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Eating is serious business in Bordeaux, where tantalizing restaurants seem to line every street. If you aren’t ready for a full meal, fear not. Tapas are currently all the rage; you can even tapas-hop from bar to bar on rue du Parlement-Saint-Pierre. Keep an eye out for tearooms, too—a great option for breakfast or a quick snack. My favorite: La Pâtisserie Essentielle (2 place Saint Pierre, [tel] 09-81-28-83-40), exquisite pastries and quiches by a young and highly-trained couple of pastry chefs. 

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