Although the secret to San Sebastián’s typical mouth-watering cuisine is the loving care and knowhow that goes into it, the biggest secret lies in the quality of the raw materials used. Gipuzkoa is very well known for its quality produce and the delight taken in good eating: traditional markets and fairs, delicatessen stores and denominations of origin are but a sample of this. In San Sebastian, people live their lives out on the street, and an important part of everyday life is shopping for food. The Bretxa Market, with its fish, charcuterie, fruit & veg, health foods, bakery, pickle stalls and bar, has been the city's most important food hub since 1873. Locals and tourists find excellent quality produce at the market's 46 different stalls. Tradition meets contemporary at this social and culinary shrine.