Gastronomy in Seville

food in Seville
Updated 2023-07-15 14:34

Seville is a city bursting with flavors with plenty to bowl over the food lover. You can live here for years and still make new food discoveries. From traditional grocery stores and tapas bars to food markets and restaurants, the quality is high, the prices are low, and the choice is enormous. It is possible to eat very well for very little money.

With fast food, fine dining, and mid-priced casual restaurants serving local, national, and international cuisines, there is no shortage of places to go for a great meal out in Seville.

Where to eat in Seville

The real stars of the show are the tapas bars. The Andalusian capital is one of the places in Spain that claims to have invented the small savory dishes, and it boasts around 3,000 tapas restaurants and bars. No matter where you are based, you won't have to go too far from your front door to find a tapas bar. Just follow your nose. Among the best locales are:

La Macarena - formerly known as Seville's gypsy neighborhood, this vibrant old quarter has evolved into a place with a mesmerizing collection of restaurants and authentic tapas bars.

Santa Cruz - the old Jewish quarter encompasses a dizzying array of bars and restaurants, from traditional tapas joints to upmarket establishments.

Affordable restaurants in Seville

Eating cheaply in Seville does not mean you have to skimp on flavors, quality, or quantity. There are cheap eats all over the city, especially away from the center. Tapas dishes typically cost between one and two euros each and three or four dishes can easily fill you up.

With so many choices, it is almost impossible to narrow it down to a mere handful. That being said, here are a few standout places:

El Rincillo - Seville's oldest tapas bar has been serving customers since 1670, so it must be doing something right. It is located on the outskirts of the city centre.

Pelayo Bar – an attractive bar with several saloons close to the cathedral and the Giralda. Lots of innovative, cheap, and tasty tapas dishes.

El Baratillo Bar - plenty of traditional Seville flavors in an attractive bar in the historic center.

Popular dishes in Seville

Espinacas con garbanzos - spinach with chickpeas.

Solomillo al whisky - slow-cooked pork tenderloins in a whisky sauce.

Salmorejo - a cold tomato soup with garlic and extra virgin olive oil.

Caracoles – snails.

Carrillada de cerdo - pork cheeks.

Huevos a la flamenca - eggs baked with chorizo and tomato sauce.

Croquetas - small bits of ham, cheese and shrimp wrapped in potato then breaded and fried.

Pascaito frito – fried fish. Whether it's cod, hake or anchovies, Sevillians are partial to plates of seasoned fried seafood.

Seville's food markets

To sample some of the best local produce head to any of Seville's food markets that are filled with tempting sights, colors, and smells. Browse stalls for fresh fruits and vegetables, olives, jamons, cheeses, and much more.

Among the most popular markets are:

  • Triana Market - next to Triana Bridge in the Triana district.
  • Mercado Lonja del Barranco - a gourmet market near the Isabel II Bridge.
  • Mercado de Feria - one of the oldest markets in the city, is located in the Feria neighborhood.
  • Mercado de la Encarnación – this is located under one of the most recognizable monuments in Seville, the Metropol Parasol, a large wooden structure also known as Las Setas.
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