Do you also love going out for tapas? Luckily, you can eat tapas pretty much anywhere across the world nowadays. However, for the best tapas of your life, you definitely need to go to Spain. From all the Spanish cities I’ve ever visited, the Sevillian cuisine exceeds those of others by far! (And trust me when I say I’ve done my research.) Tapas culture is truly ingrained in the DNA of Sevillians. That’s why you’ll find a tapas restaurant on every corner of the street. Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of tasty options? Then let me help you find your way with my personal tips for the best tapas in Seville.
Tapas in Seville: my personal tips
>>Modern & fusion
The mouthwatering photo at the top of this article is taken during lunch at contemporary tapas restaurant/wine bar La Azotea. With its modern crisp white interior, the restaurant may look rather pricey, but like most places in Seville it’s very affordable. Especially when you consider the amazing quality.
What also sets this restaurant apart from the average tapas restaurant in town is its extensive wine menu. This is a very good option if you want a proper sit-down meal and enjoy sophisticated modern tapas accompanied by a good glass of wine. Oh, and in case you were wondering what that scrumptious meal in the photo is. It’s bacaloa in white salmorejo sauce and loads of garlic!
Address: La Azotea has three restaurants and even a deli nowadays. I went to the restaurant on Calle Conde de Barajas, 13.
Besides regular tapas, Duo Tapas also serves ‘fusion tapas’ such as pollo al curry (chicken curry) or Japanese-influenced dishes. Possibly not the number one option if you prefer traditional tapas. But if you’re in for a little culinary adventure, then Duo Tapas is a great choice.
Address: Calatrava, 10
THE place to eat for tapas purists! El Rinconcillo was established in 1670 and is the oldest surviving restaurant in Seville. Although it is a major tourist attraction, El Rinconcillo still feels very authentic. The staff don’t speak any English and the regulars stand eating at the bar, as one does traditionally.
In all honesty I have to admit that I don’t go here as often as the other restaurants in the list. However, considering its history, it’s good to have at least one tapa here. Even if it were to admire the authentic interior of dark oak furniture combined with colourful classical Spanish/Moorish wall tiles. And don’t be too intimidated by the big legs of jamón hanging over the counter.
Address: Calle Gerona, 40
This is by far my favourite tapas restaurant in Seville and first destination upon arrival in the city. When I find myself sitting on the terrace, fresh cold beer and warm tapa at hand, I know I’m ‘home’ again. What makes this tapas restaurant so special? First of all its location on the huge square Alameda de Hércules which is lined with outstanding restaurants and pubs. It’s no surprise it’s such a popular hotspot among locals. In the evenings you can hear the square buzzing with Sevillians all eating, drinking and socialising here. Chances are there will be even someone there with their guitar, spontaneously playing flamenco tunes.
Tapas you certainly should order at Badulaque? Definitely a tapa of patatas bravas, potato wedges accompanied by a spicy sauce. But I can order that at my local tapas restaurant as well, I hear you say. Believe me, they ain’t got nothing on the patatas bravas from Badulaqu. Also order a tapa of tortilla de primavera, an egg-potato omelette topped with tuna and spicy sauce. Even writing about my favourite tapas at my go-to restaurant makes me homesick! I do recommend eating at Badulaque during the day as the evening menu is limited and a bit disappointing.
Address: Alameda de Hércules, 54
Dos de Mayo
My second favourite restaurant for tapas in Seville! Dos de Mayo is located on the quiet square Plaza de la Gaviria. A secret gem located at a short walk from the El Corte Ingles department store and main shopping street Calle Sierpes. Have a seat in their sunny outdoor terrace and experience the ultimate holiday feeling. Enjoy classical dishes such as my all time favourite tapa espinacas con garbanzos, spinach with chickpeas. Other great options are pisto de verduras (ratatouille), queso de cabra con miel (goat’s cheese with honey) and croquetas de bacalao.
Address: Plaza de la Gaviria, 6
>>Tapas & flamenco
Bar T de Triana
Wandering around Seville, you’ll notice there are countless options to see a flamenco show any day of the week. Flamenco venues range from tiny bars in obscure alleyways to massive theatres. I prefer a more intimate setting that’s not too touristic. One of these venues is Bar T de Triana. This restaurant is located right at the edge of the former gypsy neighbourhood of Triana, the heart of Seville’s flamenco history. It is often said that the city’s top flamenco dancers, singers and musicians all hail from this area.
The best time to visit Bar T de Triana is an hour before a show. That way you beat the crowds and get the chance to snatch up a table right next to the stage. If you’re seated at a table, it’s compulsory to order food though. But the food is good and very cheap, especially considering you’re getting an excellent flamenco show for free. Although it is becoming more popular among tourists, I still like the ambiance and recommend the high quality flamenco shows.
Address: Calle Betis, 20
Pinchos are particularly popular in northern Spain and you might be familiar with the Basque spelling, pintxos. Pinchos are a perfect way of sampling a whole range of different flavours and textures without stuffing yourself. (Although that doesn’t work for me as I always eat too much anyway.) The great thing about going out for pinchos at Lizarran is that you can just grab whatever you want. And in the quantity you want. But without ever having to worry if you understand the menu, because what you see is what you get.
Pinchos are typically wonderful ingredients, such as roasted pepper or spicy Iberian sausage, stuck to a piece of bread with a skewer. At Lizarran you can choose from a range of cold and warm snacks and the price is determined by the amount and type of skewer. Come here around lunchtime or dinner service and pick some freshly made warm dishes served from big platters straight from the kitchen.
Address: Calle Javier Lasso de la Vega, 14
Fancy some ice cream? Then a trip to La Fiorentina ice cream parlour is a big must! Despite being one of the best ice cream hotspot (or rather coldspot), it doesn’t get crowded by tourists. Probably because it’s located just outside of the city centre. The ice cream is homemade and they get rather inventive with their seasonal flavours here. But there’s also plenty to choose from if you’d rather stick with more classical flavours. Try out their signature flavour: orange blossom (flor de azahar). I don’t think ice cream can’t get much more decadent than this!
Address: Calle Zaragoza, 16
Tapas in Seville: even more tips
Tried all the restaurants and still hungry for more? Then just hang out around Alameda de Hércules, by far my favourite place in the city. There are plenty of options for bars and restaurants here and it’s a popular place among locals. In the summer you can hear the cacophony of the chatting locals from afar. Or visit the modern indoor food market Mercado Lonja del Barranco next to Puente de Isabell II, the gateway to Triana.
Have you ever been to Seville and have some great foodie tips to share here?
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