Once upon a time a no-go area in Seville, the Alameda de Hercules is a long boulevard that has evolved into a spot where Seville’s young and hip crowd, or those just looking for a relaxed atmosphere, come on any given night of the week to hang out over a ‘cerveza’ or two.
However, it’s not just a great place to have a drink, it also happens to be a great area to grab some tapas and you can even party long into the night here. The boulevard itself, as well as the surrounding neighborhood, is filled with bars ranging from the very traditional, to fusion and modern offerings. So if you are wondering where to eat in Seville, here are our favorite spots in the Alameda neighborhood.
Seville’s gastro-tapas scene has boomed over the recent years. Eslava was one of the first around, and still a firm favorite of ours. Popular with locals and tourists alike, crowds flock to the bar almost every night of the week. We love that Eslava combines the gastro-tapas theme with the buzz of a traditional local bar.
On the menu you will find local, traditional tapas such as solomillo (pork loin) and costillos (pork ribs), but done in their own unique way. Then on the other hand, Eslava also boasts some creative, award-winning tapas such as the slow-cooked egg served on boletus cake with caramelized wine reduction. This is one of our personal favorites!
Address: Calle Eslava, 3
Antigua Abacería de San Lorenzo
Abacerías are part grocery store, part simple tapas bar, and they have really found their place in Seville’s tapas scene in recent years. A typical abacería will serve beer and wine alongside cold cuts, cheeses, and other simple, quickly prepared tapas. The Abacería de San Lorenzo feels a lot older than it really is, but despite only operating in its current format since renovations in 2007, it definitely retains an antique vibe.
Aside from a impressive list of cheese and cold cuts, they also do a small selection of cooked dishes that are worth trying. The friendly owners go out of their way to make sure their guests are comfortable and well looked after, adding to an already wonderful experience.
Calle Calatrava is the street leading out from the Alameda de Hercules, which nowadays finds itself filled with a range of hip and trendy bars. But keep on walking until you have nearly reached the river, and you will come across our favorite of them all, Bar Antojo.
This busy little spot has a cool, modern interior, with a great menu covering classics done in a tasty way! Try the croquetas for a typical favorite, or go for the risotto with truffle and zucchini for something a little bit different.
Address: Calle Calatrava, 44
Arte y Sabor
Arte y Sabor is one of our favorites that is smack bang on Alameda itself. The is a wonderful fusion bar and restaurant, with influences coming from all over the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa. The menu features meat and seafood dishes, as well as vegetable dishes and a range of salads.
It can be hard to find salads which are anything more than a simple ensalada mixta in Spain, so we especially love the salads — mushroom and gorgonzola salad? Yes, please! There is a terrace with tables out on the boulevard, which means you can join in the people watching and soak up the vibe of the Alameda, accompanied by excellent quality food.
Address: Alameda de Hércules, 85
Casa Ricardo is a great little find tucked in the back streets of the local area, and has all the trimmings of a well-loved local bar that has been open since 1898. There’s long bar where people are propping themselves with a glass of cold sherry in hand – their orders etched in chalk on the bar in front of them, religious images adorning all walls around the inside, and a menu that changes on a daily basis. Expect to find traditional Seville favorites such as solomillo al whisky, and of course, melt in your mouth acorn fed Iberian ham.
Address: Calle Hernán Cortés, 2
How about eating your way around Seville with some local help? Join us on our Tastes, Tapas & Traditions of Seville tour every Tuesday to Saturday at 10:30am, and we will share with you some of our favorite traditional bites and local eateries in Seville.
Since 2005, Cyra has lived in the UK, Portugal and Spain working as a professional tour guide. But it was Seville’s charm that captured her heart, and she hasn’t looked back since moving to her favorite city for food, wine and quality of life.