Sevilla, la Capital de tapas

By Fiona Davis

The Guinness World Record for the longest EVER tapas bar was set in October 2018 in Seville, Spain.

I was lucky enough to witness this feat of over 30,000 tapas dishes being given out for free from more than 200 local gastronomy businesses, and even luckier to be able to participate! This really underlines the importance of Seville as the home of the humble tapas. Here are just a few of my favourite restaurants – definitely worth trying if you’re ever in Seville! 

Duo Tapas (Alameda de Hércules): This local favourite puts a different twist on the traditional dishes, offering a range of Asian fusion tapas next to classics such as patatas bravas. Its best to book as it’s often very busy – especially at weekends. Try the Tokio Rolls, the Huevos Rotos and the noodles. 

La Bodega de la Alfalfa (Alfalfa): Following a local’s recommendation when I first arrived in Seville, I probably ate here about 30 times during my stay! The tapas are fantastic and the service is very authentic, but be prepared to eat at the bar Spanish-style because tables are scarce. Be sure to check out the cod, the stuffed peppers and the courgette tart. 

Bodeguita Romero (Centro): Limited vegetarian options here (sorry non-meat eaters!) HOWEVER, the solomillo al whiskey (pork fillet) and the cola de toro (oxtail) are mouthwatering. It may be cheap and cheerful but very authentic, and makes a great spot to relax with a beer in the afternoon sun.

Other recommendations: 

  •  Al solito posto – best pizza in Seville! Get one for 5€ on a Tuesday. 
  • Mano de Santo – great Mexican food in the Alameda. €1 tacos every Tuesday!
  • Café La Manuela – an unassuming cafe in Triana: go in at Christmas for some delicious polverones.
  •  Casa Anselma – a quality flamenco establishment in Triana. Get there very early and be prepared to queue! ¡Buen provecho!

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