Like many Spanish cities, Bilbao has a rich food culture and many great restaurants where you can sample typical local delicacies. Due to Bilbao’s proximity to the coast, you can expect to find a wide selection of delicious seafood dishes in many of the city’s top eateries. Bilbao is located within the Basque country, and the regional cuisine is diverse and delicious. Many dishes have hallmarks of both French and Spanish influence, with the French border located just a few miles away from Bilbao. Typical dishes include Marmitako, which is a fish stew made with potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and onions, grilled and roasted meats and fish, Pinchos, which are a type of tapas skewered with a toothpick, and Pisto, a healthy dish made of tomatoes, courgettes, aubergine and peppers. Amongst the most popular sweet dishes you will find the Gâteau Basque, a delicious dessert made with thin layers of cake or pastry dough and a filling of vanilla or almond cream.