Hello, bilbao

One of the jewels of northern Spain, Bilbao is a city full of surprises and delights. It boasts a unique blend of tradition and modernity, which is reflected in its stunning architecture, rich cultural heritage, and outstanding cuisine. At its heart lies the magnificent Guggenheim Museum, one of the most impressive structures in the world. Its streets are alive with the sound of Euskara, Europe's oldest and most enigmatic language while the Casco Viejo (Old Town) is full of traditional bars for sampling pintxos.


The Cafes to visit


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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Wone and pintxos

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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Coffee on cafe table

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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Bartender pouring a glass of beer


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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Tea house in Bilbao, Spain

Baobab Bar Tetería

Located near the Old Town by the river, Baobab is a popular and charming teahouse offering some of the finest teas from around the world. The cosy vintage decor will make you want to stay for a little while longer. If you're looking to enjoy a cup of tea, it's best to visit in the afternoon, as the venue transforms into a bustling bar by night, offering one-euro beers on Thursdays.

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