The city is for the foodie in you. Not only does it offer world-class authentic Andalucian cuisine, but it also offers flavor from all over the world. Japanese sushi bars, Italian pasta places, Thai curries, Argentinean grills – you name it, the city has it.
You may not arrive in Sevilla with jetlag, but your stomach will soon think it has abandoned all known time zones. Undoubtedly a gastronomic center, Sevilla boasts of a cuisine that is based on the products of the surrounding provinces, including olive oil from Jaén, sherry from Jerez de la Frontera, and seafood from Cádiz. Homemade dishes compose the base of Sevillian and Spanish gastronomy.
However, to really get a taste of Sevilla’s specialties, the best way to go is bar-hopping and trying various locales’ tapas. The tapas is one major cultural attractions of the city: visitors and locals alike hop go from one bar to another, enjoying small dishes called tapas.
Other local specialties include grilled and fried seafood (including cuttlefish, squid, dogfish, and swordfish), spinach and chickpeas, grilled meats in sauces, Andalucian ham, snails, lamb’s kidneys in a sherry sauce, gazpacho, and many more.
Sevillanos have a sweet tooth. Typical sweet cakes are polvorones and mantecados, a kind of shortcake made with sugar, lard, and almonds; torrijas, fried slices of bread with honey; pestiños, a honey-coated sweet fritter; magdalenas or fairy cakes; roscos fritos, deep-fried sugar-coated ring doughnuts; yemas, and tortas de aceite, a sugar-coated cake made with olive oil.
Sevilla does not fall short in excellent restaurants. It is best to go online to find out the best restaurants that offer the best Sevillan cuisine. With online reservation systems and easy-to-use search facilities, finding yourself the right restaurant is a doddle.
We highly suggest that you try the least expensive restaurants first before heading to the more expensive ones. That is if you can afford them. Despite the ceiling-high prices, these top-class restaurants will give you more options.
Another good suggestion is to hit the markets in Sevilla. If your hostel or hotel accommodates some space, buy a few sacks of fruits and vegetables for healthy snacks. Buy only what you need for a few days. This works only if you have a cooler or fridge in your room. But you can always much on nonperishable foods.
Regardless of your cravings, your preferences, or your bank account, Sevilla’s restaurants, and dining experiences are what make this pillar of its culture so strong. Fine dining, seedy tapas bars, and international locales mix seamlessly into Sevilla’s diverse culinary scene, so don’t pass up the opportunity to try it all!
While you’re in Sevilla, treat your palate to a taste of genuine Andalucían cuisine in one of the city’s many restaurants. Take a seat out on Río Grande’s terrace with views over the Guadalquivir River and the Torre del Oro for some of the finest seafood dining in Sevilla. Enrique Becerra serves up a great menu with tons of wonderful dishes featuring a variety of traditional homemade-style Andalucían recipes.
Casa Robles, Restaurante Egaña Oriza, La Albahaca, and Bodegón Torre del Oro are a few more spots to hit up that serve up a tasty and typical Andalucían dining experience.
Mixed into Sevilla’s plethora of Spanish restaurants is a great international scene. To sample some delicious couscous along with other Moroccan dishes, As-Sawïra is the place to be. For Japanese cuisine, Restaurante Japonés Samurai and Kaede simply cannot be beaten. Italian cuisine makes their Sevillano home at the restaurant chain San Marco.
Interestingly enough, Sevilla is known for its mind-blowing quantity of two things – churches and tapas bars – both of which are found on nearly every street corner. As the rumored founding city of tapas, the variety and practice of what has come to be a widespread Spanish gastronomic artform have rather humble beginnings. In an effort to keep the flies out of their customers’ drinks, bartenders would cover, or tapar, the glasses with a small saucer.
Steer clear of Santa Cruz; because it’s so beautiful. It is a major tourist area and restaurants tend to be very costly for that reason alone. Instead, head to Triana or the Macarena. Sit at one of Kiosco de las Flores‘ outdoor tables for some of the best pescaíto frito in the city. Mesón Serranito, El Pucherito, and Entre Dos Hermandades are a few more quality dining establishments that will leave you with a full stomach but not an empty wallet.
As is the case with the diverse architecture gracing the streets and plazas of Sevilla, its gastronomy has also been influenced by its proximity to both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, its historical ties to Muslim culture, and its association with the discovery of the Americas.
Homemade dishes, whose recipes have endured generations, compose the base of Sevillian and Spanish gastronomy. However, to really get a taste of Sevilla’s specialties, the best way to go is bar-hopping and trying various locales’ tapas.
Being the top producer of olive oil in the world, it is only natural that this traditional Mediterranean product plays a significant role in the Spanish diet. Add that to the cured hams from the nearby sierras and a whole lot of seafood brought in from neighboring Mediterranean and Atlantic towns and you’ve got an idea of Sevilla’s gastronomical treasures. Other dishes include huevos a la flamenca (eggs with tomato sauce), gazpacho (cold, vegetable-based soup), rabo de toro (bull’s tail), and pescaíto frito (fried fish).
Still embracing traditions and recipes dating as far back as the Medieval ages, several of the city’s long-running enclosed convents continue turning out a variety of hand-made from scratch pastries. Look for yemas (sweets made from sugar and egg yolk), mermeladas caseras (homemade marmelades), rosquillas rellenas de cidra (cider pastries), and rosquitos (various pastries) from any of the following convents in Sevilla: San Leandro, Santa Paula, Santa Clara, San Clemente, and Santa Inés.
Sevilla embraces the coffee culture, that is for sure. For a quick caffeine boost, order a deliciously strong, fresh, and steaming café con Leche or café solo. Taking social breaks during the workday or a meeting up for leisurely cups on weekends, Spaniards are often known to drink several each day.
Sangría, a refreshing drink especially during the scorching summer months, is a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. Order a glass or a pitcher of this delicious drink made with red wine, chopped up fruit, and usually a splash or two of other alcohols. A local sangría spin-off that you’ll find equally mouthwatering is tinto de verano which combines red wine and lemonade.