Quality Suites Dax Imperatrice Eugenie
2 boulevard Camus
Phone: (33) 2 28020303
Fax: (33) 2 40950572
Bars & Cafes
For 25 years now, the shopkeepers from the nearby "Halles" (the central food market), have been getting together for lunch. Native Basques and loud conversations are always in vogue. Even when there seems to be no more room in the place, you can still squeeze yourself in. You're guaranteed to eat well but we can't guarantee peace and quiet. Only one drawback for those who like to eat out late, last orders are quite early; no tasty hot soups or famous red pepper omelettes after 7.30pm. Expect to pay 50F (EUR 8) for a main course.
In a warm and friendly atmosphere, come and have a game amongst friends, take part in tournaments or even attend one of the concerts. If you prefer singing, try your hand at Karaoké. Feel like emailing your friends or surfing the web? Just go upstairs, you can get on the Internet or play one of the networked games from one of the computers available. There is a games room with billiard tables, video games and pin-ball machines. Afterwards, why not have a enjoy a drink at the bar; the staff is very friendly. A bowling game costs between 20F-35F (EUR 3.5-5.3), shoe hire costs 9F (EUR 1.3), 1h Internet connection costs 50F (EUR 7.6).
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).
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)
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.
Sala Tunk is one place to go to for some fun times. With florescent lights, smart and peppy music and some real plush seats, this bar is a sure address to excitement. You can listen to some of your favorite numbers and simply relax with one of their eclectic mixtures. There is also the lure of the live music and famed band performances on select days. If some activity is what you want, the place has pool tables where you can play a game. If you are throwing a party, they also have a hall to give out on rent. To know more, check the website.