In Seville, you’ll find a tapas restaurant on almost every corner, that’s how much tapas culture is ingrained in the DNA of Sevillians. You might be wondering, what exactly are tapas? Basically, they’re small plates of delicious food, usually served in bars as a snack to accompany a drink. It can be overwhelming deciding which tapas bars should be on the top of your must-visit list and there’s simply not enough time or space in your stomach to try them all. But fear not, this guide to the best tapas in Seville and where to find them will give you a taste of tapas culture. Get ready to fill up on delicious dishes like meaty Albóndigas or sizzling Gambas al ajillo while you sip away on a glass of tinto de verano like a local.
After a busy day of exploring the best things to do in Seville, what could be better than sitting on a terrace overlooking Alameda de Hércules with a cold beer and a delicious tapa. The huge square Alameda de Hércules is lined with outstanding restaurants and pubs which makes it a perfect place to start your culinary tour. In the evenings you can hear the square buzzing with Sevillians all eating, drinking, and socializing here. Chances are there will be even someone there with their guitar, spontaneously playing flamenco tunes. Look out for a tapa of patatas bravas, this spicy potato dish is the best in the city.
Dos De Mayo
A hidden gem in Seville, Dos de Mayo is located on the quiet square Plaza de la Gaviria. a short walk from the El Corte Inglés department store and main shopping street Calle Sierpes. Take a seat in their sunny outdoor terrace area and enjoy the ultimate holiday feeling while you tuck into delicious tapas. Enjoy local favorites like tapa espinacas con garbanzos (garbonza beans and spinach), pisto de verduras (similar to ratatouille), or the humble croquetas de bacalao (cod croquettes).
Every inch of this beautiful venue is covered with paraphernalia related to the Semana Santa, posters, medals, coins, feathers, pictures, you name it, it’s there. A visit here is one of the more unusual things to do in Seville as this place is incredibly small and has no seating. However, locals swarm here for their authentic tapas. The crowds of locals eating and drinking in the street next to the bar create a loud, joyful, vibrant atmosphere and the tapas are well priced. The bar is conveniently located near some of Seville’s iconic sights like the Giralda.
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. La Azotea offers an extensive wine menu as well as tapas which sets it apart from your average tapas restaurant in the city. This is a great option if you’re looking for a proper sit-down meal in between exploring all of the must-see sights in Seville. Enjoy some sophisticated modern tapas like bacaloa (salted cod) in a white salmorejo (almond) sauce with loads of garlic!
One of the best tapas bars in Seville is a place that offers a sort of tapas-Asian-Italian fusion cuisine. The food here is unbelievable, every dish has its own character and very special fragrance. The restaurant is small and simple and the decoration is not especially original for Seville’s standards, yet, it’s one of the most successful tapas bars in Seville. The owner is Italian and some dishes are clearly inspired by his own tradition. For instance, we strongly recommend the Andalusian vegetarian bruschetta! This venue is always packed with locals, so try to arrive early.
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Just a short distance away from the Cathedral and the restaurant “Taberna Coloniales”, which we also highly recommend. This lively corner bar was founded in 1939 and is a major institution in Seville. They serve all the classics but they have their own specialties too, first of all, their montadito de pringá (mini shredded pork sandwich) was recognized as the best in all of Spain by the magazine Foodie Hub. Another absolute must-try, while you’re there, is their tortilla de camarones (shrimp tortilla) . It's delicious.
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