The TOP Pintxos in the Historical Quarter

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Donostia's old town is a genuine treasure trove for those yearning for history, architecture and, of course, our pintxos. There are as many styles of pintxos as there are bars. Here are my favourites.

We start the route near La Bretxa market, in calle Aldamar, with the Haizea's gratinated "zamburiña" variegated scallops.


“Zamburiña” scallops au gratin

Haizea Zamburiña gratinada - Parte vieja

Haizea - Parte vieja

We move on to calle Fermín Calbeton, one of the liveliest and busiest streets in "Lo Viejo", our name for the old part of the city. It's difficult to make your choice among all the different pintxos to be had, but if you like fish, it's a no-brainer: go for the Zumeltzegi's anglerfish skewer. Delicious.



Anglerfish skewer

Zumeltzegi Brocheta de rape - Parte vieja

Zumeltzegi - Parte vieja

In the same street, we switch from fish to meat with grilled foie at Casa Bartolo.


Casa Bartolo

Grilled foie

Casa Bartolo Foie a la plancha - Parte vieja

Casa Bartolo - Parte vieja

And for vegetarians, I love the roasted mushroom txapela "hat" with pine seeds and egg yolk at Casa Urola.


Casa Urola

“Txapela” roast mushroom with pine kernels and egg yolk

Casa Urola Txapela de hongos asados con piñones y yema de huevo - Parte vieja

Casa Urola - Parte vieja

We leave calle Fermín Calbetón and head for calle Pescadería, where we'll tuck into El Tamboril's battered prawn. A real classic.



Battered prawn

Tamboril Gamba rebozada - Parte vieja

Tamboril - Parte vieja

One of my favourite bars is located in calle San Jerónimo: Ganbara. Its anglerfish and langostino prawn pintxo is simply incredible.



Anglerfish/langostino prawn pintxo

Ganbara Rape y langostino - Parte vieja

Ganbara - Parte vieja

Bar Muxumartin next to the harbour is well worth a visit. I recommend the variegated scallops ("zamburiña"). Delicious.


Bar Muxumartin

Scallops ("zamburiña")

Bar Muxumartin Zamburiña - Parte vieja

Bar Muxumartin - Parte vieja

Opposite the Santa María del Coro Basilica is Casa Vergara 1948, where the most popular pintxo is simultaneously traditional and modern. Can you guess what it is just by looking at the photo? A battered wedge of cod with "pil-pil" emulsion. Give it a try!


Casa Vergara

A battered wedge of cod with "pil-pil" emulsion

Casa Vergara Roca de bacalao a la gabardina con emulsión de pil-pil - Parte vieja

Casa Vergara - Parte vieja

Another of the most popular streets in "Lo Viejo" is calle 31 de Agosto, the only street to survive the city's 1813 fire.

One of the city's most traditional bars is La Cepa de Bernardo and its mushroom pintxo, simple and irresistible.


La Cepa


Bar La Cepa Champiñones - Parte vieja

Bar La Cepa - Parte vieja

Another one you can't afford to miss is Bar Martínez. Its red pepper filled with bonito, tartare sauce and sherry vinaigrette is just one of the pintxos you'll love.

Bar Martínez

Red pepper with a filling of bonito with tartare sauce and Jerez vinaigrette

Bar Martínez Pimiento rojo relleno de bonito con salsa tártara y vinagreta de Jerez - Parte vieja

Bar Martínez - Parte vieja

And finally we end our route with La Viña's cheese and anchovy “Canutillo” flute. A must-have.

Enjoy your eats!


La Viña

Cheese and anchovy “Canutillo” flute

La Viña Canutillo de queso y anchoa - Parte vieja

La Viña - Parte vieja