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Food Lover's Guide to San Sebastian

By Viator, February 2018

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Although the honor is fiercely contested by Barcelona, today San Sebastian is Spain’s and Europe’s, and quite possibly the world’s, number-one gastronomic hotspot, a culinary tour de force to be reckoned that’s leading the way in presenting superlative food to an every-hungry public.  

As a coastal city, San Sebastian has access to the very freshest of seafood and one of its specialties is txangurro, a delicious seafood stew flavored with brandy and often made with spider crab. The city’s chefs also take their inspiration from the rolling Basque countryside, making clever use of rabbit, pork, and beef in their cooking alongside local goat and sheep cheeses and a rich variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

The delight of eating out in San Sebastian is fueled by the sheer number and range of dining options, which cover everything from three-star Michelin temples of food (the hallowed Arzak and Akellare) to local zinc bars packed with post-work locals and doing a roaring trade in tapas and pinxtos. These traditional Basque tapas can themselves be simply a slice of bread with a garlic-laced prawn popped on top or something a little more sophisticated in exotic combinations such as filo pastry stuffed with salt cod or miniature cone-shaped wafers stuffed with soft cheese and anchovy. 

To sample the city’s cuisine at its best, take an evening tour through the bars of the Old Town to taste as many types of tapas as possible and sample some good local Riojas as well as the slightly sparkling, young white txakoli wines or ciders typical of the Basque region.

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San Sebastián Food Tour: Pintxos and Wine, San Sebastian, null
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San Sebastián Food Tour: Pintxos and Wine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 73 Reviews

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 $91.39
San Sebastian Evening Pintxo Tour with Wine, San Sebastian, Food Tours
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San Sebastian Evening Pintxo Tour with Wine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 46 Reviews

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 $156.50
San Sebastian Lunch Time Pintxo Tour with Wine, San Sebastian, Food Tours
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San Sebastian Lunch Time Pintxo Tour with Wine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

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.)

From USD $137.72
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 $181.54
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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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 $237.87
Private San Sebastian Pintxo Tour with Transfers, San Sebastian, Market Tours
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Private San Sebastian Pintxo Tour with Transfers

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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.)

From USD $118.94
San Sebastian Vegetarian Pintxos Tasting Tour, San Sebastian, Food Tours
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San Sebastian Vegetarian Pintxos Tasting Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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 $75.12
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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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 $123.95
Spanish Cooking Class in San Sebastian, San Sebastian, Food Tours
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Spanish Cooking Class in San Sebastian

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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.)

From USD $219.10
San Sebastian and Biarritz, Bilbao, Cooking Classes
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San Sebastian and Biarritz

4.5 star rating: Recommended 58 Reviews

Admire the beauty of San Sebastian on a walking tour of the Old Quarter, before enjoying the food at the typical fishing village of Hondarribia. Delight ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.42

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