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Five excellent restaurants for eating pintxos in San Sebastián

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Five excellent restaurants for eating pintxos in San Sebastián


Did you book a trip to Moliets or Zarautz this year? Then don’t forget to make a trip to San Sebastián, a day trip that the surf camps themselves also offer. Besides the fact that the city has three beaches which makes it a mecca for surfers, San Sebastián is also called the culinary capital of Spain. In this city you will find the popular snacks called pintxos. We listed five excellent spots where you can enjoy these delicious snacks.

If you are not yet familiar with pintxos, these are small snacks on a slice of baguette. Think of fish, salads, meat, vegetables or a combination of these. The baguette and the ingredients are held together by sticks, this is where the name ‘pintxos’ comes from. In Basque, ‘pintxos’ means a sticks.

In most restaurants the cold pintxos are displayed on large trays on the counter and you can grab them yourself. How much you should pay is calculated by counting the skewers when you are finished.

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At these five places you can find the best pintxos snacks:

Ganbara

Ganbara is located in the Casco Viejo, also called the old city. It is one of the most popular spots where you can eat pintxos. It is therefore always busy with both locals and tourists that like to enjoy good food.

Adres: San Jeronimo Kalea 19, Donostia, Euskadi, 20003, San Sebastián

Borda Berri

Do you want to try pintxos with a new twist? Then Borda Berri is the place to be! In this restaurant, unlike other restaurants, everything is made to order. ‘Pintxos of the day’ are also offered daily.

Adres: 12 Fermin Calbeton Kalea, Donostia, Euskadi, 20003, San Sebastián
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La Viña

Located in the center you will find La Viña. In addition to the traditional Basque classic pintxos, you can also try new recipes here. This restaurant is also known for their famous dessert, their cheesecake.

Adres: 31 de Agosto Kalea, 3, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, San Sebastián
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Bar Zeruko

Bar Zeruko is located in the center of San Sebastián. Zeruko has won the third place during an important pintxos competition. In this bar you will find tourists, students and locals, this mix creates a good atmosphere. Please note that Zeruko is closed on Mondays

Adres: Calle Pescaderia 10, Donostia, Gipuzkoa, 20003, San Sebastián

La Cuchara de San Telmo

La Cuchara de San Telmo is different from other pintxos restaurants in San Sebastián. At this restaurant the pintxos are not exhibited at the bar but you order the snacks and then they will be served. The range changes daily, so that you are surprised by the delicacies every time.

Adres: Santa Korda Kalea 4, Donostia, Euskadi, 20003, San Sebastián

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