Pintxos Like A Local: Centro Neighborhood Pintxo Tour

Note: Unavailable until March 2022. In the meantime, join our Ultimate San Sebastian Pintxos & Wine Tour (Evening).

Get off the beaten path and visit the pintxos bars you would go to every weekend if you lived here.

Top Rated 5 out of 5
Includes: Full, delicious dinner across 5 of the neighborhood's best pintxos bars. Plus lots of info about Basque cuisine!
Experience Size: Small Group
Times: 6:30pm
Duration: 3 hours, no seating

What's Included

  • Taste the first-ever pintxo in the very bar where it was invented!
  • Take a break from the Old Town crowds—an easy way to practice responsible tourism.
  • See what it's like to go out for pintxos as if you really lived here (a hint: it's fun!)
  • Try a pintxo like oxtail with foie gras and garlic cream made by an award-winning chef.
  • Slow down the local way with great food and drink after a day of exploring.
  • Risk-free booking: Full refunds up to 24 hours before your tour


Dietary restrictions

This tour is adaptable for...
  • Pescatarians
  • Gluten free (not celiacs)
  • Dairy free
  • Non-alcoholic options
  • Pregnant women
  • We love providing delicious options for those with dietary needs. If you have a dietary requirement or food allergy, please note it when booking. This tour is not recommended for vegans nor vegetarians, and due to the risk of gluten cross-contamination, this tour is not recommended for those with celiac disease.

    What to Expect


    Sure, the Old Town is a must—but it’s not the only show in town. If you’re looking for great food at bars you’re going to remember for years to come, allow us to introduce you to the Centro neighborhood. This lesser-known neighborhood is the one we choose when making plans with friends. Tonight you’re one of us, and we’ll show you a true local experience, from traditional bars to the ones on the cutting edge of New Basque Cuisine.


    Start out at one of the city’s most iconic pintxo bars, where the first-ever pintxo was invented back in the 1940s. You’ll sip on dry Basque cider as your guide gives you an introduction to the important things you need to know about doing pintxos in San Sebastian.

    Next, you’ll discover a bar so small that you would probably walk straight past it. Famous for its marinated fish, this is the perfect place to sample some of the local coastline’s delicacies. Pair them with a crisp, dry Basque wine called txakoli—a match made in heaven.

    Then you’ll head around the corner to the place many say is the oldest bar in San Sebastian. It’s been passed down from generation to generation, and they’re still cooking up Grandma Luisa’s most iconic dishes. You’ll try the fried piquillo pepper—a recipe that has been on their menu since the first half of the 20th century!

    Now it’s time to trade traditional for contemporary. You’ll visit one of the city’s most famous modern pintxo bars, where an award-winning Basque chef runs the kitchen. Trust us—the pintxos coming out of here are little works of art. With so many to choose from, your host will guide you to the best pintxo for your taste buds. Whether you go for meat or fish, there’s a perfect wine pairing for every dish!

    Last but not least, we’ll visit another local favorite: one of today’s hot spots for creative, modern pintxos. You could go for shrimp ravioli with white martini sauce, or perhaps you’d prefer the crispy oxtail, washed down with a glass of barrel-aged Rioja wine.

    After an evening of rubbing shoulders with them, you’ll know exactly how (and where!) to do pintxos like a local, setting you up for the rest of your time in the city.

    And as with all Devour San Sebastian tours, you’ll receive our Devouring San Sebastian guide. Packed with all our favorite places to eat and drink in the city, put down your guidebook and get ready to experience San Sebastian like a local!

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    About Our Expert Guides

    Your tour will be lead by one of our expert, English-speaking guides. They’re all gifted storytellers who are smart, passionate and talented and whose excitement for this country is contagious!

    Meet them here!

    Map Your Tour

    Meeting point San Sebastian Cathedral
    Places we'll visit Centro neighborhood

    Just a stone's throw from the famous Old Town, Centro is where locals go for pintxos.

    Ending point Bergara Kalea
    The tour lasts approximately 3 hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 1.2 kilometers (0.75 miles) and there is no guaranteed seating at any of the stops. Please note that it is traditional and authentic in San Sebastian pintxos bars to stand and eat at the bar, and some of the establishments we visit do not have tables or seating.
    Don’t worry, you won’t be part of a massive crowd following a guide with a flag! We keep our groups small and intimate, so the tour can squeeze into small, hidden places and you get personal time with your guide. The maximum number of guests on this tour is usually 8 people, and we only require a minimum of two people to operate. 
    We want as many people to be able to enjoy our tours as possible. Scroll up the page a little to see what dietary restrictions this tour is adaptable for.
    This tour is a great fit for curious teens who would enjoy learning about San Sebastian's pintxo culture and tasting local food. We offer teen pricing and they will be served non-alcoholic drinks throughout the tour. Given that this tour is a quick paced and authentic evening experience, we limit the experience to guests aged 13 years and older. If you're a family with younger kids, please check out the daytime, family-friendly version of our Ultimate San Sebastian Pintxos & Wine Tour.
    The tour does not include transport to the meeting place, or from the ending point (ask your guide for guidance at the end of the tour if you’re not sure where you are). Also, please feel free to tip your guide if you think they did a great job! The standard gratuity in the tour industry is 10% to 15%.
    Most importantly, your appetite! Keep in mind tours take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately and bring an umbrella if it looks like rain. Also, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking a few kilometers. Finally, while we do serve water on the tour at some stops, we recommend you bring a bottle of water.
    Absolutely! We regularly organize private tours for families, groups of friends, and more. Email us your group size, the date you'd like the tour and anything else you'd like us to keep in mind, and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.