The best boutiques, off the beaten-track
High-octane sports are a serious business in Bordeaux. Customind Shop is a surf and skate concept store, which also hosts yoga classes, exhibitions and screenings. Urban Kustom celebrates biker-culture, selling garments for ‘gentlemen riders’ as well as biker accessories and toys.
Customind Shop, 39, cours Pasteur. 05 35 40 37 35. Urban Kustom, 17, rue Cornac. 05 56 30 33 83.
Some boutiques are Bordeaux institutions, stocking clothes which seem to suit the locals right down to the ground. Richy’s is a popular concept store selling eminently wearable clothes, shoes and accessories for both sexes. Two women’s boutiques, La Raffinerie and Sceno.10 have their fingers similarly on the pulse-point.
Richy’s, 73-77, rue Pas-saint-georges. 05 56 52 33 81.
La Raffinerie, 6, rue Macoudinat. 05 56 81 90 49.
Sceno.10, 10, passage Sarget. 05 56 52 33 92. www.sceno10.com
Although, like everywhere else, mens’ clothing shops are far outnumbered by women’s, there a pretty decent selection of men’s boutiques in town. Breton-based beach and casualwear store, Hoalen has just opened up a branch in Bordeaux. Bonne Gueule and Graduate offer sharper-cut, urban wear, as well as trainers, baseball caps and watches.
Hoalen, 39, cours Pasteur. 05 56 74 36 75. www.hoalen.com Bonne Gueule, 3, place Puy-paulin. 05 56 44 60 62. www.bonnegueule.fr
Graduate, 63, rue du Pas-saint-georges. 05 56 58 12 83. graduatestore.fr
The Notre Dame is antiques-heaven. You’ll find everything from Rococo bureaux to ‘60s walnut sideboards if you look hard enough. The Village Notre Dame, housed in an old printing factory assembles several antiques dealers specialising mainly in 17th, 18th and 19th century art and furniture over two floors. Hello Vintage is a treasure-trove of 60s, 70s and 80s gems.
Village Notre Dame, 61-67, rue Notre-dame. 06 34 09 71 62 /
05 56 52 66 13. www.villagenotredame.com
Hello Vintage, 39, rue Notre-dame. 06 47 97 45 94
The Rue Notre Dame in the genteel Chartrons district is a peaceful place to while away an afternoon boutique-browsing. Three women’s stores are absolutely jam-packed with temptation in the form of clothes, sparkly handbags, imaginative swimwear, scarves, shoes and jewellery: Pia Pia, Lily Blake and Mademoiselle L’insolente.
Pia Pia, 71, rue Notre-dame. 05 56 44 59 17. bordeaux-mode.e-monsite.com
Lily Blake, 68, rue Notre-dame. 05 33 05 41 40. www.lilyblake.fr
Mademoiselle l’insolente, 8, rue Cornac.
06 27 05 10 58
Cabanes & Châteaux
While you’re in the Chartrons neighbourhood there’s a high-end interior design shop which is sure to lure. The set design in Cabanes & Châteaux is just gorgeous. Think throws, sumptuously-textured rugs and chairs, lovingly-restored antique furniture, and objets trouvés. It’s hard not to fall in love with nearly everything.
74, rue Notre-dame. 05 56 44 13 08. www.cabanesetchateaux.com
Artiga’s technicolour window would catch the eye of any passer-by. This boutique sells a wide range of items from tea-towels to cushion covers, table-wear, deckchairs and espadrilles in their signature linen produced in the Basque Country. This tightly woven and highly durable fabric in stripes of bright fuchsia pink, scarlet, lime green and turquoise has become iconic in the southwest of France.
73, rue des Trois-conils, 05 56 52 02 76. www.artiga.fr
Bordeauxhome, another local institution, is a fabric emporium laid out over over two floors. Their velvet cushions are so delectably soft and you’ll want to take them home with you immediately. Their trademark stone-washed linen and throws in vibrant colours make ideal presents.
63, rue Saint-rémi. 05 56 52 51 46. www.bordeauxhome.fr
Shopping for children? Scoop up recognisably French pieces at bohemian children’s outfitter, Bonton. Then coo over the tiny, sparkly girls’ ankle boots at footwear retailer, Michard Ardillier, before heading to Le Petit Souk for toys and pretty bedroom paraphernalia. Bonton, 9, rue Guillaume-brochon,
05 56 30 29 05 www.bonton.fr/fr Michard Ardillier, 10, rue Sainte-catherine. 05 56 81 86 92. www.michardardillier.com
Le Petit Souk, 26, rue du Pas-saint-georges. 05 56 90 83 01. www.lepetitsouk.fr
Village Notre Dame.
Le Petit Souk.
Cabanes & Châteaux.