The best bou­tiques, off the beaten-track

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Ac­tive wear

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.

Natty threads

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

Gen­tle­men’s out­fit­ters

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

An­tiques

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

Women’s stores

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

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

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

Chil­dren’s Fash­ion

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

PHOTO QUENTIN SALINIER

Grad­u­ate.

PHOTO CLARE O’HA­GAN

Pia Pia.

PHOTO DR

Vil­lage Notre Dame.

PHOTO LA RAFFINERIE

La Raffinerie.

PHOTO UR­BAN KUS­TOM

Ur­ban Kus­tom.

PHOTO QUENTIN SALINIER

Le Petit Souk.

PHOTO QUENTIN SALINIER

Ca­banes & Châteaux.

PHOTO DR

Ar­tiga.

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