The architecture won’t be the only thing in San Sebastian that will remind a visitor of Paris: the famous street cafes also find a reflection in the city. Enjoying an expertly made cup of your favourite type of coffee while watching the sun set over the sea is an amazing experience.
But together with the classic coffee shop, a new brand has appeared in San Sebastian. These places take extreme care when choosing the grain, carefully selecting its quality, country of origin and roasting. You can have this coffee served with carrot cake, gluten-free cookies or anything else from a varied and delicious offer. Finish it all by buying your favourite type of grain coffee to bring home - or check in with the barista if you want to try something new, they are professionals and always happy to help you choose!
Desserts, sweets and patisseries
Whether or not you usually have a sweet tooth, we all like to indulge in some delicious dessert. Whatever the case, both the occasional and the professional eater of sweets are in luck in the city of San Sebastian!
French desserts and patisserie
San Sebastian is very close to the border with France, and historically there has been a lot of cultural exchange in the city. This can be seen in the architectural style of the rebuilt city, as well as in the proliferation of French style desserts and patisserie. These shops will often announce their presence with the amazing smell of their goods spilling over the streets, attracting those who would love a break in their day to enjoy the sweet creations.
This cultural exchange isn’t unidirectional, though. There is a type of cake, known as Gâteau Basque in French and pastel vasco in Spanish - both meaning “Basque Cake”. This cake’s origins are in the French side of the Basque Country, where it was traditionally filled with cherry jam. By the 19th century, other versions with cream filling started appearing. Nowadays, it is the one that can be found in any pastry shop of San Sebastian. Both types are sold, usually with a different design on top to make it easier to tell them apart.
Artisanal chocolate and other sweets
The breath of culinary options is always surprising in San Sebastian. In addition to the glamorous patisserie, many other types of sweets and desserts can be found in the city. Cozy shops scattered around the city offer handmade truffles, sliced orange covered in dark chocolate and all types of cakes for the enjoyment of those who would want to treat themselves to such delights, often accompanied by expertly brewed coffee or tea or a freshly pressed juice.
Bread is very essential in the Basque culture and that’s why bakeries offer various types of bread. Locals usually prefer baguettes that are offered in 10 different types even in the smallest bakery.
Coffee and a toast
Many bakeries are set up as cafeterias, offering both coffee and freshly made pastries or toast to accompany it. It is quite common for locals to visit such places when looking for a breakfast. Look out for “breakfast menus” that include juice, tea or coffee as well as toast or pastry . It is a great opportunity grab a newspaper, available in any coffee shop, and catch up on news while having breakfast. It is also a great chance to make small talk with one of the Spaniards who decided to have their breakfast in the bakery.