France is world-renowned for its cuisine, but in the South-West, amid the glorious beaches and ocean vistas, it’s the Basque influence that reigns. The Atlantic Ocean inspires the rustic-styled fish-based cuisine. From filling fish stews to bite-sized pintxos, the culinary offerings are unique and not to be missed.
Savour The Surf Vibe In Biarritz
Biarritz and Anglet offer dining establishments to please even the most discerning of palates. The town’s geographic location lends itself to delicacies from both land and sea. Chill out at surf-chic eateries, taste exemplary French Basque cuisine, and feed your senses with art deco encased sea views like at The Beach House.
For lunch after bathing in the sea try Les Baigneuses with its sumptuous sea views. The gourmet cuisine on offer is inspired by the markets of the Basque Country and uses only the best seasonal produce.
In the evening hold on to your chilled surf-vibe with dinner at Le Surfing. The relaxed atmosphere is further chilled by its sunset views over the sea. Start with cheese and charcuterie boards coupled with a glass of Bordeaux Grave. Then try the Tuna Flip Flap for a satisfying taste of the ocean and wash it down with a Galician white.
Get A Penchant For The Port Of Saint-Jean De Luz
For a quieter approach to Basque life, Saint-Jean de Luz is an essential stop. The quintessential seaside town couples atmospheric narrow streets with a lively harbor. To tempt the palate, its fishing port pulls in generous catches of sardines and anchovies. Restaurants and bars gather around the charming place Louis XIV offering tantalizing dishes and alluring ambience in abundance.
Take a stroll through the cobbled streets and satisfy your sweet tooth at Maison Adam. The family founded the perfect macaron recipe back in 1660, a well-guarded secret, and have been making them ever since. Don’t forget to leave room for a Basque cake too, its delicate shortbread texture and cream filling make it another house specialty.
For lunch stop at the Chez Kako with its traditional cuisine. Snuggle up in the cozy bar with the noisy locals and sip on a Basque cider or glass of Txakoli. Fill your bellies with deliciously spiced hake or the perfect cut of beef.
Other specialties not to miss include the velvety Basque pork with its aromas of spices and nuts. To quench your thirst try the local specialty of honey and almonds or a Basque beer with its soft beginnings and harmonic bittersweet aftertaste.