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If you have enough of a sweet tooth to travel for your fix, a 15-mile drive from San Sebastián to Pastelería Brasil, in the border town of Irún, is an absolute must. The region's top chefs swear by its exquisite bonbons, cakes, and pastries (62 Paseo de Colón, Irún; 34-943-615-079). More convenient and just as heavenly is Chocolates de Mendaro, which has been in the cacao business since 1850. The company has outposts in both San Sebastián and Bilbao, which sell chocolate bars, cocoa powder, and a decadent assortment of truffles and bonbons; try the concoctions of dulce de leche and amargo—a "bitter" ganache filling of 70 percent bittersweet chocolate (6 Etxaide, San Sebastián; 34-943-424-804; 16 Licenciado Poza, Bilbao; 34-944-438-762;

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