Five Places to Shop in San Sebastián, Spain

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Nov. 22, 2017

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Kañabikaña is a year-old beer shop in Gros, a welcoming neighborhood in the Basque city of San Sebastián.CreditMarkel Redondo for The New York Times

San Sebastián is a city divided, literally, by a river. On the west side of the Urumea are most of the Basque city’s main attractions: The Old Town packed with pintxo bars, the bay of La Concha, its golden beaches and elegant promenade. But to the east is Gros, a low-key neighborhood behind Zurriola beach that is fast becoming the best area to shop in the city. Forget kitschy souvenirs and chain stores; this welcoming neighborhood caters to residents, with shops focused on what’s local, from bookshelves and bathing suits to take-away beers worth a stroll across the river.

Kañabikaña

Warm plastic cups of San Miguel beer on the beach are a thing of the past. Since opening next to Zurriola beach last year, this sunny yellow beer shop has been pouring pilsners and pale ales into beach-ready PET bottles with stick-on labels and cute brown-paper bags. The 18 taps feature many local craft brews, like the Kong IPA from Naparbier, a brewery in the nearby town of Navarra.

Avenida de Zurriola 36; 34-943-321-409; kainabikaina.com


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Bois et Fer, a furniture and interior design shop known for its signature oak-and-iron wares.CreditMarkel Redondo for The New York Times

Bois et Fer

If the merchandise inside this furniture and interior design shop looks familiar, it may be because the owners have also installed their signature oak-and-iron wares in many locales around town. In addition to polished wooden armchairs and minimalist coffee tables, this shop stocks lamps, candles, prints and ceramics from local artisans.

Avenida de Zurriola 1; 34-943-083-340; boisetfer.es


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N store, a shop and a showroom in Gros.CreditMarkel Redondo for The New York Times

N Store

Down a half flight of stairs, this easy-to-miss shop doubles as a showroom for the local fashion label Kionita. The intimate space displays color-splashed swimsuits and metallic-hued bikinis alongside breezy skirts, patterned pillows and minimalist silver jewelry.

Calle Zabaleta 45, 34-943-25-99-41; kionita.com



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The LaCentral clothing boutique opened last year in an industrial space in Gros.CreditMarkel Redondo for The New York Times

LaCentral

This fashion-forward clothing boutique opened last year in an industrial space once used for pop-up markets organized by young artists and designers. Now, beneath high ceilings and exposed vents, local designs are displayed alongside denim from the Danish designer Anine Bing, slouchy knits from the Catalan brand Sita Murt and tasseled suede boots made in Italy.

Calle Nueva 5; 34-943-105-536; facebook.com/lacentralgros


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The Loaf, a bright storefront bakery across from Zurriola beach in Gros.CreditMarkel Redondo for The New York Times

The Loaf

What began as a pop-up bakery in a retrofitted shipping container has expanded into a mini-chain of local shops, including this bright storefront across from Zurriola beach, where freshly baked croissants, buttery palmiers and loaves of special turmeric-spiced pan de cúrcuma tempt passers-by through huge floor-to-ceiling windows.

Avenida de Zurriola 18; 34-943-265-030; theloaf.es

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