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Seville, a charming city in Southern Spain, is home to some of the best food in the world.

From Carrillada de Cerdo (stewed pork cheek) to simple Pan con Tomate for breakfast, the food choices in Seville are endless. You can also join a food tour to try the best tapas in Seville if you want a bit more guidance.

So let’s dive into the best restaurants, bars, cafes, and ice cream shops in Seville, Spain that I discovered during my multi-week visit.

But first, here are a few of the most popular tours in Seville in case you’re in a rush:

Top-5 popular tours in Seville

Breakfast is a big deal in Seville and El Patio is one of our favorite spots

Breakfast is a big deal in Seville and El Patio is one of our favorite spots

1. Bar Alfalfa

During our multi-week stay there were a few restaurants in Seville that we loved so much that we just had to visit multiple times, and Bar Alfalfa was one of those spots!

Bar Alfafa is popular tapas bar in the city center (popular with both tourists and locals). It is also a great spot to just grab a drink at the bar (one of our favorite spots in Seville). It is quite literally always busy and a bit chaotic.

The secret is to just grab any table that you see (assuming others aren’t already waiting for it). Once you have a table you’ll need to order from the bar, however they won’t serve you unless you have a seat. Everything is first come first serve.

Roasted chicken from Bar Alfalfa
Roasted chicken from Bar Alfalfa
Bar Alfalfa, Seville (Spain)
Bar Alfalfa, Seville (Spain)

2. Bar Antojo

Bar Antojo is a popular tapas bar north of the city center in Seville. You can expect the standard drinks and tapas here. I recommend their homemade croquettes (can you ever go wrong with croquettes?) and the tuna belly.

3. Espacio Esclava

If you’re looking for the best restaurant in Seville then Espacio Esclava might just be it. This is a super popular and upscale restaurant.

I highly recommend making a reservation as it gets super busy, every night of the week. We lucked out and only waited about an hour for a table after putting our name in, but a reservation is definitely easier!

My favorite dish was the marinated salmon, which paired perfectly with the house tinto de verano.

Cheesecake from Espacio Esclava
Cheesecake from Espacio Esclava
The marinated salmon from Espacio Esclava is a must!
The marinated salmon from Espacio Esclava is a must!

4. Las Columnas

You can’t really go wrong with any of the restaurants on Alameda de Hercules, a bustling street known for a younger crowd. But Las Columnas is easily one of the best restaurants on the block. The tapas are delicious and reasonably priced.

We stayed just down the road and stopped by many times for a late afternoon tapa and some drinks. My favorite dish is the cold marinated artichokes.

Marinated artichokes from Las Columnas
Marinated artichokes from Las Columnas
Tapas and a caña (small beer)
Tapas and a caña (small beer)

5. Marabunda

Marabunda is one of the more upscale eateries in Seville, serving up internationally-influenced small plates. Classic Spanish dishes are served with a twist, with influences from Japan, Vietnam, Mexico, and more.

The goat cheese salad was my absolute favorite.

I recommend making a reservation in you’re dining here for dinner as they can get quite busy in the evenings.

6. Heladeria Freskura (best gelato in Seville)

Seville has some amazing gelato options but Heladeria Freskura is easily the best. Not only is Heladeria Freskura the best gelato spot in Seville, but the portions are huge.

I was a bit taken aback by the price at first (it seemed a bit expensive), but that changed quickly as soon as I saw the size. A small is definitely big enough for most people!

Tuna tartar from Marabunda
Tuna tartar from Marabunda
The best gelato in Seville from Heladeria Freskura
The best gelato in Seville from Heladeria Freskura

7. El Viajero Sedentario

As a digital nomad I’m always on the hunt for the best cafes to work from in any city. El Viajero Sedentario ticked all of the boxes for me. Not only is the WiFi strong and reliable, but the drinks and snacks are delicious.

You can usually find quite a few people sitting and working on their laptops here, but it is also a great place to sit and read or journal.

El Viajero Sedentario - great cafe for working from!
El Viajero Sedentario – great cafe for working from!
El Viajero Sedentario
El Viajero Sedentario

8. Cafe Santa Marta Bar

Everytime we passed Cafe Santa Marta Bar is was packed, and I mean seriously packed with every seat outside and inside taken and a crowd of people waiting for a table. We knew that we needed to try it for ourselves to see if it really is one of the best restaurants in Seville.

Cafe Santa Marta Bar is a local bar known for their flamenquin casero, a deep-fried cheese and pork roll.

9. Vinoteca Lama La Uva

I’ve you’ve followed by travels for a while then you know that there are few things that I love more than natural wine. And even more so that I will go out of my way to find the best natural wine in any city. In Seville that place is Vinoteca Lama La Uva.

We never dined in, only bought bottles for takeaway, but they have a small selection of delicious natural wines for purchase. The bar is located in the heart of the city center, righ next to Las Setas.

The staff is incredibly knowledgeable about wines (and super friendly). They even offered me a complimentary glass of wine to taste.

10. Ovejas Negra Tapas

Ovejas Negra Tapas is a Michelin star awarded tapas bar in the city center. You’re going to want to arrive a few minutes before opening for this one. I arrived about 20 minutes before they opened for lunch and was nicely seated right away.

By the time the restaurant opened for the day, all of the tables were full and there was a wait.

The food here, Asian-inspired tapas, are delicious and cooked super well. My favorite was the pulled pork tacos. Serving are small and prices are high, but that is to be expected with a Michelin star restaurant.

Personally I don’t think it’s the best restaurant in Seville, but it definitely deserves a spot on this list.

Pulled pork tacos from Ovejas Negra Tapas
Pulled pork tacos from Ovejas Negra Tapas
Local coffee shop for breakfast in Seville
Local coffee shop for breakfast in Seville

11. Hops and Dreams

Looking for delicious craft beer? Hops and Dreams is the answer to your search. Hops and Dreams is a small craft brewery serving beers from all of the world. Definitely recommend if you’re looking for great beer!

12. Bar Rudy

Bar Rudy is a local tapas bar, a bit removed from the city center. They have a large selection of delicious and reasonably priced tapas and drinks. Most tapas cost between 1,2 euro and 3,20 euro.

It’s a great place to grab a snack and a cheap caña, short beer, or tinto de verano if you’re in the neighborhood.

Mediterranean couscous special from Bar Rudy
Goat cheese and jam toasts from Bar Rudy

13. Cafe Piola

Cafe Piola a lively bar on Alameda de Hercules with standard Spanish drinks and a full bar. It’s a great spot to enjoy a typical Spanish breakfast of Pan con Tomate (which we did here very often)! If its full you’ll find tons of similar spots along this road.

Cafe Piola is open from 8:30am-2am daily, making it a great all day restaurant in Seville.

14. Vegani

Vegan dishes and natural wine? This is my kind of place. As much as I love the typical Spanish cuisine, I find it a bit meat and cheese heavy (and just generally heavy). If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, then Vegani is one of the best restaurants in Seville for you.

We enjoyed a simple but delicious herb salad and glass of natural orange wine from Vegani. Prices are higher than an average glass of wine in Seville, but I think that is to be expected!

Hours are a bit weird, so make sure to check out current times before heading over. Reservations probably aren’t needed, but don’t hurt!

15. Gallito & Galleta

I know it’s not a restaurant but Gallito & Galleta is a super cute coffee shop in Seville, so I thought it deserved an honorary mention as the last spot on my guide to the best restuarants in Seville.

They serve hot and cold drinks and a selection of pastries and simple bocadillos (sandwiches). They have non-dairy milk alternatives.

Herb salad and natural wine from Vegani
Herb salad and natural wine from Vegani
Gallito & Galleta - super cute coffee shop
Gallito & Galleta – super cute coffee shop

Best Things to do in Seville

  • Explore the Royal Alcazar of Seville
  • Visit the Plaza de España
  • Admire the Seville Cathedral
  • Climb to the top of La Giralda
  • Try Spanish tapas
  • Try a glass of ‘tinto de verano’ or a ‘caña
  • Take a stroll through Maria Luisa Park
  • Head across the bridge to Triana
  • Take Spanish lessons 
  • Join a free walking tour
  • Visit Las Setas
  • Attend a flamenco show
  • Time up your visit with a local festival
  • Day a day trip to a nearby city – Grenada, Cordoba, Ronda
  • Take a bike tour through the city

Where to stay in Seville

During our two week stayed on Alameda de Hercules, a lively local area about a 15-20 minute walk from the main tourist center. It was the perfect base for us since lodging was more affordable, we were close to everything, and our area was super lively with tons of bars and restaurants that weren’t only geared towards tourists.

Here is a link to the airbnb that we stayed at.

Beautiful architecture at Royal Alcazar of Seville
Beautiful architecture at Royal Alcazar of Seville
A small plaza near Alameda de Hercules
A small plaza near Alameda de Hercules

Some other top-rated hotels near Alameda de Hercules:

Top-rated hotels in the city center:

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Hotel Boutique Casa de Colón

Hotel Boutique Casa de Colón is located in the heart of Seville’s Historic Center. Located in a restored colonial building, the hotel offers beautiful views of the city from the terrace.

Check rates and availability

Getting to Seville

Seville is well-connected to Spain and the rest of Europe through flights, buses, and trains. And of course, it is a great destination for a road trip in Southern Spain.

Seville is served by Seville Airport (Aeropuerto de Sevilla), also known as San Pablo Airport (SVQ). The airport is conveniently located just 6 miles outside of the city center.

Seville’s main train station is Seville Santa Justa, which is well-connected to major Spanish cities, including Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia.

You can also reach popular destinations in Spain and Portugal by bus.

Getting around

Seville is not a particularly large city, so in my opinion the best way to get around is on foot. Throughout our two week stay in Seville, we visited the city on foot the majority of the time.

If you are traveling further distances, the local bus is super affordable and easy to navigate. This is a great option for getting from the main train station to your lodging, especially if you have luggage and don’t want to walk or spend the money on a taxi.

There are also street trams available throughout the city.

Local tram in Seville center
Local tram in Seville center
Biking is a great way to get around Seville
Biking is a great way to get around Seville

If you are planning any day trips outside of Seville then I highly recommend renting a car. Renting a car is always the best way to explore a new area in my opinion. I recommend booking a manual car for much cheaper rates. If you only drive automatic cars, be sure to book well in advance.

Rent your car here

If you aren’t comfortable driving in Spain, there are tons of local trains available to visit nearby destinations like Grenada, Cordoba, and Malaga.

Book your train tickets here

Best time to visit Seville

Seville is hot, that is for sure! We spent two weeks exploring this city in late September and early October and the temperatures hovered around 95 F (35 C) most days. If these were the temperatures in the fall, you can only imagine was the city feels like in mid-summer.

You can technically visit all year round, but the best seasons tend to be in the spring and in the late fall.

Temperatures in the winter are also nice, and very mild compared to other European destinations. Average temperatures in the winter months hover in the 50s and 60s.

TRAVEL TIPS

🏘️ Book your accommodation

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✈️ Book your flight in advance

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