Pintxos Like A Local: Centro Neighborhood Pintxo Tour
Get off the beaten path and visit the pintxos bars you would go to every weekend if you lived here.
Available from March 2021. In the meantime, join our Ultimate San Sebastian Pintxos & Wine Tour (Evening).
- 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.
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!
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!
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Just a stone's throw from the famous Old Town, Centro is where locals go for pintxos.