It’s been months since our trip to San Sebastian, but because the food in this small resort town in Spain is quite frankly, unforgettable, I’m sharing the 8 things I think everyone should eat when visiting San Sebastian.
San Sebatian is crammed full of amazing pintxos bars and it can get overwhelming planning what to eat, especially if you only have a couple of days in town. Out of all the restaurants and pintxos bars we visited during our trip, I’ve narrowed down my list of the best dishes to 8. It was quite the feat, guys. Enjoy!
Palamos Prawns at Asador Extebarri
Possibly the best thing I’ve ever eaten. Served in their red shells, cooked on the grill with oak smoke and seasoned with olive oil and sea salt. The simplest, most exquisite, sweet grilled prawns. Top tip: don’t forget to suck on the heads! (Sounds dirty, but it’s truly the best bit)
PlazaSan Juán, 1, Apatamonasterio, Spain 48291
Phone: +34 946 58 30 42
Oreja (crispy pigs’s ears) at La Cuchara de San Telmo
Called oreja de cerdo ibérico salteada y crujiente (sautéed and crunchy Iberian pork ear), this dish is the perfect combination of crispy, gooey and salty goodness.
La Cuchara de San Telmo
31 de Agosto Kalea 28, 20003, San Sebastian – Donostia, Spain
+34 943 44 16 55
Foie gras at La Cuchara de San Telmo
We sampled several foie dishes in San Sebastian but the foie de monfort salteado, compota de manzanas (sautéed foie with apple sauce) from La Cuchara won by a mile. Both the oreja and foie were so good at La Cuchara that we ate here twice in two days.
Cheesecake at La Vina
Left to stand on shelves over the bar – these are the fluffiest and creamiest cheesecakes. I could have this as a snack, for breakfast, dessert – anytime really!
Calle de 31 de Agosto 3
+34 943 42 74 95
Pulpo at Atari Gastroleku
By far the best grilled octopus I’ve tried – so incredibly tender, served with potatoes, onions and spiced aioli.
Calle Mayor 18
+34 943 44 07 92
Skewered prawns at Bar Goiz Argi
Brocheta de gamba – it doesn’t look like much but they are so good, Emman had to physically stop me from eating more of these sweet and succulent prawns.
Bar Goiz Argi
Calle Fermin Calbeton 4
+34 943 42 52 04
Idiazabal risotto at Borda Berri
Made with orzo (not rice) and basque Idiazabal cheese. Cheesy heaven with the lovely orzo texture in every bite.
Fermin Calbeton Kalea, 12
+34 943 43 03 42
Alfajores at Antojitos Donostia
I know, I’m recommending an Argentinian dessert in San Sebastian, but this was just too good not to mention. We loved the chocolate-dipped version paired with their coffee.
Ramón y Cajal Kalea, 5
+34 943 50 68 03