Rue Sainte-Catherine

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Bordeaux which includes a city and street scenes

If you love to shop, this French street has great appeal. People watch as you have a drink or meal. The street seems to have a life of its own. 

Bordeaux’s Rue Sainte-Catherine (Saint Catherine Street) stretches as far as you can see from one end to the other. It is one of Europe’s longest commercial pedestrian streets, measuring 0.8 miles (1.2 kilometers) long. Walk freely along this street filled with people. It is closed to vehicles, apart from an occasional delivery van. Be sure to explore the many side streets that offer unique and interesting stores and places to eat.

The street runs parallel to and a few blocks from the Garonne River. It forms the dividing line between the city’s north and south districts. You are almost certain to encounter the largest crowds if you venture out onto this street on Saturdays. Twice a year, in February and July, popular stores have sales along the length of Rue Sainte-Catherine, resulting in a very busy time for tourists and locals.

Shop at over 230 businesses located along the street with the luxurious Galeries Lafayette as the district’s anchor department store at about the midway point. Regardless of your requirements or taste, you’re sure to find something of interest along this street. It runs from the Grand Theater of Bordeaux to Place de la Victoire (Victory Square).

Spend some time at the Grand Theater, which is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Then follow the street to the other end. Observe how the street transitions from a fine arts and professional profile to a trendy, lively atmosphere at the more southerly point. Place de la Victoire is popular among students and is the venue of frequent concerts and special events. Here you’ll find contemporary works of art in recognition of the region’s important wine industry.

Shop for special souvenirs or just do some window-shopping along Rue Sainte-Catherine. For a quieter stroll, wait until mid-evening after stores are closed and restaurants become the focal points.

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ibis Bordeaux Centre Meriadeck
ibis Bordeaux Centre Meriadeck
3 out of 5
35, Cours du Marechal Juin, Bordeaux, Gironde
The price is $73 per night from Nov 10 to Nov 10
Located in Meriadeck, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palais de Justice, Musee des Beaux-Arts, and Patinoire Meriadeck. Hotel de Ville Palais ...
3.7/5 Good! (868 reviews)
A good place to visit Bordeaux
"The hotel was nice and clean, fresh, well presented. The staff were very welcoming and respectful at the same time. The hotel is well placed to visit Bordeaux either by foot or by tram (the stop is virtually opposite the hotel)."

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2021

ibis Bordeaux Centre Meriadeck
Best Western Premier Hotel Bayonne Etche Ona - Bordeaux
Best Western Premier Hotel Bayonne Etche Ona - Bordeaux
4 out of 5
4 Rue Martignac, Bordeaux, Gironde
The price is $160 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Bordeaux Golden Triangle, this hotel is steps from Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux and Les Grands Hommes. Place des Quinconces and Cathedrale ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (430 reviews)
"Everything was great, location, room, staff and breakfast. Only improvement I would suggest is bigger bed side tables."

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2021

Best Western Premier Hotel Bayonne Etche Ona - Bordeaux
Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
2-5 Place De La Comédie, Bordeaux, Gironde
The price is $234 per night from Nov 10 to Nov 10
Located in Bordeaux Golden Triangle, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux and Place des Quinconces. The Water ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (317 reviews)
"Great location abs service. Rooms are tiny."

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2021

Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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ibis Bordeaux Centre Meriadeck
ibis Bordeaux Centre Meriadeck
3 out of 5
35, Cours du Marechal Juin, Bordeaux, Gironde
The price is $73 per night from Nov 10 to Nov 10
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Best Western Premier Hotel Bayonne Etche Ona - Bordeaux
Best Western Premier Hotel Bayonne Etche Ona - Bordeaux
4 out of 5
4 Rue Martignac, Bordeaux, Gironde
The price is $160 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Best Western Premier Hotel Bayonne Etche Ona - Bordeaux
Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
2-5 Place De La Comédie, Bordeaux, Gironde
The price is $234 per night from Nov 10 to Nov 10
Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Hôtel de Normandie
Hôtel de Normandie
4 out of 5
7 et 9 Cours du 30 Juillet, Bordeaux
The price is $193 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
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Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre
Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre
3 out of 5
27 rue du Parlement Sainte Catherine, Bordeaux, Gironde
The price is $113 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
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Golden Tulip Bordeaux - Euratlantique
Golden Tulip Bordeaux - Euratlantique
4 out of 5
13 Rue des Gamins - Bordeaux, Bordeaux, Gironde
The price is $102 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
Golden Tulip Bordeaux - Euratlantique
Staycity Aparthotels Bordeaux City Centre
Staycity Aparthotels Bordeaux City Centre
45 Rue Leyteire, Bordeaux, Gironde
The price is $105 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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Aparthotel Adagio Bordeaux Gambetta
Aparthotel Adagio Bordeaux Gambetta
4 out of 5
40 Rue Edmond Michelet, Bordeaux, Gironde
The price is $107 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Aparthotel Adagio Bordeaux Gambetta
Hôtel Bleu de Mer
Hôtel Bleu de Mer
2 out of 5
12-14 rue saint remi, Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
The price is $122 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
Hôtel Bleu de Mer
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.