Pintxo Tasting Tour (Lunch)
Duration: 2.5 hours
Includes: Up to 5 pintxo bars, all food & wine, local culinary bilingual guide.
Start time: 12:30 End time: 15:00
Max.: 10 people
Meeting point: Mimo San Sebastian Cooking School, Okendo 1, 20004 Donostia-San Sebastián.
*Not recommended for vegans.
"Discover the best pintxos Basque tapas bars in town on a dinner crawl with Mimo San Sebastián, our idea of heaven.” -ELLE magazine
** One of our most popular experiences, ranked in the Top 10 Food Tours in the world by Trip Advisor **
Note, this tour is at lunchtime- if you would prefer dinner, click here for evening tour
Pintxos (Basque tapas) line every bar in San Sebastian’s famed Old Town, but knowing where to find the best ones is an art. While it’s hard to have a bad meal in town, knowing exactly where to go for the best, freshest, and most exciting pintxos takes local, insider knowledge. Do a pintxo hop in San Sebastian like a local, led by our friendly and knowledgeable Basque guides.
We dive straight into the culinary heart of the city for an eating and drinking experience unlike any you’ve ever experienced. From fresh prawns to line-caught baby squid to perfectly charred steak, the pintxo tasting tour changes every day but always features a range of traditional spots and chic, avant-garde bars. Come thirsty, too, as we’ll be pairing each pintxo with the perfect pour, from cider to local whites and reds.
Our pintxo tasting tour comes highly recommended by the world’s authorities on travel: Conde Nast Traveller, Easy Jet, Vogue, Financial Times and many others. Stylist Magazine says "There’s no better overview of the city’s food scene".
My husband & I were recently in San Sebastian and booked this tour (in advance) for our first full day in the city. The price seemed a little bit on the expensive side but now I can say that it was 100% worth it. The group size is maxed out at 10 which is really nice. We went to 5 different bars and at each one had ~3 pintxos, wine, and at the last one, we had some desserts instead. FYI the tour went over the 2.5 hours listed on the website, which was fine with us! We also enjoyed it so much because of our wonderful guide, Inigo. He was very welcoming, friendly, knowledgeable, approachable, and fun. He grew up in the area and assured us that he was taking us to places and introducing us to food that he really loves -- that came through and he definitely delivered! This is a great activity to do on your first day or at the beginning of the trip because you find out about great spots to go to and pintxos to try, and also get recommendations on where and what to eat for the rest of your trip! We definitely plan on returning to San Sebastian in the future and we'll definitely book this tour (and maybe another Mimo tour) again!
katesF650QL (2017-09-06) , New York
A must on your first day in San Sebastian to get the real low down on the food scene, understand how to order, where to go and what to eat. Eli was a fantastic tour guide - knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, warm and bubbly. She went to the trouble of writing a detailed email post tour, listing out where we visited, what we ate and drank and further recommendations. Her email did not disappoint as we hit many of her recommendations and they were spot on. My husband and I had a great time and would definitely recommend it.
Veena B (2017-09-02) , U.K.
We loved our Pinxtos tour through Mimo with Lourdes. We felt like we got to go to the local favorites rather than those places listed in the tourbooks. She took into account the foods we liked best, which was especially helpful with one of our children who is very picky. She also gave us great suggestions for places to go back to on other days - we went to two of the places she suggested (one for breakfast and one for lunch) and both were wonderful. Lourdes went above and beyond to make sure we had an enjoyable evening!
rsherm23 (2017-09-02) , Connecticut
If you do nothing else in San Sebastian, you must take a MIMO pinxtos tour. My wife and I were guided around the bars by Vicky who was such fun and possessed so much local knowledge. Vicky took us on a lunchtime tour of five ( I think) bars where she would recommend the dishes and match the wine with them. We were always asked first whether we liked or didn't fancy the dish and she certainly made an effort to ensure we had a good time.This is the best way to start a visit to San Sebastian. Thank you Vicky , you were brilliant. And Mimo is a terrific enterprise.
Edward W. (2017-09-02) , U.K.
"I had hoped to do one of the cooking classes through SSF but unfortunately I was not in San Sebastian during the right days to match up with the class I had wanted to take (Pastry making). However, I decided to try the Sherry tasting as I am not too familiar with Sherry and thought it would be a good opportunity. The price was very reasonable, and the experience was priceless. Andrew is very knowledgeable and has handouts with information on the Sherry for you to take away as a reference later. I was given the privilege of having my tasting with Nicole and Nagore and it was so much fun. I learned not only about Sherry, but about San Sebastian and the area. At the end of the tasting Andrew was kind enough to offer me suggestions on places that I was going to be continuing on to in Spain. After my visit I received a very nice email from Andrew following up on my experience at the tasting and offering to answer any questions I may have in the future. I spent quite a bit of time in the shop they have as well, and tasted many delicious things. However, due to the limited space in my luggage had to settle for only purchasing some flavored olive oil, but it is such a treat to have back at home in Canada. When I return to San Sebastian this will be top of my list to go back to. Thank you SSF for making my experience at San Sebastian so unique and welcoming."
KelseyAnne12 (2016-01-29) , Canada
"We so enjoyed our cooking class at San Sebastian Food. Everything was excellent... from Chef Cristina's recipes to the translators and the food! It was really authentic and took us out of our cooking comfort zone to try something new! We took the Basque Master Class, and learned a lot about the Basque region, culture, and food from the class! The market tour was also a great for us as we stayed at a rented home for two weeks and cooked at the house. It was great to know where to get the good meat and seafood and the times that the markets were open! I would highly recommend this experience for anyone travelling to San Sebastian and it is an experience I will repeat!"
Emily T (2016-01-29)
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