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Arrandegi Kalea, 5, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
When Christopher Hall reported his "57 Small Bites of Spain" story about tapas in four Spanish cities, he visited Bar Txepetxa in San Sebastian's old quarter. We brought the December/January 2010 issue of AFAR with us and shared it with the pintxo...
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Santa Korda Kalea, 4, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
At La Cuchara de San Telmo, on the corner of the plaza Valle Lersundi in San Sebastian, the specialties were hot pintxos, quickly prepared to order--from the menu or the specials board, or by pointing to what your neighbor was eating. This was one...
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Calle Mayor, 18, 20003 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
Everyone knows a pintxo hop is a must-do in San Sebastián. What everyone doesn't know is that Atari Gastroteka, located in the shadows of the old town's beautiful Santa Maria church, is the perfect last stop on the tour. Their artisan foie is...
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Calle Mayor, 6, 20003 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
This is a classic of the Old Part. The VIP here are the tempura-fried shrimp, which fly out of the kitchen at an astonishing rate. No frills and no nonsense, it's a great local spot.
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Fermin Calbeton Kalea, 12, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
"Aquí, Se Guisa" is the motto at Borda Berri, one of the Old Town's best pintxo bars. The star of every pintxo is a braised critter: beef, octopus, rabbit, you name it. There's no pintxos on the bar at this spot, but don't let that keep you from...
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Calle Pescaderia, 10, 20003 Donostia, Bizkaia, Spain
Expect creative riffs on the classic pintxo at this ultra-modern spot. Everything from the colors to the flavor combinations are unique and draw in crowds from the street. Not everyone is a fan of their style—for instance, the old guard who remain...
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Arrandegi Kalea, 11, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
In Spain, the word tortilla refers to a thin omelet, and in San Sebastián the Best Tortilla is a title that everyone loves to argue about. It is indisputable that one of the city's most delicious is that of Bar Nestor. It's a masterpiece that is...
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San Jeronimo Kalea, 19, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Ganbara has two big cons. One, it's expensive. Raciones of mushrooms, for example, run you around 20 euros. Two, it's been discovered (twice over) and is on even the under-informed tourist's pintxo list. That said, and considering that perhaps...
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San Bartolome Kalea, 35, 20007 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
La Madame is one of the most forward-facing dining spots in San Sebastián. It's one of the only place in the city where you can find well-executed fusion cuisine, with touches of American, Japanese, French and Basque cuisine and perhaps THE only...
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Kontxa Pasealekua, 12, 20007 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Bataplan is San Sebastián's best example of the classic, European, sweaty, house-music-filled disco. It is the iconic disco of the city, the one that you can bet every single San Sebastiánite has passed through at least once in their life....
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20008, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Rekondo is a little hidden treasure of a restaurant, started by an aficionado of wine. A real aficionado. His varied collection means the restaurant has a wine list of hundreds of pages. These are wines critics dream about, at prices that are a...
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Zabaleta Kalea, 6, 20002 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
La Gintonería, in the less-traversed neighborhood of Gros, could very well be the best gin-tonic in San Sebastián. With two shelves laden with premium and hard-to-find gins, it's a gintonaholic's dream. They have a selection of premium tonics and...
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31 de Agosto Kalea, 31, 20003 San Sebastián-Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
When in San Sebastián, you absolutely must do as the locals do weekends at midday—hit the streets for a vermouth. It’s basically the Spanish equivalent of brunch, and one of the best spots to do it is A Fuego Negro. Famous as an avant-garde pintxo...
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De Alderdi Eder Parkea, 1, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
From an objective point of view, bars don't really get any better than Gu. Creative, ambitious cocktails like the 'Viaje de Colon' (pisco, lemon juice, mango puree, agave nectar, basil)? Check. Guest DJs and the city's most beautiful crowd? Check....
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Okendo Kalea, 1, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
One of San Sebastián’s only luxe cocktail bars, Dry, is hidden away in a corner of the five-star Hotel María Cristina. Here you have a cocktail list by the master, Javier de las Muellas, that features cocktails with specialty ingredients and...
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Calle Mayor, 18, 20003 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
Very few of the newer bars in San Sebastián hit the mark on ambience, food, drinks and service. Sirimiri, in the heart of the old part, does it all. The wooden beams make the narrow bar feel cozy, and the attentive young waitstaff draws a crowd,...
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Bajo, Ramón María Lili Pasealekua, 2, 20002 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
There's a new coffee shop in town. Sakona, located in the center of town, has a lovely, airy storefront that just begs to be entered. Modern wood accents bring to mind artisan coffee spots in bigger capitals, and they are outfitted with all the...
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San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain
The Hotel Astoria 7 is one of the city's most emblematic hotels, with perhaps the best sense of humor. In December of 2015, they inaugurated a new cocktail bar led by Patxi Troitiño, a local barman who also happens to be the winner of the best Gin...
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General Artetxe Kalea, 1, 20002 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
The corner of Bar Roberto couldn't be more hidden or more nondescript. The bar's awning gives away no secrets, either. What might draw your attention are the throngs of people from noon to 3pm each weekend. This tiny bar has the longest list of...
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Matia Kalea, 50, 20008 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Jan, edan eta gozatu (drink, eat & enjoy) is the motto of this spot, the always-packed place on Calle Matia with posh, vaguely Nordic digs. The menu is a loveable, picky-eater-friendly mixture of fried stuff, cool dips, and hamburgers. The twist?...
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Kontxa Pasealekua, 16, 20007 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
It's nearly a cliche: a lovely beach sunset, live music wafting through the air, a tropical drink in hand. However, it's difficult to argue against the strong vacation-al pull this kind of scene has on us when we're traveling in a beach town. From...
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Sànchez Toca Kalea, 1, 20006 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Pokhara, located in the center of the city, has one of the best ambiences around. The quintessential European café, with a touch of Paris and a touch of Spain, it attracts a younger, hip crowd. Don't expect food beyond the obligatory croissants...
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Alameda del Blvd., 5, 20003 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
What happens in the Museo del Whisky stays in the Museo del Whisky. And in this institution of Donosti, you never know what will happen. With a wild selection of whiskeys (as the name suggests) and an equally impressive gamut of cocktails, Museo...
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Mundaitz Kalea, 8, 20012 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Having an rough-around-the-edges oasis in a city as picturesque as San Sebastián is worth its weight in indie bands. The neon-lit pallets of Dabadaba serve as the backdrop for bands from Japan to America. In the same week, you can hear an indie...
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Astigarrako Bidea, 1, 20180 Oiartzun, Gipuzkoa, Spain
The night is buzzy on Zabaleta street, which is the Gros equivalent of 31 de agosto, the famed pintxo-lined street in the Old Town. You’re craving a beer, which any bar in town would be happy to pull you. But you wonder into Mala Gissona Beer...
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Constitución Plaza, 9, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
A midday vermouth is a Spanish weekend ritual, and Bar Txurrut’s picturesque terrace is the best spot for enjoying one. Smack in the middle of the Old Town, Txurrut sits in the fabled Plaza of the Constitution, one of the world's best places to...
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Zurríola Hiribidea, 18, 20002 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
The Loaf is San Sebastián's favorite bakery. One of the only to work with sourdough starters and natural fermentation (aka real bread), after its founding in 2014 it became a staple in the daily shopping of the local bread-obsessed culture. It...