Of all the things to do in San Sebastian, bar hopping should be at the top of your list! But not necessarily for the music or the scene or the cocktails (although the local cider is always a good choice). Go bar hopping for the food! The San Sebastian food scene is full of a few delicious bites here and there all day. And best of all, San Sebastian restaurants (donostia) offer a wide selection of food from familiar to foreign, so everyone in your group will find something to enjoy!
San Sebastian Food: What Are Pintxos?
Pintxos (also written as pinchos) are small bites of food served on top of a small slice of bread. While tapas originated in central parts of Spain, Pintxos are native to the Basque region.
Classic choices include the chorizo with quail egg or the pintxos de tortilla, i.e. a Spanish omelette. And this omelette isn’t like the French style – instead, it’s egg and potato, usually mixed with diced onions as well.
A potentially more adventurous choice is the gilda: anchovy with pickled green peppers. The combination of ingredients is familiar yet flavorful!
And if your feeling even more crazy, try the angulas: baby eels. But be sure to look for tiny black eyes staring back at you – many restaurants use gulas instead, which are made from processed fish. If you don’t see the two little eyes, you’re probably eating imitation eel.
What to do in San Sebastian: Eat!
You really can’t go wrong with any of the San Sebastian restaurants. Just step out the door and start wandering!
Pintxos in Parte Veija
The San Sebastian food is varied, delicious, and widely available on every street. You can spend all day eating your way through Parte Vieja (the Old Town) and somehow still have room for more.
Instead of bowls of nuts lining the bars, you’ll find large plates full of pintxos in every bar you visit. You can expect each piece to cost anywhere between 1.50€ to 4€.
And don’t forget to wash it down with a glass of cider!
The cider in San Sebastian is cloudy, funkier, and less sweet than your average Strongbow, but easy to enjoy with your pintxos. And don’t expect the bartender to fill your class – they only pour a few gulps at a time (and at an arm’s length). The pouring style allows some air bubbles to form in the drink, while the small portion means you enjoy the full flavor with every sip (or so they say).
If you go to a cider house or cider bar, they will often serve food as well. You can serve yourself cider straight from the barrels!
Cheesecake at La Viña
This cheesecake isn’t your dense, New York style cheesecake with a graham-cracker crust. It looks like a burnt custard or cheese tart, with a soft, creamy texture. Many have tried to replicate its glory, but few have succeeded.
It’s truly an experience to be had in San Sebastian. But make sure you go on any day EXCEPT Monday because that’s when they’re closed.
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Let the hours pass and the sun set while you indulge in pintxos, cider, and conversation with friends. You can’t go wrong by planning your whole trip around San Sebastian restaurants!