Top ChoiceBasque in Gros

Xarma

A striking contemporary wood-lined dining room with bare-bulb downlighting is the backdrop for artistically presented dishes prepared in the open kitchen. A meal might start with watermelon gazpacho with...

Top ChoicePintxos in Parte Vieja

La Cuchara de San Telmo

This bustling, always packed bar offers miniature nueva cocina vasca (Basque nouvelle cuisine) from a supremely creative kitchen. Unlike many San Sebastián bars, this one doesn’t have any pintxos laid out on the...

Top ChoiceBeach in New Town & Monte Igueldo

Playa de la Concha

Playa de la Concha

Fulfilling almost every idea of how a perfect city beach should be formed, Playa de la Concha (and its westerly extension, Playa de Ondarreta) is easily among the best city beaches in Europe. Tanned and toned...

Top ChoiceAquarium in Parte Vieja

Aquarium

Aquarium

Fear for your life as huge sharks bear down behind glass panes, or gaze at otherworldly jellyfish. The highlights of a visit to the city's excellent aquarium are the cinema-screen-sized deep-ocean and coral-reef...

Top ChoiceBeach in Gros

Playa de la Zurriola

Stretching 800m in front of Gros, from the Kursaal to Monte Ulía, 'Zurri', as it's known locally, has some excellent waves that draw surfers from near and far. It's a superb place to hang out and take in the...

Gastronomy in San Sebastián

Arzak

With three shining Michelin stars, acclaimed chef Juan Mari Arzak is king when it comes to Basque nouvelle cuisine and his restaurant, 3.5km east of San Sebastián, is considered one of the best in the world....

Notable Building in Gros

Kursaal

Kursaal

Designed by Rafael Moneo and opened in 1999, the Kursaal is one of the city's most striking buildings. Consisting of two cubes made of translucent glass with LED lights (the largest such facade in Spain and one...

Museum in Parte Vieja

San Telmo Museoa

San Telmo Museoa

One of the best museums in the Basque Country, the San Telmo Museoa has a thought-provoking collection that explores Basque history and culture in all its complexity. Exhibitions are spread between a restored...

Pintxos in Parte Vieja

Casa Urola

Founded in 1956, Casa Urola has hefty stone walls, hams hanging above the bar and a blackboard menu chalking up the day's pintxos. Join the lunch and evening crowds flocking for perfectly turned-out bites, such...

Cultural Centre in San Sebastián

Tabakalera

Sun-drenched cultural space Tabakalera occupies a beautifully reconfigured tobacco factory dating from 1913. It's a hub for the arts and design, as well as cultural enterprises such as the Basque Film Archive,...

Sculpture in New Town & Monte Igueldo

Peine del Viento

A symbol of the city, the Peine del Viento (Wind Comb) sculpture, which lies at the far western end of the Bahía de la Concha, below Monte Igueldo, is the work of the famous Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida and...

Pintxos in Gros

Bodega Donostiarra

The whitewashed stone walls, framed prints and black-and-white photos give this place a quirky charm, though the crowds can be so thick that you might not even notice during prime time. The draw? Some of the best...

Gastronomy in San Sebastián

Mugaritz

Perched high up in the bucolic hills 10km southeast of San Sebastián, twin-Michelin-starred Mugaritz' calling card is chef Andoni Luis Aduriz' avant-garde cuisine incorporating produce foraged in the surrounding...

Pintxos in Parte Vieja

Bar Borda Berri

Perennially popular Bar Borda Berri is an old-school pintxo bar – with black-and-white chequerboard floors and mustard-coloured walls hung with old photos and strands of garlic – that really lives up to the hype....

International in Gros

Gerald's Bar

Melbourne-based restaurateur Gerald Diffey fell so hard for San Sebastián that he decided to open a second Gerald's in the city – never mind that the first is 17,000km away. The menu changes daily but might...

Ice Cream in New Town & Monte Igueldo

Arnoldo Heladeria

In business since 1935, Arnoldo Heladeria makes San Sebastián's best ice cream. Alongside sorbets such as mango and passion fruit, and white peach, they make richer, creamier varieties like sherry-soaked raisin,...

Basque in New Town & Monte Igueldo

Antonio Bar

From the outside, Antonio Bar looks like the sort of cafe you'd get in a train station waiting room. Hidden downstairs, however, is its six-table basement dining room (reserve ahead), where house-speciality stews...

Fusion in New Town & Monte Igueldo

Chutney Gastrobar

When a French bartender and an English cook with Pakistani-Saudi roots teamed up, they created one of the most innovative pintxos spots in town. This stylish den of culinary alchemy has a menu of spicy spinach...

Pintxos in Parte Vieja

Gandarias

An obligatory destination for anyone interested in San Sebastián's foodie hot spots, Gandarias has a sterling reputation for its artfully prepared pintxos. You'll find all the classics on hand, with house...

Coffee in New Town & Monte Igueldo

Old Town Coffee

The name is a misnomer but this new-town place is spot-on for coffee. Set up by two Brazilian friends, it does small-batch roasting on site, and uses boutique roasts such as Nomad (Barcelona) and Square Mile...