Most travellers who visit Bordeaux are here for the wine. But since Bordeaux is located in one of the most fashion-conscious countries in the world, it's not surprising that there are plenty of other great shopping opportunities to enjoy before settling into the delicious wines.

Wine connoisseurs should generally look to buy directly from the wine farms, but shops such as La Vinothèque on cours du XXX Juillet, or L'Intendant and Badie on allées de Tourny are also good bets.

Bordeaux's streets are lined with some of the most exclusive boutiques and designer stores in France, and cours Georges-Clemenceau is where emporia and brand names such as Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Mont Blanc and Christian Lacroix can be found.

Bordeaux is also famed for its fabulous antique shopping and areas such as the Rue Notre-Dame in the Chartrons district and Rue Bouffardwill come up trumps for those looking for something unique and special, while the Village Notre-Dame is home to at least 30 antique stores.

But the main point of interest for shopaholics has to be Rue Sainte-Catherine, a pedestrian only shopping street stretching just short of one mile (1.2km) and featuring around 100 boutiques, shops, restaurants and cafés - said to be the longest shopping street in France! Shoppers should start with the more affordable stores down near the Place de la Victoir before working their way up to the Grand Théâtre, where the shops become increasingly more expensive and exclusive at the Cours de l'Intendance, a must for all fashion lovers.

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