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Rue Sainte-Catherine

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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Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre ¥12,027
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 City Centre, this hotel is steps from Parliament Square and Rue Sainte-Catherine. Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux and Place de la Bourse are also within 5 minutes. Grand Theatre Tram Station and Sainte-Catherine Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Hotel De l'Opéra ¥5,076
    Hotel De l'Opéra

    Hotel De l'Opéra

    35 Rue Esprit Des Lois, Bordeaux, Gironde
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Bordeaux City Centre, this hotel is steps from Place de la Comédie, Rue Sainte-Catherine, and Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux. Place de la Bourse and Place de la Victoire are also within 1 mi (2 km). Grand Theatre Tram Station and Quinconces Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      The Originals Boutique, Hôtel La Tour Intendance, Bordeaux (Qualys-Hotel) ¥9,931
      The Originals Boutique, Hôtel La Tour Intendance, Bordeaux (Qualys-Hotel)

      The Originals Boutique, Hôtel La Tour Intendance, Bordeaux (Qualys-Hotel)

      14-16 Rue De La Vieille Tour, Bordeaux, Gironde
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Bordeaux City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Place Gambetta and Rue Sainte-Catherine. Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux and Place de la Bourse are also within 15 minutes. Gambetta Tram Station and Grand Theatre Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        All Suites Appart Hotel Bordeaux Marne ¥6,117
        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, Rue Sainte-Catherine, and Place de la Victoire. Place de la Bourse and Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux are also within 2 mi (3 km). Tauzia Tram Station is 7 minutes by foot and Sainte-Croix Tram Station is 8 minutes.

          Hôtel Notre Dame ¥8,033
          Hôtel Notre Dame

          Hôtel Notre Dame

          36-38 rue Notre-Dame, Bordeaux, Gironde
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Chartrons, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Contemporary Art Museum, Rue Sainte-Catherine, and Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux. Place de la Bourse and Place de la Victoire are also within 2 mi (3 km). Place Paul Doumer Tram Station and CAPC - Musee d'Art Contemporain Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            L'appart Sainte Catherine
            L'appart Sainte Catherine

            L'appart Sainte Catherine

            140 rue sainte Catherine, Bordeaux
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Bordeaux City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Rue Sainte-Catherine, Place de la Victoire, and Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux. Place de la Bourse and Bordeaux Metropole Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km). Sainte-Catherine Tram Station is only a 2-minute walk and Musee d'Aquitaine Tram Station is 4 minutes.

              Appartement Le Sainte Catherine
              Appartement Le Sainte Catherine

              Appartement Le Sainte Catherine

              136 rue Sainte Catherine, Bordeaux
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Bordeaux City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Rue Sainte-Catherine, Place de la Victoire, and Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux. Place de la Bourse and Bordeaux Metropole Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km). Sainte-Catherine Tram Station is only a 2-minute walk and Musee d'Aquitaine Tram Station is 3 minutes.

                Central Hostel ¥11,628
                Central Hostel

                Central Hostel

                2 Place Saint-Projet, Bordeaux
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Bordeaux City Centre, this hostel is steps from Cinema Utopia and Rue Sainte-Catherine. Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux and Place de la Bourse are also within 10 minutes. Sainte-Catherine Tram Station and City Hall are within a 5-minute walk.