Most Instagrammable spots in Bordeaux

Top Instagrammable spots in Bordeaux: a picture-perfect guide 📸 

Welcome to Bordeaux, a picturesque gem in the heart of France’s wine region. Bordeaux is famous for its exquisite wines, but also for its stunning architecture, vibrant culture, and amazing Instagrammable spots. In this article, we’ll take you on a virtual tour of Bordeaux’s most Instagram-worthy locations where you can capture the essence of the city, create unforgettable memories and snap photogenic shots. 

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Get your phone ready, because these spots will make your Instagram feed shine!  


🏛️ Place de la Bourse | Water reflections 

Kick off your Instagram adventure at the iconic Place de la Bourse, a magnificent square located on the banks of the Garonne River. This architectural masterpiece boasts the famous “Miroir d’Eau” (Water Mirror) where you can capture stunning reflections of the surrounding buildings, including the Place de la Bourse itself. Prepare to be mesmerized by the playful combo of light, water and architecture—just perfect for your Instagram story.  

Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux
Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux

🍷 La Cité du Vin | Cheers to selfies 

For all of you wine lovers and Instagram enthusiasts, La Cité du Vin is an absolute must-visit. This modern and captivating wine museum offers you many photo opportunities. From the sleek design of the building to the panoramic views of the cityscape from the 35-meter-high Belvedere floor. You’ll find countless spots to snap that perfect shot. Raise a glass, capture the moment, and let the world know you’re in Bordeaux having a blast!  

🚪 Porte Cailhau | Gateway to history  

Make your way to Porte Cailhau, an enchanting medieval gate that served as the entrance to the city during the Middle Ages. There are many famous landmarks in Bordeaux, but this spot is a real gem for Instagrammers seeking a touch of nostalgia. Frame your shot to highlight the intricate details of the gate’s architecture and soak in the ambiance of centuries past. Travel back in time and transport your followers to the medieval charm of Bordeaux.  

Porte Cailhau, Bordeaux
Porte Cailhau, Bordeaux

🌳 Jardin Public | Flowery oasis  

Escape the urban buzz and head to Jardin Public, Bordeaux’s beautiful public garden. This lush green space gives you a peaceful retreat and plenty of picturesque spots for your Instagram feed. Capture the vibrant flowerbeds, the graceful swans in the pond, or find a cozy spot on a bench surrounded by centuries-old trees. Jardin Public is a perfect combination of tranquility and natural beauty, ready to fit in your Instagram grid.  

Jardin Public, Bordeaux
Jardin Public, Bordeaux

🌿 Darwin Eco-system | Green haven 

Seeking a more unconventional and eco-friendlier spot? You’ll fall in love with Darwin Eco-system. This former military barracks turned creative hub is a haven for street art, urban gardens, and sustainable initiatives. Snap a photo in front of all the colorful graffiti, explore the vibrant container village, or capture the spirit of the community market. If you’re an Instagrammer with an eye for the extraordinary, Darwin Eco-system is one of the most unusual things to see in Bordeaux. 

Darwin Eco-system, Bordeaux
Darwin Eco-system, Bordeaux

🌉 Pont de Pierre | Bridge to infinity  

The Pont de Pierre, or “Stone Bridge,” offers more than just a way to cross the Garonne River—it’s a visual delight that wants to be photographed! Stretching across the water with its 17 elegant arches, this iconic bridge gives you magnificent views of Bordeaux’s riverscape. Wait for the golden hour, when the sky paints a breathtaking backdrop, and capture a shot that will have your followers hooked to your profile. It’s one of our favorite Instagrammable places in Bordeaux! 

Pont de Pierre Bordeaux
Pont de Pierre (the “Stone Bridge”), Bordeaux

️🛍️ Rue Sainte-Catherine | Strike a pose & shop 

Calling all fashion enthusiasts! Take a stroll down Rue Sainte-Catherine, the longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe, and free your inner influencer while shopping. Explore the vibrant storefronts, capture the colorful displays, and pose with your shopping bags like a true fashion icon. Whether you’re a trendsetter or simply love the hustle and bustle of a lively shopping district, Rue Sainte-Catherine is the perfect backdrop for a fashion-forward Instagram story! 

🎭 National Opera of Bordeaux | Where elegance takes center stage  

The National Opera of Bordeaux, in the heart of the city, is a true masterpiece that demands a spot on your Instagram feed. Step into a world where art, music, and architectural beauty create an Instagrammable experience you’ve never seen before. Pose in front of the grand entrance, intricate details and ornate sculptures, and let your followers get wowed by timeless beauty. Step inside the opera house and pose either sitting in the plush velvet seats or standing under the lavish chandeliers. This is definitely one of the most picturesque photo spots in Bordeaux. 

National Opera of Bordeaux
National Opera of Bordeaux

Summing up… 

Bordeaux is more than just a wine lover’s paradise; it’s a hotspot for all of you, Instagrammers, searching for visually stunning and unique shots. From the reflective beauty of Place de la Bourse to the historical charm of Porte Cailhau, each location offers you a chance to capture the essence and soul of Bordeaux. So, grab your camera, charge your phone, and get ready to go on a photo quest. Remember, all the likes you’ll get are awesome, but your photos are also about preserving memories, sharing experiences, and inspiring others to explore the extraordinary! 

Don’t forget to check out this article on the top things to do in Bordeaux according to our local experts. 😉

Most Instagrammable spots in Bordeaux: FAQs

What are the most Instagrammable spots in Bordeaux?

Some of the most Instagrammable spots in Bordeaux include the Place de la Bourse, the iconic Miroir d'Eau, the Jardin Public, Rue Sainte-Catherine, Pont de Pierre, and the contemporary Cité du Vin.

What is unique about the Place de la Bourse for Instagram photos?

The Place de la Bourse is a magnificent 18th-century square with a stunning view of the Garonne River. The symmetry of the buildings and the elegance of the fountain make it a must-visit Instagrammable spot, especially when beautifully reflected in the Miroir d'Eau.

Can I take photos at the Miroir d'Eau?

Yes, the Miroir d'Eau is one of the most iconic sights in Bordeaux. It's the world's largest reflecting pool and is particularly photogenic at sunset and when it creates a mirror effect with the Place de la Bourse in the background.

What makes the Jardin Public an Instagrammable location in Bordeaux?

The Jardin Public is a peaceful green space in the city, featuring a beautiful pond, sculptures, and diverse plant life. It's especially Instagram-worthy during the spring and autumn months when the colors are in full display.

Is the Rue Sainte-Catherine a good spot for Instagram photos?

Absolutely. Rue Sainte-Catherine is the longest shopping street in Europe, bustling with shops, cafes, and people. The lively atmosphere and charming architecture make it a great spot for street photography.

Is the Pont de Pierre worth a visit for Instagram photographers?

Yes, the Pont de Pierre, Bordeaux's oldest bridge spanning the Garonne River, offers a fantastic view of the city's waterfront. This can make for dramatic Instagram shots, particularly at sunrise or sunset.

What can I expect at the Cité du Vin for Instagram photos?

The Cité du Vin is a modern, innovative building dedicated to the world of wine. Its unique architecture, both inside and out, makes it a highly Instagrammable spot. Don't miss the panoramic view from the top floor, overlooking the entire city.

Are there any regulations or restrictions on photography in these locations?

Generally, photography for personal use is allowed in these locations. However, for commercial photography or the use of professional equipment, you might need permissions. It's always a good idea to check with the local authorities or the management of specific sites.

Is there a particular time of the day that's best for taking photos in Bordeaux?

The 'golden hour' - the hour after sunrise and before sunset - often provides the best lighting for photos. However, each location has its own charm at different times. For instance, the Miroir d'Eau is particularly stunning at night when it's beautifully lit.

Are there any less-known Instagrammable spots in Bordeaux you can recommend?

Bordeaux has many hidden gems for Instagram lovers. The Darwin Ecosysteme, an old military barrack turned into an alternative community of start-ups and artists, offers cool street art and vintage spaces. The CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, housed in an old colonial warehouse, is also quite Instagrammable. The Palais Rohan, Bordeaux's city hall, and Marché des Capucins, the city's largest market, are also worth a visit.

🛎️ Where to stay in Bordeaux 

If you’re looking for the best place to stay in Bordeaux, call off the search and book your room at the MEININGER Hotel Bordeaux Gare Saint-Jean.  
The ideal choice for your Instagram-focused adventures. 

Address: 12 rue du Commerce, 33800 Bordeaux, France 

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