Time to access a secret txoko in Bilbao. Supper clubs are not a recent phenomenon from New York or London. Txokos or Gastronomic Societies are well rooted in the Basque culture. These private dining clubs were born in the 19th century but received a big boost during Spanish Civil War when they became a social secret meeting point where Basques could gather together and express themselves in their own language. Traditionally run by men, most of these gastronomical societies do now allow women’s access.
It is a participative club and members are responsible for sourcing the produce, either by buying it or by harvesting and hunting themselves and the system, which is fully self-regulated, runs like clockwork. The sole goal is to gather together a group of friends and family and enjoy time around food and wine.
Txoko’s impact on Basque Cuisine has been key. They contributed to rescue some old recipes that would have been lost and they run as laboratories exploring with new ingredients and refining the actually acclaimed Basque cuisine.
Bilbao txoko experience Highlights:
- A lifetime experience to access a private gourmet club or txoko
- Home-made gourmet lunch or dinner with premium wines
- An English-speaking guide throughtout
Your English speaking expert guide will meet you at your hotel in Bilbao and take you to Bilbao´s Ribera Food Market for a short tour, in the midst of fishmongers and local farmers. Ribera's market is the largest covered food market in Europe. Then, walk up to the txoko, you have finally got there!
Don't worry about the language, the kitchen speaks by itself. Be ready to chop and chat - remember your guide will be there and he will act as your interpreter -. Once the meal is ready, relax and sit down to enjoy it with a glass of red Rioja wine or a white txakoli
Might you wish to extend your journey or add any specific activity, please let us know and we will assist you.
We care about your privacy, please let us know what is your perfect balance between free time and activities and we will adjust the program to suit you.
What type of food will we eat?
In a txoko you can find any kind of food, from wild mushrooms and green peppers to elvers, from some of the most savory meat to the freshest hake or the premium cod fish, or fantastic fried eggs "Spanish style" with jamón or chorizo.
Duration: 4 hours approx. | From 11 am to 3 pm (schedule may vary)
Prices are available upon request since each itinerary is different and adapted to your party details, needs and schedule.
- Private expert bilingual local native guide
- Previous visit to the food market
- Exclusive access to a txoko
- All food and wines