A couple days before San Sebastian (Basque Country-Spain) ranked first on the world’s best food destinations, we received a request from a Canadian group to create a customized gastronomic program in the city.
The agent who contacted us was surprised when we asked to interview them so we could understand what was the group’s culinary tastes. San Sebastian is a city that, despite being small, offers very different and high-quality possibilities for foodies:
- A private gastronomic society with professional kitchens where the locals come to talk and enjoy traditional dishes with their friends.
- A Grill House managed by the same family for more than a hundred years where they offer grilled meat and fish.
- Enjoy an exquisite haute-cuisine catering served in a palace by the sea, or at an Oceanarium -twinned with the Monte Carlo oceanographic and one of the best in Europe – surrounded by sharks and stingrays.
- Attend a workshop to learn more about the cut and texture of Iberian prosciutto paired with some sherry wine at the first Gastronomic University in the world: Basque Culinary Center
- Pioneer and best known New Basque Cuisine Restaurants which use the best local products such as the tear-shaped pea, known as green caviar for its texture in the mouth.
- Michelin stars restaurants. A visit to the godfather of avant-garde cuisine in Spain, Juan Mari Arzak (Arzak Restaurant) won its first Michelin star of San Sebastián in 89 and has been on the top of the list since then. With 6 stars within a radius of 25 km, this city holds one of the highest number of Michelin stars per square meter in the world.
In addition, San Sebastian offers an unforgettable Pintxos Tour* all while visiting the different neighborhoods of the city. Bars specialized in anchovies like the Txepetxa, in mushrooms like the Ganbara, others a little bit more sophisticated like the Cuchara de San Telmo, A Fuego Negro or Zeruko. Of course, always pairing them with some of the best wines from locally as well as our close neighbors in France (20 km) and Rioja.
We could keep going forever. However, what really makes this city special is not its shell-shaped bay, its surfer beaches, its parks and the Belle Époque buildings, but the people. For us, gastronomy is part of our culture!