Bordeaux is one of the French’s favorite cities and it can be easily understood. A city where gastronomy and culture meet an exceptional countryside. Mama fell in love with Bordeaux too, and gives you the secrets of a good stay.
MAMA says let’s eat
Bordeaux is famous for being one of the cities that provides the best places to eat. Don't forget to try our restaurant . But we are also here to give you tips: La Cagette, le Petit Commerce, le Chapon Fin, Chez Fred, la Belle Campagne...
MAMA says go out
Don’t leave Bordeaux without tasting the great wines of Les 4 Coins du Vin or the delicious cocktails of l’Apollo. For those who like clubbing, the iBoat club is probably the place that hosts the best selection of DJs from all over the world.
MAMA says educate yourself
Bordeaux is a very rich town in terms of cultural offers. You will probably find the best museums made for you. So don't stay in your room appreciating its design by Starck for too long, and enjoy the city: The Garage Moderne, the 69 or the Cortex Athletico. You can also try the Submarine Base which is a former war building turned into an exhibition center.
MAMA says let’s shop
Bordeaux is full of little shops where you can buy great souvenirs, you will love to discover them while walking from a block to another. The street culture lovers will appreciate the shops in rue du Pas St George or rue Saint James, meanwhile luxury brands can be found in the Cours de l’Intendance. And don't forget our
shop : it's a real Ali Baba cave!
MAMA says don’t miss
Bordeaux would not be that beautiful without its vineyards. You can drive to discover all the wine-growing region around the town and especially the lovely city of Saint Emilion. Those who love the sea will highly appreciate Arcachon or the Dune of Pilat, 40 minutes driving from Bordeaux.
- Le petit commerce
- Une cuisine en ville
- Chez Fred
- L’Oiseau cabossé
- Le Michel’s
- La Pharmacie de Garde
- La Comtesse
- La Cagette
- Le Wunderbar
- Le Fiacre
- Le Wine bar
- Le Chapon Fin
- Milo’s bar
- Belle Campagne
- Le Castan
- El Chicho
- Pizzeria Masaniello
- El Chuchumbe
- Le Café des Arts
- Moshi Moshi
- Le Comptoir du Jazz
- Bô bar
- Aux 4 Coins du vin
- My Little Café
- La Cappadoce
- Les Mots bleus
- The Breakfast club
- Elit Kebab
- Kokomo Delicatessen
- West Coast
- Upper burger
- Eat salad
- Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez
- Le Garage Moderne
- Cortex Athletico
- La Base sous-marine
- Le Fémina
- Le Trianon
- Le 69
- Espace Saint-Rémi
- M le macaron
- Arsenic et vieilles dentelles
- Le Petit Souk
- Sew & Laine
- Le Rayon frais
- Bidules et Merveilles
- La Raffinerie
- Mint Bazar
- L’École Buissonnière
Right in the centre of Bordeaux, you'll find Mama Shelter at 19, Rue Poquelin Molière, on Place Saint Christoly, not far from the Mollat bookshop (well-know for being the country's largest independent bookshop) and the town hall. Barely 10 minutes from the Saint Jean railway station and 30 minutes from the airport, in the blink of an eye you can find yourself in this other world bordered by the Garonne river.
MAMA SHELTER BORDEAUX
19, rue Poquelin Molière
T +33 (0)5 57 30 45 45
F +33 (0)5 57 30 45 46
That’s not a coincidence if Bordeaux is one of the French’s favorite cities. Between the gastronomy and the wine-growing, the culture and the exceptional natural heritage, Mama fell in love for good.
We enjoy sharing, that’s why we compiled you a full guide: the restaurants you can’t miss, the bars we adore, the stores where we buy, but also outdoor markets and gardens to go for a walk… You’ll be delighted by our selection, we thought about everything!
By bus (place Gambetta)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 83, 56 Express
By tramway (Gambetta)
By tramway (hôtel de ville)
Mama Bordeaux Parking
Our parking is located on 32 rue du Temple. The entrance is strictly reserved to our residents who previously booked a space (click here for booking). To access the parking please take a pass at the reception and then ring at the entrance of the parking.
Le petit commerce
A trendy, boho guests and canteen ambiance for this oh so fashionable restaurant that showcases seafood products.
22 rue du Parlement Saint-Pierre, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 79 76 58
Une cuisine en ville
Fans of creative, original and delicious cuisine won't go wrong here. They have made it one of the city's most favourite bistros.
77 rue du Palais Gallien, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 44 70 93
More than anything, the most beautiful terrace. A view over the Porte Cailhau and a cool setting at any time.
19 place du Palais, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 30 91 01
The very nice little restaurant where we like to stop off after long hours of walking, strolling the cobbled streets of the old town of Bordeaux.
30 rue Sainte-Colombe
Tel: 05 57 14 02 07
The ideal bistro to enjoy a great time with friends. A generous cuisine with south west accents.
15 rue du Pas-Saint-Georges, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 81 31 56
La Pharmacie de Garde
A first-class, trendy bar, owned by the equally great Jean-Yves, a legendary figure of the Bordeaux night scene, who dispenses his effective remedies.
28 rue saint Colombe, 33000 Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 23 84 12
They know how to entertain in this smart, stylish bar. A fireplace, vintage furniture and lounge music. Always packed, always fashionable.
25 rue du Parlement Saint-Pierre, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 51 03 07
The 100% electro bar, ideal for a pre-party drink, in a fashionable, urban setting.
55 Cours Clémenceau, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 79 39 46
Old Bordeaux's "natural" restaurant, a place for girls and trendsetters. With only seasonal produce on the menu!
8 place du Palais, Bordeaux
Tel: 09 80 53 84 35
If you're starving, this Sardinian stop off is for you, hungry traveller. Here, everything is invigorating, from the antipasti to the pasta. A feast assured.
22 Cours du Chapeau Rouge, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 81 81 11
If you are young, trendy and love Asian street food, eat at Santosha. At the same time, others will too...
2 place Fernand Lafargue, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 44 76 56
No need to speak German to enjoy a beer, a vodka shot or a jagermeister. Just a desire to enjoy the leather surroundings and listen to rock.
8 rue Mauriac, Bordeaux
Tel: 09 50 35 02 10
Its cellar has seen the city's legends play and still resonates with the sound but it’s far from finished.
42 rue de Cheverus, Bordeaux
Tel: 07 60 97 55 80
Pure Italy, Italian heard in every corner, even the menu is in Italian. But on the plate, no talking needed, everything is understood.
6 rue des Ayres, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 44 63 87
Le Wine bar
Not sure you can taste the some 500 wines from all over the world? But you'll certainly find happiness here.
19 rue des Bahutiers, Bordeaux
Tel: 06 76 00 56 54
Le Chapon Fin
Opened since 1825, Chapon Fin is the oldest restaurant in Bordeaux. The gourmet restaurant has always kept its reputation and its charm and is still among the Michelin starred.
5 rue Montesquieu, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 79 10 10
This is the city's beating festive heart. Ideal for a glass of fizz or a mojito in a relaxed, pleasant atmosphere.
19 place Fernand Lafargue, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 01 25 05
Students, rockers, cool or trendy, they all want to drink a beer in this run-down bar.
21 rue du Parlement Saint-Pierre, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 44 81 96
At Belle Campagne, it is about consumming local products by commitment and ethics, and specially for taste of plate's culture that has been a little bit lost.
15 rue des Bahutiers, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 81 16 51
The historic pizzeria, a true local institution.
31 Cours Clémenceau, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 44 91 05
A unique décor, along the banks of the Garonne. The place alone is worth a look.
2 quai de la Douane, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 44 51 97
Koji, the young Japanese chef has chosen to blend local and Japanese products, producing an explosive, creative, tasty and continually reinvented cuisine.
3 impasse du Couvent, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 81 06 79
This Chilean bar offers the most exciting concerts of the moment in the warm atmosphere of its cellar.
52 place des capucins, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 74 47 35
With the Napoli jersey proudly on show, there's no doubt we are in Sicily. And what better than a calzone to confirm it.
10 rue Maucoudinat, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 57 30 61 50
Noise, sweat and rum. An explosive cocktail for a warm, party atmosphere. You'll never dance the salsa in the same way again.
6 rue de Causserouge, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 31 25 88
Le Café des Arts
For a romantic date or a meal with friends, at any time. We've looked but we can't find better.
138 Cours Victor Hugo, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 91 78 46
We are coming here for the design and refined setting. But first of all we come for the cuisine as sushi, sashimi and maki are known for their finenesse, as well as hot dishes. Success requires, booking is strongly advised.
8 place Fernand Lafargue, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 79 22 91
Le Comptoir du Jazz
For fans of jazz and good cooking. We never end up here by chance.
58 quai de Paludate, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 49 15 55
Here, we eat as well as we drink. Where wine lovers and gourmets meet. For their greatest pleasure.
8 place Saint-Pierre, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 79 38 20
The quality of the advice is matched by the warm welcome. Wine, champagne, spirits, an incredible choice of bottles with an opinion that's always right.
60-62 allée de Tourny, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 52 23 72
Aux 4 Coins du vin
Aux Quatre Coins du Vin mission is to offer you a large choice of wine by the glass by making available to the public the consumption of "grands crus", but also the discovery of small producers from all over France and worldwilde.
8 rue de la Devise, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 57 34 37 29
In a trendy and kitsch deco, simple and gay, which refers to major movies stars from the 50s, this excellent address has established itself over the years as a table both discreet and inevitable from the golden Triangle of Bordeaux.
5 rue de la Vieille Tour, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 81 75 01
My Little Café
An unavoidable address in Bordeaux for a gourmet afternoon tea: haaaaaa the wonderful cheesecake !!
21 rue de la Vieille Tour, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 40 71 52 24
Unusual and narrow, with coffee tables and vintage sofas. The wine is good, we're good.
2 rue des Ayres, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 57 88 34 19
This typically Bordeaux bar-restaurant bets on mixing culinary and mixology to delight taste buds but also the pupils!
16 rue du Parlement Saint-Pierre, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 48 11 82
No visit to Bordeaux is complete without passing through this square featuring the longest vertical garden ever created. A great achievement between slides and swings.
Rue du Cancéra, Bordeaux
Le triangle d'or
Situated between the Tourny, Gambetta and Comédie squares, this neighbourhood is the uncontested showcase of Bordeaux luxury.
This French garden with its 10 hectares has an arboretum, a library and a natural history museum. Many attractions are proposed to children : puppets theater, playgrounds, see-saws and a carousel.
Jardin public, Bordeaux
Designed as a public promenade from the 19th century, this 28 hectares historic park has 3000 trees whith a thousand that have more than a century. Many atractions are proposed to children: a park with animals from the farm, swans and ducks, small train, electric cars, carousel, see-saws, puppets theater and playgrounds.
Rue du Bocage, Bordeaux
Place du Palais
The place du Palais is now only reserved for pedestrians. You can stroll or have a drink at the numerous terrasses.
Place du Palais, Bordeaux
If we're talking kebabs, we're talking Cappadoce. If we hurry, we'll make the queue for this unrivalled Turkish kebab. A pure delight.
5 rue des Bahutiers, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 44 61 64
Les Mots bleus
40 rue Poquelin-Molière, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 90 01 93
The Breakfast club
Here the English tradition goes back a long way. But this is where you'll find us for its scones, pastries and brunch.
27 rue des Ayres, Bordeaux
Tel: 09 80 48 48 19
Just like in Shanghai or Beijing, the yakisoba are enjoyed at the bar. The noodle bar not to be missed.
37 rue Saint-Rémi, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 52 10 29
For many, the coolest restaurant in Bordeaux. A stateside atmosphere, bagels to die for and service with a smile... why not?
4 rue des Ayres, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 30 32 57
Once through the door, you could believe you were in Oslo or Montreal. In one of those authentic places that have marked our travels. But Plume is here, with its breads, pastries, meals and house confectionery.
32 rue de Cheverus, Bordeaux
Tel: 09 81 18 69 55
The gourmet and elegant food truck, just like Sophie and Charline. Ah yes, don't forget to reserve your desert on arrival.
14, rue Anne Franck, 33 000 Bordeaux
Tel: 07 81 02 49 39
Just the best kebab in Bordeaux.
14 rue de la Merci, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 33 51 15 95
Delicious US Kokomo, it's a US version of the delicatessen in the middle of Bordeaux.
12 place Fernand Lafargue, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 57 77 07 24
The US burgers wave but with 100% french products is coming to Rue du Cancéra.
31 rue du Cancéra, Bordeaux
Tel: 09 80 61 85 93
Before there was the burger. Now there is the upper burger.
7 rue Judaïque, Bordeaux
Tel: 09 83 50 98 80
A real New York style salad bar. Creative and made to order.
8 Cours d’Albret, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 24 60 60 60
When brunch becomes an art. In a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. With a view over the most beautiful square in Bordeaux. What more could you want? Their famous carrot cake perhaps!
6 place du Parlement, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 81 01 00
For the fusion of sounds and because Baboosh and Martial have made it the temple to vinyl envied by the rest of France.
6 rue de Candale, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 31 31 03
A lovely, colourful and sonorous bazaar. With musical scores and ukuleles everywhere.
13 rue du Parlement Sainte-Catherine, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 44 81 53
La Machine à lire
You never visit by chance. The place is a magnet, with a reassuring atmosphere, where the books, like their readers, feel good.
8 place du Parlement, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 48 03 87
La Mauvaise réputation
Sex, tears, sweat, rock and blood. All that and much more besides. You've been warned.
19 rue des Argentiers, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 79 73 54
Quite simply, the largest independent bookshop in France. It’s impossible not to lose yourself among its shelves. Even just for a while.
15 rue Vital Carles, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 56 40 40
Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez
Les expos, on les apprécie forcément dans ce cadre so chic qu’est le château Labottière.Exhibitions are highly appreciated in the so chic atmosphere of the Labottière castle.
66 rue Rébeval, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 81 72 77
Le Garage Moderne
Looking for a really cool evening in a totally trendy place? Look no more! Also good for broken down scooters.
1 rue des Etrangers, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 50 91 33
The gallery that commands respect. It had to be believed standing right in front of the CAPC for the last 10 years. Always working, on the lookout for trends and artists.
20 rue Ferrère, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 94 31 89
La Base sous-marine
Tired of galleries and museums that are just a bit too conventional? Head straight for this crazy, gigantic and disproportionate cultural venue. A former German U-Boat base during the war, it is a haven for quirky evenings and trendy art expos.
Boulevard Alfred Daney, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 11 11 50
The legendary venue, Bordeaux's Olympia. Dance, music and theatre all year round.
10 rue de Grassi, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 52 45 19
If you get an irrepressible urge to dance, with furious riffs and hypnotic rhythms, welcome aboard this ferry, a fashionable club in the Gironde's capital.
Bassin à Flot n°1, Quai Armand Lalande, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 10 48 23
Seeking sensation, sweat and sound? Have to move, scream and go mad? That's what L'Heretic is for. For rock with a faint whiff of leather and electricity.
58 rue du Mirail, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 92 79 90
The place to go for a good laugh. Bordeaux's theatre-café.
6 rue Franklin, Bordeaux
Modern art, like in its showroom. The dream! This is the concept of this new kind of gallery that tackles creation in the broadest sense, from photography to graphic design, including video and painting.
69 rue Mandron, Bordeaux
Tel: 06 63 10 17 68
The future has installed itself in the former Niel barracks on the right bank of Bordeaux. An eco-creative space on a unique scale, in the vast warehouses of the Niel barracks. Here they work, eat, dance and skate.
Rue du Maréchal Niel, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 77 52 06
No, no. You've never heard music like this before. A unique experience guaranteed.
9 Cours Clémenceau, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 00 85 95
This church is incredibly trendy and never empty. It has to be said that its five rooms project the best in art house cinema.
5 place Camille Jullian, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 79 39 25
The Saint-Rémi church has been transformed into a cultural centre hosting a range of eclectic cultural events.
4 rue Jouannet, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 81 28 44
Want to be environmentally-friendly in this wild world? You'll find all you want at WAN. There's not a product here that hasn't been recycled and given a new lease of life.
1 rue des Lauriers, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 48 15 41
M le macaron
We thought we knew everything about the macaroon. And then, we discovered them in tagada strawberry, orange flower and cinnamon... because the macaroon is king in this very chic and girly boutique.
38 rue des Remparts, Bordeaux
Tel: 09 64 23 64 65
Arsenic et vieilles dentelles
The to-die-for second-hand sale of luxury clothes and accessories.
39 rue des 3 conils, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 52 68 87
Le Petit Souk
Just as if the island of childhood dreams really existed. A colourful and sparkling bazaar like the sweets that explode on your tongue. Just waiting for you, future mothers, children of yesterday and today.
26 rue du Pas-Saint-Georges, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 90 83 01
Because kids also need the ultimate in clothes. Found at this HQ for stylish youngsters.
9 bis Guillaume Brochon, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 30 29 05
Hey, trendsetters! Find the urban style clothing brands here. At super reasonable prices and with limited editions. A special mention for the t-shirts with graphic patterns! Fab!
30 rue Saint-James, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 57 83 16 99
Sew & Laine
Come on, do your Cliff Barnes and bring it to this concept-shop dedicated entirely to textiles. If you don't have oil, at least you'll have had this brilliant idea.
85 Cours de l'Argonne, Bordeaux
Tel: 09 53 38 91 73
Stylish design and shock décor in this warehouse-loft transformed into an ultra-trendy boutique.
73 rue Notre Dame, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 79 35 73
Certainly the trendiest boutique for men at the moment.
63 rue du Pas-Saint-Georges
Tel: 05 56 58 12 83
Le Rayon frais
This concept store for men is a delight for fans of stylish and trendy clothes. French underground brands, rare and luxury Scandinavian labels ... no bad taste here.
31-33 rue Saint-James, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 33 51 10 55
Bidules et Merveilles
Explore the whole world in this interior design store, designed as a true pop bubble, full of colours and fantasy.
75 rue des Ayres, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 40 00 90 32
At this store Valérie has created a ladies dressing room with a light and welcoming atmosphere. A concept store where you'll feel great.
6 bis rue Maucoudinat, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 81 90 49
In Bordeaux, the girls' paradise is completely green. You can't miss it. Just like all these fashionable objects, those must-have "it-things" without which you're nothing.
48 rue du Pas-Saint-Georges
Tel: 05 56 44 96 96
A toy shop which makes grown-ups giddy. Here is the farandole of toys: Soft toys, puzzles, music boxes, wooden toys and toys from the old days …
74 rue 3 Conils, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 79 12 86
Marché des Capucins
The people, the market, its smells, its fruit, its oysters and its dry white.
Place des Capucins, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 92 26 29
Marché des Chartrons
The market for fans of all things organic, on the Chartrons quayside.
Quais des Chartrons, Bordeaux
Looking for a bargain? Saint-Michel boasts the city's most attractive and popular flea markets. Make it a date!
Place Saint-Michel, Bordeaux
Marché des Bouquinistes
Secondhand books, collectibles, prints or postcards, you'll find all of these at the Halle des Chartrons or Place des Grands Hommes
Place des Grands Hommes, Bordeaux
Blonde. Such is Rodolphe's motto, who has created his salon in his image: expert, professional and welcoming.
4 bis rue du Parlement Sainte-Catherine, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 51 22 41
Because beards are trendy, they go to Nicolas who opened his barber shop in a former butcher's. Where the haircuts too compete with the eccentric ambiance of the location.
32-38 Cours Evrard de Fayolle, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 57 29 51 20
"Figure Libre c'est d'abord vous", a well-known instutition and reputed to meet your changing needs. You will be greeted by teams of professional hairdressers and colorists who will listen to you. "Change head while remaining yourself".
35 rue du Temple, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 48 27 14
La Villa Clémenceau
One of the most beautiful spa in Bordeaux, located in an old mansion, in the golden triangle. Mama's tip: A nice exotic garden where you can enjoy after a moment of relaxation.
41 Cours Georges Clémenceau, Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 52 15 22