If you go
THE BEST WAY TO BORDEAUX, FRANCE
From LAX, Delta, Air France and American offer connecting service to Bordeaux. Restricted round-trip fares range from $1,374 to $1,901, including fees and taxes.
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (international dialing code), 33 (country code for France) and the local number.
WHERE TO STAY
Hôtel de Sèze, 23 Allée de Tourny; 5-56-14-16-16, www.hotel-de-seze.com. Comfortable rooms, spa and golf course. Doubles from $285.
Hôtel Majestic, 2 Rue de Condé; 5-56-52-60-44, www.hotel-majestic.com. Ask for a room with a balcony. Doubles from $160.
Mama Shelter, 19 Rue Poquelin Molière: 5-57-30-45-45, www.mamashelter.com. Trendy modern chain. Doubles from $130.
WHERE TO EAT
La Belle Époque, 2 Allée d'Orleans; 5-56-79-14-58, www.la-belle-epoque-bordeaux.fr. For traditional food (big helpings) facing the Garonne River.
Café Andrée Putman, 7 Rue Ferrère; 5-56-44-71-61, cafeandreeputman.com. Contemporary menu in a rooftop setting at the Bordeaux Museum of Contemporary Art.
Les Tontons, 118 Quai de Bacalan; 5-56-04-74-56, lestontons-restaurant.com. Fun atmosphere and delicious desserts.
Le Petit Commerce, 22 Rue du Parlement Saint-Pierre; 5-56-79-76- 58. Casual dining and fresh fish.
L'Autre Petit Bois, 12 Place du Parlement, 5-56-48-02-93. Wine bar, with two large trees that take up more room than the tables. The menu is pasted into a 1924 theater program.
TO LEARN MORE
The City Pass, bordeauxmetropolecitypass.com, for one, two or three days, $28-$45, gives you free transportation on the trams, admission to 20 museums, a walking tour and discounts on wine tours, river cruises, shopping and more.