Seville is slowly becoming recognized as a haven for food lovers.
We have amazing tapas. We have great local wines. We have access to excellent local produce. What’s there not to love? So for you food lovers who are coming to discover everything about Andalusia’s capital, and more, here is our guide to Seville for foodies!
Tapas in a traditional bar
Seville is synonymous for tapas, and the first stop on any food lovers itinerary to Seville should be a visit to where it all began — a traditional tapas bar. There are some bars in Seville that truly tell a story of history. El Rinconcillo dates back to 1670, and while the cooked food can be hit and miss, the experience makes it worth it. Order yourself a glass of manzanilla sherry, along with some slices of cheese and Iberian ham and prop yourself up at the bar.
Casa Morales is another oldie — this one from 1850, and is well known for its montaditos (snacks on bread). Don’t miss seeing the old concrete wine vats that line the wall in the back room. Two other great options that, while the bars themselves are from more recent years, serve up high quality traditional tapas are La Taberna and Taberna Aguilas.
Tapas in a modern bar
Once you have learnt about Seville’s traditional bites, it’s time to check out Seville’s modern tapas bars to understand the complex tapas scene of the city. It feels like there is one on every corner, with new offerings popping up on a monthly basis, but there are some really standout ones that you should consider visiting. Often the dishes are based on typical and traditional disehs, however they are executed in their own unique way. Otherwise, there are usually several dishes on the menu that are influenced by international cuisine.
We have so many favorites that it’s hard to pick just a few, but La Pepona is a great choice, if not just to sample their epic wine list. We also love La Brunilda — there’s usually a queue but the wait is definitely worth it, then of course, a new favorite of ours is, a lovely little spot called Zarabanda. Check out this Gastro Guide to Seville for many other great recommendations.
Take a cooking class
What better way to learn about the food that learning to make it yourself, all under the guidance of someone who really knows their stuff? We love taking cooking classes when traveling, and we really loved the class at Taller Andaluz de Cocina. Victor is a professionally trained chef who developed his skills in a Michelin star kitchen in Gijón, but he is now expertly guiding visitors through a three hour experience inside the Mercado de Triana.
The experience combines a visit to the Mercado de Triana, working in the kitchen with Victor to help prepare the dishes, learning some new culinary skills, and of course, sitting down to enjoy lunch at the end — the perfect end to a great experience.
Buy some foodie souvenirs
Our favorite types of souvenirs are of the edible variety, and we love buying them from somewhere that we know is selling good quality produce and from someone who really knows their stuff. Oleo-le is a great little store in the center of Seville specializing in olive oil, as well as stocking a great range of other souvenirs and gifts for food lovers, including locally produce vino de naranja (orange wine) and vino de jerez (sherry).
Have a snack in an Abacería
These grocery stores which double as simple tapas bars have popped up all around Seville’s food scene in recent years, and are a great way to try simple but great quality products such as Iberian ham, cheese and other local specialities like mojama (cured tuna loin). A wonderful – albeit very small – spot is Casa Moreno, where you will squeeze the tiny space alongside the local clientele A more comfortable option with tables to sit down at is Antigua Abacería de San Lorenzo in the Alameda neighborhood.
Explore a fresh produce market
If you really want to get an understanding of the local way of life, pay a visit to a market. We love the Mercado de Feria. This is the oldest produce market in Seville, and really is a true local affair. Whether you intend to purchase anything or not, it is still worth a visit, to see the different kinds of produce available and get a glimpse into life on Calle Feria. As well as the stalls selling all kind of fresh produce and ingredients, there are are several bars lining either side of the market, meaning that the trip is not wasted if you aren’t interesting in buying anything! Just pop in for a cold cerveza instead.
Take a food tour!
Perhaps you would like to be shown around by the experts? We love sharing Seville’s traditional dishes and local bars and taverns with hungry visitors, so join us on our Tastes, Tapas & Traditions of Seville tour, from Tuesday to Saturday at 10:30am.
This four hour experience wanders through some of Seville’s most central and historic neighborhoods stopping at eight different spots to try some of Seville’s most unique offerings along the way.