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Top Choice Cafe in Arcachon

Café de la Plage

As seafront cafes go, you can't do better than stylish Café de la Plage. From sunrise to sunset and beyond, this gourmet cafe and bar by the vintage Big Wheel on the seafront buzzes with local life – in the company …
Top Choice Seafood in Arcachon

Chez Pierre

Stunning shellfish and seafood to suit most budgets, gracious service and an elegant terrace on the seafront with white tablecloths makes this contemporary address the top dining choice in Arcachon. Its fixed menus …
Top Choice Seafood in Arcachon

Le Bikini

With comfy, candy-striped cushioned seating overlooking kitesurfers on sandy Plage des Arbousiers and an atmospheric bar wrapped around a tree, the Bikini buzzes year-round with energy, fun and locals. Its kitchen c…
Top Choice Seafood in Arcachon

Club Plage Pereire

Each year this pop-up beach hut on sandy Plage Pereire is built afresh, much to the joy of local foodies and bons vivants who flock here for tasty seafood cuisine, the buzzing beach vibe, impossible romantic drinks …
Aquarium in Arcachon


In a wooden shack opposite the casino, this aquarium has a small collection of Atlantic fish in floodlit tanks.
Beach in Arcachon

Plage d'Arcachon

In the delightful Ville d'Été (Summer Quarter), Arcachon's deep sandy beach, Plage d'Arcachon, is flanked by two piers. Lively Jetée Thiers is at the western end, from where boats yo-yo across the water to Cap Ferre…
Area in Arcachon

Ville d'Hiver

On the tree-covered hillside south of the Ville d'Été, the century-old Ville d'Hiver (Winter Quarter) has more than 300 villas, many decorated with delicate wood tracery, ranging in style from neo-Gothic through to …