The Bay of Arcachon – information about cycle routes available from us at l’Invitation


Here are a few more of our favourite places…


Arcachon is very touristy so its not easy to find a good restaurant…

Dare I mention a few names…?




A group of oyster shacks between Arcachon (see ville d’hiver) and Teich (Bird Sanctuary)


Sea food and regional specialties in Gujan Mestras

Cap Ferret


A la pointe, vue sur le pilat

At the end of the spit, the establishment has been run by the same family for 4 generations, it’s an Cap Ferret institution, however due to the retreating coastline the restaurant is under threat.

+ The fresh sea air, the view of the Dune du Pilat like a big baked alaska across the bay.


Poissons et crustacés
Their slogan : ” Paradise is our only rival”

Open 7 days a week, there’s always have fresh sea food,and a terrace overlooking the bay and the Dune du Pilat.

+ Recommended by Michelin guide, with very good ratings, and location, location, location


On the Cap Ferret coast, it’s an authentic yet stylish oyster shack.

Dégustation d'huitres avec vue sur le Bassin d'Arcachon
Our table at la Canfouine

+ There’s a jetty for arrivals by boat, a terrace with lots of cushions facing the bay, sea food, chilled wines and mineral waters. An unforgettable experience. And while you’re there take the opportunity to wander down the fishing and oyster docks. It’s the part of Cap Ferret that we love the most..“ to live happily, we live hidden”

See also : La Cabane du Mimbeau, chez Magne


In the village  Canon, it’s a Pizzeria thats good for both adults as well as the kids. We’ve been going there for years. And we keep going back.


Maître restaurateur: which means all homemade. Excellent judging by our experience. There’s a superb dessert buffet, incredible variety, especially when you know the work that’s gone into them . But when it’s gone, it’s gone! It is also the home-made victim of its own success! Recommended


Our holiday spot, but shhhhh. It’s a secret. Total relaxation.

Avec de la chance ...
With a bit of luck…

However there are many places on the Atlantic coast where you can enjoy the following:

+ The  forrest is all around and the ocean only 500m away, the squirrels and deer surrounding the house when you wake up in the morning. The ocean and the infinite deserted sand beaches. No-one around to see you’ve gained a few pounds over Christmas!


L'assitte : le meilleur rapport qualité prix de Lacanau. Sympathique. Bon. Soleil couchant en prime.
Relaxed local spot.

Our summer spot for years. The food sometimes has a bit of an African flare and the daily special is definitely worth the detour. Full of locals and surfers, both addicted to waves and a white wine aperatif. I shouldn’t be putting this place on the internet. Only take your true friends. It’s not fussy.

+ The best price/quality ratio in Lacanau with ocean views and beautiful sunsets every evening. The owner is adorable. It’s great and synonymous with summer evenings in our family.

More high-end places in Lacanau:  La Cabane ( world cuisine, ask to sit in the summer garden: you’ll get a surprise!), le Bistrot des Cochons (excellent, whatever way you look at it)



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Tailor-made Visits

How can we make your trip special?

  • How to get there from L’invitation : 1 hr by car or train (60km)
  • What to do: • Visit the Ville D’hiver d’Arcachon or “winter town” (Full of picturesque Bygone architecture) • Eat oysters at Gujin Mestras • Watch the birds in the beautiful bird sanctuary in Teich with the kids • Take a boat trip to Cap Ferret • Eat at L’Escale • Sit and watch the sunset from la dune du pilat, or from Plage Club Pereirre
  • With who: Friends, lovers, kids… everyone will appreciate it!
  • Where to eat: Places are very busy in high season, so try our list, try new things and come back to us with feedback. We’re always on the lookout for new hidden gems.