Visiting Bordeaux for the first time, Saint-Michel and the Capucins Market should definitely be on your list. And one of the best ways to find out how people live in a place is indeed to browse its markets.
Between Saint-Michel and the Victoire district is the famous Capucins Market, a mandatory stop to taste local products and take away some gastronomic memories of Bordeaux. It is a very well-known and frequented place, especially on weekends at noon, so try to get there early if you plan to have lunch there.
One of several famous places in this market is “Chez Jean-Mi“. It is not easy to get a place the tables but even if you have to wait a bit, it is worth trying their Atlantic products.
Known for its seafood platters, the most famous combination of Bordeaux Sundays is oysters and white wine.
You can’t leave the market without stopping at La Ronde des Fromages de Bordeaux. If there’s one thing this country is known for, it’s as you probably know, its enormous variety of delicious cheeses.
For starters, we can sit on one of their stools and taste their Camembert straight from the oven, accompanied by a rich Bordeaux wine. Then you can walk around the stand to the shop and buy a piece of rich Compté cheese.
The end the visit in this part of Bordeaux, savour a cup of Moroccan tea at the Saint Michel square.
Original text and photos by R. Maestre, except where otherwise mentioned