The Pyrenees restaurants

Top Choice Gastronomy in Lourdes

Le Viscos

Ex-TV chef Jean-Pierre St-Martin has established his own gastronomic hideaway in St-Savin, 16km south of Lourdes. Known for blending Basque, Breton and Pyrenean cuisine, as well as his unshakeable passion for foie g…
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…
Gastronomy in Bagnères de Luchon

L’Héptaméron des Gourmets

This swish restaurant is the address for traditional French fine dining. Start with an aperitif in the salon, with its book-lined shelves and leather armchairs, then graduate to the kitschy conservatory for rich cui…
Bistro in Bagnères de Luchon

Le Baluchon

In contrast to the traditional fare on many Luchon menus, this bistro takes its cue from a more contemporary cookbook. It’s run by husband-and-wife team Laura and Thomas, who favour seasonal ingredients and stripped…
French in Cauterets

La Cheeserie

A fromage-lover's paradise, La Cheeserie whips up a dozen varieties of raclettes and fondues, served with delicacies like magret de canard (seared duck breast), white asparagus and chorizo. There's a suitably impres…
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 Foix

Le Jeu de l'Oie

Tucked along one of Foix' quiet back lanes, Le Jeu de l'Oie serves satisfying plates of confit de canard (duck confit) and cassoulet as well as roasted salmon with a chorizo crust and roasted red peppers stuffed wit…
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…