Visit Bordeaux on foot

Bordeaux
Visit Bordeaux on foot

Bordeaux is a green city! It is very innovative and is part of an energy transition. Many initiatives have been put in place to make the city of Bordeaux more ecological, while improving the living environment of Bordeaux residents and visitors. If you are wondering what to do in Bordeaux on foot? There are all kinds of activities within walking distance or using public transport. We give you some ideas for visiting Bordeaux on foot, whether you are alone, with friends, as a couple or with family.


Opening photo: Credit © RH2010 | Adobe Stock

Walk around the neighborhoods of Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a safe city, in which you feel good. All kinds of public transport are provided to combine business with pleasure. A walk in the city of Bordeaux will allow you to soak up its atmosphere and each district has its unique character. Here are our favorite neighborhoods:

For a more complete tour of the city, take a tour of the bridges. Over 7 km, viewpoints, the quays, the stone bridge, the Chaban Delmas bridge, the Darwin eco-district...


During your walk in the city center, do not miss the following monuments:

  • Saint-André Cathedral
  • The Pey Berland Tower
  • The Grand Théâtre and the Grand Hôtel, on the Place de la Comédie
  • The Monument to the Girondins
  • The Water Mirror of the Place de la Bourse


Saint-Michel district - Photo © Mélanie Oliva
Saint-Michel district - Photo © Mélanie Oliva

A shopping spree in the shopping streets of Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a dynamic and creative city. Fashion benefits from this atmosphere and many designers have settled in the city centre. You will also find shopping centres, big brands and outlets, these very trendy destocking stores. Good shopping addresses are:


The Quai des Marques - Photo © Guide Bordeaux Gironde
The Quai des Marques - Photo © Guide Bordeaux Gironde

Treat yourself to Bordeaux gastronomy

Walking is good but it makes you hungry. After a visit to the city and a shopping spree, it's high time to discover another facet of Bordeaux: its gastronomy. We have selected different options for you to taste Bordeaux specialties in an original way:


Canelé, an unmissable Bordeaux specialty - Photo © Mélanie Oliva
Canelé, an unmissable Bordeaux specialty - Photo © Mélanie Oliva

Culture in museums near the city center

Culture and art are at the heart of the Bordeaux city. Many museums are at your disposal in the center or just on the outskirts of the city, and therefore within walking distance. Cultural events take place here all year round. Animations and workshops allow you to learn about all forms of art. We have tested the best museums in Bordeaux for you:


Museum of Bordeaux - Photo © Mélanie Oliva
Museum of Bordeaux - Photo © Mélanie Oliva

Play and have fun with friends

Once you have walked well through the city, what better than to relax while playing. If you like great classics, extraordinary experiences or team games, there is plenty to enjoy in Bordeaux:

  • To have fun with family or friends, there's nothing like a good board game. You will find what you are looking for at Jeux Barjo Bordeaux.
  • Virtual Room (fr) combines new technologies and escape game to totally get away from it all.
  • Put on the detective costume at Code Case Bordeaux.
  • The Vortex Experience VR makes you live virtual reality experiences.
  • Always more amazing, what if you became a pilot for the day? Put yourself at the controls of the Aviasim simulator and take flight!

What to do with children in Bordeaux on foot

Whether you are a family of athletes, players, culture lovers, you already have good ideas. But to occupy the youngest, it is sometimes necessary to plan simple or on the contrary to compete in imagination. We give you some ideas to motivate children to walk in the city:


Photo © Rui Vale de Sousa | AdobeStock
Photo © Rui Vale de Sousa | AdobeStock

Celebrate in Bordeaux

How about ending this day on foot in style. We suggest that you extend your visit a little during an extraordinary evening in Bordeaux. To do this, we have concocted an unusual evening program for you:


Photo © Kelsey Luck | Unsplash
Photo © Kelsey Luck | Unsplash

How to organize your stay without a car in Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a well-served city with an airport, a train station with the TGV, a bus station… If you are coming from Paris, be sure to consult our article on the Paris-Bordeaux LGV Line.

If you arrive by car, you can park outside of town at a very reasonable price. Once there, we give you all our tips for strolling around the city easily. You want to go out in Bordeaux on foot, we tell you everything to get around Bordeaux without a car.

Feeling tired after all that walking? You can rent a bike to go a little faster. The city center of Bordeaux is criss-crossed with cycle paths. If you are looking for a bike rental, you will find them everywhere in the city, especially at Bordeaux Bike Experience or Cool Bike.

And if you are really too tired to pedal, we offer you an original and ecological means of transport, with a guided tour.

Even more amazing, you can board a boat to cross the city. Your tram ticket is even valid in some of them. Here you will find boat trips on the Garonne in Bordeaux.


Photo © Guide Bordeaux Gironde
Photo © Guide Bordeaux Gironde

We hope to have made you want to go out on foot in Bordeaux and we wish you great discoveries in the streets of the city.


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