Best Pintxos in San Sebastian – Pintxo guide/ Suggested route for San Sebastian pintxos crawl

Talk Basque Country Talk Good food. If you are a foodie then you must head to The Basque and explore their culinary treats.The region is renowned for its unique culture, language, and food. The town of San Sebastian  boasts of having the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants per square meter, beaten only by Kyoto and Paris.  After our recent trip to Donostia ,we can clearly vouch for their food and can say that their cuisine and food are their most prized possessions. A holiday in Basque Country is simply perfect considering the fact that the place has it all… stunning beaches, quaint streets that screem history, beautiful architecture , charming villages , riverside promenades and last but not the least the most amazing food. If you want to get a taste of Spain’s most memorable gastronomic experience, then this post is God sent for you. We will be sharing where to find the best Pintxos in San Sebastian, list of must try Pintxos from each bar and the route to take for the Pintxos crawl

pintxos crawl

When we told our Spanish friends  that we are going to San Sebastian and Bilbao for the Easter holidays, every single person we spoke to was raving about the gourmet and also warned us of the calories that we were going to pile on during our trip. I have never seen people rave so much about the food from any region but the Basque Country was an exception. They told us that while in Basque ,try the Pinchos (Pintxos).

What are Pinchos/Pintxos?

They are bite sized snacks served at bars and taverns throughout the Basque Country. The word Pincho is derived from the Spanish verb “Pinchar” which means” to pierce”. They are traditionally pierced with a toothpick and is attached to a piece of bread . Try it once and we are sure you are going to be obsessed with the delectable platter. The food is fresh and uses mostly local ingredients-cured meat and seafood. Every bar experiments with their platter and you will find plethora of options – combinations of sweet and savoury. The finger foods look good and taste even better. Its visually appealing to see the different fusions that every bar creates. There is so much room for experimentation with Pintxos and we must say that they do create varieties making dishes unique and unusual.

Best Pintxos in San Sebastian – Where to find ?

Pintxo guide/ Suggested route for San Sebastian pintxos crawl

  • Borda Berri- Risotto, Kebab &  Beef Cheek (Carillera)
  • Goiz Argi – Prawns (Gamba) & Salmon (Mari Juli)
  • Zeruko- Cod (Bacalao) & Duck ( Marget de Pato)
  • Txepetxa- Anchovies
  • La Cuchara de San Telmo- Roast Pork(Cochinillo) & Octopus (Pulpo)
  • Gandarias – Steak ( Solomillo)
  • Sirimiri- Arroz Ecological ( Rice) & Cordero (Lamb)
  • Arraun – Tabla de Queso (Cheese plate)

best Pintxos in San Sebastian

where to find the best Pintxos in San Sebastian

More Pincho Bars

  • Bar Sport- Crab (Txangurro) & Foie Gras
  • Paco Bueno- Battered prawns (Gambas)
  • Astelena – Steak ( Solomillo)
  • Fuego Negro- Mc Kobe ( Mini Hamburger)
  • Ganbarra- Mushrooms
  • La Cepa – Jamon ( Ham)
  • Aralar
  • Casa Alcalde

Joses Recommend–  Even though we tried out around 10-12 places , we still have that one place which we love more than the others – Bar Sport. Hands down our favourite place for pintxos. We found the prices to be reasonable and the portion sizes were decent too!

This San Sebastian pintxos map was suggested to us by our AirBnb owner and we are happy to share it with our readers. Let us know if you try this Pintxos trail in San Sebastian

Insider Tip-

  • Dont grab too many pintxos from the same bar. Instead we suggest you try the speciality in each place and then hop on to the next one.
  • And make sure you have some room for desert. We highly recommend the burnt cheesecake from La Vina located at 31 de Agosto Kalea, 3, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa. It was the best cheesecake we have had till date. We went there two days in a row to devour that yummy piece of cake.

best cheesecake in san sebastian

burnt cheesecake la vina

  • Pintxos is paired best with Txakoli or locally-made cider. 

Txakoli  with pintxos


We hope you enjoyed this post as much as we enjoyed penning it down. Please share this post with anyone who is looking out for the best Pintxos in San Sebastian. We hope they enjoy  Basque’s version of Tapas 🙂

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1 Comment

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    April 12, 2018 at 6:44 am

    Seriously, i have not read your post because all images are so beautiful of food as i consider myself foodie, these images i can’t tell you. I start feeling hungry.

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