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Help....Is San Sebastian genuinely the foodie capital of spain????

Help....Is San Sebastian genuinely the foodie capital of spain????

Old Feb 8th, 2012, 11:59 AM
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Help....Is San Sebastian genuinely the foodie capital of spain????

Ok we are huge huge foodies and spanish food is one of our absolute favourite cuisines..

also obviously love travel!!!

So...it seems natural to try and visit the foodie capital on Spain.

But...is it San Sebastian or somewhere else????
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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 12:07 PM
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ooh and meant to say we are particularly fans of tapas.
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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 01:19 PM
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I would say the Basque Country is the culinary capital of Spain and San Sebastian is the center of this foodie culture. But Bilbao, Pamplona, Vitoria and other places in this area are excellent.

You won't normally use the term tapas in the Basque Country. They are called pinchos/pintxos and are works of art!

http://www.todopintxos.com/home/home.php

That said, I've never been to an area of Spain that is lacking in the food department. The Spanish seem to live to eat - which is perhaps why I love the country so much
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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 01:28 PM
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thanks Cathy, yeah we just found a place in London called Pintxos where they actually have all the dishes out on the bar, it was so so so good and has inspired by dreaming of a spanish foodie trip.

San Sebastian is looking good thank you
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17 Michelin stars in a town with 180 000 people, but any place serving less than great food is out of business in two weeks in food crazy San Sebastián.

The world's most renowned chef for the past decade, Ferran Adrià of El Bulli, has said that San Sebastián is the best place to eat in the world "in terms of the average quality of the food, in terms of what you can get at any place you happen to walk into". Have a look at the Guardian article "Is San Sebastián the best place to eat in Europe?": http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandsty...rink.shopping2

If you are tapas fans, you will love going for a pintxos tour (a "txikiteo", having a glass and a pintxo before moving on to the next place). Can be an affordable and fun gourmet experience if you know where to go and their specialities (each pintxo is about 2-3€). Here are some suggested routes. But you can't do much wrong in this city when it comes to food. Remember to ask for the warm house specialities directly from the kitchen. http://www.todopintxos.com/ruta/ruta.php
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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 02:27 PM
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thank you....you have definitely convinced me....so want to go there now
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We have spent a great deal in Spain except near Valencia, sorry Linca, and San Sebastian/Donostia has the best food and the best selection of tapas in Spain.
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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 02:56 PM
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If it's not for the food alone, just being in San Sebastian/Donostia is just a JOY!

If I could go be back there, what a gorgeous/lovely city, I fell in love with it after 6 days there.
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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 02:58 PM
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BTW in old town there is a Pizzeria, yes little pizzeria Little Italy, one of the best Italian food and pizza we tried and we were in Italy for 30 days after San Sebastian in 2010.
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No, San sebastian is not the food capital of Spain. IT IS THE FOOD CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!!
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Pls pardon my earlier reply saying "IT'S THE FOOD CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!'. That was clearly an "over the top" statement" Nonetheless, it is true! Michelin and I agree.

However, it understates my affection for the city. San Sebastian is gracious, hospitable, spotlessly clean, stylish, walkable, near areas of interest, and has a municipal/business community that is focused on bringing culture, [art as well as jazz] to the city. For my needs,it is the most liveable city in Europe.
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Latest issue Conde Nast Travel thinks so!
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HG001London - I think we may be kindred spirits. We live to eat and travel as well (although we are trying to add going to the gym into the mix!)

Is that tapas place called Pix? It looks great!

Have you been to Jose on Bermondsey St, its worth a try if you like Spanish food: http://www.josepizarro.com/restaurants/jose/

Perhaps we should meet up sometime
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 05:55 AM
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Hi HG,

>Is San Sebastian genuinely the foodie capital of spain?<

No.

SS has about 18 starred restaurants and a population of about 185, 000.

OTOH, Atxondo, has Asador Etxebarri and a population of 1400.

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It's a great location for a special birthday dinner too.
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 07:32 AM
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haha HappyTrvir, were you reading my france post. I would loooovvvvee to go to San Seb for my birthday but it just is that bit further/more difficult to get to then France.
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So SS seems to have won the food vote but is the Basque region for holidaying in in toher senses. We love the idea of a 10 day long foodie feast but we are normal too and thought we should find out if this is a nice area in other ways? which other places near by are good to see? is a car best way to travel or can we train it between places? Any nice coastal spots to stay (aside from SS) which nice swimming beaches?

thanks all
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apologies typing on go, hence all the mistakes!!
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 01:33 PM
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Hi HG,

>is the Basque region for holidaying in in toher senses...

Start by looking up SS under "Destinations".

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ok, will do i forget this has more to it than the forums. Thanks
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