Friday, March 12, 2010

My weekend in Bordeaux - rive droite, the other side of the river

View from restaurant Estacade in Bordeaux

In Bordeaux, everything is about rive gauche, the left side of the river Garonne. That is where you have the old centre, most of the historic monuments and everything else. But I know of at least three reasons to cross the bridge Pont de Pierre and discover the other side, rive droite.

View from inside the Estacade restaurant

The first one is the Estacade restaurant. You see it from Place de la Bourse, a building set up on stilts above the water. We went there on a beautiful evening and had a very nice dinner indeed. The panoramic windows let you enjoy the view of the rive gauche, the left side, lit up at night. The specialties of the restaurant are fish and seafood. When we arrived the sun was still up, but the buildings across the river had a golden shimmer about them. Gradually it became darker and the buildings stood out beautifully with the artificial lighting.

The second reason to cross the river is a similar restaurant, Le Café du Port. I haven't been there myself, but Emilie said it is good. And the view of the Pont de Pierre is extra!

Resto Guinguette Chez Alriq

The third reason to go rive droite is Resto Guinguette Chez Alriq, a different place by the river. Hard to define, but a place where you can eat or have a drink and listen to music. Every night there is a different theme. The furniture is plastic and very kitsch, but the feeling here has something very authentic and good about it... a place where you feel at home. It is only open during spring and summer. When we went there, there was a fantastic concert with two Argentinean girls, Las Hermanas Caronni,  and a bit too chilly to sit outside, but in summer it must be so nice to sit outside next to the river....

Hermanas Caronni at Chez Alriq in Bordeaux

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