Happy Hours”. You can listen to music, dance and even eat, in this Bordeaux "ecosystem".

Learn more Here is our report on the Darwin eco-district.


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Discover Bordeaux artists at Vivres de l'Art, in Bacalan

This extraordinary place is an artists' residence, a sculpture workshop, an exhibition hall and a stage for shows and concerts. All year round, this site lives to the rhythm of its musical evenings and offers you a discovery of the living art of Bordeaux, in a friendly and warm atmosphere.

Participate in the Bordeaux Night Marathon

Visit while doing sports, why not? If you are a good runner, you can try the Bordeaux Night Marathon. This is a new way to see the city, alone or with friends. For this exceptional occasion, the city center is closed to traffic. You will therefore be able to take a unique visit to Bordeaux at a run!


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Eating at the Quai des Marques

The Quai des Marques is a large shopping center, whose restaurants stay open late. You will find all sorts of great brands there, to please the whole family. You can also eat there on the go so as not to interrupt your night visit too much.


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Photo © Michael Baccin / Unsplash

Have a drink in an unusual bar

Bordeaux is an innovative city, which will surprise you with all sorts of new activities and equally astonishing places. The city's bars live up to its trendy reputation! Among other things, you can surf on an artificial wave, dance on a floating track, have fun in a games bar, or take care of yourself during purring therapy in a cat bar, test a virtual reality experience in a “virtual room”… Here is a Top 5 of our favorite bars in Bordeaux.


stone bridge

Photo © Pierre Blaché / Unsplash

Dancing on the quays of the city

To end this night of visiting Bordeaux, why not go dancing on the Bordeaux quays. During the summer, from dusk until midnight, they turn into a giant dance floor. This open-air, free nightclub is the ideal place to take a salsa, tango or country lesson…


Jacques Chaban-Delmas Bridge

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We hope that we have made you want to discover Bordeaux in a new light and we wish you beautiful Bordeaux nights!


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