Our second day in Bordeaux was a Sunday and, for all those who don’t know, this means that the entire of France closes.
Luckily for us though there is one big food trend spreading through France faster than the gourmet burger bar and that is ‘le brunch’. It feels that every restaurant worth their salt is now taking on Sunday brunch in their own French way so it was just a matter of finding the best in Bordeaux.
Turns out I actually discovered the best brunch in France, not just Bordeaux, and let’s not forget I’ve lived in Lyon and Paris.
(This is the view from the entranceway when you arrive at the cafe. Who would suspect that above a dark, half constructed museum lies a foodie goldmine? )
On a sunny day this is the ideal place to enjoy ‘le brunch’. The large terrace outside sits dozens of people and there’s even a separate area for those wanting to lay on deck chairs with an ‘express’ coffee and a newspaper.
The brunch was completely gourmet (but, of course, this is France)- so shake any ideas of watered scrambled eggs and undercooked bacon that you may have seen at mediocre hotels.
With our plates heaving we walked back to our terrace table, sat in the sun and lazily consumed kilos of food.
After we had, had enough of the savoury stuff we moved onto the main event- le dessert. Mini creme brûlées, pain au chocolate, croissants, organic lemon yoghurt, raspberry posset, brownies, waffles and crepes with chocolate sauce. I felt I had been let loose to run wild inside Willy Wonka’s factory.
Wish I could tell you what was making me laugh so hard but us three girls have got to have some secrets. I’m just thankful Jules captured me enjoying the moment.
We took one final snapshot before we left the apartment to drive onto Gensac- a small village about an hour from Bordeaux in wine country.
Our home away from home.
As the taxi pulled up, I hobbled over to take one snapshot of this amazing boulangerie. Our Air BnB host suggested we try their croissants, which we quickly realised were the best we’ve ever had. Particularly when served with raspberry Bonne Maman fruit compote. Going here is a must if you love pastries, and I mean, who doesn’t like a croissant or four?
If you’ve been to Bordeaux- tell me what you did so next time I go back (as there will definitely be a next time) I can tick off more local tips.