Pau’s shopping doesn’t quite live up to its surrounding scenery and cultural attractions, but it does offer regional specialties such as chocolates, sweet jams, and Basque antiques. The pedestrian rue Serviez and rue des Cordeliers harbor an array of boutiques and shops that carry these items, as do rue Louis-Barthou and rue du Maréchal-Foch, which are all around the central place Georges Clemenceau.
Pau has some of the region’s best antiques shops, such as Antiquités Delan, 4 rue Gassion (www.delanpatrick.com; tel. 05-59-27-45-62).
One of the best-known shops in Pau is La Féerie Gourmande, 46-48 rue du Maréchal Joffre (tel. 05-59-27-69-51). The owner, M. Francis Miot, has been voted best jam and candy maker in France several times. If you’re interested in seeing where his confections are made, head for the suburbs of Pau, about 1.5km (1 mile) southeast of the center, to the residential hamlet of Uzos. Here you’ll find Musée de la Confiture (www.francis-miot.com; tel. 05-59-35-05-56), where exhibits display the history of jams from medieval times to the present, as well as offering numerous workshops and tastings detailing his techniques. It’s open Monday to Saturday 10am to noon and 2 to 6pm; admission is 4.60€ adults and 3€ ages 3 to 12; closed in December. It has a special price of 3€ adults, 2€ ages 3 to 12 during July and August.
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