Restaurants

Top Choice Basque 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 (Basque tapas) laid…
Top Choice Basque in Parte Vieja

La Fábrica

The red-brick interior walls and white tablecloths lend an air of class to this restaurant, whose modern takes on Basque classics have been making waves with San Sebastián locals in recent years. La Fábrica only wor…
Pintxos in Parte Vieja

Bar Borda Berri

The uber-popular Bar Borda Berri is a pintxos (Basque tapas) bar that really lives up to the hype. Amid mustard-coloured walls hung with old photos and strands of garlic, hungry diners crowd in for house specials li…
Pintxos in Parte Vieja

Casa Urola

Founded in 1956, Casa Urola has been wowing more than three generations of diners. Join the lunch and evening crowds over perfectly turned-out pintxos like grilled white asparagus, foie with pear compote, and mushro…
Pintxos in Parte Vieja

La Viña

The bar of this traditional spot displays a wonderful array of fishy pintxos and delectable snacks, but the real highlight is the cheesecake (€5). Prepared daily according to a special recipe and left to stand on sh…
Basque 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 specials l…
Pintxos in Parte Vieja

Zeruko

A fun and festive eatery, Zeruko has garnered its share of awards and earns rave reviews for its creative high-quality pintxos. It's famous for its smoked cod, served with its own minigrill (and a side of puréed asp…
Pintxos in Parte Vieja

Sirimiri Atari Akademy

A bit smarter than many of the bars in the Parte Vieja, this contemporary joint dishes up a modern, jazzy vibe, artful pintxos and skilfully shaken cocktails. It can get very busy, so you may be tempted to sneak out…
Modern Spanish in Parte Vieja

Restaurante Kokotxa

This Michelin-star restaurant is hidden away down an overlooked alley in the old town, but the food rewards those who search. Most people opt for the menú de mercado (€65) and enjoy the flavours of the traders from …
Seafood in Parte Vieja

Bodegón Alejandro

This handsome cellar restaurant, tucked down the steps off a pedestrian-packed street, earns rave reviews for its small but brilliant menu. The changing menu has treats as succulent as the spider crab salad with fen…