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This renowned cheesecake is a dessert that originated in La Viña, a bar/restaurant nestled in the historic district of San Sebastián.

The vibrant bar brims with enticing pintxos, while the menu beckons with delectable dishes crafted from seasonal produce, all paired with an exquisite selection of wines.

La Viña is renowned, both in Spain and globally, for its delectable desserts. In particular, the cheesecake that has gained fame as the "Basque cheesecake", as mentioned by The New York Times. Interested in making your own? We've included a basic recipe below or why not join one of our San Sebastián cooking classes?

What makes San Sebastián cheesecake so special?

Even before The New York Times elevated it to gastronomic excellence, this dessert had already gained popularity among renowned chefs. In fact, it has become one of the most replicated cheesecakes in the restaurant industry since its creation back in 1990.

The cheesecake is lovingly baked in a scorching hot oven, yielding a delectably caramelized top and a luxuriously velvety interior. The sugar is meticulously balanced, giving way for the delicate essence of the cheese to take center stage. And yet, there exists an enchanting quality that transcends ordinary realms!

This recipe boasts a lusciously creamy texture, thanks to the generous use of cheese. By omitting the biscuit base, we further enhance its smoothness. Similarly, removing the raspberry or blackberry jam allows the natural fruit flavors to beautifully complement the exquisite taste of the cheesecake.

What is it about this culinary delight that has conquered the world?

The fame of La Viña cheesecake spread when renowned chefs, both national and international, started creating their own interpretations of this iconic recipe, often referred to as "La Viña-style" cheesecake. From Spain to New York, Singapore to Japan, and even in San Francisco, chefs have embraced this delightful treat as a culinary reference.

Since 2021, it has emerged as a highly coveted flavour in the culinary realm. In Turkey, it is widely adored and referred to as Cheese Cake San Sebastián. Moreover, it has gained immense popularity in Japan, Korea, and China.

How do you bake an authentic San Sebastian cheesecake?

Are you ready to challenge your baking skills? We present to you an authentic recipe for the world-renowned San Sebastian cheesecake, directly from the acclaimed La Viña. This delectable treat is the ultimate grand finale for your upcoming dinner party!


1 kilo (2.2 pounds) cream cheese
7 eggs
400 grams (2 cups) sugar
1 tablespoon flour
⅕ litre (6.5 f oz or ⅘ cup) heavy cream


Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F).

Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer, whisk, or a metal spoon until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Line a pan with parchment paper, leaving enough at the edges so that it sticks out over the side of the pan. Bake on the center of your oven for at least 35 minutes (for a runnier center) or up to 50 minutes.

When the cheesecake is browned and almost burnt on top, take it out and allow it to cool at room temperature for about a half hour, then move it to the fridge to chill.

Cooking Classes in San Sebastián with

Join us at for an unforgettable culinary experience. Indulge in La Viña's renowned signature dish while booking a table at a restaurant or during a food tour. Alternatively, learn how to make the famous San Sebastián for yourself with a local cooking class. Need further inspiration? Then why not contact tabl. via our live online chat, where an assistant will be available to help with all your culinary needs.

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