bilbao

Hello, bilbao

The Basque city of Bilbao is a spellbinding capital of art, design, and gastronomy. With one of the world's finest buildings — the Guggenheim — at its heart, Bilbao dazzles with style and energy, boasts a unique identity and speaks Europe's oldest and most enigmatic language - Euskara.

Cafes

The Cafes to visit

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Café del Arenal

For nearly 40 years, Café Del Arenal has been the benchmark café-restaurant in the Old Town of Bilbao. Always full of people, it specialises in paellas, pinchos, a carefully selected lunch and dinner menu, homemade desserts, and of course, its famous churros with chocolate sauce on the side.

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sandwiches and a cup of coffee at a cafe in Bilbao, Spain

Café Iruña

Café Iruña is a classic tapas bar dating back to 1903, with Arabesque motifs, carved columns, and medieval ceramics serving regional food, grilled meats, sandwiches, and pintxos in a beautifully decorated setting.

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Pastelería Don Manuel

A pasteleria is a Spanish pastry shop, and this one, in particular, has an excellent assortment of traditional croissants, chocolates, cookies, and pastries. Some of the most popular pastries are carolinitas, cubitos, and cream chuchitos. There is also a chocolate section, which provides you with a wide variety of bonbons. You can also find a hearty breakfast for a good price here.

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Bistró at the Guggenheim

After a long visit to the Guggenheim Museum, why not rest your feet at their in-house bistro? Bistró believes that a freestyle of cuisine linked to the roots of the product is a respectful gesture to the part of the culture from which it originates. Bistró offers creative Basque dishes along with wine pairings in a trendy setting with a lively terrace.

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Café Lago

If you are in doubt about whether it is savoury or sweet treats you're yearning for, look no further. At Café Lago, you have the option to choose from a wide variety. They are known among the local community for making the best churros with chocolate, but they are also popular when it comes to traditional pintxos and the best wines of the Basque area.

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Cafe Bar Las Torres

Cafe Bar Las Torres serves some of the best coffee in Bilbao. You can enjoy the cosy interior or catch some sunlight while sitting outside on the terrace. They specialise in serving the best traditional pintxos of Bilbao, with the freshest ingredients out there.

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Bihotz

Part craft beer bar, part coffee shop, part neighbourhood hangout, Bihotz has it all. As soon as you walk through the door, you will instantly feel at home in the cafe's casual interior. Besides coffee, at Bihotz, you'll find only the best of the best beers from local brewers.

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Cafe Obrador Okapi

Okapi is not only focused on Basque cuisine but also draws inspiration from the entire Mediterranean and the products it has to offer. There are many vegetarian options, falafel being a treat many seem to enjoy. They also have a wide variety of alcoholic beverages, such as the traditional piña colada and mojito. If you have a sweet tooth, try the chocolate mousse.

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Restaurante Cafetería Pentxo

In the centre of Bilbao's Old Town, Pentxo specialises in traditional dishes. Here you'll find an assortment of pintxos, hot sandwiches, homemade burgers and pastries, plus classic local fare and a set-price menu.

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Baobab Bar Tetería

Baobab is a popular and trendy spot by the river near the old town. It is a small and charming teahouse that serves some of the best teas from across the world, but you can also just come in for a beer. The cosy vintage decor will make you want to stay for a little while longer. If you fancy a cup of tea it is best to arrive during the afternoon because by night the place becomes more of a bar, serving beers for the price of one euro on Thursdays. You can also come back after a long night out to buy some nice hot drinks in the morning. Baobab is a popular and trendy spot by the river, near the old town.

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