Seville is a city full of culture and cuisine. One of the great joys about spending a weekend within Spain’s 4th largest city is the chance to wander through the lively streets of its city centre, immersing yourself in the historic buildings and happening upon another fine place to indulge a little food and alcoholic beverage.
Of course, the tapas bar is a very Spanish style of eating. A kind of communal snacking, sitting around a table, sipping from a cold beer or glass of wine as you pick from a variety of small dishes. And in this respect, Seville is well blessed with a choice of very cool, uber-Spanish tapas hang-outs from which to choose.
One of the primary eateries in Seville, Eslava is a cool mix of modern dining with a healthy dose of tradition. Steering clear of tacky tourist style decor, Eslava offers a refined yet laid-back ambience that’s hugely popular with locals and visitors alike, meaning that it can get very busy and arriving early to line the stomach before the standard late night partying might be an option to avoid waiting in a queue for a table.
The food is generally typical tapas fare, with favourites such as the glazed pork ribs, but each dish is delivered with its own individual twist, charming in presentation and high in flavour.
Eslava is located a few minutes outside the city centre itself, but if you want to experience some great food at one of the more popular hang outs in Seville, then it’s worth the walk.
Another famous eatery in Seville is Bodeguita Romero, offering a very traditional, home-style tapas experience right in the heart of the tourist areas. Just a short walk from attractions such as the cathedral and Alcazar Palace, the bar gets busy as the day wears on thanks to its reputation for a warm welcome, a lively atmosphere and hearty home-made Spanish cuisine.
And don’t worry about deciding what to opt for on the menu – at Bodeguita Romero there’s one thing that everybody seems to want.
This is the bars signature dish – a delicious sandwich that comprises tender pork that has been crisped at the edges and served in a crusty bun. Not one for the vegetarians but a mouth-watering and hugely popular dish for many of the patrons paying a visit.
It doesn’t really get that much more traditionally Spanish than Casa Morales, one of the oldest tapas bars in the region. The decor is classic Spain, taking you back in time. But the food remains of super high standard and the almost always crowded bar will tell you that the place remains extremely popular and a hot-spot for those in search of a good time and some excellent eating.
It’s been serving tapas to the Andalucian folk for more than 165 years and the 2 bar layout positively drips with historic charm; remaining a favourite place to sup a beer or three and nibble on some delightful tapas options for post-work locals and the holiday crowd alike. From creaky old chairs and tables to elbows out, crowded standing areas, this is a bustling vibrant pub style tapas bar that offers a fun traditional Seville experience.