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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…
Top Choice Aquarium in Parte Vieja

Aquarium

Fear for your life as huge sharks bear down behind glass panes, or gaze in disbelief at tripped-out fluoro jellyfish. The highlights of a visit to the city's excellent aquarium are the cinema-screen-sized deep-ocean…
Top Choice Beach in New Town & Monte Igueldo

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. Throughout the long su…
Top Choice Park in Gros

Parque de Cristina Enea

Created by the Duke of Mandas in honour of his wife, the Parque de Cristina Enea is a favourite escape for locals. This formal park, the most attractive in the city, contains ornamental plants, ducks and peacocks, a…
Basque in San Sebastián

Arzak

With three shining Michelin stars, acclaimed chef Juan Mari Arzak is king when it comes to nueva cocina vasca and his restaurant is considered one of the best in the world. Arzak is now assisted by his daughter Elen…
Museum in Parte Vieja

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 conven…
Notable Building in Gros

Kursaal

Designed by Rafael Moneo, the Kursaal is one of the city's most beloved and noteworthy buildings. Consisting of two cubes made of translucent glass, the structure, which serves as San Sebastián's cultural and confer…
Cultural Centre in San Sebastián

Tabakalera

One of San Sebastian's most celebrated new attractions is this sun-drenched cultural space set in a beautifully reconfigured 90-year-old tobacco factory. It's a hub for the arts and design as well as cultural enterp…
Pintxos in Gros

Bodega Donostiarra

The stone walls, potted plants and window ornaments give this place a real old-fashioned French bistro look, though the crowds can be so thick that you might not even notice during prime time. The draw? Some of the …