Pintxos Like A Local: Centro Neighborhood Pintxo Tour

Get off the beaten path and experience the pintxos culture in a true local neighborhood

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Includes: Full, delicious dinner across 5 of the neighborhood's best pintxos bars. Plus lots of info about Basque cuisine!
Tour Size: Small Group
Times: 6:30pm
Duration: 3 Hours

What's Included

  • Get out of the Old Town and into a local’s-only neighborhood to rub shoulders with its residents over pintxos
  • Visit the oldest pintxo bar in San Sebastian and sample the specialty they've been serving up for almost 100 years
  • Learn how to really do pintxos like a local so you know you’ll eat well for the rest of your stay
  • Taste the first-ever pintxo in the very bar where it was invented—and learn the stories and legends behind it
  • Sample a different Spanish wine at each bar, and get a crash course in how to choose and order wines on your own
  • Devour it all, from traditional to modern dishes, including pintxos prepared by the two-time pintxo champion of the region

Foodie Highlights

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 on Your Tour

    TOUR SNAPSHOT:
    Go beyond San Sebastian’s historic old town and into a local neighborhood. This is where the Donostiarras go for pintxos with their families and friends today, home to great pintxo bars that are often overlooked by visitors to the city. Here, you’ll wander from bar to bar, visiting both old favorites and new spots serving the best in Basque haute cuisine. You’ll sample the specialties in every place, each one paired with the perfect local wine, as you understand what it means to be a part of everyday life in this authentic neighborhood.

    STOP BY STOP:
    Start out at one of the city’s most iconic pintxo bars, where the first-ever pintxo was invented back in the 1940s. Pair your selection of pintxos with dry Basque cider as your expert foodie 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 conserved fish, this is the perfect place to sample some of the local coastline’s delicacies. Pair them with a crisp and dry Basque wine called txakoli and it’s 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 switch 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 ravioli, washed down with a glass of barrel-aged Rioja wine. Crispy ravioli of oxtail or Shrimp ravioli with white martini sauce, red or white wine

    Between the delicious food stops, your guide will reveal the importance of this central neighborhood to the city and give you a crash course in how to do pintxos like a local—the best way to make sure you eat well for the rest of your stay.

    And as with all Devour San Sebastian tours, your guide will give you a copy of our Devouring San Sebastian guide, which is packed with all our favorite places to eat and drink in the city! So 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

    Just a stone's throw from the famous Old Town, the Centro neighborhood, San Sebastian's downtown, is a hub of activity day and night for locals in the city.

    Ending point Bergara Kalea / Calle de Bergara
    Great question! A Devour San Sebastian food tour is a fun, fascinating and (most importantly!) delicious introduction to the majestic city of San Sebastian. Our food tours visit some of the city’s best traditional eateries, including tapas bars, local markets, taverns and shops, and hidden gems that few even know exist! You’ll taste some of San Sebastian's best local food, and gain fascinating insight into its age-old traditions. We keep our groups small and every tour is led by an English-speaking guide who knows San Sebastian like the back of their hand, and loves it to bits.
    The tour lasts approximately 3 hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 1.2 kilometers (0.7 miles) and there is very limited seating (not guaranteed, due to the nature and size of the bars visited). Please note that it is traditional and authentic in San Sebastian pintxos bars to stand and eat at the bar, and most of the taverns 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 or a flamenco fan! 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 all of our tours are guaranteed to operate, even with just 1 person.
    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. Please do keep in mind that this tour is a quick paced and authentic evening experience. If you're a family with younger kids who need a slower pace, please check out the daytime 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 10-15%.
    Keep in mind that 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.
    Of course! We regularly offer private tours to families, groups of friends and corporate groups. 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.