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Go Out in Bordeaux, France with Matt Da Cruz

1.) How long have you been in your city? When did you first visit your city?

It’s been 13 years that I live in Bordeaux, the famous city of wine! I came here to do my graduate studies and since then I have never left. I work in Bordeaux for 7 years and it is always a pleasure to live here. In 10 years, the city has completely transformed, and it continues to evolve in the right direction. It is very often elected as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe where it is good to live. Very touristy, it is today considered as a Little Paris.


2.) Where should people stay and visit?

There is so much to do and see in Bordeaux. There are places to visit such as walks on the quays, the famous Miroir d’Eau which reflects the magnificent Place de la Bourse, the Saint Pierre district for its narrow streets, bars and restaurants, the Capucins market and the Chartrons market. , the Public Garden but also St. Catherine Street, the longest commercial street in Europe. There is also the famous Cité du Vin with its mind-blowing architecture, recently built. To all this, there is also the Grand Theater, the CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, the TNBA Theater, and especially the Underwater Base which hosts the work of talented artists all year round. Enough to fuel our intellectual curiosity and make culture accessible to all.


3.) Give us a tour of your gayborhood?

I do not live in a gay neighborhood. There was a time when there was a real neighborhood truly identified as a gay neighborhood. This is no longer the case today. There are still some bars and nights essential but the city has, in recent years, still struggling to support the gay community. It is quite paradoxical because it is a city that attracts many gays, especially Parisians who want to live in a city more pleasant geographically and less stressful than the capital.


4.) Where do gentlemen go for brunch?

It’s quite subjective but I will mention places such as L’autre Petit Bois for its toast, its wines and its atypical vintage, retro, baroque deco. The “7” restaurant on the seventh floor of the Cité du Vin. A very refined cuisine and an impressive wine selection. We can also mention the restaurant of Espace Darwin, an alternative Bordeaux place dedicated to responsible economic development, ecological transition and citizen activism.

5.) What’s a hidden gem?

It is not really a jewel that is hidden but the Underwater Base is for me a magical place. This place housed U-Boote submarine fleets during the Second World War. Today open to the general public, it contributes to the cultural influence of the city. With its history, its architecture and the artists it receives, the Underwater Base is a real gem.


6.) What’s your favorite restaurant in the city?

I have several! The restaurant L’ Autre Petit Bois for its toast, its decor and its atmosphere. The Maison Darnauzan for its rotisserie and mojitos ! The “Le 7” restaurant at La Cité du Vin for its exceptional wines.


7.) What’s your perfect day in Bordeaux, France ?

On Sunday! Get up, have breakfast on my sunny balcony and then go to sport. Go back and go through the small market on the square near my apartment. Buy a chicken that comes straight out of the rotisserie, the potatoes, the fresh eggs and a bottle of wine. Go strolling on the docks in the afternoon, land in a terrace bar and drink a mojito, go to an exhibition at the end of the day and end the weekend with the duo restaurant/ cinema with friends !


My name is Matt Da Cruz. I am 30 years old. I am French but I have Portuguese origins. I work in digital marketing and communication for almost 10 years. And Instagram is my social network of choice in my private life! Art fan, fitness addict and completely crazy about my cat Bengal, Niobi 🙂



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