Sometimes, there’s nothing better than setting yourself down on the grass in a garden space for a picnic, but it can often be hard to find a good spot. Thankfully, that’s not the case in Bordeaux.
Whether it be the quays, Place Gambetta, or a bench in one of Bordeaux’s many squares, you’re never far from a nice place to rest your legs. The best of the city’s many options for putting your feet up has to be the jardin public, or the “public garden”.
Despite the city’s dramatic urbanisation during the 18th century, the influential Intendant de Tourny still made provision for a large green space for the Bordelais to enjoy. The park, redeveloped in the style of an English country garden in the 19th century, has stood on this spot since the mid-18th.
When the sun comes out, locals flock here to enjoy the good weather with wine and cheese, enjoying a typically French apéritif.
There are many large patches of grass all over the park, as well as benches, a children’s play area, a café/bar with a terrace and beautiful landscaping. Not to mention the Musée d’Histoire Naturelle, which is housed in a beautiful pavilion that dominates the park.