Alice's Lit­tle Black Book of Bordeaux ad­dresses

Bordeaux J'Adore - - ◆ —— It Takes Two, Baby! —— ◆ -

◆ Ma Première Bou­tique

For clothes, I al­ways head straight there. Ev­ery­thing is so wear­able. They stock one of my favourite de­sign­ers, Is­abel Marant. I bought this grey jacket there by her that I adore.

11, rue Mau­coud­i­nat, 33000 Bordeaux, 05 56 81 57 01

◆ Miles

For us it is al­ways a plea­sure to leave Les Sources de Cau­dalie to en­joy very dif­fer­ent food in town. The cui­sine is so in­no­va­tive and colour­ful at Miles. It was launched by four chefs from dif­fer­ent parts of the world, all of whom are very well-trav­elled. We are happy that they chose to set­tle down in Bordeaux!

33, rue du Cancera, 33000 Bordeaux, 05 56 81 18 24

◆ L’uni­verre

This restau­rant has an amaz­ing se­lec­tion of Old Bordeaux and wines from other re­gions of France. I re­cently drank an impressive Bur­gundy there. They also serve my dis­tant cousin Syl­vain Cathiard’s Vosne Ro­manée wine.

40, rue Le­cocq, 33000 Bordeaux, 05 56 23 01 53

◆ Mol­lat

This is my favourite shop in Bordeaux! It’s the big­gest in­de­pen­dent book-store in France, and they’ve re­ally proved they can stand up to Ama­zon. They give good ad­vice when you’re hunt­ing for a book. When I go, I first check how well they’re sell­ing our lat­est book, Art de Vivre au Coeur des Vignes édi­tions Glé­nat. The food and travel sec­tion is my favourite. Last time I bought my friend Mimi Tho­ris­son’s new cook book, French Coun­try Cook­ing, Meals and Mo­ments from A Vil­lage in the Vine­yards. I also like con­tem­po­rary nov­els. I re­cently bought Fates and Fu­ries, by Lau­ren Groff, an Amer­i­can au­thor. It’s a sin­is­ter take on a love story. My kids love comic books like Les Le­gendaires or Tintin. 15, rue Vi­tal-car­les, 33080 Bordeaux, 05 56 56 40 40

◆ Le Point rouge

This bar is al­most lo­cal for us, and they have 1000 wines and 100 cock­tails! L’ab­sinthe is my favourite cock­tail. Jerome and I own a ho­tel out­side Paris called Les Etangs de Corot. Corot was the first im­pres­sion­ist pain­ter and he loved to drink ab­sinthe, so we had to taste it! It is served in the tra­di­tional way. First a mea­sure of ab­sinthe is poured into a glass, then a per­fo­rated sil­ver spoon is placed on top of the glass, and a su­gar cube bal­anced on the spoon. Then, wa­ter is slowly poured onto the su­gar cube which dis­solves. This bar is a great place to so­cialise in. We were there re­cently with our friend Benoit Tro­card from chateau Clos Dubreuil. I thought their choco­lat and caramel tart­let was delicious and a per­fect match with the red wine.

1, quai de Palu­date, 33800 Bordeaux, 05 56 94 94 40

◆ Le 7 in la Cité du vin

I love to take friends from out of town to the restau­rant at The Cité du Vin. We’re good friends with Ni­co­las Las­combes, whose restau­rant group also in­cludes The Brasserie Borde­laise. If we go on a week­end we take our time try­ing a lot of wines.

134, quai de Ba­calan, 33300 Bordeaux, 05 56 16 20 20

◆ Dar­win

This series of con­verted ware­houses is great. I love the con­cept of open-space de­sign. Here busi­nesses and artists share re­sources and col­lab­o­rate eco­nom­i­cally, all help­ing each other out. My kids have skate­board­ing lessons some­times at the in­door skatepark in the Han­gar.

87, quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux, 05 56 77 52 06

◆ Le Petit Souk

This lit­tle toyshop is per­fect when you need a present for a child – which I of­ten do – my kids get in­vited to a lot of birth­day par­ties! I love their night-lights in the shape of stars, clouds, ap­ples, and pineap­ples. No child could be scared of the dark with one of these in their bed­room.

26, rue du Pas-saint-georges, 33000 Bordeaux, 05 56 90 83 01

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