Café Ha(a)ïtza

French in Pyla-sur-Mer

Be it a languid summer lunch on a sun-drenched wooden deck or a snug winter feast beneath steel beams and shelves of books, Café Ha(a)ïtza hits the sweet spot every time. Begin with oysters or tuna tartare, perhaps, followed by meat grilled over a wood fire. Waiters scurry around in fashionable white chinos and Stan Smiths, and straw trilby hats double as dapper lampshades.

In summer the entire place rocks until well after midnight; the cocktail bar serves drinks until 1am.