San Sebastian Gastronomic guide

Known worldwide as a culinary capital, San Sebastián sensory eating is an art capable of causing all kinds of emotions and feelings.



One of the gastronomic treasures of San Sebastian is famous Pintxos, culinary miniatures ranging from the original slice of bread covered with food, even small creations of haute cuisine in miniature. “Go for pintxos” by the Old Sebastian is a way to know our culture, a show that combines laughter, conversation, movement, bustle and fun.

Originally, the pintxo was a small slice of bread on which one put a portion of food, of all sorts. To hold the pintxo, one used a spike (such as a toothpick) or, for the larger ones, a skewer; that’s how they got the name “pintxo” (spike). However, that traditional image has changed with time, and today the pintxo is haute cuisine in miniature; flavoursome, specially prepared food concentrated in delicious small portions.



The secret to this delicious cuisine is the mime, know-how, above all, the quality raw material. Gipuzkoa can boast of producing high quality food such as Getaria txakoli, Ibarra hot peppers, beans from Tolosa, cider or Idiazabal cheese, among many others. All these selected products and the freshest fish and the best meat exposed in traditional markets .

In San Sebastián’s two markets. One, San Martin, in the center and under a modern infrastructure, recently renovated, but with the usual charm. But undoubtedly, the most charismatic market is La Bretxa, named for being the place where the Anglo-Portuguese troops broke in the city during the siege of 1813.



San Sebastian is the birthplace of cuisine. Our chefs take care and pamper recipes and products to make an art of gastronomy.

A total of 16 Michelin stars recognize the work of chefs like Juan Mari Arzak, Andoni Luis Aduriz, Martin Berasategui and Pedro Subijana, high exponents of Basque cuisine, internationally praised. In fact, the restaurant Mugaritz Andoni Luis Aduriz has been named for the second consecutive year the 4th best restaurant in the world, according to the British publication Restaurant.


3 stars

Tel.: 943 31 12 09

Tel.: 943 27 84 65

Tel.: 943 36 64 71

2 stars

Tel.: 943 52 24 55



Cider is one of the most flavorful and demanded of our territory and taste it is to know the traditional feel of our culture.

Going to Cider bars suppose to drink cider straight from the barrel in which it has been fermented shouting “Txotx!” And accompany your traditional menu: cod omelette, fried cod, grilled and chuletóna cheese with quince and walnuts



Cultural and gastronomic route

Discover, accompanied by a professional guide, essential places of San Sebastian, its best kept secrets and most curious anecdotes of the city.


  • Duration: 120 min. approx
  • Price: 18 € Taste in 3 arranged bars included (1 pintxo and 1 drink at each bar) (under 12 free, does not include pintxos and drinks)
  • Outputs: 11:30 h
  • January 14 and 28
  • February: 18 and 25
  • March: 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
  • April 7, 14, 21 and 28
  • May: 5 and 19
  • June : 2, 16 and 30
  • July and August: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • September: 1, 8 and 15
  • October: 13 and 27
  • November: 2, 10 and 24
  • December: 7, 15 and 29
  • Languages ​​: Castilian Castilian-French-anglicized
  • Meeting point : Tourist Office – Boulevard 8

In San Sebastian´s Old Quarter, you will sample in three bars a pintxo and a drink specially selected to allow you to discover the city´s rich gastronomic tradition.

Highlights of the route:

  • Mercado de La Bretxa,
  • C/Fermín Calbetón,
  • Plaza Constitución,
  • Iglesia San Vicente,
  • C/31 de Agosto,
  • Basílica Santa María,
  • C/Mayor y Puerto
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