· By Herb Lester

Heladería Alaska, Bilbao

Extracted from Hello Bilbao, buy yours here.

An efficient all-female staff dispense cakes and ice cream to Bilbao’s bourgeoisie at this delightful spot where groups of mature ladies gather with faithful dogs and other companions. Within, a bas-relief scene depicting an Inuit group and their dog team looms over neat wooden benches, their occupants sipping excellent coffee and tucking daintily into tostada de brioche, something like cold French toast only made with Brioche, and much nicer than it sounds. It is easy to imagine a homesick Bilbao expat yearning for Alaska above all else.

Heladería Alaska, Portuko Markesaren Kalea, 10, 48008 Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain