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7 places to eat and drink if you're in Bordeaux for the Belgium match

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Image: Facebook/La Petit Commerce

COLLABORATIONS WORK — JUST just ask Seamus Coleman and Wes Hoolahan.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with LovinDublin to create a handy go-to guide for the Euros – helping you make the most of this month’s footballing feast.

Bordeaux has it all.

History, culture, local cuisine and – crucially – the Matmut Atlantique stadium, which will host our crucial match against Belgium.

So if you’re travelling over, we’ve set up a little checklist for you. Happy eating…

1. Le Petit Commerce

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This iconic bistro is as unmissable as it is inspired, with dining rooms both sides of a narrow pedestrian street and former Michelin-starred chef Stéphane Carrade captaining the squad.

Located in the trendy St-Pierre quarter, Le Petit Commerce is best known for its excellent seafood menu that embraces everything from the briny deep, fresh from the waters of St Jean de Luz.

End your meal, in true Bordeaux fashion, with a bowl of riz au lait à l’orange (orange-perfumed rice pudding).

And where is it?

Tucked in just behind the Palais, on 22 Rue Parlement Saint-Pierre – a 30 minute taxi or bus from Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux. Find it on Google Maps here.

2. Magasin Général

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Magasin Général boasts the hippest clientele in town.

One of France’s biggest and best organic restaurants is located across the Garonne, and is fully kitted out with an enormous terrace, complete with comfy couches and a ping-pong table.

Everything that passes your lips here is totally organic and sourced locally. And if you’re hanging around the day after the match, their Sunday brunches are gargantuan feasts.

And where is it?

Across the Pont de Pierre, at Bâtiment Nord – a mere 15-minute taxi ride from the stadium. Find it on Google Maps here.

3. Chez Meme

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A favourite with locals and tourists alike, Chez Meme boasts a fantastic menu filled with perfectly prepared and very fresh fish, beef carpaccio to die for, and some of the best duck in the whole of Bordeaux.

But the best part of all? It’s very reasonably priced, meaning you won’t have to remortgage the house to experience the best of the best.

And where is it?

Rue Saint Remi, which disects the major Rue Saint Catherine at the McDonald’s. A 20-minute taxi from the stadium. Find it on Google Maps here.

4. Le Cheverus

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The ever-energetic cafe that is Le Cheverus boasts an atmosphere that is never dull. The buzzing neighbourhood bistro has an interior made up of retro decor and metal chairs, giving a kitschy feel to the already admirably Parisienne vibe.

The food is home-cooked and experimental, mixing classics like steak tartare and hamburger à cheval (not a horse burger FYI, but a beef burger with an egg on top – thankfully) with light salads and vegetarian dishes.

And where is it?

81 Rue du Loup, just off Cours d’Alsace-et-Lorraine. Find it on Google Maps here.

5. Potato Head

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Boasting an eclectic and mismatching array of seating, moss-clad vegetal wall and industrial-style lighting, this trendy eatery is located right in the heart of Bordeaux and is an unforgettable space to dine in.

Add to the mix a creative kitchen known for surprise combos (foie gras, beetroot, ginger and chocolate, anyone?) and the finest summer garden in the city and, well, you’ve got yourself a good night planned.

Potato Head‘s Sunday brunch, priced at just €24, is situated in the garden and is an out-of-body experience.

And where is it?

27 Rue Buhan, just off the bustling Cours Victor Hugo – about 20 minutes from the stadium. Find it on Google Maps here.

6. Maison du Vin

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When in France, drink as the French drink.

Maison du Vin is exactly what is says on the tin, a house of win. Backed by a co-op of local vineyards, this place is perfect for anyone wanting an inexpensive variety of the wines of Bordeaux – even people who have no idea what they are doing.

And where is it?

Smack bang in the centre of the city, opposite the Opera House – and half an hour in a taxi from the stadium. Find it on Google Maps here.

7. La Tupina

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La Tupina (‘kettle’ in Basque) is constantly and consistently filled with the aromas of warm and delicious cooking, boding well for the hungry customer fresh off the back of a win.

This iconic bistro celebrates all aspects of seasonal southwestern French fare: think foie gras and egg cassoullette (mini casserole), milk-fed lamb, tripe and goose wings. This is where the people of Bordeaux eat – and according to them La Tupina have on their menu the best chips in the whole world.

You heard it here first.

And where is it?

Tucked in behind the quays on Rue Porte de la Monnaie. Find it on Google Maps here.

They say two heads are better than one…

That’s why we’ve teamed up with our pals at lifestyle website LovinDublin to create LovinThe42 – a place where football and culture meet, and your go-to guide to eating, sleeping and breathing all this summer’s football action.

It’s also why the head distiller of Jameson and the head brewer of Cork’s Franciscan Well Brewery came together to create Jameson Caskmates: a whiskey that’s been finished in stout-seasoned casks. With a triple-distilled smoothness that’s very much intact, notes of cocoa, coffee and butterscotch confirm the stout influence.

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