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September 30, 2014


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The Loaf

18 Zurriola, 20013 San Sebastian, Spain

+43.943.26.50.30 | www.theloaf.es

“This is, by far, the best bakery in San Sebastian and is the only place for artisanal coffee,” says chef Kevin Patricio about this bread bakery that also sells coffee and beer. Jacopo Focacci comes here for Spain’s four times barista champion Javier Garcia who is using Right Side Coffee.

Bread at The Loaf   

Photograph courtesy of The Loaf


Andoni Luis Aduriz

Kevin Patricio

Jacopo Focacci

Chef and owner of the contemporary Spanish restaurant Mugaritz, located in the Basque hillside just outside of San Sebastian, Spain. His inventive, influential and contemporary cuisine has earned him two Michelin stars and ranked him the No. 6 chef in the world, according to San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Chef Kevin Patricio is the co-owner of La Madame in San Sebastian, Spain, along with his wife Maite Montenegro (a Basque native and former head maître' d' at Daniel). He is also the co-founder of Basqueland Brewing Project, locally made craft microbrewery he opened with the former brewmaster of California’s Stone Brewing Company. Before moving to Spain, Kevin worked with well-regarded chefs in New York like Dan Barber (Blue Hill), Michael Anthony (Gramercy Tavern) and Jimmy Bradley (The Red Cat).

A sommelier with several degrees, including Champagne Master, Master of Food and Court of Master Sommelier. He most recently was the head sommelier and maître' d' for Restaurant Arzak in San Sebastian. He was the sommelier at A Voce Columbus in New York, The Greenhouse in London, Le Bristol in Paris, as well as several Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy.


Goñi Ardoteka

3 Aldamar Street, 20003 San Sebastian, Spain

T: +43.943.21.15.97 | www.ardoteka.com

Owned by a brother/sister team they are a wine retailer, restaurant and wine importers. Jacopo Facacci comes here for their “very good selection of international wine and as well Spanish wines.” Kevin Patricio says, “It’s a great stop after an afternoon of pintxo’ing to pick up a bottle or two for merieneda (a light afternoon meal) or to bring home with you.”

Buy Wine at Goni Ardoteka   

Photograph courtesy of Goni Ardoteka

La Madame

35 San Bartolomé, 20007 San Sebastian, Spain

T: +34.943.444.269


Chef Kevin Patricio’s combo restaurant, cocktail bar and lounge. The menu features an international blend of cuisines with tostadas, rock shrimp tempura, chicken schnitzel and a double burger topped with American cheese. Andoni Luis Aduriz comes for the cocktails and Jacopo Focacci recommends the slow poached egg, quinoa caviar, horseradish, blinis and roasted leek. He also says the braised pork banh mi with nuoccham aioli is one of his favorites.

La Madame   

Photograph courtesy of La Madame



5 Calle Pescadería, 20003 San Sebastian, Spain

+34.943.42.22.27 | www.bartxepetxa.com

Kevin Patricio calls it “the valhalla of fresh-anchovy dishes, a haven for white anchovies,” and Andoni Luis Aduriz adds, “the specialities are anchovies and spider crab toast, Jardinera-style.” Kevin recommends “order a glass of Txakoli and get the barman’s selection of marinated white anchovies served on a thick slice of baquette with black olive, piquillo or aioli.”

Pintxos at Txepetxa   

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Never Stop

6 Reyes Catolicos Kalea, 20006 San Sebastian, Spain

T: +34.649.42.75.69

Kevin Patrico, who owns Basqueland Brewing Project, calls this cerveceria ”a one-stop shop to sample beers from the burgeoning local (Pais Vasco) and domestic (Spain) craft beer scene.”

Beer at Never Stop   

Photograph courtesy of Never Stop


Elkano Txiki

13 Calle Elkano, Getaria, Spain

T: +34.943.140.017

Just thirty minutes from the center of San Sebastian is the coastal town of Getaria. Front and center is the restaurant Elkano, known around their world for their freshly caught grilled seafood. Originally opened in 1964 by Pedro Arregui, he ended up moving to a new location in the 1980s. In February, Pedro passed away and his son Aitor returned to the original location to open Elkano Txiki. Kevin Patricio describes it “like Elkano, but in bar and pintxos form.”


Museo del Whiskey

5 Boulevard Zumardia, 20003 San Sebastian, Spain

T: +34.943.42.64.78 | www.museodelwhisky.com

Recommended by Jacopo Focacci not only for cocktails but for whisky. They have the largest collection of whiskeys in a European bar with over 3,400 different bottles. The father of the owner was a cook in the UK and collected whiskey bottles. When he moved back to the Basque Country he opened the bar and when people passed through they left a bottle. His children are carrying on the tradition. Kevin Patricio says, “they also make a perfect gin and tonic.”