Seville

A note about tapas in Seville….in the US and UK there are tapas restaurants where an entire meal is made out of assorted tapas.  However in Seville, and most of Spain, tapas bars are primarily that – bars – to stop at for an afternoon snack or for a pre-dinner drink and nibble.  Or you can go to a few and make a night/meal out of it.  They usually have limited seating, so you’ll often just belly up to the bar or stand at a table.

El Rinconcillo (Calle Gerona) – oldest tapas bar in Seville dating from 1670s, we had drinks and a few tapas in the bar area but there’s a restaurant as well; not far from the Metropol Parasol

Convento Madre de Dios de la Piedad (Calle San José, 4) – convent selling take-away sweets (there are a few of these in Seville), just go to the window and order…we had the naranjitos which is a small cookie-like sweet made with almond and orange

Casa Morales (Calle García de Vinuesa, 11) – another traditional tapas bar dating from the 1800s; there are two sides to it, either is fine….we had glasses of manzanilla sherry, iberico ham and their spanish tortilla; 5 minute walk from cathedral

Mercado Lonja del Barranco – Food hall recommended by our local airbnb host.  It’s newish and right along the river, making it a primo spot in nice weather.  A bit pricey by Seville standards, but good variety and fun atmosphere.

El Pasaje (Pasaje de Vila, 8-10) – Tapas bar and restaurant in the Santa Cruz neighborhood (old Jewish quarter with narrow, winding streets).  Good value for money.  Pretty traditional tapas but also some interesting new types as well.

Bodega El Picadero (Calle Arguijo, 6) – Stop here for breakfast of cafe con leché and a tostá (grilled bread w/ various toppings – we had the excellent tostá de pringá topped with pork stew….sounds odd but one of our favorite dishes of the trip).  Also be sure to have the fresh-squeezed orange juice (even the really bad cafeteria in the Seville airport had fresh-squeezed!!).