Where to Shop in San Sebastián
Collected by Marti Kilpatrick, AFAR Local Expert
Bretxa Plaza, 3, 20003 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
La Bretxa shopping center houses the usual trappings of a modern-day shopping mall, but below ground one can find the city's largest and best market for the fruits of the sea. Cold, wet and crowded, this is the spot where you will find both...
Garibai Kalea, 8, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Hakei began as a single boutique, but in the last five years has expanded rapidly, even crossing Spanish borders. The secret to its success? Gorgeously simple leather bags, supremely gorgeous shoes that tend toward the suede-leather persuasion,...
Hernani Kalea, 27, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Loreak Mendian is the epitome of youthful Basque couture for the people. Carefully designed, shying away from trends and focusing on classic cuts and prints with a bit of 'edge', their clothing walks a lovely line between wearable art and...
Zurríola Hiribidea, 24, 20002 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
San Sebastián, for many, is a surf town. Pukas is your one-stop shop for everything from surf lessons, bikinis, gear, and cool souvenirs with a local twist, like their trademark 'Surfing the Basque Country' t-shirts.
C/ Fermín Calbetón 9, 20003 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
If you're in San Sebastián to eat, chances are you'll be wanting to eat Pimientos de Gernika and Guisantes Lágrimas long after your trip is over. Semillas Elosegui is a classic stop in the Old Part of San Sebastián, and they have seeds for all of...
Getaria Kalea, 14, 20005 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
A truly great store is one that makes you desire things that you didn't know you wanted. Almacenes Arenzana achieves this, but lucky for the shopper, they happen to sell extremely useful items. Cork, cords, burlap, fabric, ropes, all by the...
20003, Erregina Erregeordea kalea, 4, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
You came to San Sebastián to eat, right? If you want to shop for artisan food products where the locals do, Pantori is your spot. What started as an online foodie flash sale site morphed into a bricks and mortar spot that focuses on a different...
Bergara Kalea, 18, 20005 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Valentina is a haven in the center of San Sebastián, standing out in a city of sleepy boutiques for its attention to detail and its relevant, semi-Nordic aesthetic. They bring in textiles from local artists and sought-after Spanish accessories...
Ronda Kalea, 7, 20001 San Sebastián-Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
San Sebastián is a bike friendly town: bike paths (called bidegorris) run through the entire city, and locals gather several times a year to cheer on professional cyclists that pass through in droves. It makes sense, then, that there are several...
Zabaleta Kalea, 34, 20002 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Garoa is like the Cheers for the cool smart kids of San Sebastián. It's a bookstore where everyone knows your name, or is quick to learn it, and the young, helpful staff can also steer you towards the city's coolest happenings. With strong ties to...
Zurríola Hiribidea, 1, 20002 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Wood, especially oak, is common thread in caseríos, Basque rural homes. Bois et Fer was born when designer Gary de la Fuente couldn’t find the exact furniture aesthetic he wanted for his modern Basque abode. According to the young owners of Bois...
Antso Jakituna Hiribidea, 22, 20010 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Don Serapio has the lovely feel of an bustling deli, but its shelves are lined with the best of the best. The prices are set accordingly. However, it's worth a splurge on their gifty foods like jamón, chorizo, and cheeses, which have quite a...
San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Young, fashion-minded San Sebastián-ites have a je ne sais quoi about them. Their style has touches from France, touches from the rugged rebellious history, and then everything smoothed over with ocean breezes. Apartamento 14 is the best-kept...
Aldamar Kalea, 28, 20003 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
Casa Munoa has been a family affair since 1935. These movers and shakers are always about town, and their love for the city takes shape in the jewelry they design for their shop in the old town. Pop in and take your time choosing between their...
Kale Nagusia, 3, 20003 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
Noventa Grados has been a stalwart in San Sebastián's haute couture scene for longer than any of the other 'modern' fashion boutiques. In the heart of the old town, it prides itself on an ever-changing, boundary-pushing shop display that proudly...
San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Minimil bills itself as New Basque Fashion. The creators are a family of three local women who draw their inspiration from the landscape, weather, and characters of Basque Country. With the Basque-born Balenciaga as a reference, they create...
Reyes Catolicos Kalea, 7, 20006 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Dela is the younger sister of Flow, a shop that brought skater/hipster fashion to San Sebastián virtually singlehandedly. Float into the spacious airy shop in the pedestrian area behind the Buen Pastor cathedral and marvel at the selection of...
Iparragirre Kalea, 4, 20001 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Walking down the street, you see a building with people spilling out, laughing, toasting and chatting. Instead of the typical bar, it's an art gallery, so you pop in. A DJ is playing and a crowd has gathered around a table, where chefs and artists...
San Jeronimo Kalea, 19, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
An unassuming shop in the old part holds some of the most astute depictions of San Sebastián on canvas. The shop is built in an old butcher's shop, with a warm and inviting atmosphere. Artist Nerea Urrestarazu was bored by the traditional...
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