Basque Cuisine

With a strong tradition and an unmistakable personality, for many years Basque food has been one of the most admired in the world. Gastronomy in the Basque Country is a social phenomenon, linked to its culture, which goes beyond its famous restaurants and chefs, permeating its entire social fabric. 

Our local products

One of the essential values and foundations of Basque cuisine is the exceptional natural quality of its local produce. Álava is the source of Rioja Alavesa wines, Txakoli, Idiazabal cheese, Añana salt, oil, potatoes, black truffle, legumes, vegetables and meats, all of which are a staple for any great Basque chef. On the Araba Market online store you can explore over 300 businesses offering products and services from Álava’s rural area.

Traditional and avant-garde cuisine

The Basque Country has the highest concentration of Michelin stars per capita in the world. Álava’s restaurants holding Michelin stars include the Arrea! in Campezo and the Marqués de Riscal in Elciego.The region’s signature kitchens have skillfully developed the fundamentals of popular, traditional recipes into avant-garde creations, while always maintaining the essence of Basque cuisine.

Micro-cuisine: pintxos

These succulent morsels are available in most bars. Among the great variety on offer, you can find everything from haute cuisine delights to equally exquisite traditional compositions, made even more appealing by the quality of the ingredients and their affordable prices.