The top 5 restaurants & tapas bars… and a very cheap cocktail-tip off!One of the main activities in Seville, and I really can’t deny it, is eating. You can eat at any time of the day and anywhere! Tapas bars are popping up on every street corner. You just have to follow your nose: Delicious flavours, smells and fragrances of fresh food mixed with exotic spices invite you casually to take a seat in a random bar and some fantastic cookery. Here, food hedonists can freely and unconcernedly reign over the extensive tapas menu!
During my stay I always tried to live up to Seville’s famed tapas paraphernalia and I chose my culinary stays with great precaution and hungry anticipation. Here are my 5 favourite restaurants and tapas bars, where I put on a few extra kilos with gusto!
Albarama (on the map)
In spite of looking like a restaurant, Albaram also serves tapas. And although it seems a bit nondescript from the outside you’ll certainly warm up to it once you’ve discovered the contemporary interior design and the lovely smiling staff.
My recommendation: Order the tuna in its olive coat, is definitely the killer. On the menu it’s called Atún en camisa de aceitunas negras, espárragos verdes y tomates …
And if you like Verdejo white wine, I’d advise a Vino Verdejo from Bodeg K-naia.
La Azotea (on the map)
There are 4 La Azotea restaurants scattered all over the city. Their tapas are fantastic. You have a bit of everything: from quite expensive Carabineros à la plancha (king prawns grilled on a metal plate) to fresh seafood and delicious Jamón iberico de bellota (yeah, you can google that by yourself). But I still insist on getting the “Roast beef Burguer” and the “Papas bravas”… since you are in Spain!
Mamarracha (on the map)
Mamarracha is a very cool place, serving delicious and with its own wall of greenery inside the restaurant. They have an Argentine touch to their food and one of the coolest bathrooms in Seville.
Torres & García (on the map)
Torres y García is also a neat venue with a super cool design: a huge space of 400 square meters with high ceilings decorated by brick walls, extravagant wall paintings and raw wood furniture. The cuisine is called “New rustic cuisine” whatever this means. I just know I had the time of my life with their crunchy crust Pizza Napolitana. And for the icing on the cake… please choose the Panqueque de dulce de leche as dessert!
The owners and life partners of Torres y Garcia and Mamarracha are Andaluza Genoveva Torres and Juan Manuel García, she is Spanish and he’s Argentine and have both worked for none other than Gordon Ramsay. They have a third restaurant in Seville, which was also recommended to us, but unfortunately we ran out of time: Las Ovejas Negras.
Eslava (on the map)
Eslava restaurant and tapas bar is a bit outside of the city center, but the trip there is worth it. Just try everything! That’s basically what we’ve done! But my favourite dish was the Cigarro para Becquer… not a very beautiful thing on your plate, but let me just say WOW!!!!
Other places involving eating, drinking & sleeping
Flores Gourmet (on the map)
You are looking for a shop where you can buy Sevillian delicatessen, then there’s no other place in town than Flores Gourmet. They also have a very small restaurant space inside their shop.
Tapacopa (on the map)
And if you want to have a cocktail or two, go to Tapacopa at the Almeda the Hercules… They serve monster drinks in half litre tumblers for an affordable price.
Las Casas de El Arenal (on the map)
If you need a place to stay over night, you have plenty of choices. Choose a hotel within the Cathedral area, because you’ll be located in the middle of Seville’s beautify historical centre.
We had a room at Las Casas de El Arenal, book a superior room: they come with a Spa bath! The hotel has a very nice roof top terrace, no swimming pool… and the staff is exceptionally nice!
Well, where ever you go and whatever you do in Seville I wish you: happy eating!
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