San Sebastián is one of our favorite places in the world to eat - there's no shortage of variety when it comes to savory pinxtos, but there's also a good selection of things to satisfy your sweet tooth for your post-pintxos bar crawl. Here is a round-up of some of my favorite places, and what to skip. Out of everything on my list, I would recommend getting cheesecake at La Viña and gelato at Boulevard.
I almost always get cheesecake here on every trip to San Sebastián. They open fairly late until midnight, so it's great for a nightcap with a glass of sparkling white wine: txakoli. It pairs well with the cheesecake. This place churns out cheesecakes like no other, and you'll see stacks of cheesecakes on shelves. You'll see almost everyone here gets the cheesecake. The picture below is one slice (cut in half) and will run you 5€, but it's super fluffy and almost like a cross between a flan and cheesecake, and the borders and top are caramelized and browned. This is my favorite place in the city to grab dessert and a glass of txakoli.
Address: 31 de Agosto Kalea, 3, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Telephone: +34 943 42 74 95
Hours: Tuesdays - Sundays, 10:30 am - 5 pm; 6:30 pm - 12 am. They are closed on Mondays.
There are 2 locations for Boulevard - one closer to Parte Vieja (Old Town), and one closer to the water, right by the bridge (on Zurríola Hiribidea). In the summer, you'll likely see a lot of people waiting in line to get gelato, and the prices are inexpensive, scoops are large, and they have a ton of flavors (probably 40-50). The one closer to all the main bars opens until midnight, so if you want a late dessert, you're in luck. A small ice cream is around 2€ and a medium is 3€, which is cheaper than most places you'll get ice cream at, and with bigger portions.
They have classic flavors like chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut, mango, pistachio, and more unique flavors you may not see other places like milhojas, turron de yema, ferrero rocher, tiramisu, Kinder bueno, crema catalana. You can get your ice cream in a cup or cone, and it's the same price regardless of what you choose. The texture is creamy and rich - some flavors are definitely on the sweeter side, but I always tend to get their gianduia (chocolate hazelnut) and hazelnut and they are great. It's perfect on a hot summer afternoon or night and will definitely satisfy any ice cream craving.
Address: Alameda del Blvd., 10, 20003 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
or Zurríola Hiribidea, 2, 20002 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain (this location closes earlier, closer to 10:30 pm or 11 pm)
Telephone: +34 943 84 80 06
Hours: Everyday, 11:30 am - 12 am
We often come here for the pintxos (it's a popular spot all throughout the day), but their desserts are really great, and one of the few pintxos bars that serve dessert. So if you're looking for something sweet to finish off your pintxos crawl, this is a good last place to come so that you can get dessert afterwards.
We've had both the chocolate ganache dessert, and the crema catalana. Both are excellent, of high quality, and will have you wanting more. The chocolate ganache cake was rich, silky, and creamy, and paired really well with the berries and wine. Their crema catalana is their take on the popular Spanish crema catalana (like a creme brulee). This is a cube of soaked brioche and then caramelized on the outside, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is one of their most popular desserts and if you go late at night, sometimes they will be sold out of it.
Address: Calle Mayor, 18, 20013 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
Telephone: +34 943 44 07 92
Hours: Everyday, 12 pm - 2 am, but on Fridays they close at 3 am. The kitchen usually closes around 10:30 pm, maybe 11 pm, so you can drink after that, but probably can't order food from the kitchen.
We have had churros and chocolate here multiple times for breakfast. Because being an adult is great - who says you can't have fresh out-of-the-fryer churros and thick, hot chocolate to dip it in for breakfast. We've had churros in other places in Spain, and this is one of our favorites because the churros are fresh and haven't been sitting for hours (and served lukewarm or cold). The chocolate is thick, comes in a large coffee cup and is delicious to dip churros into (or eat solo once you're done with the churros).
There's nothing fancy about this place - it's more like a cafeteria with metal counters and a ton of seating. This place opens at 8:30 am, which is nice because almost nothing in the city opens early in the morning (before 11 am), so if you happen to wake up early and want churros for breakfast, this is great place to come.
Address: Portu Kalea, 6, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Telephone: +34 943 42 50 19
Hours: Everday, 8:30 am - 9 pm; on Saturdays, they open 8:30 am - 11 pm
This place is fairly new and just opened up in the fall of 2017, so I was intrigued by the concept of gelato and sorbet popsicles, and was debating whether to have cheesecake from La Viña, or get one of these. Drawn in by the pretty decor and beautiful displays, we were suckered into paying 2.50€ -3.50€ for a gelato pop, and were left disappointed. They have classic flavors like hazelnut, chocolate, vanilla, and different fruit sorbets, but the ice cream was a bit icy and watery, and the flavors weren't very pronounced. You can get them dipped in chocolate (milk, white, or dark), and nuts (almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts), and that part was good. But overall, I got the hazelnut and would have rather had real hazelnut gelato from Boulevard, and Kevin got matcha which didn't have a very strong matcha flavor. Skip this place - it's a bit gimmicky and more Instagrammable than tasty.
Address: Narrika Kalea, 10, 20003 Donostia / San Sebastián Spain
Telephone: +34 635 700 108
Hours: Everyday, 12 pm - 12 am