Cuisine has always been an important part of Basque culture, pintxos and seafood have become world famous. However, where brunch is concerned, this British tradition has become increasingly popular in the Basque country over recent years. With so many cafés, restaurants and fashionable bakery-cafés offering breakfast and brunch menus, we make it a bit easier for you with a list of the best spots in the Basque Country to start your day.
Bilbao is home to Brass 27, a welcoming restaurant which offers a mouth-watering brunch menu and buffets, so choosing what to have can prove to be quite a challenge. Whether you go for the sweet or the savory, the hot beverages or cool smoothies, you will not be disappointed. The cosmopolitan ambiance in this café makes it a brilliant place to start a Sunday morning with their ‘Long Brunch’ either alone or with friends, or pop in on Saturday for their ‘Baby Brunch’.
La Ribera is a celebrated café theater, which offers the chance to enjoy a delicious menu alongside a live music event. A cool interior of emerald-green brick walls and wooden tables adds to the relaxed vibe which fills the restaurant. A splendid view of the river Ría de Bilbao completes the image. La Ribera boasts the largest larder in the entire city and its varied menu reflects this. Ingredients are bought fresh at the nearby Mercado de la Ribera, which ensures freshness and flavor in each item on brunch menu, which guarantees the perfect start to the day.
What to look out for: Black truffle capuccino and vanilla foam
Opening times: Mon – Wed 11 am-11 pm; Thurs 11 am-2 am; Fri 11 am – 2:30 am; Sat 12:30 pm-2:30 am; Sun 12:30 pm-23:00 pm
Address & telephone number: La Ribera, Erribera Kalea, 20, Bilbao, Álava, Spain, +34 946 57 54 74
Since 2011, Panko has worked hard to reach perfection in their menus, altering and improving recipes or creating new ones. The smell of freshly and traditionally made artisan bread wafts out on to the street, making a stop at this bread boutique simply irresistible. Offering several breakfast menus and an attractive brunch menu, there is always something waiting to be tasted at this excellent place. Step into this friendly bread boutique to start your day with the most heavenly smells and flavors.
Address & telephone number: Panko, C/ Marqués del Puerto, 4, Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain, +34 944 24 23 93
Ambigú Estación is new gem in San Sebastian-Donostia. A friendly atmosphere makes guests feel at home from the moment they step through the door and into the tastefully decorated dining room. Here you can find an excellent brunch, made with only the freshest ingredients. Brunch at this café is also made special by another factor. Ambigu Estacion hosts live bands who bring the place to life on a relaxed Sunday morning, so that customers can enjoy listening to music and tasting delicious brunch dishes.
Address & telephone number: Ambigú Estación, Aldamar, 2, 1º, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, +34 943 43 01 43
Euromar is a café which focuses on making a visit an unforgettable experience. The chefs pride themselves on using only seasonal ingredients which have been carefully and meticulously selected to ensure that they are the freshest and most natural ingredients for their original and creative dishes. Brunch is served here at weekends, offering a plentiful menu of sweet and savory items to start the day with an explosion of flavor. Don’t miss out on Euromar’s brunch and enjoy a lazy morning at this charming café.
Address & telephone number: Euromar, Nafarroa Kalea, 37, Zarautz, Gipuzkoa, Spain, +34 943 13 10 20
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