The Basque version of tapas comes in all shapes and sizes but most often involves delicate layers of meat, fish and vegetables on bread. Take a tour of the pintxos bars that line Las Siete Calles (seven streets) in Caso Viejo. You’ll be able to tell the best ones by the amount of customers and the look Perch on a stool at Cafe Bar Bilbao, before the brightly tiled walls and take your pick from the the pintxos-laden bar.


The restuarant at the Guggenheim is split into two sections – one serving drinks and snacks and the other offering a more formal menu. Prices are higher here but ethere is a set lunch menu for three courses and a glass of wine that works out good value.


At pinxtos bars you can wash your bite-size snacks down with a glass of the local white wine called txakoli, or small shots of beer called zuritos. If you’re looking for regular bars, head to Calle Barrencalle in Casco Viejo. or Manuel Allende in the centre of town.