Top things to do in Pau

Chateau in Pau

Château de Pau

Originally the residence of the monarchs of Navarre, Pau’s castle was transformed into a Renaissance château amid lavish gardens by Marguerite d’Angoulême in the 16th century. Marguerite’s grandson, Henri de Navarre…
Middle Eastern in Pau

La Fiancée du Desert

Colourful tapestries, fairy lights and Moroccan lamps set the scene at this rustically chic spot that seems to be everyone's favourite eatery du jour. The small plates are best – order a platter with tabouli, hummus…
French in Pau

Le Majestic

This smart restaurant serves top-notch French cuisine. It’s formal inside – ice-white tablecloths, razor-sharp napkins, twisted willow – but it suits the sophisticated food, heavy on premium ingredients such as turb…
French in Pau

Chez Canaille

Hidden down on atmospheric rue de Hédas, Chez Canaille has old-fashioned charm, with burgundy banquettes, red-checked tablecloths and unfussy wooden furniture. The small menu has some fine standouts, including a dec…
Fusion in Pau

Café du Passage

This festive, colourfully decked-out space fits the bill when you seek a bit more joie de vivre with your dining experience. Amid low-playing grooves and whimsical murals, diners tuck into juicy burgers, fish and ch…
French in Pau

Les Papilles Insolites

Run by a former Parisian sommelier, this cosy wine bar serves beautifully prepared small plates like Galician-style octopus, scallops with leeks or lamb with cumin. Complete the experience with the owner’s choice of…
Music in Pau

Hestiv'Òc

Over three days in mid-August (usually the first weekend after the 15th), this massive fest features free concerts and theatre performances all around the city centre. Pau's biggest and best event is always a good t…
Vintage in Pau

BricOTruc

After browsing the boutiques of nearby rue Serviez, stop by BricOTruc, which has a delightful assortment of recycled jewellery, picture frames, toys, artwork, vases and other assorted bric-a-brac, all handsomely dis…
Museum in Pau

Musée Bernadotte

This townhouse is the birthplace of one of Napoléon’s favourite generals, Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte (nicknamed ‘Sergent belle-jambe’, on account of his shapely legs). Now a museum, the house explores the strange stor…
Gastronomy in Pau

Au Fin Gourmet

For old-school fine French dining, this restaurant gastronomique is Pau’s premier address. It’s run by the Ithurriague brothers, Patrick and Laurent, known for their Michelin-style food and fondness for sauces, crea…