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In Spain, tapas are a symbol of our gastronomy. A tapa is an appetizer or snack (even though some times its size makes you wonder if it’s not a dish instead) either cold or warm, often served with drinks.
One of the big advantages is that in Spain tapas’ prices are usually very cheap! In Seville you might pay 2-3 euros for a typical tapa, yet they can cost up to 5-6 euros.
You’ll have the chance to taste lots of different delicacies while not having to spend a fortune. In fact, eating tapas anywhere in Spain is a much more diversified food experience and considerably cheaper than going to a restaurant.
It’s easy: as soon as you start ordering the barman will usually run a tab and you pay once you are done. Some bars, where food and drink is taken outside, charge you as soon as they serve you each round. Be aware that some bars also charge an extra if you seat outside.
I have spent years exploring Seville trying a myriad of different tapas and bars. And this is no piece of cake when you realize that this city has more than 2,000 places. Trust me, I’ve seen and eaten almost everything and these are my top 3 choices for visitors to Seville.
To make things easier I have included for each bar my favorite tapa‘s name in Spanish and its translation. So if you want to try them, just repeat its name to the waiter. Don’t worry about pronunciation, absolutely all waiters are used to dealing with foreigners!
Prices: € — cheap; €€ — medium priced; €€€ — high priced; €€€€ — expensive
Surroundings: Triana bridge, Capilla de la Estrella (Chapel of the Virgin Estrella)
Best tapas: Champiñones (mushrooms with a garlic sauce), puntita de solomillo (pork tenderloin), aliños (marinated vegetables, depending on the day it can be carrots, radishes, red peppers or artichokes)
Hints: You can make a reservation. Plus, I know the owners pretty well! When you get there, ask for Carlos and tell him how you discovered his bar…
For many reasons, this is my favorite bar in Spain… Tapas here are just spectacular and the waiters are very nice. The bar deco is quite modern unlike Las Golondrinas I, a classic in Triana and typically Sevillian. If you are looking for a quieter spot (although Seville bars are extremely noisy), look for a table in the mezzanine.
Best tapas: Tortilla de camarones (fried baby schrimps), berenjenas fritas con miel (eggplant battered and fried in olive oil, covered with a honey sauce), jamon iberico de Bellota (the best jamon -ham- in the world, no translation needed!).
Hints: Get there early if you want to get a table, otherwise you’ll have to eat as the locals do, standing up by the counter. The bar is self-service so the first time you order the waiter will ask you your name and when your food is ready they’ll shout it out loud… Don’t get distracted!
Probably the fastest barmen in Spain! Tapas are only served at the counter but it’s a great opportunity to chat with the barmen, they are so nice you’ll want to come back again. My best pick after shopping.
Best tapas: Ensaladilla de ahumados (smoked salad), saquitos brick con queso, puerro y langostinos (fried pastry filled with cheese, leeks and prawns) and solomillo a la mostaza de piñones y albahaca (pork tenderloin with mustard, basil sauce and pinenuts).
Hints: You can go as often as you like because you’ll always find something new to try.
La Azotea is a cosy and intimate modern bar with two menus – one that changes seasonally and the other one weekly, depending on the best picks at the local food markets. Both the decor and the food are cutting-edge, and the owners are for sure the most innovative of all the tapas restaurants I know. The atmosphere is lively and the staff is just great!
… There are still plenty of tapas bars to be discovered!