As the weekend draws to a close, many businesses—including bars and restaurants—close up shop for the day.
It’s part of the family culture prevalent all over Spain. From Almería to Zaragoza, locals typically spend Sundays with their families, resting and relaxing to gear up for the week ahead. At first glance, it might seem like the only places to eat in San Sebastian on Sundays are tacky tourist traps, but that’s not the case! There are plenty of great options if you’re trying to find somewhere to eat in San Sebastian on Sundays—you just have to look a little harder. Here are a few of our favorites.
Enjoy traditional Basque cuisine at its finest at Rekondo. The simple elegance of this beautiful restaurant at the foot of Monte Igueldo consistently attracts locals and visitors alike. In addition to outstanding homemade Basque food, this family-run favorite is also home to one of the best wine cellars in the country—maybe even the world. Thousands of references from more than 20 countries make up its award-winning wine selection. Rekondo is truly one of the best places to eat in San Sebastian on Sundays with an unforgettable glass of wine to cap off your weekend.
Address: Igeldo Pasealekua, 57
2. Restaurante Urepel
After temporarily closing for a 3-year hiatus, Restaurante Urepel reopened in late 2015 and is better than ever. Here, you’ll find some of the best traditional Basque flavors with unique modern twists. The restaurant itself is classy without being pretentious, making it the perfect place to eat in San Sebastian on Sundays for a leisurely lunch or elegant dinner. Impeccable service and fair prices considering the outstanding quality of the food make it a must!
Address: Salamanca Pasealekua, 3
3. Bar La Cepa
Looking for something a little more low-key? Over the past 70 years, Bar La Cepa has earned a place in the hearts (and stomachs!) of locals for its fabulous pintxos. During that time, it has managed to stay true to its authentic heart while adapting to the changing lifestyle in the city. The no-frills, simple atmosphere with friendly service will make you feel at home right away. As for the pintxos themselves, think simple recipes made with only the freshest ingredients from local producers.
Address: 31 de Agosto Kalea, 7
4. Bar Sport
Bar Sport‘s name is a nod to its popularity among locals as a great place to watch a game, but you don’t have to be a sports fan to have a good time here. Its vibrant atmosphere launches you right into local life, with flavorful, beautifully assembled pintxos in a friendly setting. And with its prime location right in the heart of the Old Town, it’s the perfect stop on any pintxos crawl. This relaxed, fun and traditional pintxos bar is the perfect place to eat in San Sebastian on Sundays for a laid-back, local experience!
Address: Fermin Calbeton Kalea, 10
5. A Fuego Negro
Dramatic lighting, experimental pintxos and a cosmopolitan vibe make A Fuego Negro the place to be any day of the week. However, it’s one of the best places to eat in San Sebastian on Sundays particularly for those who don’t want to feel like the weekend is ending. This popular pintxos bar is always happening! Fresh ingredients are the star of the show in every dish, from the classic gilda pintxo to the more innovative options you won’t find anywhere else. Want to take a night off from pintxos crawling? They also offer a spectacular tasting menu!
Address: 31 de Agosto Kalea, 31
6. La Cuchara de San Telmo
The Parte Vieja is the neighborhood to experience some of San Sebastian’s best cuisine. And if there’s one place that stands out among many fabulous options here, it’s La Cuchara de San Telmo. This lively pintxos bar is constantly packed, and for good reason. Experience Basque cooking with a uniquely modern flair with their cooked-to-order pintxos. It’s the perfect place to eat in San Sebastian on Sundays for an unforgettable local experience!
Address: 31 de Agosto Kalea, 28
Join us for a Sunday night pintxos crawl on our Ultimate Pintxos & Wine Tour! As you make your way from bar to bar, you’ll learn what it really means to eat like a local in one of Europe’s best foodie cities. We can’t wait to see you soon!
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.