San Sebastián (or Donostia to the Basques), set on a wild stretch of the Atlantic coast, is known for its stunning beaches, arts celebrations, and vibrant fiestas. This has contributed to its title as the 2016 European Capital of Culture. However, with its Michelin-starred restaurants, pintxos (Basque-style tapas) bars, fresh food markets and gourmet shops, the northern Spanish city has also earned itself a global reputation as a glistening food destination, becoming an essential on the itineraries of travelling gourmands.
In fact, San Sebastián, renowned for its molecular Basque cuisine, holds one of the highest numbers of Michelin stars per square metre in the world — ahead of culinary giant Paris. For the uninitiated, Basque country boasts a rich culinary heritage, due to its fertile ground perfect for grains and vineyards, as well as expansive land for livestock breeding. Because of its varying landscapes, its cuisine combines elements of the mountains and the sea, with essentials ranging from first-class fish to wild mushrooms, as well as eggs and vegetables from family farms.
If you’re planning to experience Spain’s world-renowned gastronomy, San Sebastián is a city you shouldn’t miss — and deserves a few days on your itinerary. If you don’t know where to go, don’t fret. We’ve curated a list of the best restaurants you need to go to.
From a fine coastal seafood restaurant to one helmed by Spain’s most decorated chef, these are San Sebastián’s most prestigious dining establishments — led by Basque country’s celebrated chefs, at that.
How to get to San Sebastián: Emirates operates flights from Singapore to San Sebastián with two stopovers in Dubai and Madrid.