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Historic taste of Bilbao and its Old Town



April 2024

Bilbao and its old part “Casco Viejo” are full of bars and restaurants with quality pintxos and raciones (tapas).

Dare to savor them. Here is a selection of the best of the best.


Baste Bilbao


They specialize in simple, tasty, traditional cuisine. A firm favourite with everyone in the Old Town and all over Bilbao.

If you fancy trying a house speciality at the bar, order the stuffed mussels. They are quite unique. Baste is located right next to the Metro station exit.

María Muñoz, 6 – Bilbao
Metro Casco Viejo / Unamuno

Rio Oja


Traditional cuisine, authentic flavours served in the classic ‘cazuelitas’ (small casseroles). Ideal to enjoy with a glass of wine.

And, of course, all the atmosphere of Bilbao’s Old Town. Since 1959.

Calle del Perro, 4 – Bilbao
Metro Casco Viejo / Unamuno

Antxoa Taberna

Antxoa Taberna

Our tavern, with its seafaring décor, is located in the emblematic Plaza Nueva in Bilbao and anchovies are our star product.

Prepared with love and craftsmanship in all its forms: battered, salted, in anchovies, in anchovies.

Plaza Nueva, 1 – Bilbao
Metro Casco Viejo

Bacaicoa Bilbao


Located in the busy Plaza de Unamuno in Bilbao’s Old Town.

With a traditional feel and unusual décor, this bar is famous all over the city for mushrooms. They also serve wild mushrooms, baked chorizo, their own wine and much more besides.

Plaza de Miguel de Unamuno, 2 – Bilbao
Metro Casco Viejo / Unamuno

Bettle Bilbao

Beetle bar

In the heart of the Casco Viejo atmosphere and in front of the access to the Basque Museum.

Its homemade cakes and biscuits, and the quality of its juices, coffees and infusions, make it one of the best places in the city for breakfast.

Plaza de Miguel de Unamuno – Bilbao
Metro Casco Viejo / Unamuno



Bar specialized in beers, rum and Coke and distilled spirits located in the heart of the Old Town.

Casual and rock atmosphere.

Somera, 43 – Bilbao
Metro Casco Viejo / Unamuno

Café Bilbao

Café Bilbao

First opened in 1911 in the Plaza Nueva of Bilbao’s Old Quarter, Café Bilbao was efurbished in 1992.

A selection of pinchos and hot dishes are served in the bar and on the terrace located in the Plaza Nueva.

Plaza Nueva, 6 – Bilbao
Metro Casco Viejo

Gastrobar Zalea Bilbao

Gastrobar Zalea

Enjoy Bilbao’s atmosphere, the culinary tradition and the best variety of pintxos in Zalea.

Juan Ajuriaguerra, 3 – Bilbao
Metro Moyua

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