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Spain's Food Capital: San Sebastian

Updated: Jun 17, 2020

San Sebastian

Located on Spain’s northern coast in the Basque Country, San Sebastian houses countless Michelin-starred restaurants, pintxo bars, fresh food markets and gourmet food shops,

making it well known for being the food capital of Espanã!

Dinner at Arzak Restaurant in San Sebastian

Restaurants of San Sebastian

San Sebastian has one of the highest numbers of Michelin stars per square metre within its city limits, including Arzak, Kokotxa, Akelare, Martin Berasategui, and Mugaritz to name a few. Akelarre, Arzak and Martín Berasategui are three top-notch restaurants that have earned the prestigious three Michelin stars! Arzak was named as one of the World's Top 50 restaurants in 2016.

Being located right on the coast, San Sebastian is home to some seriously fresh seafood. Some of the Basque Country's most iconic cuisines, including bacalao pil pil (cod fried in olive oil until the skin becomes crispy and the juices emulsify), pecebes (goose barnacles), squid in its own ink, and kokotxas (cod or hake cheeks), are some mouthwatering examples!

Pintxos - San Sebastian's famous form of tapas in Restaurants

Tapas in San Sebastian

San Sebastian has its own style of tapas, known as pintxos. Pintxos are usually small pieces of bread, topped with different ingredients like Spanish ham, prawns, anchovies, cheese, chorizo or croquettes that are held together with sticks.

Furthermore, this city is home to some of the best fresh food markets with seasonal and local produce. San Martín and La Brexta are the two most well-known ones with some of the top restaurants in the city sourcing their ingredients from there.

The Basque Country's Pastel Vasco in Restaurants

Sweet Treats in San Sebastian

Seafood and pintxos from San Sebastian aren't the only excellent foods to introduce to your tastebuds. This city has sweet treats that are as good as the main courses offered. If you are planning on indulging in some of the food sensations San Sebastian has to offer, Pastel Vasco and pantxineta have to be on your list! Pastel Vasco is a spongy-like pastry wrapped around a vanilla or almond cream, sometimes with cherries. On the other hand, Pantxineta is made from puff pastry filled with custard and topped with almonds.

Go ahead and fit San Sebastian into your itinerary and taste some food that will feed your soul! Contact us to plan out the perfect trip tailored to your taste!

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