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DINE:

La Brasserie Bor­de­laise is a re­laxed, high­stan­dard res­tau­rant serv­ing re­gional dishes, in­clud­ing roast lamb and fish in a wine sauce. It’s on a cor­ner near Place de la Bourse; three cour­ses for about €40 ($64). For fine din­ing in a re­fined en­vi­ron­ment try La Grande Mai­son, run by the multi-Miche­lin star chef Joel Robu­chon; five cour­ses that look too beau­ti­ful to eat start at about €135 (for din­ner). More: brasseriebor­de­laise.fr; la­grande­mai­son-bordeaux.com.

DO:

Bordeaux 2CV of­fers hour-long rides in a 2CV from €70 for two per­sons. Chateau Pape Cle­ment has free tours that can be booked with Bordeaux Tourisme, along with city day passes (€23) of­fer­ing ac­cess to at­trac­tions, guided tours and public trans­port. More: bor­deaux2cv­tour.com; bernard-ma­grez.com.

STAY:

Mama Shel­ter is part of a pop­u­lar and stylish ac­com­mo­da­tion chain with prop­er­ties across France. Rooms (dou­bles from €69) are com­fort­able, fea­tur­ing trendy li­lac walls and mod­ern art. The res­tau­rant has a breezy at­mos­phere; two cour­ses start at a rea­son­able €19. More: ma­mashel­ter.com.

SPLURGE:

Bordeaux’s latest hip ho­tel, Yndo, is a short walk from the main at­trac­tions and close to Piscine Ju­daique. There are 12 min­i­mal­ist yet lav­ish gue­strooms (dou­bles from €200) at this fam­ily-run hide­away in an el­e­gant 19th-cen­tury build­ing. There’s a sun­lit court­yard where drinks are served. More: yn­do­hotel­bor­deaux.fr/en. • au.ren­dezvousen­france.com • fr.bordeaux-tourisme.com

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