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San Sebastián, also known as Donostia in Basque, is a city that instantly captivates visitors with its incredible fine-dining restaurants and local cuisine. Yet as well as its food scene, the region is known for having a natural and awe-inspiring beauty. Nestled on the shores of a tranquil bay, the charming area boasts a collection of stunning beaches, each with a unique character.

Within a mere radius of twenty-five kilometres, an astounding collection of nineteen Michelin-starred restaurants awaits, with three of them proudly boasting three coveted stars each. 

Such a concentration of culinary excellence rivals even the esteemed city of Kyoto in Japan, making San Sebastián a true haven for connoisseurs of high-end gastronomy.

Why is San Sebastián the Food Capital of the World?

The prestigious Michelin recognition earned within the beautiful city of San Sebastián is a testament to the unwavering dedication of the local restaurants. Their unyielding commitment to the art of gastronomy, coupled with a relentless pursuit of culinary excellence, has played a pivotal role in this remarkable achievement.

The passionate chefs in this vibrant community view their esteemed restaurants as nothing less than exquisite expressions of their art. With meticulous attention to detail, they create gastronomic masterpieces that delight the senses and captivate the palates of discerning diners from near and far.

Pouring their heart and soul into every dish, infusing it with creativity, innovation and a deep appreciation for the finest ingredients has earned San Sebastián the title of food capital of the world. Each visit to these top-rated establishments promises an extraordinary and unforgettable dining experience, showcasing the true artistry of these talented chefs.

For a laid-back dining experience, the old town is also brimming with pincho bars conveniently clustered together within walking distance. Take a leisurely stroll as you peruse tempting menus with authentic local dishes. Specialized grill restaurants are ideal for those in search of perfectly cooked fish and meat, while vegetarians can benefit from seasonal produce infused with traditional Basque flavours.

Food Tours in San Sebastián

One of the best ways to experience the old town is by going on a food and drink tour of the local area. Trust us, the one we have outlined is one of our personal favourites!

San Sebastián: Private Gourmet Pintxos Tour

Experience the enchanting flavours of San Sebastián on our exclusive Premium Gourmet Pintxos Tour. Allow a knowledgeable local guide to lead you through a delightful journey of indulgence, as you relish in the finest culinary treasures the city has to offer.

Additionally, with the guidance of your knowledgeable tour guide, you will delve into the fascinating history and rich cultural heritage that accompanies each delectable dish.

Click on the above link and discover the authentic Pintxos that first put the Basque region on the map as the food capital of the world.

Contact tabl. for a Bespoke Food Tour in San Sebastián

Uncover how San Sebastián became a culinary powerhouse and explore a unique gastronomic adventure. Book online or contact our exceptional team as they assist you in arranging an exclusive and personalised food tour. Reach out via live chat or email us at [email protected]. Learn how tabl. can help build your bespoke tour by reading our recent blog here.


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