seville-food

Mechela

With only a few tables, Mechela is a hot ticket. Interiors are minimalist, allowing diners to focus wholeheartedly on the restaurant’s sophisticated menu. Order the octopus or refresh with the nectarine salmorejo (similar to gazpacho). If you can’t get a booking at the original, head to the second branch of Mechela on Calle Pastor y Landero.

Mariatrifulca

“Meet you for dinner at Triana Bridge” has a romantic air to it, right? With views of the Guadalquivir river (particularly lovely if you can nab a table on the roof terrace), Mariatrifulca’s atmosphere is its main sell. Over-order with a selection of plates including croquettes, aubergines au gratin, mushroom risotto and tuna tataki.

Gelateria Artesana La Fiorentina

This little gelateria is sweet as cream. Order a double scoop of Palmera de Chocolate (an inventive flavour of local puff pastry covered in chocolate) on your first night; on your second evening it’s a toss up between ice cream flavoured with rosemary and manzanilla sherry with spearmint.

Vineria San Telmo

The crispy bread-crumbed prawns with soy mayonnaise at Vineria San Telmo are truly something to write home about. Wash them down with a glass of something red and while away the evening with a local crowd.

Mano de Santo

Fed up with Spanish food? This Mexican spot does great tacos – with fillings ranging from al pastor to chicken tinga – and kicking chilli-and-lime Michelada cocktails said to be capable of resurrecting the dead. Ceviche is a star dish here, complemented by a wide variety of mezcal and tequila.

Sal Gorda

This sunny spot specialises in craft beer and traditional-with-a-twist tapas. Swing by at lunchtime and tuck into chicken wings with kimchee salsa, porcini mushroom and langoustine risotto, and white prawn tartar with yuzu dressing. Take heed: portions are small in size but rich in stature.

  • +34 955 385 972
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  • Calle Alcaicería de la Loza, 17
    Seville
    41004

El Rinconcillo

A historic little corner that has been around since 1670 and is perennially packed with locals who crowd around “tables” of waist-high sherry barrels under rows of strung-up hams. Once you’ve elbowed your way to the wooden counter, place your order quickly because the bartenders don’t mess around.

Ovejas Negras

With a name that translates to “black sheep”, you can expect something different from this gastro tapas bar – think braised pork cheek with mashed potato and gravy, a mini hamburger with curry mayonnaise and Chinese chicken dumplings. It’s a lively and sociable place – the perfect spot to begin a night out.

  • +34 955 123 811
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  • Calle Hernando Colón, 8
    Seville
    41004

El Pintón

El Pintón is popular with a young, cosmopolitan crowd, and makes use of traditional Sevillian ceramics alongside tall whitewashed walls, mismatched furniture and low-hanging spotlights. The restaurant’s modern take on traditional favourites sees Andalusian dishes imbued with Asian flavours.

Bar Manolo

Rows of aluminium chairs and red, beer-branded awning mark this neighbourhood tapas bar. Go traditional and order a measure of salty gazpacho, a serranito sandwich filled with pork fillet, ham, pepper and tomatoes, a plate of cazon en adobo (fried dogfish) and wash down with an ice-cold Cruzcampo beer.

  • +34 954 214 176
  • Calle Alfalfa, 3
    Seville
    41004

Mercado de Feria

Located at the back of a fish market opposite a Mudéjar-Gothic church, this gourmet food market houses stands specialising in regional dishes – including salmorejo soup, slabs of tortilla and seafood rice. But you can also pick up oysters, sushi and Mexican food if you prefer. Most locals position themselves on the patio outside, especially at weekends when there’s a programme of live music.

  • +34 693 824 792
  • Plaza Calderón de la Barca
    Seville
    41002

conTenedor

This vibrant spot is filled with mismatched furniture, colourful artwork and whimsical mobiles. The daily changing menu is scribbled in alternating colours on a large chalkboard, and follows the slow-food mandate of using top-quality regional ingredients prepared according to local traditions. Sharing is the name of the game here – pair the prawn pasta with the duck-and-mushroom rice.

Jaylu

Don’t let appearances deceive you. This slightly stuffy high-end restaurant with its starched white tablecloths may be located in a run-down part of the city, but serves the best seafood around. Choose a wine from their excellent list and enjoy a plate of silky sautéed calamari before tucking into a pan of their rich, salty seafood rice. Skip the main dining room with its yellowish lighting and sit outside or at the bar.

Bar Alfalfa

A beautiful art-deco building wraps around one very tight corner in the Alfalfa district, home to a lively bar serving tapas with an Italian twist. Ancient wine bottles dressed in cobwebs peer down at you from racks above the bar, willing you to choose the next. Order grilled aubergine in vinegar or the bresaola with parmesan and rocket.

No Lugar

With kitsch tableware, nautical lanterns and modern prints lining the walls, the design of this restaurant is eclectic, an approach which extends to their rather scattergun menu. But then with a name that means “no place”, we think that’s sort of the point. Locals come here in groups and set up shop around hulking communal tables before sharing curries and couscous. Card payment is not accepted.

Tradevo Centro

Set up by el Bulli alumnus Gonzalo Jurado, this small but elegant restaurant is famous for its fish with an Asian twist. We recommend the hot sushi – the fish is served on top of crispy rice – and anything off the specials board. Go for lunch and share lots of small plates while watching the chefs at work in the open kitchen.

Petit Comité

Petit Comité looks like a typical Parisian bistro: but there is nothing ordinary about its innovative menu. The dish everyone goes crazy for is octopus with potato parmentier, egg yolk and truffle oil – yours for the bargain price of under five euros. Also make sure to try their take on the traditional croquetas as the fillings change daily. This is a favourite spot of both locals and tourists so booking ahead is essential.

Lonja Del Barranco Gourmet Market

Designed by Gustav Eiffel – of Eiffel Tower fame – the glass and iron building housing the Lonja Del Barranco Gourmet Market was historically Seville’s fish market. Now it’s full of food stalls serving everything from ice-cream to Iberian beef. Grab a drink and wonder round the stalls trying small plates of whatever takes your fancy. The market is right by the river making it the perfect place to have a beer and watch the sunset.

Eslava

Espacio Eslava in the San Lorenzo neighbourhood is home to a tapas bar, restaurant and boutique apartments. Whether you’re in the mood for an informal meal at the bar or a sit-down dinner, the food here is exceptional. The menu offers a modern take on Andalusian gastronomy with all vegetables grown in the on-site garden. Their most instagrammable dish? The award-winning slow-cooked egg yolk served on boletus cake with a wine reduction.

No Lugar

conTenedor

Jaylu

La Azotea

El Pintón

Sal Gorda

El Rinconcillo

Bar Manolo

Ovejas Negras

Bar Alfalfa

Mercado de Feria

Tradevo Centro

Petit Comité

Lonja Del Barranco Gourmet Market

Eslava

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