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Place de la Victoire

A gateway to the rest of the city, this bustling square in Bordeaux's student quarter is home to classical monuments and stylish restaurants.

Like Place Charles de Gaulle in Paris, Place de la Victoire features an arch monument and has roads leading off in every direction toward other city neighborhoods. Unlike its bigger counterpart, however, Bordeaux's cool plaza is not swamped with tourists. The laid-back atmosphere here makes it an ideal place to linger a while. Rest from sightseeing at one of the square’s cafés and bars and watch people coming and going.

Look for the marble column in the center, which celebrates Bordeaux’s wine production heritage. The unique pillar twists like a vine and uses red stone from the Languedoc region to represent Bordeaux's renowned wines. Take a seat on the bronze tortoise next to the obelisk.

The square's other notable monument is the Porte d'Aquitaine, a stone arch dating back to 1753. Examine the reliefs depicting sea gods. Cross through the arch to enter the famous Rue Sainte-Catherine, which runs past the Aquitaine Museum up to the Bordeaux National Opera.

Stop to admire the a building that belongs to the University of Bordeaux on the eastern edge of the square. The classical-style façade features Ionic columns and busts of scientists. Two statues representing nature and science welcome visitors to its entrance.

Taste some of the region's well-regarded wine in one of the restaurants on the square, which range from casual cafés and bars to fine-dining establishments. On warm evenings, patrons often sit outside and enjoy drinks as the sun sets. You’ll find several banks and hotels around the plaza too.

Open-air live music events are occasionally held in the square, as are local markets. Check to see if any of the surrounding cafés are hosting music nights during your stay.

Take a tram or bus to Victoire stop to reach Place de la Victoire. The square is less than 10 minutes away on foot from other major attractions in the city, such as the Grosse Cloche.

Popular Activities at Place de la Victoire

Like to make your visit to Place de la Victoire even more memorable? Don't forget to try out some of these things to do:

Pointe-à-Pitre Food & History Tour is just one of the most popular experiences available here.

Examine our Bordeaux things to do page to learn about even more activities while you're in the area.


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Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre ¥8,970
Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre

Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre

17 Allée de Rio, Bordeaux, Gironde
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Saint Jean Station District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rock School Barbey and St. Michael Basilica. Place de la Victoire and Grosse Cloche are also within 2 mi (3 km). Belcier Tram Station is 8 minutes by foot and Carle Vernet Tram Station is 11 minutes.

    All Suites Appart Hotel Bordeaux Marne ¥6,621
    All Suites Appart Hotel Bordeaux Marne

    All Suites Appart Hotel Bordeaux Marne

    21 cours Barbey, Bordeaux
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Saint Jean Station District, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Rock School Barbey, St. Michael Basilica, and Place de la Victoire. Grosse Cloche and Aquitaine Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Tauzia Tram Station is 7 minutes by foot and Sainte-Croix Tram Station is 8 minutes.

      Best Western Premier Hotel Bayonne Etche Ona - Bordeaux ¥16,226
      Best Western Premier Hotel Bayonne Etche Ona - Bordeaux

      Best Western Premier Hotel Bayonne Etche Ona - Bordeaux

      4 Rue Martignac, Bordeaux, Gironde
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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 St. Andre are also within 10 minutes. Grand Theatre Tram Station is only a 2-minute walk and Quinconces Tram Station is 4 minutes.

        Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel ¥28,526
        Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel

        Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel

        2-5 Place De La Comédie, Bordeaux, Gironde
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          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. Pey Berland Tower and Cathedrale St. Andre are also within 10 minutes. Grand Theatre Tram Station is only a 2-minute walk and Quinconces Tram Station is 4 minutes.

          Appart'hôtel Victoria Garden Bordeaux ¥7,110
          Appart'hôtel Victoria Garden Bordeaux

          Appart'hôtel Victoria Garden Bordeaux

          127 Cours De La Somme, Bordeaux, Gironde
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Nansouty-Saint-Genes, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Place de la Victoire and Rue Sainte-Catherine. Aquitaine Museum and Grosse Cloche are also within 1 mi (2 km). Saint Nicolas Tram Station is 6 minutes by foot and Bergonié Tram Stop is 7 minutes.

            Hotel Burdigala ¥16,820
            Hotel Burdigala

            Hotel Burdigala

            115 Rue Georges Bonnac, Bordeaux, Gironde
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Bordeaux Historic Center, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Seurin Basilica and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Cathedrale St. Andre and Rue Sainte-Catherine are also within 15 minutes. Meriadeck Tram Station and Saint Bruno - Hotel de Region Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Hotel Stars Bordeaux Gare ¥4,206
              Hotel Stars Bordeaux Gare

              Hotel Stars Bordeaux Gare

              34 Rue De Tauzia, Bordeaux, Gironde
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Bordeaux Sud, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rock School Barbey and St. Michael Basilica. Place de la Victoire and Rue Sainte-Catherine are also within 15 minutes. Tauzia Tram Station is only a 2-minute walk and Sainte-Croix Tram Station is 3 minutes.

                Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre ¥12,642
                Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre

                Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre

                27 rue du Parlement Sainte Catherine, Bordeaux, Gironde
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Bordeaux Historic Center, this hotel is steps from Parliament Square and Rue Sainte-Catherine. Place de la Bourse and Maison du Vin de Bordeaux are also within 5 minutes. Grand Theatre Tram Station and Sainte-Catherine Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.