What’s the most important meal of the day? The correct answer isn’t “breakfast”—it’s “anything that involves coffee.”
After all, when you find yourself in a new city, you’ll need all the energy you can possibly get to explore. And there’s nothing better than discovering a perfectly cozy little cafe where you can get your caffeine fix and relax for a bit before heading out to pound the pavement again. Here’s where you’ll find the best coffee in San Sebastian for a perfect pick-me-up.
Sakona Coffee Roasters
It will probably come as no surprise that the best coffee in San Sebastian comes courtesy of Spain’s very own five-time barista champion. The award-winning coffee mastermind himself, Javier Garcia, stepped away from the competitive world a few years ago to open Sakona, a minimalist-chic cafe located right on the river in the Gros neighborhood. Javier and his team source their coffee beans from all over the world and roast them onsite, so not only do you have a delicious international variety to choose from, but you’re also guaranteed to enjoy some of the freshest coffee in town. This is more than just a coffee shop—it’s a place to come relax and enjoy every sip.
Old Town Coffee
What started off as a passion project between two coffee-loving Brazilian friends has become a local favorite, known for some of the best coffee in San Sebastian. Old Town Coffee might always be packed, but despite the crowds, owners Márcio and Ricardo always find the time to strike up a friendly conversation with each customer. They specialize in single-origin coffees which are rotated on a seasonal basis to ensure quality, and offer a delicious selection of organic baked goods (with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options among them) as the perfect accompaniment to their delicious drinks.
A refreshing alternative to the sleek urban coffee houses springing up in every major city around Spain, Kafe Botanika will make you feel like you’ve wandered into an idyllic garden paradise. The bright, colorful space includes a gorgeous outdoor terrace, perfect for when you want to enjoy your coffee out in the fresh air on one of San Sebastian’s lovely spring or summer days. In addition to serving up some of the best coffee in San Sebastian, the cafe is also a full-service international vegan and vegetarian restaurant, and they even host live jazz performances regularly. There’s something for everyone at this beautiful little space!
Part of being a responsible traveler is stepping out of your comfort zone, off the beaten path, and into the authentic local neighborhoods few tourists even know exist. If that sounds right up your alley, Trikua Cafe is the place for you. Located far from the tourist crowds in Antiguo, a historic hidden gem of a neighborhood just south of Ondarreta Beach, this sweet little spot is a haven of fabulous coffee, delicious homemade pastries, and some of the best pintxos this side of La Concha. Come enjoy some of the best coffee in San Sebastian at one of the humble neighborhood cafes locals know and love best.
Named after the Thai island where founders Ana and Ainara first dreamed up the idea of opening a specialty coffee shop in San Sebastian, Koh Tao was one of the first cafes of its kind in the city. Today, it remains a reference for some of the best coffee in San Sebastian, serving up hundreds of cups every day. The cozy cafe will make you feel like you’re hanging out in a good friend’s living room, with a comfortable and friendly atmosphere in addition to delicious homemade drinks and food. If you’re hungry for more, be sure to stop by later in the day and enjoy a fabulous cocktail—they’re open until late!
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Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.