Solo Travel in the Basque Country: Tips for Eating Alone in San Sebastian

Eating out alone is something that many of us may find uncomfortable—no worries! San Sebastian is perfect for solo dining, and this capital of gastronomy definitely isn’t the place to miss out on food. 

San Sebastian is a top destination for solo travelers; there are plenty of things to do and explore and food is, without a doubt, one of them. There’s no need to wonder whether you should or shouldn’t head out solo dining. The answer is simple: of course you should! Our insider’s guide for eating alone in San Sebastian will show you everything you need to know.

A solo traveler's guide to eating alone in San Sebastian

Start off with solo breakfast

To explore the city with good energy, a proper breakfast is needed. Sakona Coffee Roasters is one of our all-time favorites: amazing coffee accompanied with a great variety of breakfast options in a beautiful setting, right next to the Urumea river. 

One of our favorite spots for the best coffee in San Sebastian is Sakona Coffee Roasters.
Sakona doesn’t just brew excellent coffee—their food also makes for a delicious (and photogenic!) breakfast spread. Photo credit: @ratamala on Instagram

Another great option for breakfast or brunch is Ambigu Estación. Located next to La Bretxa Market, this is the perfect place to sip your morning coffee while observing the local vegetable and flower vendors setting up their stands. When you’re done, stop by to buy some food souvenirs from the market.

SEE ALSO: Get Your Caffeine Fix: Where to Find the Best Coffee in San Sebastian

Head out for pintxos

San Sebastian is one of the best places in Spain to eat alone. 


Because txikiteo, the local way of jumping from one bar to another and making new friends at each one, was practically created for solo travelers. Time to head out for pintxos! 

Head to the old part of town, which is famous for being home to many of the most emblematic pintxos bars. Try mushrooms or crab tartlet in Ganbara, a pintxo of grilled beef sirloin in Gandarias or vegetable tempura in Casa Urola

Tenderloin steak pintxos in San Sebastian
Perks of solo dining: no need to share your pintxos with anyone else.

If you want to step off the beaten path, try pintxos-touring in the Gros area where you’ll find the best completo pintxo and several different versions of Spanish omelette in Bodega Donostiarra. Yet another great neighborhood for eating pintxos is the Centro area

Explore Basque desserts

Basques love their sweets that are prepared with love and care from the very first step. One of the must-try desserts in San Sebastian is the legendary burnt cheesecake at La Viña. This place is extremely popular and always crowded, which is why it’s the perfect choice for a solo traveler—the less space you occupy, the better.

When eating alone in San Sebastian, be sure to head to La Viña for the famous cheesecake.
La Viña put Basque-style cheesecake on the map.

When in search for something sweet with your afternoon coffee, hit one of the Loaf bakeries. These bakers really know what they’re doing, and you’ll find options from traditional croissants to matcha green tea flavored brownies. 

Try a Michelin star place

In San Sebastian, it’s impossible to avoid the amazing food. To take your experience to the next level, book a table in one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants in town. No need to worry about the fact that you’re going alone—in these places, the service is worth every star and the staff is used to solo diners. 

The most legendary Michelin star restaurant in San Sebastian is Arzak, the place that forms  a big part of the city’s identity. In Arzak, whether you eat with company or alone is completely secondary to the experience of taking an unforgettable deep dive into the art of Basque gastronomy. 

Arzak, one of the restaurants that's perfect for eating alone in San Sebastian.
Arzak has made a name for itself as one of the most iconic restaurants in San Sebastian. Photo credit: Krista

Meet other solo travelers on a food tour

Where eating alone is great, food is also a fantastic way to connect with other people. Taking a food tour at the beginning of your stay in San Sebastian is a fun way to get to know the local food culture and hidden gems—and meet other foodies, too! 

Whether your goal is to learn how to survive in the busy pintxos bars of the Old Town, or find the bars where the locals really eat in the Centro neighborhood, we have your back! Join us for a food tour and feed your curiosity.

2 Comment

  1. John Eddie says
    May 19, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Basque desserts is very good.

    1. Devour Tours says
      May 25, 2020 at 11:09 am

      Couldn’t agree more, John! Thanks for reading!

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