Traditional markets and delicatessens, the choice is yours
The secret of exquisite cuisine
Although the secret to San Sebastián’s typical mouth-watering cuisine is the loving care and knowhow that goes into it, the biggest secret lies in the quality of the raw materials used. Gipuzkoa is very well known for its quality produce and the delight taken in good eating: traditional markets and fairs, delicatessen stores and denominations of origin are but a sample of this.
dded to the label-certified products Eusko Label, including beef, free-range chicken, suckling lamb, fine pasteurised milk and tomatoes, are the famous guindilla peppers from Ibarra and the black beans from Tolosa, not to mention other denomination de origin products like Txakolí de Getaria and Idiazabal cheese.
The secret to the success of our food largely lies in seasonal produce and the emphasis placed on the excellent quality of the raw materials used. The best way to find these products is to head for one of the traditional food markets, such as La Bretxa or San Martín, both visited daily by some of the most famous chefs in the city to personally select the meat and fish they later serve in their restaurants. These markets continue to function in the traditional manner, with farmers and stalls offering produce directly sourced from the countryside.
Markets in Tolosa and Ordizia
Just a few kilometers from San Sebastián we find the market of Ordizia and Tolosa. They are the best showcase for high quality local produc from Gipuzkoa.
The Ordizia farmers market has been held every Wednesday since 1512 and is still a meeting place for buyers and sellers of agricultural produce from the area.
The Tolosa market, held every Saturday for centuries, is considered one of the most traditional in the Basque Country.
The city also has that chic and refined touch which is also reflected in its selection of stores, with specialised food shops where you can buy imported produce and culinary delicacies, for connoisseurs and gourmets.
Aitor Lasa Gaztategia
The widest selection of homemade cheeses, wild mushrooms and homemade natural indigenous products, carefully selected with special love and care in order to offer you the very best service.
Chocolatería Aramendia has its own chocolate-making workshop. Its production for the public is based on local produce and advanced manufacturing techniques. The store uses high-quality ingredients and includes product tasting. Sale formats: takeaway, gift-wrapped, bagged, etc.
Gourmet is best known as a select boutique for coffees, teas and infusions. Its extensive array of teas and coffees are presented in elegant metal boxes. Everything is created from natural harvest produce. Visitors will also find the most highly-prized coffees in the world.
A Donostian store dating back to 1944. We are the third generation at the helm of the business. We specialise in olives, oils, conserves, codfish, txakoli wines, cheeses and more. Our motto is ‘the highest quality for the best price’.