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San Sebastián, Spain's Dining Scene

Some of Spain’s best eats are in this gastronomically obsessed Basque town.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  Thanks to the mad inventiveness of its chefs, this Basque town has a trio of Michelin three-starred restaurants—compare that with nine... more »

Tips:  Like much of temperate coastal Europe, the weather in San Sebastián is nice from spring through fall.

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The dramatic stark-black design is a refreshing departure from the woody cubbyhole look of traditional pintxo bars (in the back there’s a little red-and-white restaurant). Why the R&B and hip-hop beats? The trio of twentysomething owners, veterans of some of the best kitchens in town, are heavily into global hip-hop culture; "Black Fire... More

Tasting menu for two $528.

Address:
273 Avda. Alcalde Jose Elosegui
San Sebastián
Spain

Phone:
34-94-327-8465

3. Ayestarán

Stylish leather shoes.

Address:
27 Avda. de la Libertad
San Sebastián
Spain

Phone:
34-94-342-7000

Everything is magnificent here: the garlicky sauté of mini-mushrooms called perretxikos; the spicy, slender chistorra sausage in puff pastry; and the baby croissants that bulge with purplish curls of jamón, reason alone to move to San Sebastián—though the same can be said about the richly gratinéed spider crab tartlets.
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Address:
14 Plaza de Guipúzcoa
San Sebastián
Spain

Phone:
34-94-342-2880

6. Friendly Rentals

A Barcelona-based agency with a good selection of properties in San Sebastián. Apartments from $210, two-night minimum.

Address:
4 Passatge de Sert
Barcelona
Spain

Phone:
34-93-268-8051

This eight-room property, set in the hilly vineyards outside the tiny fishing village of Getaria, makes an ideal under-the-radar base from which to explore Spain’s Basque coast. Interiors are cool and subdued, with the occasional boldly patterned fabric or surprising combination (a sharp-angled love seat next to a Louis XVI-style bench). Venture... More

8. Hotel Maria Cristina, A Luxury Collection Hotel

This grand, Empire-style Belle Époque hotel is filled with antiques and bordered by gardens. Located in the heart of the city, the property is not far from the Centro Kursaal. Experience all the glamour and elegance of a bygone era, in one of Europe’s most elegant seaside resorts. Be sure to book one of the deluxe Kings with views of the... More

9. Hotel Monte Igueldo

A 125-room hostelry overlooking the town and bay.

Address:
134 Paseo del Faro
San Sebastián
Spain

Phone:
34-94-321-0211

Address:
4 Calle General Arnao
San Sebastián
Spain

Phone:
34-94-314-0500

A 70-year-old pintxos bar specializing in Jabugo ham. Light meal for two $36.

Address:
7 Calle 31 de Agosto
San Sebastián
Spain

Phone:
34-94-342-6394

12. Noventa Grados

This “concept store” is a design shop and hair salon that also sells clothing, books, and cosmetics.

Address:
3 Calle Mayor
San Sebastián
Spain

Phone:
34-94-342-0760

13. San Prudencio

Dinner for two $91.

Address:
Getaria
San Sebastián
Spain

Phone:
34-94-314-0627

In a city where even the most luxurious accommodations tend toward the dowdy, Villa Soro offers a much-needed dose of modern luxury. The owners of this intimate 19th-century mansion have preserved the 1898 manicured garden and the stained-glass windows, while updating rooms with a neutral color scheme, wooden furniture, and work from local artists... More