The Basque city of Bilbao is a spellbinding capital of design and gastronomy. With one of the world’s finest buildings - the Guggenheim - at its heart, Bilbao dazzles with style and energy and boasts a unique identity as well as Europe’s oldest and most enigmatic language. There is a wide range of museums and historical sites to explore like the vibrant square Plaza Nueva. Bilbao of today offers visitors breathtaking architecture, ancient stories and exciting activities throughout day and night.
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Bilbao has many interesting sites to visit, both historical and modern and there is something for everyone. In addition to museums such as Guggenheim or the lively Old Town, Bilbao's many pedestrian streets make it easy to discover the city on foot. All you need to do is to find your favorite sites.
A Walk Along the River

From the ultra-modern Conference Centre and Concert Hall Palacio Euskalduna Jauregia, walk east along the riverbank, which is punctuated by beautiful sculptures and some very impressive modern architecture. You will pass the Guggenheim and Santiago Calatrava’s stunning Zubi Zuri Footbridge, which spans the Nervión between the Guggenheim and the Ayuntamiento.

​Address: Bilbao
The Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao only opened in 1997, but it has since become one of the most revered buildings in the world. The museum’s collection focuses primarily on 20th-century American and European art.

​Address: Avenida Abandoibarra 2, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 35 90 00 ​Website:​Opening hours: Open Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 20.00, Monday closed.
Museo de Bellas Artes

The Museo de Bellas Artes has an exceptional collection of traditional works by well-known masters such as El Greco, Goya, Gauguin, Francis Bacon, Picasso and Velazquez.

​Address: Plaza del Museo, 2, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 39 60 60​Website:​Opening hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 - 20.00, Closed Mondays
Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro

This museum is housed in a former convent and was founded in 1515. The museum has an intriguing selection of religious art and crafts dating back to the 12th century, including sculptures and paintings by Basque artists.

​Address: Plazuela de la Encarnación, 9, Bilbao​Phone: +34 94 432 0125​Website:​Opening hours: Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30 - 13.30 / 16.00-19.00, Sunday and holidays from 10.30 - 13.30, Closed Mondays
Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao

The Ría de Bilbao Maritime Museum is a place to uncover Bilbao’s past as a shipbuilding and seafaring hub. Outside there are striking floating exhibits with special exhibitions.

​Address: Muelle Ramón de la Sota 1, Bilbao​Phone: +34 946 08 55 00 ​Website:​Opening hours: Winter opening hours Tuesday to Friday 10.00 - 18.00 Saturday, Sunday, bank holidays 10.00 - 20.00 Monday closed, Summer opening hours Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 - 20.00 Monday closed
Teatro Arriaga

The original theatre burned down in 1914 and a second was built, resembling the Opera House in Paris. Today, it remains the major cultural venue in Bilbao. Beautifully located on the banks of the Nervión, the theatre is host to world-class opera, classical music concerts and ballet.

​Address: Plaza Arriaga, 1, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 79 20 36​Website:
The Puente Colgante

Just outside Bilbao, between Getxo (Las Arenas) and Portugalete in the Region of Bizkaia, is one of Bilbao’s main attractions Puente Colgante, also known as the “Hanging Bridge.” There are two dramatic ways of crossing it: by gondola or along the crosswalk itself.

​Address: Barria 3, Las Arenas​Phone: +34 94 480 10 12​Website:
Take A Pintxo

There is nowhere better to take a tapas crawl, or as the Basques call it, a Pintxo, than through the Casco Viejo and Licenciado Poza. Favourites include Gatz on Calle Santa María in the Old Town, where you can sample delicious cod tarts.

​Address: Casco Viejo, Bilbao
Plaza Nueva

There are 64 arches around this enclosed square, which is the oldest surviving square in town. Built in 1849, it’s a perfect place to stop, drink coffee and watch the world go by.

​Address: Plaza Nueva, Bilbao
The Bigger Picture

If you want to escape the city streets, take the delightful funicular from Plaza Funicular up to spacious gardens. Here you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the city.

​Address: Plaza Funicular, Bilbao​More info: The funicular departs every 15 minutes from Plaza Funicular.

Plentzia is a happening resort just outside Bilbao, in the Region of Bizkaia, on a hilltop centre that leads to lovely sandy beaches. Plentzia is a popular weekend destination and there are bars and cafés of which many are serving dishes straight from the sea.

​Address: Plentzia​More info: It’s the last stop on Metro Line 1
Day Trip to San Sebastian

This town is set between two hills around the beautiful La Concha Bay in the region of Gipuzkoa. San Sebastian makes an unforgettable day trip where you can take in the glorious Belle Epoque balustrades and visit its world famous restaurants.

​Address: San Sebastian​More info: Take the train from Bilbao’s central Atxuri station and you will arrive in 2 hours. You can also take the bus to San Sebastián.
Doña Casilda Park

Doña Casilda Park is situated at Paseo Don Jose Anselmo Clave, next to Museo de Bellas Artes. The park was built in 1907 by an architect called Ricardo Bastida. When you stroll around at this park you will see a pond with ducks, a dancing water fountain, two basketball pitches and a pavilion for live performances.

​Address: Doña Casilda Park, Bilbao
City Sightseeing By Bike

Explore the city by bike either by yourselves or with a guided bike tour. This is a different way to get to know Bilbao and to learn more about its culture. The guided bike tours are in different languages.

​Address: Villarías 1, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 24 94 65​Website:
Basilica Of Begona

You will find Basilica of Begona at Calle Virgen de Begoña on the top of a hill. The church construction started in 1511 and is dedicated to the patron saint of Biscay and the Virgin Begoña. This is claimed to be one of the most beautiful churches in Bilbao.

​Address: C\ Virgen de Begoña, 38, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 12 70 91​Website:​Opening hours: Open Monday to Saturday 10.30 - 13.30, 17.30 - 20.30 Sundays Open during mass

The white construction of the impressive pedestrian bridge over Nervion River can be seen from far away on a sunny summer’s day in Bilbao. Zubizuri connects Campo Volantín Boulevard with Uribitarte and from the bridge you have a stunning view of the Guggenheim Museum. Make sure to visit on a nice day as the glass floor can be slippery when wet.

​Address: Campo de Volantín Pasealekua 22, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 20 42 00​Website:​More info: 10 minutes walk from Guggenheim Museum, Free Admission
St. James' Cathedral

St. James is the patron of Bilbao and this catedral is dedicated to the saint. The gothic architecture dates back to the 15th century and has been renewed several times throughout the years. If you want to know more about the cathedral and its history you can join a one-hour guided tour.

​Address: Plaza de Santiago, Spain​Phone: +34 944 15 36 27​Website:​Opening hours: Monday-Satrday: 10.00-13.00, 17.00–19.30, Sunday: 11.00–13.00, 18.00–20.00​More info: For a guided tour a reservation via phone is suggested
Iberdrola Tower

This modern building holds a luxury hotel as well as several offices. The Iberdrola Tower was built in 2010 and with 165 metres it is one of the highest buildings in Bilbao. Not only the modern architecture of the tower is worth dropping by, but also the lively neighborhood with parks, benches and fountains to relax is worth a visit.

​Address: Plaza de Euskadi 5, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 35 43 49​Website:
Alhóndiga Bilbao

This old warehouse has been renovated to become one of Bilbaos most vibrant cultural places. There are activities for everyone, from exhibitions to cinemas, kids’ activities, concerts, lectures and a library – the 43,000 square meter space has got it all. If you get hungry during your visit it even provides several opportunities for refreshment.

​Address: Alhóndiga Bilbao, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 01 40 14​Website:​Opening hours: Monday-Thursday: 07.00-23.00, Friday: 07.00-00.00, Saturday: 08.30-00.00, Sunday: 08.30-23.00
Teatro Campos Elíseos

Alone for its stunning architecture this art nouveau theater is worth a visit. While you can get a free guided tour through the highlights of the building, also the theater’s program should be interesting to you. Campos Eliseos hosts national and international artists and performers which promise to provide a spectacular evening.

​Address: Bertendona Kalea 3 Bis, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 43 86 10​Website:​Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday: 17.00-20.00, Sunday: 20.00-21.00​More info: Guided tours: Monday – Friday: 08.00-17.00Subway: 10 Minutes walk form Metro Stop: Moyuna
Bilbao is the home of Basque cuisine, considered the most inventive cuisine in Spain. Bilbao is famous for a lot of dishes, such as delicious tapas-like appetizers called pintxos. Seafood forms the heart of Basque cooking. Bacalao dishes, based on cod, are very popular as is merluza, or hake. Many visitors to Bilbao are known to return again and again for the food alone.

Bermeo is one of the finest restaurants in Bilbao and popular with the great and the good of Basque society, from politicians to artists. Enjoy classical Basque dishes, such as fresh thistles sautéed with ham or partridge with glazed shallots. Bermeo’s dessert of truffled figs is simply divine.

​Address: Calle Ercilla 37-39, Bilbao​Phone: +34 94 470 57 00​Website:​More info: Hotel Ercilla
Guggenheim Bilbao

For a slightly less pricy taste of Martin Berasategui’s new Basque cuisine, head to his restaurant at the Guggenheim Museum. The set menu includes some real finds like tempura hake with sautéed mange-touts and Biscay cheese.

​Address: Avenida Abandoibarra 2, Bilbao​Phone: +34 94 423 93 33​Website:
El Viejo Zortzi

El Viejo Zortzi has a modern take on traditional Basque food, such as fillet of cod in pil-pil sauce and fresh hake in garlic sauce. The choice of wine here is exceptional.

​Address: Calle Licenciado Poza, 54, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 41 92 49​Website:

This post-modern restaurant has a great view of the Guggenheim. Top Basque cuisine and creative dishes such as chocolaty oxtail crépinettes and cold anchovy lasagna in tomato soup is served here.

​Address: Avda. Abandoibarra, 4, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 42 10 71​Website:

Located in Zamudio, slightly out of the centre of town is on of Bilbao’s most famous restaurants. Cod is the main menu item on the menu, but don’t forget to try other dishes, like the Squab with peach puree.

​Address: Ibaizabal 212, Parque Tecnológico, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 31 70 25​Website:​More info: In Zamudio, 10 km from Bilbao City Centre
Asia Di Roma

Asia Di Roma offers a good mix of different tastes of Japanese and Italian cuisine. The attentive staff serves exquisite food like seafood soup with tofu, beef in sauce, Peking duck fettuccine and classic Roman pizzas.

​Address: C/ Hurtado de Amézaga, 14, Bilbao​Phone: +34 946 07 65 42​Website:
El Charro Loco

If you are craving for Mexican food, head over to El Charro Loco. The ambiance is friendly and the staff serves mouth-watering dishes for a good value for money. In addition there is a drink menu with delicious cocktails like strawberry margarita and caipirinha.

​Address: Alameda Recalde, 11, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 24 90 89​Website:
Gure Toki

At this small bar you can relish fantastic pintxos which are wonderfully executed with a creative touché. This is a popular place so it might be crowded but well worth the wait. You will find this highly recommended pintxos bar on Plaza Nueva.

​Address: Plaza Nueva, 12, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 15 80 37​Website:

Enjoy well-prepared Spanish food at this cool and modern restaurant. The fresh food is inventive and tasty and served by attentive staff. Try the 8-dish course with lots of different and exciting flavors accompanied with a good Spanish wine.

​Address: Alamedia rekalde 4, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 23 13 13​Website:

If you want to tickle your taste buds with Japanese food of the highest quality you can visit the restaurant Mao. The chefs use excellent raw materials and the food is prepared in front of the diners. On the wine list you will find more than 150 different references.

​Address: Ibanez De Bilbao 11, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 23 68 18​Website:
Restaurante Mina

Mina is a gastronomic restaurant with only 8 tables for 25-30 guests. The menu reflects each season and the chefs use local produce from the market and nearest farms. Restaurante Mina is located in the heart of Bilbao and to book is essential.

​Address: Muelle Marzana, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 79 59 38​Website:

This is a place where you can have modern and interesting pinxtos which are well-presented. The ambiance is modern with a minimalistic design with orange and white colours. Irrintzi attracts a younger clientele and is situated in one of the most tranquil streets of the Old Quarter of Bilbao.

​Address: Santa Maria 8, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 16 76 16​Website:​Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 09.30-23.00, Friday 09.30-24.00, Saturday 12.00-24.00, Sunday 12.00-22.00
Restaurante Yandiola

Restaurante Yandiola is housed in a beautiful old building. The building alone is worth a visit. Here you can enjoy your dinner at the lovely rooftop terrace with an amazing view over Bilbao. The chefs create Spanish food with the best ingredients from earth and sea and they do it with a passion.

​Address: Plaza Arriquibar 4, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 13 36 36​Website:
Restaurante Lar

Restaurante Lar is a small family run restaurant and serves traditional Spanish food. The specialty is seafood which is carefully prepared. This charming restaurant has a simple decoration with family photos hanging on the walls. The atmosphere can be described as cosy and warm.

​Address: C/ Amistad 3, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 24 48 02​Website:

At this restaurant you can indulge in modern Basque cuisine. Kasko is located in the Old Quarter of Bilbao and offers a great mix of traditional and modern food. The portions are huge so make sure to come here with an empty stomach.

​Address: Santa Maria, 16, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 16 03 11​Website:​Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 12.00 – 00.00, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 11.00 - 01.00
Restaurante Zortziko

In this classy restaurant, a meal is like a work of art. The chefs aim to reflect the flavor and culture of a country in their dishes and pay close attention to even the tiniest details. In Zortziko, you get the best of Basque cuisine in an authentic setting. The Menú Tradición is highly recommended!

​Address: Alameda Mazarredo 17, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 23 97 43​Website:​Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 13.00-00.00
Restaurante Astillero Euskalduna

A friendly and informal maritime restaurant that has a great reputation among local food lovers. Everything you will get here is home made, from the cod fish soup to sea mussels or Venus clams. Their 150 square metres terrace is the ideal location for a cool evening on a hot summer’s night.

​Address: Dique Kalea 1, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 41 88 88​Website:​Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 10.00-00.00Subway: Metro Stop: Parada San Mamés
Andra Mari

Surrounded by nature, this charming restaurant is your place for a perfectly Basque experience. The wooden building fuses elegance and comfort in a homely atmosphere and the genuine local cuisine is make of the best ingredients of the region. Andra Mari is the kind of hidden gem you will recommend to good friends.

​Address: Barrio Elexalde 22, Bizkaia​Phone: +34 94 456 00 05​Website:​Opening hours: Sunday - Thursday: 13.00 – 16.00 Friday, Saturday: 13.00 – 16.00, 20.30 – 23.00

Located in San Sebastian, this family-run business is one of the most high-class restaurants in the area. It has been distinguished for its cuisine and ambience several times in the past and offers classic dishes that will appeal to international guests. The choice of wine is splendid and you can combine your dinner with a visit to the great area of San Sebastian.

​Address: Avenida Alcalde José Elosegui 273, Donostia / San Sebastian​Phone: +34 94 327 8465​Website:​Opening hours: Closed: Sunday and Monday​More info: Take the train from Bilbao’s central Atxuri station and you will arrive in 2 hours. You can also take the bus to San Sebastián.

Creativity and high-quality meat are only some of the features of this intimate restaurant. Abaroa serves traditional dishes with genuine flavor. Don’t miss out on the maritime specials and get yourself a refreshing Sorbete de Limón before you leave.

​Address: Paseo del Campo de Volantin 13, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 13 20 51​Website:​Opening hours: Sunday-Friday: 13.00-16.00, Saturday: 13.00-16.00, 21.30-23.00Subway: Accessible via Bizkaibus Nr. 3223
Bilbao has an enviable coffee culture, people take every chance they get to sit down, hang out and catch up. After a long day with sightseeing do as the locals - enjoy a cup of coffee or tea at one of the many cafés the city has on offer.
Café Iruña

This is a classic coffee house that dates back to 1903 with Arabesque motifs, carved columns and medieval ceramics. Café Iruña has a wide variety of snacks, sandwiches, pintxos and other mouth-watering refreshments.

​Address: Jardines de Albia, Bilbao​Phone: +34 94 423 7021​Website:
El Globo

Great place for a wide variety of pintxos and tapas, good wine and finding new friends among the locals of Bilbao. El Globo is located right by the metro beside the Palacio de la Diputación.

​Address: Calle Diputación 8, Bilbao​Phone: +34 94 415 42 21​Website:
Cafe Del Arenal

Cafe Del Arenal is famous far and wide for their sandwiches. They’re tasty, they’re big and they’re cheap, so what are you waiting for? A typical place in Bilbao and always full of people.

​Address: Paseo Arenal 5, Bilbao​Phone: +34 94 416 64 67​Website:
Pasteleria Don Manuel

A pasteleria is a Spanish pastry shop, and this one in particular has an excellent assortment of croissants, chocolates, cookies and pastries. You can find a hearty breakfast for a good price here.

​Address: Calle Alameda Urquijo, 39, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 438 672​Website:
Restaurante Guggenheim Bilbao

After a long visit at Guggenheim Museum, why not rest your feet at the in-house Bistro? The kitchen offers small local bites for a quick refreshment and if you want to linger over your coffee, check out their outside terrace.

​Address: C/ Abandoibarra 2, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 23 93 33​Website:​Opening hours: Lunch Tuesday - Sunday 13.00 - 15.00, Dinner Thursday - Sunday 20.30 - 22.30
The Casco Viejo is the best place to head to for bars, particularly around the Plaza Nueva. In central Bilbao it’s Urquijo Gallerias, Calles Ledesma and Licenciado Poza that are the main areas to go bar hopping and drink local favourites – kalimotxo, coke and red wine. For a unique night out, visit a cider tavern – sidrería – where you eat lots of char-grilled meat and drink copious quantities of cider.
Café Bar Bilbao

This is a great bar for a late night drink off the Plaza Nueva. Café Bar Bilbao never seems to shut off the lights so it is perfect for taking in the spirit(s) of the city.

​Address: Plaza Nueva 6, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 151671​Website:
Cotton Club

The Cotton Club is a great place for live music. Lots of jazz and blues bands play here, while on other nights, DJs keep up the groove.

​Address: Gregorio de la Revilla 25, Bilbao​Phone: +34 94 410 4951​Website:​Opening hours: Monday - Closed, Tuesday - Wednesday 20.30 - 03.00, Thursday 20.30 - 05.00, Friday - Saturday 20.30 - 06.30, Sunday 19.00 - 01.30
Rock Star

As kitsch as you can get, this is the place to head to if you want to party like a rock star. A video wall and Zebra-skin decorations add to its decadent atmosphere.

​Address: José María Ugarteburu 9 bajo, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 45 92 95​Website:
Kafe Antzokia

Kafe Antzokia used to be an old theatre but got refurbished and turned into a multi-purpose venue. It is known as a live music stage with a vibrant atmosphere where both local and international artists make their performances. Every weekend the place becomes a popular night club with DJs mixing their beats until late.

​Address: San Vicente 2, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 24 46 25​Website:

Bring your dancing shoes because fever will make you move. This nightclub is a local favourite and features well-known DJs and live acts on a regular basis. If you’re in town then look out for the Art After Dark Parties in Guggenheim Museum as they are also presented by Fever.

​Address: 27 Polígono Industrial Santa Ana, Bilbao​Phone: + 34 944 598 617​Website:
New Holiday

This venue is a hot spot for students who don’t limit their party nights to the weekends. While electro, indie pop and rock dominate the sound system, in afternoons the place also organizes other events such as classical music performances. Mind that it can get crowded, but that’s part of the fun!

​Address: Avenida Madariaga, Bilbao​Phone: + 34 944 75 55 13​Website:
Molly Malone

Stopping at Molly Malone will give you the feeling of coming home. The rustic décor and the warm atmosphere welcome each guest and the next Guinness is always within arm’s reach.

​Address: Calle Particular de Estraunza, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944423108​Website:

Located close to the river and next to oldtown, Bihotz offers everything you need for a relaxed evening. Let the friendly staff take care of you and have some pinxtos with your beer or wine. The lovely décor and the light music makes this place a nice hang out.

​Address: Arechaga Kalea 6, Bilbao
Pub Witch

Find good music, cool cocktails and a little bit of magic in the Pub Witch. Usually, it opens at 22.00 and there are regular beer and wine specials on the menu. Watch out for the Dj sets and Dance Nights!

​Address: Cosme Echevarrieta 4, Bilbao​Phone: +34 633 57 94 71​Website:​Opening hours: From 22.00
Bar Luzea

This bar and eatery is perfect for the busy party crowd. While it’s not a bar for an extended dinner, the excellent pinxtos provide an ideal quick refreshment. Just pop in and have a bite with your beer before you take off into Bilbao’s nightlife.

​Address: Garcia Rivero 8, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 053 479​Website:​Opening hours: Monday-Thursday: 08.00-22.00, Friday: 08.00-23.00, Saturday: 09.00-23.00, Sunday: 09.00-22.00
Kubrick Bar Bilbao

As the name suggests, this place is dedicated to the great Director Stanley Kubrick. Posters and screens recall successful scenes of his movies and you will find yourself in a cinematic setting. While the bar mainly serves evening guests, it also offers breakfast and meals at any time of the day. Stop by to experience one of their shows, outdoor live music and parties!

​Address: Villarías Kalea 2, Bilbao​Phone: +34 669 44 72 36​Website:
Baobab Bar Tetería

While this tearoom serves the best leaves from different parts of the world, you can also come in and grab a beer. The cozy vintage décor will make you want to stay for yet another one and you can come back after a long night out to get some hot beverages in the morning. Baobab is a popular spot for a hip crowd and is positioned near old town.

​Address: Printzipe Kalea 1, Bilbao​Phone: +34 946 53 41 15​Website:​Opening hours: Monday: 19.00-23.00, Tuesday-Thursday: 11.00-23.00, Friday: 11.00-2.00, Saturday: 12.00-2.00, Sunday: 12.00-23.30
Nervion Café Bar

A mix of café and bar, this upbeat location is hip among the young urban crowd. Within vintage furniture meets modern lifestyle and you can enjoy a great time in the artistic and student neighborhood. Take a seat, have some beer and prepare to talk about all the world and his wife.

​Address: Calle Najan 7, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 16 91 89
Rendez Vous

Rendez Vous offers you to take your singing from the shower to the stage. This Karaoke bar has been around for over 15 years and provides the ideal location for stepping out of your comfort zone. Take the microphone, choose your favorite pop ballade and show what you’ve got!

​Address: Gardoqui Cardenal, Bilbao​Phone: +34 682 89 25 88

If you want to get a new perspective, check out La Terraza Del Yandiola. The bar is located on the top if Alhóndiga, a historic building in the heart of Bilbao, and offers you one of the most beautiful views of the city. The lounge music and its upbeat décor make this place a classy and sophisticated chill out area.

​Address: Plaza Arrikibar 4, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 13 36 36​Website:​Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 13.00-16.00, 20.30-23.00​More info: Located on top floor of the Alhóndiga building
Marzana 16

Besides a varied choice of bites and drinks Marzana offers you a great view of the river. The terrace is a favorite of tourists and locals alike and will show Bilbao at its best at night. Don't miss this unique location!

​Address: Martzana Kalea 16, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 15 00 13​Website:

The people behind Badulake have the mission to provide you a great night out. The atmosphere is laid-back and thanks to the attentive staff you’ll never find your glass even half empty. Come in for travesty night, dinner theaters or gay-friendly events. You won’t be disappointed by this landmark of Bilbao nightlife.

​Address: C/Hernani 10, Bilbao​Website:
Public Lounge

As one of the leading cocktail bars in the area, there is always something going on here. Be it Flower Power Parties, annual Fiestas or Private Events, you’ll never be alone in the Public Lounge. Grab your friends or meet some new people, have a bite and stay for the after party.

​Address: Henao Kalea 54, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 05 28 24​Website:

People from various backgrounds worship this Balbao nightlife institution. La Otxoa is the nickname of a popular Basque Drag artist who knows how to entertain a discerning crowd. The place is decorated with posters of José Antonio Nielfa alias La Otxoa with other well-known faces in the Show Biz and provides the ideal location to get to know new people over discussing looks.

​Address: Heros 9, Bilbao​Phone: + 34 944 23 94 71
Bitoque Bar

Located near Plaza de Don Federico, this bar has much more to offer than excellent wine and drinks. One of their specialties are the famous tapas-like pinxtos which are creatively prepared and served. Getting a seat can be difficult in the well-frequented bar so you might want to come by early.

​Address: Calle Heros 21, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 23 42 19​Website:​Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 08.30-01.00Subway: Metro Stop: Moyua
Bilbao’s main thoroughfare, the Gran Via, is where you will find all the department stores, boutiques and designer shops, from Gucci to MaxMara. Handicrafts and local wine can be picked up in markets such as the Mercado de la Ribera. Basque specialities like wood carving and weaving can be found around the Casco Viejo. Here, you will also find lots of independent shops as well as chain stores. Best places to go are Calle Askao, Artekale, Bidebarrieta, Somera, Correo and La Cruz. Be warned, nearly all shops are closed on Sundays!

This is an upmarket shopping mall where you will find exclusive designs such as Tommy Hilfiger, Massimo Dutti och Antonio Miró. Here you can shop everything from clothes, accessories to electronic and interior design.

​Address: Lehendakari Leizaola, 2, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 27 73 80​Website:
La Casa del Libro

La Casa del Libro is a bookshop with an extensive range of books and maps, including English language books.

​Address: Alameda de Urquijo, 9, Bilbao​Phone: +34 902 02 64 08 ​Website:
Sombreros Gorostiaga

Many visitors like to return from Bilbao with a chic beret, which locals call txapelas. Sombreros Gorostiaga is a family-owned business est. 1857 and has an extensive selection.

​Address: Calle Victor 9, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 16 12 76
El Corte Inglés

You are guaranteed to find what you’re looking for at this Spanish institution. From luxury to the everyday, El Corte Inglés is likely to have it.

​Address: Gran Via 7-9, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 25 35 00​Website:
Mercado de la Ribera

Located in the center of the Oldtown, there are the impressive halls of Mercado de la Ribera. Dating back to the 1930s, this building is a meeting point for food lovers. The area is buzzing during mornings and you can get every local product you can think of.

​Address: Erribera Kalea, Bilbao​Phone: +34 946 02 37 91
Gran Via

Framed by modernist buildings and lime trees, the main street of the El Ensanche neighborhood holds a great variety of classy boutiques. Better check the limits of your credit cards before arriving to Gran Via. You won’t get enough of the numerous brand stores and high-class shops.

​Address: Gran Via, Bilbao
Casco Viejo

In the vibrant neighborhood of Plaza Nueva you’ll find everything from souvenir shops or traditional Basque stores to high-class shopping plazas. Stroll through the old town, or Casco Viejo, and take in impressive buildings while you buy yourself something nice. The cherry on top of your shopping tour might be a pintxo and hot drink in one of the many small cafes around.

​Address: Casco Viejo, Bilbao
Sunday Markets

While the Old Town is a magnet for tourists, on the weekend you have yet another reason to come to Plaza Nueva. Sundays, the area turns into a lively market place where numerous vendors offer almost everything. Browse through books, get some organic fruits and maybe take home a txistorras, one of the local sausage specialties. Lovers of street music and local hand-craft are advised to come early as there is always some performers and artists around.

​Address: Plaza Nueva, Bilbao​More info: Markets take place every Sunday

If you are looking for specialty shops and international brand-stores, make sure to visit Indautxu. This young neighborhood boast a large offer of custom-made clothing, exclusive hand craft and, of course, high-class shoes. Next to Plaza Indautxu, Rodríguez Arias and Alameda de Urquijo are the most important streets for fashion hunters.

​Address: Indautxu, Bilbao
Pastelerías Martina de Zuricalday

Glazed truffle pralines, soft butter buns and fruity cakes. That and much more is what you get at Martina de Zuricalday Pastry Shops. The family business looks back on a long tradition of confectioners and offers delights for every occasion. With only the best products and freshest ingredients, a taste of this pastry shop will satisfy every sweet tooth.

​Address: Calle de Ercilla 43, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 43 57 96​Website:
Around Guggenheim Museum

As a tourist hot spot the area around Guggenheim Museum is also an upbeat shopping district. Streets leading to Plaza Euskadi are filled with designer shoes, fashion and antique shops or book stores. Moreover, if you’re interested in local art or want to take home some regional wine, this is the place for you to shop.

​Address: Avenida Abandoibarra 2, Bilbao

Kukuxumusu is a Spanish company that specializes in T-shirts, post cards and souvenirs. It provides a great offer of funny prints and cute memorabilia. Get a dancing bull on a sweater or a comic notebook, not only the kids will love it.

​Address: Calle de Rodríguez Arias 27, Bilbao​Website:
Megapark Barakaldo

Just outside Bilbao lies Barakaldo Megapark. With fashion outlets, a number of restaurants and bars as well as an IMAX cinema, a visit at the Megapark is a popular activity on rainy days. While you can arrive by bus or metro, you’d better rent a car if you’re planning to do some serious shopping.

​Address: Ribera la Hiribidea 12, Barakaldo​Phone: +34 944 181 020​Website:​More info: 15 minutes walk form Metrostop Bagatza or take Bus A-3136 or A-3144 from Bilbao.
Ricas Y Famosas

Get a glimpse of the lifestyle of the rich and the famous in this Bilbao Boutique. This place is named after the famous 80s movie and offers an exclusive choice of sheer fabulous clothing. Whether you are looking for the perfect cocktail dress or shoes that fit your new purse, you will make a find in Ricas Y Famosas.

​Address: Licenciado Poza 3, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 442 771​Website:​Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 10:30-14:00, 16:30-20:00, Saturday: 10:30-14:00
Little Store

Don’t be deceived by its humble name, this petit boutique is much more than a usual children’s store. Next to classy brands such as Scotch&soda, Hunter or Levi’s for kids aged 0-16, there is a wide range of activities entertaining kids throughout rainy and sunny days. Stop by for concerts, baking and crafting – the kids will love it and your holiday photos will be just adorable.

​Address: Ledesma 32, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 25 50 14​Website:​Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 10.30-20.00

No shopping tour is complete without a new pair of shoes. If you want to be able to choose your fit in a laid back setting with beautiful décor and music, Meridiano is for you. The helpful staff is always by your side and will even suggest a matching handbag. Whether you’re looking for leather, high heels or comfy sightseeing sneakers, here you’ll make a find.

​Address: Iparraguirre 33, Bilbao​Phone: +34 946 79 41 13​Website:​Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 10.30-14.00, 16.30-20.00
Euro Sport

You are an adventurous traveler and want to enjoy some sports during holidays? Then Euro Sport is the place for you. From Winter Sports to In-line Skating, Water Sports or Golf, the well-equipped store has got everything you could wish for. Stop by for a new pair of sport socks or get a whole new Snowboard set, Euro Sport is always worth a visit.

​Address: C/ Estraunza 1, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 41 93 12​Website:​Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 10.30-13.30, 16.30-20.00, Saturday: 10.30-14.00, 17.00-20.00
Mil Rosas Bilbao

Whether you want to surprise your loved ones with a whole flower bouquet or just a classy single rose, they will love it. Mil Rosas has one of the best choices of fresh flowers in the city and you will find something for every occasion. They are decoration specialists and if you need something last minute you can even place your order in their online store.

​Address: Ercilla Kalea 25, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 15 27 91​Website:​Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 10.00-14.00, 16.30-20.00, Saturday: 10.00-14.00

This Swedish chain that you nowadays find almost everywhere in the world provides high street fashion for both men and women at prices suiting everyone.

​Address: Plaza Federico Moyúa 4, Bilbao​Phone: +34 901 12 00 84​Website:

This world famous brand soon has a store in every mid-size town in Europe. Here you find the latest fashion for men, women and children, everything from street wear to the more up-dressed look.

​Address: On Diego López Haroko Kale Nagusia 16, Bilbao​Phone: +34 944 23 02 17​Website:
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