‘Quien no ha visto Sevilla, no ha visto maravilla.’ (which could roughly be translated as If you’ve not seen Seville, you’re yet to know what wondrous means.)
The Andalusian capital is without a doubt the cultural and historic center of the region. From its vibrant and colorful architecture, to its Feria de Abril, Seville is a city you can’t miss out on, no matter the season. And in addition to its famous buildings, its tapas bars are among some of the very best things Seville has to offer.
Leaving aside the various different versions regarding the origin of Spanish tapas, there is no doubt they are the ideal solution when looking for a quick, tasty and affordable bite to eat when out with friends. The only difficulty lies in knowing how to choose among the thousands of tapas joints in the city! And to help you save time searching, we’ve compiled our very own selection of what, in our opinion, are some of the most authentic and traditional places to visit.
- La Taberna. This is a relatively small place decorated with pictures of the many celebrities that have visited it. Its popularity comes as no surprise, as they serve some of the best dishes traditional Sevillian cuisine has to offer. They get extra bonus points for their stylish upbeat servers. You’ll find them on Calle Gamazo 6.
- La Brunilda Tapas. Centrally located, on Calle Galera 5, La Brunilda serves dishes as tasty and creative as tuna tataki with couscous and vegetables. This modern and cozy venue combines the best of typical Spanish tapas with a touch of delicious innovation; the perfect place if you enjoy new flavors.
- Bar Alfalfa. The kitchen in this bar may be small but don’t underestimate its burn and turn power. It’s always amazing to witness the number of people gathering at Calle Candilejo 1 despite the limited space. You are sure to find a lively atmosphere and excellent salmorejo. And if you’d rather not do crowds, just get there early!
- Bodega dos de mayo. Despite having plenty of tables, this place in Plaza de la Gavidia 6 is always jam-packed. The restaurant boasts an extensive and varied menu, and their codfish tapas are a must, especially their tapa de bacalao a la viuda. You’ll see how they have a peculiar way of giving out tables…
- La Cantina. The owners of this bar were looking to share that truly authentic flavor, so they decided to open their Cantina right in the midst of Mercado Calle Feria. As a result, you can eat delicious pescaíto frito (fried fish) and excellent seafood, all freshly cooked right off the market! And you are welcome to write your name on the tiles, should you want to leave your mark behind…
- Duo Tapas. Green salmorejo, apple and rocket salmorejo… Duo Tapas, on Calle Calatrava 10, is known for its creative tapas and unique deserts. Visit the bar and you’re sure to be nicely surprised by the elaborate menu. Are you tired of the same old flavors? Then just don’t hesitate… they’re waiting for you here!
- Vinería San Telmo. There’s a place in Paseo Catalina de Ribera 4 known for the quantity and quality of its wines, as you’d expect from its name (vinería is Spanish for winery). What the name fails to mention is their degustation menu, which at 22.50 euro is absolutely recommendable, including 5 delicious tapas: salmon tartare, homemade mi-cuit foie gras, black pudding crêpes with piquillo peppers sauce, stuffed lamb served with wild rice, and Roteña-style codfish.
You won’t be hungry after all that! These bars will have you indulging in more and more… the perfect excuse to grab the keys and head down to one of our Seville apartments for a good, refreshing siesta.