In San Sebastian, Pintxos are a Way of Life


Food is an art type in San Sebastian, and no place is cooking craft showed more artistically than with the area’s vibrant pintxos. The word suggests ‘little treat,’ however there is absolutely nothing little about the culture surrounding the Spanish gastronomic pillar. In San Sebastian, the bite-sized morsels are a lot more than yummy and healthy goodness– they are a lifestyle, joining a neighborhood in shared laughter and discussion.


Within the narrow and stunning streets of San Sebastian’s Old Town are pintxos bar after pintxos bar where visitors crowd the counters, ambling from one to the other searching for convivial nourishment. It’s not uncommon for visitors to strike several areas in a single night, in reality, it’s motivated. 2 pintxos and a glass of cider or red wine, and it’s on to the next. Those in the understand trek particularly to facilities understood for their one especially remarkable pintxo, such as:

. Arrate: Tosta de Papada Iberica (pieces of Iberian bacon on crispy bread)

Bar Sport: Foie a la Plancha (grilled foie)

Bar Martinez: Gamba Rebozada (damaged prawns)

Bar Ipotx: Croqueta de Jamon y Huevo (gently fried pieces of boiled egg and ham)

Bergara: Txalupa Setas con Lagostinos Gratinados (grated mushrooms with prawns)


Casa Valles: Gilda (skewered chili pepper, anchovy, and olive marinaded in vinegar– believed to be the very first pintxo)

Ganbara: Tartaleta de Txangurrao (King Crab tartlet)

Kukuarri– Mini-Hamburguesa de Secreto Iberico (small pork hamburger on sesame bread with chips)

Mendaur Berria: Huevo a Baja Temperature (low-temperature egg)

Txepetxa: Anchoas (anchovies)

Txirrita: Txalupa (griddled infant squid brochette with garlic and parsley sauce)

Zumeltegi: Brocheta de Rape y Langostinos (Anglerfish and shrimp brochette)

And lastly, for dessert … the popular cheesecake at La Vina. Numerous the world over have actually attempted to recreate this charred, crustless, Basque special, however the genuine thing, delighted in within the dining establishment that put it on the map, is tough to beat.


La Vina Cheesecake. Image: Dan Miller

All pictures thanks to Donostia San Sebastián Turismoa, other than where otherwise kept in mind.

This function is reprinted with consent from the author and from Essentialist, the personal member high-end travel concierge service for enthusiastic tourists, where it initially appeared in the ‘Travel Dispatch’ e-newsletter for Essentialist members.


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