There is no better way to delve into the culture and history of Seville than by experiencing the colours, flavours and smells of its countless incredible dishes. With fresh produce and local olive oil, don't come to Seville on a full stomach, as there's plenty here for you to get your teeth into.
As with many Spanish cities, in Seville, it's common to eat tapas, which are small portions of a dish accompanied by a drink (often a sweet wine). This way you can try lots of dishes! Below we've put together a list of the city's most typical dishes, along with our favourite bars and restaurants to eat them in. Bon appétit!
Typical Dishes in Seville
Pringá: a typical dish made from the leftovers of stews and roasted beef, pork, chorizo and black pudding; everything is slow-cooked until tender and juicy. It's often served in a baguette or sandwich.
Arguably the best 'montadito de pringá' (pringá served in a bread roll) can be found in the central Bodeguita Romero (Calle Harinas, 10).
Gazpacho: quite possibly the most characteristic dish of Andalusian cuisine, especially during the warm summer months, gazpacho is a cold soup made from tomatoes, peppers and cucumber. The dish is not usually served in the winter. One of our favourites is served at Casa Luciano in Triana (Calle Paraíso, 3).
Pescaíto frito: literally meaning small, fried fish, this is a classic in Andalusia. Several types of fish are coated in flour and then fried in olive oil, and sometimes they are then served in paper cones. For a true Andalusian experience, grab a place at the bar at Freiduría El Arenal (Calle Arfe, 8) and watch how both locals and tourists delight at the oldest fried fish bar in the city (please note, there is standing room only).
Espinacas con garbanzos: this is a simple dish of spinach with chickpeas that are fried with a mixture of spices. Perfect for vegetarians! Bordering the Triana neighbourhood, Bar Grana y Oro (Niebla, 27) serves an excellent version, as well as many other delicious tapas dishes.
Papas aliñás: this is maybe the most typical Sevillian dish, made from potatoes that are cooked but then served cold dressed with olive oil, vinegar, spring onions and parsley. Just a stone's throw from the Cathedral, we can never resist the ones served at La Moneda (Almirantazgo, 4).
Huevos a la Flamenca: with no set recipe, each chef makes their own version of this dish, although the basic components are eggs on a bed of vegetables, normally served in the clay dish it was cooked in. Sometimes a tomato sauce is added, and sometimes some chorizo or ham is added; you never know exactly what the dish will be like until it comes. If you want to try some of the best in the city, our recommendation is Bar La Sacristía (C/ Mateos Gago, 18) in the centre of the city.
Rabo de toro: in a city famed for its bullfighting, it's no surprise that oxtail is a popular dish. Slow-cooked until the meat is tender, our favourite is at Las Piletas (Calle Marqués de Paradas, 28).
Best Areas to Go Out to Eat in Seville
Although the restaurants we've mentioned above are some of our favourites, it has to be said that you can find excellent tapas and set menus at almost any of the city's bars and restaurants.
One of the most recommended areas to get a bite to eat is the Santa Cruz neighbourhood. Despite being in the centre of the city and close to many tourist attractions, the price/quality correlation is very good and there are countless places to try.
Likewise, the neighbourhood of Triana is one of the most popular places to try local dishes, and its market has various stalls that are sure to delight your tastebuds.
Food Tours in Seville
If you're a real foodie and want to truly discover the city's gastronomy and culinary traditions we offer a fantastic tapas tour around Triana. Or, if you want to combine great food with a flamenco show, why not check out our Sevilla tapas tour?