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Food Lover's Guide to San Sebastian

Food Lover's Guide to San Sebastian

San Sebastián may well be Spain’s—if not Europe’s—No. 1 gastronomic hot spot, with everything from Michelin-starred temples of food to casual bars that do a roaring trade in pintxos (Basque Country tapas), found here. Here’s what you need to know about eating in San Sebastián.

Must-Try Dishes

Two influences are most obvious in the San Sebastián food scene: the first is its coastal setting, with seafood playing a starring role on plates, while the second is its Basque heritage. Pintxos (tapas-like bar snacks) are a popular option here and range from traditional potato omelets to slices of white bread topped with cured meats and cheeses. Pintxos are typically paired with txakoli, a slightly effervescent white wine, or Basque cider.

Other commonly consumed Basque seafood dishes include bacalao al pil-pil (salt cod), txangurro (spider crab), txipirones (baby squid in ink sauce), and marmitako (a chunky tuna stew). Meatier fare includes txistorra (the Basque version of chorizo) and txuleta (beef steak from cows reared on the Basque Country hill slopes—typically cooked over coals).

Must-Do Experiences

  • Bar-hop around the old town during a wine and pintxos tour.

  • Explore a local produce market and visit an exclusive invitation-only gastronomic club during a food tour of San Sebastián.

  • Take part in wine tastings and winery tours in Rioja Alavesa, the Basque Country sub-region of La Rioja.

  • Discover the secrets of the Basque kitchen during cooking classes with local chefs.

  • Learn about Basque Country dairy during a cheese farm and factory tour.

  • Delve into the world of Basque cider at a museum devoted to the drink, before stopping for lunch in a traditional cider house.

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Farmer's Market Visit and Cooking Class in San Sebastian

Farmer's Market Visit and Cooking Class in San Sebastian

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Learn how to make Basque cuisine during this cooking class in San Sebastian. You'll visit La Bretxa, a market that dates back to 1870, to shop for ingredients for your lesson. Then work with instructors to prepare Basque dishes that are appropriate for the season — the most important feature of Basque cooking — before eating your creations paired with wine.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$225.14
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San Sebastian Top Pintxos Private Tour

San Sebastian Top Pintxos Private Tour

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Take part in the cherished Basque tradition of pintxos on this private food and walking tour in San Sebastian. Visit some of the seaside city’s best pintxos bars to savor the delicious bite-sized snacks just like locals do, paired with Spanish wine or beer. Between tastings, explore the most important landmarks of San Sebastian's old town, taking advantage of your private guide’s expertise to learn the history of the city that was named a European Capital of Culture in 2016. 
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Michelin Star Secrets Cooking Class in San Sebastian

Michelin Star Secrets Cooking Class in San Sebastian

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San Sebastian is a culinary wonderland that boasts the most Michelin stars per capita in the world. Discover the secrets behind haute cuisine during an advanced cooking class in San Sebastian. Under the guidance of a professional chef, you’ll master cutting-edge techniques such as foaming, spherification, and modern plating. Small-group tour limited to 10 people.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rioja Alavesa Wineries and Medieval Villages Private Day Trip

Rioja Alavesa Wineries and Medieval Villages Private Day Trip

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Spend a day exploring one of Spain’s most acclaimed wine-growing regions on a private tour of Rioja Alavesa from San Sebastian. Visit 4 or 5 wineries to taste Rioja red wines and other fine regional varietals accompained with local tapas. Such as local ham, chorizo and olive oil. Delve into local culture with a stop at the hilltop village of Laguardia, where Basque history and traditions still live among winding medieval streets and tucked-away squares.
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  • 9 hours
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Basque Cooking Class in San Sebastian

Basque Cooking Class in San Sebastian

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In the Basque provinces of Gipuzkoa and Bizkaia, local cuisine is characterized by fresh ingredients and ancient recipes. Master the culinary techniques of the Basque Country during a 4-hour cooking class in San Sebastian, ideal for travelers with a passion for food. In a small group limited to 10, you’ll experience a hands-on cooking class led by a professional chef and create rustic dishes featuring seafood and vegetables.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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I and D Cooking Class

I and D Cooking Class

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What better place to learn to prepare ‘pintxos’ (small bites) than in San Sebastian, unanimously hailed as Spain’s culinary capital. During this 4-hour cooking class, you’ll master the techniques begins pintxos, bite-sized tapas-style morsels packed with Spanish flavor and flair. Then, once you’ve finished cooking, sit down to enjoy your creations alongside wine. Small-group experience limited to 10 people.
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$225.14
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San Sebastian: Cider and the Basque Sea Factory

San Sebastian: Cider and the Basque Sea Factory

Explore the unique gastronomy and maritime heritage of Basque Country on this full-day tour to the Albaola sea factory and museum, plus a gourmet cider experience. Travel up the coast from San Sebastián to Pasaia, where you can watch workers building a replica of a 16th-century whaling ship and learn about the area’s seafaring history. For lunch, head to an authentic cider house in Gipuzkoa province for a 3-course meal featuring typical Basque dishes and unlimited cider brewed right in the tavern’s cellar.
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