Gastronomy drives many tourists to visit San Sebastian. There are nine restaurants with a total of sixteen Michelin stars: Arzak***, Akelarre***, Martin Berasategi***, Mugaritz**, Kokotxa*, Mirador de Ulia*, Alameda* , Zuberoa* and Amelia*.

But you can also eat the famous pintxos (tapas) going from one bar to the other, specially in the Old Town, the Reyes Católicos street, in the back of the Good Shepherd Cathedral and, of course, the district of Gros. There are many bars and restaurants where you can have lunch for just over 10 euros.

The Rioja wine is very appreciated in San Sebastian, but there are two highly prized drinks in town: cider and txakolí (or chacolí).

Txakoli is made from grapes slightly acid by the climate of the slopes of Getaria and Zarautz. Formerly it was very acid but now it is very well elaborate. You can drink apple cider in a sidrería (cider), especially in the area of Astigarraga, although there are also ciders in Aia, Usurbil, etc.

The experience of having lunch or dinner in a classic sidrería (cider) is very peculiar. In some cider you eat standing and should go with the glass to the barrel every time you want to drink. The traditional menu: cod omelette, steak and a dessert with cheese with quince and walnuts.

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