Scenic Di­a­mond docks in the French port city this month. The ship’s cruise di­rec­tor, Sylvie Ali­son, shares the re­gion’s se­crets with Akash Arora.

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Where should I go to stretch my legs? The city’s river­front prom­e­nade, which is al­ways alive with lo­cals. Check out Bordeaux’s ele­gant 18th-cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture. If it’s a hot day, the re­flec­tion pool in front of the Palais de la Bourse (bor­deaux­palais­bourse. com) is the per­fect place to cool down.

Where can I get a de­cent cof­fee? Sip Cof­fee Bar (sip-cof­ is lo­cated on rue des Trois-Conils, be­tween the Town Hall and the old Par­lia­ment dis­trict, and it of­fers a wide range of cof­fees. Where should I go for au­then­tic French food? La Brasserie Borde­laise (brasserie-borde­laise. fr) is a pop­u­lar haunt for lo­cals. It of­fers a won­der­ful menu of re­gional pro­duce from south-west France.

And for shop­ping? Rue Sainte Cather­ine is iconic but if you’re af­ter a truly French ex­pe­ri­ence, head for the Quartier Saint Pierre. Its old streets in the his­toric heart of the city are lined with bou­tiques. You can eas­ily lose your sense of di­rec­tion here but that’s half the fun. What’s your favourite bar in Bordeaux? A great place for evening drinks has to be the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Bordeaux – Le Grand Ho­tel (­ter­con­ti­nen­ or, more to the point, its rooftop. The views of the Grand-Théâtre and the river be­yond are ex­cel­lent from here.

The 18th-cen­tury Bordeaux Palais de la Bourse

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