Above: Dining room at Garopapilles

The toughest reservation in Bordeaux right now is La Grande Maison de Bernard Magrez’sRestaurant Joël Robuchon, which was recently awarded a second Michelin star. Chef Philippe Etchebest’s new brasserie,Le Quatrième Mur, near the Opéra National de Bordeaux, also is extremely popular, as isLe Pressoir d’Argent, Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant at the InterContinental Bordeaux — Le Grand Hôtel. What has really changed in Bordeaux, however, is the number of excellent bistros that have opened. This is explained by the fact that young chefs are attracted to the city by its quality of life, and a new generation of wine merchants now dine out more often than they eat or entertain at home.

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Above: Dining room at Garopapilles

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