Where to taste the best food in Seville
With Spain slowly taking tentative steps to reduce its lockdown we thought what better way to celebrate than paying homage to our favourite delicious food hotspots in one of Spain’s prettiest cities, Seville. If you’ve not been then it really should be top of your “where to go next list”, we just can’t get enough!
Fusion, wallet-friendly tapas served in a funky setting, La Chalá revamps traditional Spanish dishes with an exotic Latin American and Asian twist. The arepas (filled corn bread), Moroccan-inspired chicken pastry, queso ahumado (grilled smoked cheese with fruity sauce), and salteado iberio (stir-fried Iberian pork) are all divine! Be warned, it’s a tiny place that gets packed quickly so get there 10 minutes before opening time to bag yourself a table.
Plaza Puerta Real 6; Open Tues to Sat 13:00-16:30 / 21:00-00:00, Sun 13:00-16:30, Closed Mon
Focusing on high-quality, carefully crafted and beautifully presented dishes, Mechela serves up modern versions of Analucian classics. All the dishes are delicious but hats off to the vegetable lasagna, crispy prawn served on ajo blanco soup and the decadent chocolate cake. The intimate, contemporary environment compliments the food perfectly but as there are only six tables we highly recommend booking over email in advance. Service can be on the slow side.
Calle Bailen 34; Open Tues to Sun 13:45-15:45, Mon to Sat 20:30–23:45
Tiny but wildly popular, La Brunilda dishes up exceptional looking and tasting modern tapas without the hefty price tag. Don’t miss the duck confit, the grilled pork shoulder with sweet potatoes, and the seared scallops with butifarra (white sausage) and cauliflower pureé. This tapas joint doesn’t take bookings so aim to get there at least 10 minutes before opening (you may have to join a queue) and put your name on the list for a table if you can’t get in straight away.
Galera 5; Open Tues to Sat 13:00-16:00 / 20:30-23:30; Sun 13:00-16:00, Closed Mon
If you’re tired of tapas and just want an entire dish to yourself, conTenedor is the place to go. The restaurant’s ‘slow food’ concept means that the daily menu, scrawled on a blackboard, is always inspired by fresh produce bought daily from the market. One dish that never disappears from the menu however, is the arroz con pato (duck rice) – a must-order! We love the open-kitchen, laid-back atmosphere, and creative artwork. Good local wines, too. Booking recommended.
Calle San Luis 50; Open Mon to Thurs 20:00-23:00; Fri to Sun 13:30-16:30 / 20:30-00:00
DEVOUR TAPAS TOUR
The best way to explore Seville? Through your stomach, of course. Delve into the city’s culinary traditions on this incredible four-hour walking food tour where you’ll hunt down some of the best bites in town, get to grips with the tapas culture, and learn more about the overall history of Seville through three local neighbourhoods.
Aside from traditional tapas and tipples served in truly authentic, family-run establishments, you’ll also pop into a local convent to try speciality cakes baked by the cloistered nuns, visit the market for a taste of the best ham in the world where you’ll meet an expert slicer, and explore some of the city’s best-kept secrets from stunning hidden plazas to tiny off-the-beaten-track alleyways.
From breakfast to dessert and everything in between, this tour is so much more than tasty tapas and is one of the best we’ve experienced. With 8 stops along the way, you’ll be full of food, knowledge and local insider tips by the end of it! Highly recommended. If you’re interested in signing up do let us know in advance as it needs booking and paying for in advance.
Written by James Chisnall, Untravelled Paths