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 markets of San Sebastián
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.
The secret of San Sebastián’s exquisite typical food is dedication and know-how; but what is most important is the ingredients. The production and utilisation of top-quality foodstuffs are Gipuzkoa’s hallmarks.
- Txakolí Day
- August Fiestas Fair
- Ecological agriculture fair
- Basque beer-producers’ fair
- “Perrechico” wild mushroom fair
- Santo Tomas Fairs
The La Bretxa shopping centre is located on the Boulevard, between the Kursaal Conference Centre and Auditorium and the Town Hall.
In addition to the traditional market, the centre has all kinds of outlets in the two buildings next to Plaza de la Bretxa.
Opened in 2005, the new San Martín market replaces the old building dating back to 1884. It is a perfect combination of the advantages of the traditional market (vegetables, meat, fish etc.) and modern shopping centres.
At sellers’ stalls, customers find an extensive range of top-quality local produce.
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.
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.
We make signature products, often tailored to the customer's wishes. Our products are complex in their elaboration. There is culture, imaginative, creative deployment, in visual taste and on the palate. What's more, we are a local product, we are km0, with guaranteed traceability and a commitment to sustainability in the basic components of our product.
Confectioners since 1880, we are the fourth generation. We make products with natural ingredients. We specialise in candied products, sweets, nougat, chocolates, etc
Passionate about the world of wine, selling wines with soul from every corner of the world. Themed tastings in Spanish, English and French. Vermouths, liqueurs, artisan beers and deli products are also on sale.
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.
Izarbide is an ecological supermarket that offers a wide range of quality products. They support consumption of closeness, local life, close treatment, equity in the value chain, sustainable consumption and respect for the environment.
We are sausage artisans! In Viandas-Donostia you will discover ham, loin, cheese and much more, made with patience, and with the expertise of our craftsmen. Try them at Urbieta Kalea, 19, next to San Martin market.
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.