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2 boulevard Camus
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On the Chambre d'Amour beach, you cannot miss this restaurant: South American décor, covered terrace and large wooden tables, which can seat over 20 people. This is essentially a convivial place where you can have dinner (tex-mex) and above all enjoy a party with tequilas and margaritas. The team itself is highly spirited and regularly organises concerts. Every Thurday, DJs take over the turntables to bring the house down… Dishes cost from 40F (EUR 6.09)
Among the many restaurants on the Chambre d'Amour promenade (5 minutes from Biarritz), this is much more than an ordinary pizzeria. Fans of mussels and chips (real homemade chips) will be delighted. Why not try the fresh grilled tuna or the Gambas a la Plancha (grilled kingprawns). You won't be disappointed by the quality of the produce. There is also a large covered terrace. This is certainly one of the best value for money restaurants on the coast. The service is impeccable and very fast. Expect to pay 45F (EUR 6.80) for mussel and chips, 49F (EUR 7.4) and 59F (EUR 8.9) for the assiettes composées (French style antipasti).
Whether it be summer or winter, it's best to either go early to this restaurant (7.30-8pm) or very late (after 10pm), as the place is just as popular with the locals as it is with the holiday-makers. Quick, polite and efficient service, along with probably the best pizzas baked on a log fire in the region. Even the owner lends a hand with the cooking, but be sure to get there in time for the home-made desserts, the tarte aux fraises(strawberry tart) is a real treat. Expect to pay 40F for a pizza (EUR 6.09).
For those of you who like pirate stories, this pub-restaurant recreates the atmosphere of a real pirate ship. Its small, intimate compartments and its wooden, warm interior make for a convivial atmosphere: especially in winter where people get together after a walk on the beach for an Irish coffee, a café mexicain (Tequila, Kalua and whipped cream) or a gratiné aux oignons (onion gratin). As well as a large range of cocktails, le Taïtu offers a wide range of pizzas (40F, EUR 6.1), salads (20F-50F, EUR 3.05-7.62) and pasta dishes (around 40F, EUR 6.1). Expect to spend 40F (EUR 6.09) on a dish.
Located in the heart of the city, the latest tearoom in Biarritz has a large terrace, which is covered in bad weather. L'Orangerie offers primarily a wide selection of teas… But let's not forget the choice of mouth-watering cakes and Danish pastries available! Very hearty breakfasts are also on offer (with freshly squeezed fruit juices and hot drinks) as well as good lunches served quickly. Breakfast costs 39F-49F (EUR 5.9-7.4), tea 23F-27F (EUR 3.5-4.1).
Located in one of the busiest shopping streets in Biarritz, this is one of the oldest fast food establishments on the coast. Everything is to take away since there is no seating available. Besides its many salads, the Croq Salad also offers all year round sandwiches and beefburgers at very competitive prices. A sandwich costs around 22F (EUR 3.3) and a salad 30F (ER 4.5).
The restaurant opposite the Halles du marché de Biarritz (main fresh produce market), is a must for those who have never tasted Basque food. A typical Latin atmosphere in sober surroundings - wooden benches, large tiled tables and paintings of bull-fights on the wall. At lunchtime, the locals get together after the market for some tapas (Spanish appetizers). Whether you're sitting down or standing up, only one golden rule, keep hold of the little sticks that you've eaten with, as they are used to work out how much you've eaten. Expect to pay between 50-60 F (EUR 7.62-EUR 9.14) for a set menu.
You're guaranteed an explosive start to the evening in this bar. You'll find everything as it should be here: sawdust on the floor, a list showing a range of drinks served during local events such as the unusual kalimutxo (red wine and coke) which can be ordered by the glass or jug. If La Marine is an excellent place for a party among friends, it is also possible to eat during the day inside or outside (if there is any room since the terrace is unfortunately very small). Menus are available for 45-50F (EUR 6.8-7.8)
Situated at the top of the Rue Mazagran, this sandwich place offers one of the coast's most varied menus. Specialising in pizzas, it also sells very tasty and hearty Américains (burger and chips in a sandwich), panini (hot sandwiches baked in the oven) and traditional sandwiches. There is one problem: it is difficult to eat sitting down since there are only three stools available. It is, therefore, recommended you find a seat elsewhere: why not on the beach?
Run by a team of young people, this place is halfway between traditional bistro and English pub. From 8 am, Le Littoral serves hearty breakfasts. You can come back afterwards at any time of the day for a drink or to try one of the many dishes and snacks listed on the menu: the famous mussels and chips, savoury and sweet pancakes and any other dishes on offer in a traditional brasserie… Service is quick and prices reasonable. Set menu is available for 58F (EUR 8.8)
Wine and a bite to eat, this is what has been available in this old Biarritz institution for a number of years. If today it is more commonly described as a tapas bar (little snacks originating from Spain), nothing has changed since its beginnings. The Spanish influence permeates everything: décor, pottery on the walls, conviviality and tables made from barrels. Come and enjoy a drink with friends and if you let yourself go in this atmosphere, you will often forget about dinner. Tapas cost from 10F (EUR 1.52).
Flanking the hill and situated on the beach, this bar-restaurant offers a magnificent view of the Bay of Biscay. The menu is plain (fish is the speciality) and rather expensive but no matter, you go there to see and to be seen! From 11pm, the gilded youth flocks from all over the coast to the sand arena underneath the restaurant. To the sound of rock and techno music, they dance on the wooden tables whilst sipping iced margaritas (a tequila and lemon juice cocktail). Just a few tips: to enjoy the sunset on the terrace, go in good weather; take a jumper with you, the evenings in the Basque country are often a little chilly and you should definitely avoid rainy and windy days. Expect to pay from around 160F to 200F for the à la carte menu.