Although the people of Bordeaux are known for their relatively restrained dress style, they nevertheless keep abreast of all the latest trends and are not hesitant to adopt the more elegant styles that are destined to become “classics”. Nothing could be simpler, with all the finest boutiques in a fairly limited zone in the city centre. You can find an abundance of designer clothes and footwear, decorative objects, cosmetics, bookshops and second-hand designer shops. Plan on giving yourself a good solid day for a stress-free shopping spree.
The fact that the quays on Bordeaux’s left bank attract so many people out for a walk is due to the wonderful way in which they were renovated. Completed in 2009, this ambitious redevelopment project took several years. The market with sixty stalls on the quays is open every Sunday starting at 7am and is a major attraction. The neighborhoods of Saint-Pierre, Saint-Eloi and Saint-Paul are full of designer shops at very low prices, and bohemian chic boutiques !
Not to mention the Galeries Lafayette, which is a temple of fashion for men, women and children. They offer a Personal Shopper service, computerized tax refund system and a brand new “Click & Collect” service.
The art of living also has its favorite places. Linen and home accessories, decor….the range of creations is huge! The selection includes a choice of Basque style,” chic Bordeaux countryside” style, “Arcachon Bay” influences and magnificent objects related to our rich wine industry.
Antique dealers and second-hand dealers are mainly concentrated around Rue Bouffard in the center of the city , while the area of Saint-Michel is decidedly more bohemian. The district of Chartrons it is close by and Notre Dame street offers a huge selection of shops. Many art galleries have opened in recent years which makes this area a great place to stroll and hunt for hidden treasures.