The Best Pintxos In San Sebastian

Pintxos (pronounced “pinchos”) defines the culinary scene in this characterful coastal Basque country. Quite simply: the best pintxos in San Sebastian is the best pintxos in the world.  Even if visitors mistakenly use the word tapas. 

Here's our inside guide to pintxos in San Sebastian, Spain. How to eat it, pintxos tours, self-guided walks, a bit of back story and, of course, the best pintxos bars in San Sebastian. Let's eat.

Disclosure – although I’ve visited San Sebastian before, some of the tapas bars featured here provided complimentary food for review purposes. Of course, that didn't always mean they made the list!

Tapas on table tops, tapas on the bars,

Tapas in the restaurants, and tapas in the stars.

But however pretty it looks, arranged just so in taverns throughout the Old Quarter, it's pintxos. Not tapas.

So, with that out of the way, let's move on to finding the best of it, shall we?

Pintxos in San Sebastian: it's half about the flavour, half about the social way we eat it

How to find the Best Pintxos in San Sebastian
Tapas in San Sebastian - a tempting glimpse from the street

A typical pintxos scene in San Sebastian: food on show, waiting for a lucky passer by

The Best Pintxos Bars 

Arrange a self-guided pintxos tour in San Sebastian with these hand (and taste) tested pintxos bars. It's easy enough to walk around. Try a little in each and your stomach will help you by the end. 

Fuegro Negra collage including neon red sign and postcards in San Sebastian

Fuegro Negra Pintxos Bar in San Sebastain

A Fuegro Negro

Cool in a dark, shadowy and scarlet way, this strips away images of “tourist Spain” and replaces them with ideas of art and memories of strong flavours. 

This creative  spot is heavily influenced by music, drinks, art, theatre, cinema and design. Stocking a wide range of drinks and a menu of snacks and little dishes, including ‘tartare of bonito & watermelon with grated yolk', you won't be disappointed.

Address: 31 de Agosto Kalea, 31, 20003 San Sebastián-Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain

Email: [email protected]

PIntxos options in San Sebastian

So many different things to choose from when it comes to pintxos…


For a view of just how many options you can find in one place, check out the bar tops of this little eatery. 

Serving hot and cold dishes from both land and sea, each plate looks like a work of art. They even offer gluten-free options.

Address: 31 de Agosto Kalea, 23, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain

Email: [email protected]

Pimientos de Padron in San Sebastian via @insidetravellab

Pimientos de Padron in San Sebastian via @insidetravellab

La Cepa

Look out for the glass tabletops over collections of sweets, seashells and other curios. 

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