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Female Friendly Travel to Cities in France



As a female solo traveler, I am always on the lookout for cities with an amicable atmosphere. In this big world, the choice seems limitless which leads to confusion. When you travel alone, you wish to make the most of your journey. This is why I have created a post about Female Friendly Travel to Cities in France!

My site is dedicated to all the places I would say are top solo female travel destinations. 

French Cities For Women To Visit Solo

Bordeaux is a great landing place for a single female traveling. Having experienced both the vivid big top destination life and the enchanting small cities around Europe, I prefer the latter.

When saying small cities in France do not envision isolated villages that may depress an energetic female solo traveller. Think medium-sized, great transport links and not too touristy.  


Female Friendly Cities in Europe

  • Try Verona instead of Florence!
  • Check out Seville instead of Madrid

I have been lucky enough to visit all these cities, and I can strongly recommend it. For now, I want to tell you all about Bordeaux and why it’s one of the best female-friendly travel to cities in France! 

Transit to Bordeaux for Single Female

If you are arriving by plane to Bordeaux, as I did, you have a couple of options to get to the city center. You have the option of a taxi, which will cost you about 43 euros. Or, you can take the bus to the train. If you want to go this route, the transit time is about an hour, vs the taxi transit time of 30 minutes. 

For the shuttle bus, you take Navette Shuttle 30 Direct and it will take you to Gare de Bordeaux St. Jean. The cost for one way adult ticket is 8 euro. The schedule is here: https://30direct.com/en/schedule/


Going Solo in Bordeaux as an Independent Woman

When travelling alone, I prefer to have somewhat of a loose schedule and not pack it with lots of activities. One of the perks of solo traveling is taking this time to yourself. Here are some suggestions from me that could help you with organizing your time in the female-friendly city of Bordeaux.

7 Best Bordeaux Sights For Female Adventure-Seekers

  • Place de la Bourse and the Miroir d’eau After 20 years of construction, this 18th-century palace is a crowned jewel of Bordeaux. It was built outside the medieval city walls, evidencing the growth of Bordeaux.
  • Cathedrale Saint Andre I enjoy visiting a church more than visiting a museum. This is not because I am a religious person, I just find a building more interesting than a bunch of old artifacts. Exploring the cathedral is a lovely way to spend a morning or afternoon in Bordeaux. Don’t forget to check out the tower. An extra tip from A Single Woman Traveling: The wait for tickets can be a bit long, so go early. It’s a tight stairwell, so if you have issues with being in small spaces, you should reconsider.
  • Shopping on Rue Sainte Catherine is a wonderful female-friendly activity. Here you will find all the shops of famous brands, as well as some local designers.
  • The Girondins Monument is an incredibly beautiful fountain with a towering column erected to honor Girondin revolutionaries.
  • Free Walking Tour of Bordeaux– If this is your first time traveling as a single woman, I highly suggest you take the city tour. Not only is it a fantastic way to dive into Bordeaux, but you could also make new friends or merely socialize!
  • The Grosse Cloche The passage through is open to the public. You will need a guide to show you the dungeons that were used to keep young people who did not respect curfew or public order.

Single Woman Traveling Savings Tip

City Pass for 24 hours costs 29 euros. It includes :

  • Unlimited access to tram, bus, river shuttle
  • 20 museums and monuments
  • 1 guided tour
  • Many discounts on cruises, wine tours and more

Single Female Dining in Bordeaux

Dining alone can be intimidating. It used to be something that made me anxious and probably you feel or have felt the same way. Now having traveled on my own for so long, and eaten alone hundreds of times, I love it! The trick is finding the right place that you can feel comfortable being you. For this reason, I suggest that you find female-friendly travel to cities in France!

Friendly French Cafes for Females in Bordeaux

  • La Diplomate is a tea house serving the best tea and most incredible ambiance in all of Bordeaux. I highly recommend spending some time enjoying infused tea and a piece of cake.
  • L’Alchimiste is the gourmet coffee drinker’s dream come true. This place is serious about serving a well-crafted cup of coffee.
  • Black List Cafe Come hungry to Black List Cafe! They serve up some delicious avocado on toast! Apart from its top location just across the Cathedral, the menu offering is abundant plus some great coffee.

Top Bistros for Solo Females in Bordeaux

  • Nama is a fantastic choice if dining alone! This restaurant has a mystery menu that will leave you wishing for more! It is a pre-fix style and has options for gluten-free and vegetarian.

  • La Belle Epoque I had a wonderful lunch at this friendly bistro close to the river in Bordeaux. It is a French cuisine inspired menu, with very reasonable prices.
  • Bar Primi is a wonderful choice if you are in the mood for a little Italian meal! The menu is small and to the point with some classic pasta dishes and antipasti. Located close to the Grosse Cloche.

  • Nofa is a creative restaurant serving French and Italian fusion. This place is tiny, so pre-book. The staff is friendly and seems happy to have you as their guest.
  • Berthus is classic french cuisine, served in a cozy environment. The service was fantastic, and the prices were perfectly reasonable. You will need a reservation, which can be made online.

Bordeaux Female Friendly Boutique Hotel

If you are a single woman traveling in Bordeaux, you want to choose the right hotel to suit your needs. It’s important to find a hotel that is in a safe central area, that also isn’t going to bankrupt you. I found a wonderful hotel that was not only stylish, centrally located, but it was also affordable. Rooms with private bathrooms for singles are available. If you are 2 people, you can still stay here, you just need a bigger room.

Hotel de Tourny for Single Women Traveling

This boutique hotel is located in the city center of Bordeaux, very close to Monument aux Girondins. My room was modern, sparkling clean and offered free wifi. When returning to Bordeaux, I will make sure to stay at this hotel.


Female Friendly City Day Trips

I can’t think of any other activity more female-friendly than wine tasting!

Luckily, Bordeaux is one of the top locations in Europe for wine tasting. Taking a wine tour is an entertaining way in which to discover the surrounding areas without much of a plan. a great way to see more of the surrounding areas without having to do any of the planning. I chose Bordeaux Wine Trails for my day tour to St. Emilion and I am really happy with this choice!

There were 2 options for tour times, morning and afternoon. I picked the morning tour which starts at 9 am. Women who are early birds could take advantage of the morning vibe of the vineyards. Upon meeting your guide, you also encounter the other wine tour buddies. The group is relatively small up to 10 people which allows for conversations and free-roaming around.

We all rode the van for about 40 minutes to the winery where the tour would start. The drill is as follows – first comes wine theory such as harvesting and production and then comes the practical bit that is drum roll wine tasting.

Following the tasting, you are taken to the town of St Emilion. I can highly recommend visiting this charming village! As a single female, you will feel incredibly safe and homey walking these cobblestone streets alone. 

After about a 45 minute walk around the town on your own, you meet back with the group and head back to Bordeaux. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post about Female Friendly Travel to Cities in France. Check out more small and charming locations in Europe for female adventurers.

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13 Comments

  1. Lindsay
    August 28, 2019 / 6:35 pm

    I always enjoy getting a city pass if I’m not in a time crunch it’s a great way to get access to a city.

  2. August 29, 2019 / 12:12 pm

    The city pass is such a great tip! Thanks for so many amazing specifics for everything. And all those food shots… must go now!

  3. October 26, 2019 / 10:03 am

    What a lovely guide! Bordeaux looks very pretty – perfect for a weekend getaway! 🙂 I’m pinning this, thanks for sharing!

  4. October 26, 2019 / 2:21 pm

    What a great guide! I’ve heard some good things about Bordeaux so I’ll have to put it on my ever-growing list. Love your pics too 🙂

  5. pinkcaddytraveloguegmailcom
    October 26, 2019 / 5:15 pm

    I’m going to France for the first time in March, and Bordeaux is on the itinerary! I’ll be traveling with my mom instead of going solo, but there are still lots of great recommendations here we can use. Saving this for my trip planning!

  6. October 26, 2019 / 5:35 pm

    I have spent so much time in France and think it is very female friendly! Bordeaux is such a beautiful region!

  7. Emma
    October 26, 2019 / 6:38 pm

    Looks like you got to some great places. That food looks fantastic. I love visiting France and have traveled on my own there before and on girls trips, always found some great places to visit.

  8. October 26, 2019 / 8:45 pm

    I loved Bordeaux. It’s such a beautiful part of France. Great recommendations.

  9. October 27, 2019 / 7:54 am

    What a lovely post! I’m from France and I’ve never even been to Bordeaux but it looks so beautiful. I might stop there for a few hours when I go home for Christmas!

    • October 27, 2019 / 8:04 am

      I can only imagine how incredible it will be at Christmas!! Take lots of pictures!!

  10. October 28, 2019 / 9:01 am

    So many wonderful tips, Melissa! Love your photos – it looks so dreamy. Would love to try the avocado on toast at the Black List Cafe, sounds delicious 😀

  11. October 29, 2019 / 6:09 am

    Great suggestions! Good to know that a city pass is available. I think it´s a great chance to save a bit money when you visit some attractions, museums, etc. anyway! The winetasting possibilities sound also awesome!

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