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Where to Eat, Sleep and Explore in San Sebastián

Make the most of your stay with a visit to the market and an evening of pintxos and char-grilled T-bones at Bar Nestor.

Sleep

Hotel Arrizul Congress

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Hotel Arrizul Congress

On a quiet side street, the Arrizul is in the middle of things, while still offering a measure of serenity. The recently renovated rooms are beautifully appointed in blonde wood and walnut, and, thanks to nearby Zurriola beach, there’s free surfboard storage downstairs.


Shop

Mercado de la Bretxa

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Mercado de la Bretxa

Basque cooking is known the world over for its first-rate ingredients, like tinned anchovies and sardines, Padrón peppers and idiazábal cheese. This busy, subterranean market is a big reason why – you’ll see white-coated chefs jostling with local grandmothers and in-the-know visitors.


Eat & Drink

Bar Nestor

Bar Nestor

This bustling – and beloved – pintxos bar in San Sebastián’s old town is famed for its thick, char-grilled T-bones and its simple tomato salad, seasoned only with good salt and torrents of oil.


Bodega Donostiarra

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Bodega Donostiarra

Walk up to the standing-room-only bar, point at the dishes you’d like (the bocadillos, the potato-and-egg tortilla and maybe a round of morcilla sausage) and lean back with a beer.


A Fuego Negro

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A Fuego Negro

The house vermouth alone is worth the stop here (start with vermut preparado – that’s vermouth with a bit of gin and Campari), but there’s a tight, brilliant list of local wines and sherries, too.

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