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Restaurant Le Pim'pi

A small and resolutely old-fashioned place unfazed by all the razzamatazz around it. The daily specials are chalked up on a blackboard – most are of the classic French bistro style but are produced with such unusual…
Beach in Biarritz

Grande Plage

Grand by name, grand by nature, Biarritz’ vast main beach has been the place to be seen in since the days of Napoléon II and Eugénie. It's wall-to-wall with bodies on summer days, and eerily deserted in winter. Stri…
Market in Biarritz

Les Halles

Biarritz' lovely covered market is the place to come for picnic ingredients.
Museum in Biarritz

Cité de l'Océan

Biarritz' newest sea-themed attraction is part museum, part theme park, part educational centre. It takes a fun approach to learning about the sea in all its forms – attractions range from a chance to explore a mari…
Seafood in Biarritz

Chez Albert

If you want your fish fresh off the boat, then this venerable place down by the old port is just the ticket – you can literally watch the catch being landed straight off the quay here. As you'd expect, the majestic …
Museum in Biarritz

Planète Musée du Chocolat

It's certainly not planet-sized, but this small museum still makes an intriguing detour for chocophiles, exploring the Basque Country's long association with the cacao bean. Attractions include vintage chocolate-mak…
Museum in Biarritz

Musée de la Mer

Housed in a wonderful art deco building near the old port, Biarritz' Musée de la Mer is seething with underwater life from the Bay of Biscay and beyond, including huge aquariums of sharks, playful grey seals and tro…
Cafe in Biarritz

Milwaukee Café

A little dose of Americana cafe culture is on offer here – burgers, salads, smoothies and health shakes, followed up by delicious cupcakes and proper barista-made coffees. It's light, fresh and bright inside, and po…
Cafe in Biarritz


Operating since 1880, this grande dame harks back to the time when belle époque Biarritz was the beach resort of choice for the rich and glamorous. Today it still attracts perfectly coiffed hairdos (and that's just …
Basque in Biarritz


This is one of those places, hidden down an alley and in a cave-like building, that's so discreet that only a local could have pointed it out to you. Despite the less-than-obvious look to the place, it has a stellar…