An Essential Guide to Biarritz's Les Halles

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Updated: 30 October 2017
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Les Halles, Biarritz’s most vibrant area, is the dynamic lung of the city and includes the sumptuous Avenue du Maréchal Foch and the lively Rue Gambetta. A haven for food lovers, it is also a great place to shop, relax and get a real glimpse of the local culture.

Don’t visit Les Halles without stopping by its emblematic market. Open every day from 7:30 am to 2 pm, it is a place where locals like to come to start their day with some fresh coffee and where tourists get the best introduction to the Basque region via its gastronomy. In either case, the cordial atmosphere reigns in the recently renovated venue and many will find themselves staying longer than they originally planned. Don’t hesitate to ask the merchants about their products because they are very happy to share their knowledge and passion with the neophytes.

There are plenty of spaces in the area to buy original and tasty souvenirs. For instance, after walking around town all day, go to Café Miremont for a well-deserved break in one of the most historical Biarritz’s institutions. Try the Tonka bean brownies or the house favourite three-flavour Saint Honoré Cake.

Do some shopping at Art of Soule and bring home a pair of espadrilles, the region’s iconic shoe. Spend a fun evening at one of the numerous bars and restaurants around like Le Comptoir du Foie Gras and share some delicious tapas with your friends before heading to Puig & Daro or Les Contrebandiers for some excellent food and wine.

The next morning, wake up early and have breakfast at the Café Mokafina Thés, a family-owned café that offers homemade coffee mixtures and more than 150 varieties of tea.

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