History of the Chartrons district
The old Faubourg des Chartrons is the historic stronghold of wine merchants. His story is also marked by colonial trade. The most distant origins of the neighborhood, to which it owes its name, go back to the 14th century when a Carthusian community settled there. The large families of Flemish, Irish and English traders arrived there in the 17th century. At the 18th, the port of the Moon is the largest in France. In the 19th century, the wine vocation of Bordeaux is at its peak and the district includes the largest traders in the sector. Abandoned after the Second War, the Chartrons district will find a new lease of life at the dawn of the 21st century: its beautiful facades are now restored and its charming alleyways are full of antique shops, art galleries and decorative shops. In front of the Garonne, old trades whose large porches once allowed the passage of barrels are now welcoming bistros and other restaurants.
The must sees of the Chartrons district
Located between the Quinconces and the Jardin Public, the district revolves around its very high church Saint-Louis-des-Chartrons, well visible when you take a boat ride on the Garonne. At the entrance to the district is the impressive Maritime Stock Exchange building and the fascinating contemporary art museum housed in a former trading warehouse. Before the church Saint-Louis, the temple of the Chartrons sports a beautiful neoclassical facade. The rue Notre-Dame, a must-see neighborhood, is full of antique dealers and antique dealers. Major cultural venue in Bordeaux, the Halle des Chartrons hosts concerts, festivals, exhibitions and temporary exhibitions. All around these magnificent halls of the late 19th century, you will find sunny terraces of friendly bars and gourmet restaurants. The Chartrons district is also home to a fascinating wine and wine museum, set up in a cellar. Not far, a walk in the neighborhood will take you to the place Picard and its statue of freedom, then the rue du Faubourg des Arts, its galleries and its many shops. On the docks at the Chartrons level, the old port warehouses have been transformed into a pleasant shopping mall, the "Quai des marques".
Living in the Chartrons district
Between its Quai of factory-priced brands, alternative shops, art workshops and antique shops, the Chartrons is a pleasant neighborhood to stroll around. The living environment is relaxing and of a very high quality. The district hosts one of the first organic markets in France. On the rue Notre-Dame side, the atmosphere is that of a village, made of flowers, friendliness and bohemian spirit. The district seduces families for the quality and the number of its green spaces, for its animation and for its ideal situation with regard to the other districts of Bordeaux, the transport network, the cultural spaces and the schools or universities.