Quality Hotel Pau Centre Bosquet
80, rue Emile Garet
Phone: (33) 5 59825800
Fax: (33) 5 59273020
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.
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).
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)
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.
Big Star Music Club is the place to go for those with musical inclinations. This nightclub and hall brings alive its entire neighborhood with its amazing tunes and electric lights. If you are not up to dancing, simply lounge on one of the plush shocking red couch and take in the ambiance as you sip on your concoction. There is also the lure of the live musical nights and regular concert days to ensure your return. On a trip to this amazing place, you are sure to have some memorable times. To learn more, check the website.
Enjoying drinks and snacks under the sun in Subsuelo is just the apt way to relax. This cafe offers a range of local dishes and great music to enjoy them with. And the underground bar provides more musical options for all the music lovers with various local bands and artists offering live performances here. This surely is a nice place to chill out at a pretty plaza in Pamplona.
Restaurante Alhambra began in 1985 and was named after a type of local cuisine in the Navarra region. The specialty of this restaurant is its authentic local platter, cooked in a distinctly traditional manner. Salads, pork, beef, potato, veggies, brownies, pastries and delicious wines constitute the menu. Restaurante Alhambra also offers elegant rooms for private parties, business dinners and galas. The beautifully decorated lounge bar is held in high esteem in the city of Pamplona. Call ahead for reservations.