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There is a twice weekly market on Thursday and Sunday mornings at Place du Quintaou in Anglet. Apart from local produce you can buy seafood and the famous “pibales” which are young eels.
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FOOD: The food of the Basque region is typically spicy and the famous dish of Pipérade which features bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, piment d'Espelette, is a favourite and sometimes accompanied with jambon de Bayonne. A speciality of the French Basque region, this raw cured ham is similar to its Spanish counterpart, Serrano ham. Flavourful and salty, it is sold in very thin slices and delicious. The Basque region is not renowned for its desserts. However, there is one cake, known simply as a Basque cake (Gateau Basque) that you will find made all over the region. This cake will be filed with a thick pastry cream, but just as popular is the black cherry jam filling.Many restaurants to choose from all offering typical Basque dishes, fresh fish and seafood and in some you find paella.
St Jean de Luz is the birthplace of the Macaroon cake.
There are are many brassieres and bistro’s to choose from all offering excellent choices from their local Basque food and of course fresh fish and seafood that this coastline is famous for. The atmosphere in these brassieres is wonderful with local people and holidaymakers genuinely enjoying where they are. That is the atmosphere of this vibrant town. If you are renting a villa you can shop in the covered market in Rue Victor Hugo where you will find fresh fish, cheeses and local produce.
Shopping is good in St Jean de Luz with smart shops that line the main street to the pedestrian walkway that is accessed from the main street. It is full of shops selling handmade espadrilles, leather goods, fine Basque linens and much more.
One place every visitor should experience is the Grand Hotel in St Jean de Luz whether it’s for a morning coffee or and pre-dinner drink. It’s not cheap but worth it! The Grand Hotel is a belle époque, cream wedding cake of a building on the edge of the white sandy beach. There is a wide terrace with white wicker furniture and umbrellas where you can watch the world go by or relax inside in the bar/lounge area with large comfortable armchairs enjoying the sumptuous surroundings.
Biarritz: Stroll along the long promenade and then take have a cup of hot chocolate in one of many Salon du The’s and watch the world go by!!