Pintxos Like A Local: Centro Neighborhood Pintxo Tour
Get off the beaten path and experience the pintxos culture in a true local neighborhood
- 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
What to Expect on Your Tour
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.
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, the Centro neighborhood, San Sebastian's downtown, is a hub of activity day and night for locals in the city.