Known as a city that loves food, San Sebastian boasts a wide array of restaurants and cafés serving everything from the traditional tortilla de patatas to filling sandwiches called bocadillos. Pintxos are the local speciality, and you’ll be able to try these in any number of welcoming bars, many of which can be found in the Parte Vieja and Gros neighbourhoods. Here, we’ve put together a list of ten top eateries for you to check out in San Sebastian…
1. Bar Iruna
This is a popular spot for breakfast, and the counters of the bar are covered in delicious and reasonably priced offerings each morning. The well-filled platters boast everything from croissants to tortilla de patatas and much more. As it’s a busy spot, table space inside the bar is at a premium and you may have to share. On sunny mornings, the outdoor tables across the road provide a good alternative.
Location: Easo 73, Amara Viejo.
Opening hours: Daily 8am-11pm.
2. Va Bene Disco Burger
There are a couple of these Va Benes around San Sebastian, and the one on Blas de Lezo is a good spot to check out if you’re looking for quick and tasty food that’s a cut above the usual fast food fare. The burgers here are handmade and are available with a variety of toppings. Filling hotdogs, sandwiches and more also feature on the menu. The interior is a bit heavy on the Americana but with such delicious burgers at equally tempting prices, you won’t even notice.
Location: Blas de Lezo 4, Amara Viejo.
Opening hours: Tues-Sat 11am-2am, Mon-Sun 11am-3am.
3. Bar Borda-Berri
A contemporary pintxos bar, Borda-Berri is run by a dynamic young team and it’s popular with a young crowd. That’s thanks to its mouth-watering selection of pintxos including interesting dishes like their stewed beef cheek and their mushroom risotto. On the boards behind the bar, you’ll also find a list of the bocatas on offer. These are rolls packed with a variety of fillings, and are a great choice for a cheap and tasty lunch.
Location: Fermin Calbetón 12, Parte Vieja.
Opening hours: Daily 12.15am-3.30pm & 7.15pm-11.30pm. <
4. La Tahona
Behind the glass of the long counter inside the door of this popular café, you’ll find a colourful array of tempting pastries and cakes, as well lots of different ice-cream flavours. Past the counter, a collection of tables awaits for you to sit and enjoy one of the treats from behind the counter with a cup of coffee. Fresh breads, fruit juices and more can also be found here.
Location: Easo 23, Amara Viejo.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-9pm, Sat-Sun 8am-2.30pm & 5pm-9pm.
The pintxos served up in Ganbara are some of the most popular in the city and are made from the top local produce from eggs to shellfish. Wild mushrooms are the bar’s signature dish and, while these are at the pricier end of the scale, Ganbara also serves up a great selection of cheaper pintxos without skimping on taste.
Location: San Jerónimo 21, Parte Vieja.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-3.15pm & 6.30pm-11.45pm, Sun 11am-3.15pm, closed Mon.
6. Pastelería Oiartzun
Located at one end of San Sebastian’s popular and central Alameda del Boulevard, Pastelería Oiartzun has a number of tables outside where you can sit and people-watch while enjoying some of the delectable treats on offer. Intricately crafted sweets along with cakes, pastries and more can all be sampled here.
Location: C/ Ijentea 2, Parte Vieja.
Opening hours: Daily 8am-9pm.
7. Rojo & Negro
Above the counter of this well-liked bar and restaurant, you’ll see large pieces of jamón (cured ham) hanging from the ceiling. As well as a number of pintxos, Rojo and Negro also offers a full menu. On weekdays at lunchtime, a great value ‘Menu del Dia’ covering three courses and a drink can be purchased at a very reasonable price.
Location: San Marcial 52, Centro.
Opening hours: Daily 8.30am-11.30pm.
8. Santana Café
A good spot for lunch, Santana serves up burgers, bocadillos and salads as well as a selection of pintxos visible on platters lining the bar. This cool little café sports funky art prints and a laid-back atmosphere to complement its tasty food and attractive prices.
Location: Reina Regente 6, Centro.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, closed Sun.
The brightly lit interior of Iturrioz-2 holds a number of tables along with counter stools where you can sit and enjoy some of the bar’s delicious pintxos. Fresh tuna and succulent duck are just two of the scrumptious dishes on offer. Prices are very reasonable, while a large selection of wines are available to compliment the great food, all served up by the friendly staff.
Location: Aldamar 12, Parte Vieja.
Opening hours: Daily 11am-3.30pm & 6pm-11pm.
10. La Bodega Donostiarra
One of the best places to head for a hearty feed after you’ve been surfing on Zurriola beach, this restaurant and bar dishes up some seriously appetizing bocadillos. Made from freshly baked baguettes, these delicious sandwiches are filled with a variety of things includes fresh tuna or tortilla de patatas. You’ll find plenty of tables inside, and there are also some street-side tables in the form of large barrels.
Location: C/ Pena Y Goni 13, Gros.