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Food Lover's Guide to San Sebastian

By Viator, April 2018

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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. 

Tours & Tickets

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San Sebastián Food Tour: Pintxos and Wine

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Visit three of San Sebastián’s award-winning 'pintxos' bars on an evening food tour, led by a food-loving local guide. A Basque Country speciality, ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastian, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.09
San Sebastian Evening Pintxo Tour with Wine, San Sebastian, Food Tours
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San Sebastian Evening Pintxo Tour with Wine

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Wine and dine like a local on this 3-hour small-group ‘pintxos’ (Basque tapas) tour in San Sebastián. Head to San Sebastián’s famous Old Town, Parte ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastian, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.13
San Sebastian Lunch Time Pintxo Tour with Wine, San Sebastian, Food Tours
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San Sebastian Lunch Time Pintxo Tour with Wine

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Explore the winding streets of the atmospheric Old Town with a gastronomic guide and discover local haunts that serve the best pintxos in town. Immerse ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Pintxos Walkabout Paired with Beer or Wine, San Sebastian, Food Tours
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Pintxos Walkabout Paired with Beer or Wine

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Visit the best bars in San Sebastian on a guided pintxos tour, trying the house specialty and a wine pairing at each spot, and take in the unique history and ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $172.99
Private San Sebastian Pintxo Tour with Transfers, San Sebastian, Food Tours
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Private San Sebastian Pintxo Tour with Transfers

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What better way to dine and discover the secrets of our gastronomy walking around the city and enjoying our best pintxos? This pintxo tour has been designed to ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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San Sebastian Market Visit and Private Gastronomic Club Lunch Experience, San Sebastian, Food Tours
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San Sebastian Market Visit and Private Gastronomic Club Lunch Experience

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Shop in the market, taste it in a Private Gastronomic Club. Get introduced to the world known Basque Cuisine as the Basques do it, shop seasonal products in ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: Flexible

From USD $226.68
Idiazabal Cheese Farm Day Trip from San Sebastian, San Sebastian, Market Tours
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Idiazabal Cheese Farm Day Trip from San Sebastian

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Become a Basque shepherd for half a day on this 3-hour Idiazabal Cheese Farm trip from San Sebastian. Visit a cheese farm and factory to learn how the ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.42
San Sebastian Vegetarian Pintxos Tasting Tour, San Sebastian, Day Trips
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San Sebastian Vegetarian Pintxos Tasting Tour

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The cradle of San Sebastian’s gastronomy is so widely varied that all food related needs and desires can be satisfied with ease. As far as we are concerned, it ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.58
Small-Group Old Town Pintxos Food Tour in San Sebastian, San Sebastian, Food Tours
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Small-Group Old Town Pintxos Food Tour in San Sebastian

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Feast on a dinner of San Sebastian’s best pintxos, favorites handpicked by your local, professional guide out of the countless possibilities! On this 3-hour, ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.11
Spanish Cooking Class in San Sebastian, San Sebastian, Food Tours
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Spanish Cooking Class in San Sebastian

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Learn how to make all the greatest hits of one of Europe’s greatest foodie countries, Spain.  Don’t worry, you will glean the tips & tricks to the perfect ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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