The 10 Best Breakfast Spots In San Sebastian, Spain

Lena Blos

San Sebastian has gained a worldwide reputation with its vibrant culinary scene. Alongside classy restaurants, the Basque city has an increasing number of bustling brunch and breakfast spots. Bakeries and cafes all over the city seek to lure in visitors with the smell of freshly baked pastries and croissants. We’ve gathered together the best spots to indulge in a hearty breakfast.

Breakfast buffet

1. La Madame

Restaurant, European

Brunch at La Madame
Courtesy of La Madame
La Madame brought a new concept to San Sebastian’s culinary scene as one of of the first places to combine restaurant, cocktail bar and cafe. La Madame focuses on a mix of traditions; next to typical brunch staples the restaurant serves tasty cocktails and other Basque treats. With its stylish design and original take on the Basque cuisine, La Madame serves some of the best meals in town.

2. Bideluze

Bar, Restaurant, Spanish, Tapas

Located just around the corner from San Sebastian’s main square, Bideluze has authentic charm and a relaxed feel. It serves a great range of breakfast tapas and excellent Spanish coffees and the laid-back bar’s quality preparation and friendly service make it the ideal spot to start the day. Expect to find dishes such as Iberico Ham, scrambled eggs, grilled goats cheese and freshly squeezed orange juice. Whether you are looking for a quick bite or a lavish breakfast, you can have it all at Bideluze.

3. Zabala Kafetak

Zabala Kafetak

Follow the smell of fresh bread and other sweet treats and you’ll find Zabala Kafetak tucked away on a street corner. The menu offers good coffee and numerous pastries filled with jam, berries or cheese. Not only are its baked goods incredibly tasty but reasonably priced too.

Zabala Kafetak, Elkano Kalea, Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain

Pastries | © EvelynGiggles/FlickrPastries | © EvelynGiggles/Flickr

4. Santana Café


Santana Café

The traditional Spanish tapas bar offers numerous breakfast pintxos as well as more traditional dishes such as croissants and sandwiches. The friendly staff are accommodating and make their guests feel right at home. The interior features funky art prints and offers a relaxed atmosphere. Santana Café is situated just over the bridge from San Sebastian’s Kursaal and overlooks the river, making it one of the most scenic spots for a cup of coffee whilst watching the city come to life.

Santana Café, Alameda del Boulevard, Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain

Tapas bar | © Grey World/WikiCommonsTapas bar | © Grey World/WikiCommons

5. Pasteleria Oiartzun

Bakery, Spanish, Pastries

Close to the Almeda del Boulevard you’ll find the Pasteleria Oiartzun. This enchanting bakery offers intricately crafted sweets, cakes, pastries and fresh breads. Take a seat outside this lovely café with a selection of cakes and watch the world go by, before taking a stroll towards the beach.

6. Kata4 Oyster Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Spanish

This stylish bar combines traditional Basque cuisine with innovative concepts. Here you can indulge in numerous, original breakfast pintxos all lovingly prepared and freshly made by the friendly staff. With its bare stone walls and dimmed lights, the modern bar continues to be one of the trendiest places in the city. There is additional seating in the charming outside area.

7. Bar Swing

Bar, Spanish

Hotel Londres
© Hotel Londres/WikiCommons
Bar Swing can be found in the elegant Hotel de Londres y Inglaterra and with its romantic terrace, it offers one of the most magical settings in the Basque city. In the summer months visitors can enjoy an brunch overlooking San Sebastian’s most popular beach, Concha Bay. True to the hotel’s theme, the bar has been decorated in a traditional English style. There’s hardly a better place to enjoy a quality breakfast or a cup of tea than at this waterfront cafe with its cozy armchairs and classy service.

8. Kafe Botanika

Cafe, Spanish, Vegetarian

Healthy breakfast
© kimubert/Flickr
A cozy vegetarian cafe with an eclectic style, Kafe Botanika offers something a little different. Enjoy healthy, international cuisine in the dining room or enchanting outside area.

9. Santa Lucia

Santa Lucia

The charming Chocolaterie serves the best churros con chocolate in town. Santa Lucia serves a range of different breakfast staples from scrambled eggs with bacon to toast and warm beverages, all carefully prepared with high quality ingredients. It’s a simple place to enjoy some delicious food.

Santa Lucia, Puerto Kalea, 6, Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain, +34 943 42 50 19

Churros con chocolate | © Tim Lucas/WikiCommonsChurros con chocolate | © Tim Lucas/WikiCommons

10. Hogar Dulce Hogar

Hogar Dulce Hogar

With a contemporary design, simple wooden furniture and leather sofas, you immediately feel at home here. Hogar Dulce Hogar is renowned for its quality breakfasts and baked goods which feature treats such as artisan croissants, pastries and other sweet treats. A particular highlight are the flavored coffees which range from a donut latte to a muffin cappuccino.

Hogar Dulce Hogar, Bermingham Kalea, 1, Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain, +34 943 24 66 81

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