Let me just start off by saying I’m seriously considering moving here for a while. Bordeaux is amazing. It’s like a smaller, better Paris (sorry Paris, I still love you!). Bordeaux has a really cool, down-to-earth vibe and every café, restaurant, and bar seems to call you in to enjoy the jazzy atmosphere. Darwin on Wednesdays in the Magasin Général is a must for the artsy bohemian hipster crowd. And every other day, feel free to go across the street to La Guinguette Chez Alriq for a nice dinner or wine accompanied by live jazz. Also, don’t leave Bordeaux without heading over to iBoat for a fun dance party… on a boat! If you like wine, check out "L'&tiquette"! One of the days there, we went to a dégustation (opening/tasting party) there and we got to try some of the best wines I’ve ever had IN MY LIFE. You don't even have to be an expert since their wines are easily labeled as "fresh & crisp" "light & delightful" or "strong & spicy" – Trust me, the French really know their wine!
For food, I highly recommend the restaurant Le Bar de la Marine. It’s a hidden gem with amazing food and perfect garden seating. There’s also a cute tiny café by the old city called Label Terre which serves fast, fresh, local and seasonal quiches, salads, and sandwiches for your healthy and delicious afternoon fix. They also have free WiFi so we were happy to camp out there for a few hours and get some work done. Honestly, I can't wait to go back.