Top things to do

Top Choice Cathedral in Bayonne

Cathédrale Ste-Marie

The twin towers of Bayonne's Gothic cathedral soar above the city. Construction began in the 13th century, and was completed in 1451. Above the north aisle are three lovely stained-glass windows; the oldest, in the …
Top Choice Gastronomy in Bayonne

Table de Pottoka

Run by renowned chef Sebastien Gravé (who also runs a place in Paris), this is Bayonne's top spot. It's committed to big Basque flavours, but explores them in all kinds of innovative ways. Inside, things are sleek a…
Top Choice Museum in Bayonne

Musée Basque et de l'Histoire de Bayonne

If you're still getting to grips with the complex culture and history of the Basque region, this excellent ethnographic museum makes a great place to start. It's crammed with artefacts, from traditional costumes, ar…
Chocolate in Bayonne


The window displays at this renowned chocolate shop are practically an art-form. Inside there are 12 grades of plaquettes (chocolate bars) to try, each with a colour-coded wrapper, plus bonbons chocolats (individual…
Market in Bayonne

Les Halles

Bayonne's covered market is a beauty, standing right by the river and brimming with Basque Country goodies. After it closes, there are a couple of corner bars where you can try some pinxtos (Basque tapas) or tuck in…
Basque in Bayonne

Bistrot Itsaski

This convivial stone-walled dining room is managed ably by warm proprietors who circulate making sure all guests are happy. And happy they are with the generous portions of light, creative Basque fare with an emphas…
Chocolate in Bayonne


Founded in Bayonne in 1890, this premium chocolatier sells its chocolate bars in an irresistible variety of flavours: plain and milk, of course, but also laced with vanilla, cinnamon, coffee, coconut and exotic spic…
Museum in Bayonne

Musée Bonnat-Helleu

Bayonne's venerable fine-arts museum is undergoing an extensive expansion, which will give it more spacious, modern galleries – veritably doubling its size. It is slated to reopen in mid- to late 2019.
Cultural in Bayonne

Fêtes de Bayonne

A five-day extravaganza of food, drink, dance and fireworks.
Factory in Bayonne

L’Atelier du Chocolat

Visit this chocolate factory to sample and buy its chocolates (which are also available at a shop on rue Pont Neuf in central Bayonne). While here, explore its little chocolate museum and, even better, watch chocola…