The Bacalan: the Bohemian Bordeaux

Meet The “New” Bordeaux

Artist Communities & Social Experiments

Repurposed Sites With New Life

Discover Bordeaux’s Bohemian Side

You’ll discover Bordeaux’s future is as bright as its past on this 3-hour walking tour through the Bacalan. The area is filled with art, culture, and an emerging, youthful identity from the darkness of the Nazi occupation.


Discover the modern side of the city as we walk past ateliers and working art spaces

Pass by vibrant works of street art that can change from day-to-day

See an old nuclear submarine base that has been transformed into a museum complex

Indulge in a market tasting at Les Halles de Bacalan, one of Bordeaux’s more upmarket locations

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Tour Details


75 euros

Meeting point

Tram Stop Rue Achard


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3 hours approx.

Group size

8 people maximum


  • Various market tastings
  • Fun, knowledgeable guide
  • Lots of laughs

Not included

Additional tastings and any purchases made during the tour

What to bring

An extra layer of clothing as the weather can change quickly and comfortable walking shoes


English, French, or Spanish-speaking guide

Participation requirements

Let us know upon booking if you have any dietary requirements and we will do our best to accommodate them

Tour Overview

While Bordeaux’s past is filled with fascinating stories of love, war, innovation, and wine, the Bacalan area is continually creating new stories for the city. This 3-hour walking tour will take you through the up-and-coming bohemian side of Bordeaux where there are artist communities and new social experiments testing new methods of self-sufficiency alongside vibrant street art. Passing by an old nuclear submarine base turned museum complex, we’ll discuss the WWII history of the region and its lasting influences. The tour culminates in the city’s newest and trendiest market, Les Halles de Bacalan, where you will taste some local produce and delicacies.

Frequently Asked Questions

We accept cancellations a week before the tour date and you can do it through our website. If you booked through a partner’s website then you will need to read their terms and conditions as we cannot guarantee a refund. We cannot provide refunds less than 7 days prior to the tour.

We still walk if it is raining! We do our best to stop in sheltered areas to speak and often will have some spare umbrellas or even ponchos for sale if the rain seems unrelenting.

We accept cash at the beginning of the tour, at the start location. However, waiting to pay with cash does not guarantee you a place on our popular tasting tours where space is limited so we recommend booking online in advance.

You can pay online with a credit card and we also take credit card payments at the tour start location.

You can reserve online through our website or through a number of partner websites, including, but not limited to TripAdvisor, Get Your Guide, Viator,, and Airbnb Experiences.

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