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La Cepa

At the very next chance you get, go to San Sebastian, go to La Cepa and order a plate (racion) of jamon de jabugo. You should also ask for warm bread to maximise the experience, but it’s not strictly necessary. I don’t expect to eat a better plate of cured ham anywhere else in the world.

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And while you are there, you should also order the hongas a la plancha. Grilled seasonal mushrooms with salt crystals and a lovely gooey egg yolk in the middle. You’ll definitely need bread for this one to mop up all the oily/eggy goodness. Absolutely amazing.

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San Sebastian is one of my favourite places in the world. It’s a beautiful Basque town one hour by bus from Bilbao airport along the North coast of Spain: its beautiful beaches, surrounding hills and friendly locals are reason enough to visit; however this little town has very high standards when it comes to food. I’ve been told that the proportion of michelin stars to the overall population is the highest of any city in the world. But you don’t need michelin purse strings to sample the best of San Sebastian. A night on the narrow cobbled streets of the old town hopping from one pinxos bar to the next, tasting the most delicious food you will ever have, is an unmissable experience. And each place has it’s own special charm: from the traditional La Cepa to the cheeky modern twists of La Fuego Negro. We are pretty certain that we’ll go back every year forever.

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