Saint-Michel is an ancient district, situated in the very centre of Bordeaux. Initially it was built around the Basilica of Saint Michael. It’s a cosmopolite district, where you can find a mix of numerous cultures and architectural styles. The district was named after the St Michel bell tower.
Its proximity to Garonne led to the economic growth, thanks to which many families got rich. In addition, the Salinieres port, specialised in salt, grain and seafood commerce and La Grave port, specialised in wine commerce, thrived as well.
The zone grew, new buildings appeared, craftsmen developed their activity. The name of the streets tell us its history: Faures street (blacksmiths), Fusterie street (shipbuilders), Carpenteyre street (carpenters).
Today the separate bell tower, which is 114 meters tall, is an emblem of the district.
The Basilica of Saint Michael was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1946. Today the district is getting transformed and developed. It has become more modern and welcoming. In the last few years there have been multiple repairs and modifications. (square renovation, playgrounds construction, roads maintenance).
Talking about gastronomic experience, you will be certainly pleased by L’Atelier des Faures (Gault et Millau restaurant guide 2018)