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Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

Opened in September 1997, shimmering titanium Museo Guggenheim Bilbao is one of modern architecture's most iconic buildings. It almost single-handedly lifted Bilbao out of its post-industrial depression and into the…
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Kafe Antzokia

This is the vibrant heart of contemporary Basque Bilbao, featuring international rock, blues and reggae, as well as the cream of Basque rock-pop. Weekend concerts run from 10pm to 1am, followed by DJs until 5am. Dur…
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Mina Restaurante

Offering unexpected sophistication and fine dining in an otherwise fairly grimy neighbourhood, this riverside restaurant has some critics citing it as the current número uno in Bilbao. Expect serious culinary creati…
Top Choice Gallery in Bilbao

Museo de Bellas Artes

The Museo de Bellas Artes houses a compelling collection that includes everything from Gothic sculptures to 20th-century pop art. There are three main subcollections: classical art, with works by Murillo, Zurbarán, …
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Agape Restaurante

With a solid reputation among locals for good-value meals that don't sacrifice quality, this is a great place for a slice of real Bilbao culinary life. It's well away from the standard tourist circuit, but is worth …
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Casa Rufo

Despite the emergence of numerous glitzy restaurants that are temples to haute cuisine, this resolutely old-fashioned place, with its shelves full of dusty bottles of top-quality olive oil and wine, still stands out…
Top Choice Pintxos in Bilbao

La Viña del Ensanche

Hundreds of bottles of wine line the walls of this outstanding octogenarian pintxos bar. This could very well be the best place to eat pintxos in the entire city. If you can't decide what to sample, opt for their €3…
Pintxos in Bilbao

Café-Bar Bilbao

Cool blue southern tiles, warm northern atmosphere and superb array of pintxos.
Pintxos in Bilbao

El Globo

This is a popular bar with a terrific range of pintxos modernos, including favourites such as txangurro gratinado (spider crab) and hongos con su crema y crujiente de jamón (mushrooms with crusted ham). Its variety,…
Tapas in Bilbao

Los Candiles

Los Candiles is a narrow, low-key little bar, with some subtle pintxos filled with the taste of the sea.