Posted by: Debra Kolkka | May 27, 2018

A word on pintxos


We have just been to San Sebastián to visit dear friends. While there we were given instructions on the best way to enjoy pintxos, or tapas, as these delicious delights are known elsewhere in Spain. San Sebastián is known for having the best in the country.

We were advised not to go to just one establishment and load our plates, but to try a couple in several places. There are many places to choose from in San Sebastián.

Here are some of the pintxos we sampled in San Sebastián and Bilbao. I would like to point out that we did not eat all of these. Txakoli is a slightly sparkling, low alcohol, white wine which is an excellent accompaniment to pintxos. It is poured theatrically from high above the glass…we won’t be trying this at home, but we did enjoy it in San Sebastián.







You simply cannot go to San Sebastián and this wonderful Basque area of northern Spain without getting into the pintxos scene. The bars are lively and fun and the food delicious…something for everyone.

More on wonderful San Sebastián soon.


  1. What an exquisite posting!! Holy cow – l’arte di cibo! Thank you for sharing;
    now I’m ravenous! Your photos, as usual, equally exquisite.

    • We loved Pintxos in San Sebastián!

  2. Absolute foodie heaven!!! So glad you had fun… should be more of this type of food in Brissy !!! Jx

    • I think a few places have tried this, but it is a way of eating in San Sebastián and there are just so many things to try.

  3. Oh – my!

  4. All I can say is Wow! San Sebastián is on my bucet list.

  5. Glad to hear -and see- that you enjoyed the gastronomic experience that we call “ir de pintxos”, which we define as “culinary art in miniature”. Pintxos is what the locals , or “donostiarras” enjoy the most, particularly in the evening, replacing dinner by this wonderful wandering from bar to bar tasting and enjoying this lovely food. And nothing wrong with restaurants, actually San Sebastian has more Michelin stars per capita than any other city in the world and the standards are excellent.
    This is the reason why, since 2009 we have the Basque Culinary Center, which is a place for study and research under the guidance of not only the Basque top chefs, but also many overseas ones.
    As you found out, Food is serious business in San Sebastian!!!

  6. And a bit more on the txakoli wine that goes so well with pintxos

    • We loved our visit to San Sebastián, especially with our private expert tour guide. The food was an excellent bonus.

  7. My goodness…that food looks absolutely delightful. Must add San Sebastian to the holiday list!

    • You should go, it is wonderful.

  8. We plan to visit. Great photos!

    • Don’t eat for a week before.

  9. I’m in !!

  10. Since the first time I learned about pintxos from James’s post several years ago I knew these bite-sized dishes are something I shouldn’t miss when I go to Spain one day. Your mouthwatering photos further reassure me.

    • I remember James writing about his Spanish experiences. This was our first trip to the north of Spain, quite different from the south.

  11. Debra this is pure food porn!!

    • Our pintxos experience was a lot of fun…and delicious.

  12. I’m so glad that I’m heading out to dinner because this made me very hungry! 😀

  13. Wow…known for having the best in the country. They certainly do look wonderful!

  14. Wow this is next level tapas. Louise

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