Top 7 Must-Try Typical Foods in San Sebastian

One of the most popular tapas in San Sebastian is also surprisingly simple. The gilda consists of just three perfectly paired ingredients!

This blog post was originally posted on April 28, 2017 and was updated on January 27, 2021.  San Sebastian is synonymous with top quality food—so much so that it’s even considered the world’s best city for foodies. It boasts nearly a dozen Michelin-starred restaurants, a thriving pintxos bar scene, and beautiful local markets filled with fresh […]

Where to Eat in San Sebastian: A Foodie Guide

Wondering where to eat in San Sebastian? We love the amazingly fresh seafood at La Mejillonera.

This blog post was originally posted on November 22, 2018 and was updated on October 28, 2020.  When you’re in San Sebastian—widely considered Europe’s best foodie city—the question of where to eat becomes even more important. San Sebastian is a verified culinary wonderland. Here, rustic, age-old pintxos bars stand side by side with modern, experimental gastro […]

Our Favorite Spots for Brunch in San Sebastian

Avocado toast with egg

We all know that San Sebastian is an absolute foodie paradise, but what about when it comes to brunch? The answer is a resounding yes! San Sebastian is home to some of the best food in the world, and that still rings true with the rising brunch trend. Though brunch is not exactly an age-old […]

Behind the Bite: The Iconic San Sebastian Cheesecake (+ Recipe)

When eating alone in San Sebastian, be sure to head to La Viña for the famous cheesecake.

This blog post was originally posted on November 13, 2019 and was updated on September 17, 2020.  This post is part of our Behind the Bite series: deep dives into the dishes that we can’t stop thinking about. The beauty of the legendary San Sebastian cheesecake is its simplicity. It doesn’t even have a crust, unlike its […]

The Famous Basque Txuleta: Best Steak in San Sebastian

Txuleta (Basque steak)

One of the cornerstones of Basque cuisine is the famous txuleta. We gathered up a list of the best places to try this famous local T-bone steak in San Sebastian.  When traveling in Spain, many foodies have the world-famous Iberian ham and pork at the top of their list, and in the north of Spain […]

Dive Into a Shell Paradise: San Sebastian’s Top 7 Seafood Bites

Kitchen team at Narru restaurant preparing seafood dishes

Spain’s “Northern Pearl” hasn’t forgotten about its fishing-port origins, and neither have our taste buds! The cold Cantabrian Sea doesn’t just wash the shores of Playa de la Concha—it also provides the best seafood for the restaurants in San Sebastian. Trust us for a finger-licking experience and get ready for an unforgettable “port-to-table” moment. No […]

Behind Closed Doors: A Deep Dive into Basque Gastronomic Societies

Cooking dinner inside a Basque gastronomic society

At the heart of the Basque Country’s famous cuisine beat the many gastronomic societies—the mysterious birthplaces for many typical Basque dishes. Eating well and the importance of food have been an inseparable part of Basque identity for as long as we can remember. There are many secrets, traditions and rituals related to the gastronomy here, […]

¡Bienvenido 2020! Best Tips for New Year in San Sebastian

Eating the 12 grapes at midnight is an essential part of celebrating New Year's Eve in San Sebastian!

About to travel to the north of Spain after Christmas? There’s no better plan than celebrating the new year in San Sebastian! Wondering where to eat dinner on New Year’s Eve and where to head on New Year’s Day? Whether your preference is loads of glitter and bubbly, or a cozy dinner with some amazing […]

An Anthony Bourdain-Inspired Trip to San Sebastian, in 5 Steps

Arzak, one of the restaurants that's perfect for eating alone in San Sebastian.

Even if you can’t claim to consider Juan Mari Arzak a father figure in your own life, you can still explore San Sebastian Anthony Bourdain-style. The late chef, author and travel documentarian visited the Basque Country and San Sebastian many times over the years. A couple of times, he also brought cameras along. In his […]

Where to Eat on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day in San Sebastian in 2019

The Dry Bar at the Hotel Maria Cristina, pictured here, is one of our favorite restaurants for Christmas in San Sebastian.

Make your winter holidays unforgettable with these options for delicious Christmas Day and Christmas Eve dinners in San Sebastian. The town slows down during the Christmas holidays when local shops and restaurants close up and donostiarras get ready to spend the holidays with their families. But no worries––there are still plenty of excellent restaurants for […]

5 Great Spots to Try Vermouth in San Sebastian

Drinking vermouth in San Sebastian among friends

Waking up your appetite like a local with a marianito among friends is a must when in the Basque Country. Trying out this controversial drink may not be the first thing on your to-do list when traveling in Spain. After all, for many of us, the word “vermouth” brings back images of that old Martini […]

Pack Your Bags: Top Day Trips from San Sebastian

Not sure what there is to do in San Sebastian on Sundays? Take a day trip to a charming nearby town, like Biarritz!

This blog post was originally posted on June 12, 2018 and was updated on July 12, 2019. With rugged mountain landscapes and stunning sea views, it’s easy to fall in love with San Sebastian and the surrounding region. We might be biased, but we like to think San Sebastian—or the Basque Country in general—is one […]