What to eat and drink in Seville

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A city as small as Seville has made a larger than life impact when it comes to food and drink. Tapas, Flamenco, Manzanilla sherry, all come from the region.

Here are some uniquely Seville pointers you should not miss about food and drink in Seville.

Traditional Seville Cuisine

Traditional Seville Cuisine

Traditional Seville cuisine uses seafood, sausages and olive oil. The dishes are simple, Huevos a la Flamenca is made with dry-cured Spanish ham, tomato, onion, potatoes, sausage, and red pepper; and the Jamon Iberico de Bellota or acorn fed ham is desired across the world.

Also from Seville is the famous Gazpacho cold soup, a simple concoction of fresh tomato, cucumber, pepper, onion, garlic, vinegar, and olive oil.

Manzanilla Sherry, world renowned

Manzanilla Sherry, world renowned

Manzanilla or dry sherry wine from the region’s sherry triangle is world renowned, and is a perfect accompaniment to the local tapas or montaditos, the small sandwiches.

It derives its name from the Spanish word for Chamomile Tea, the wine has flavours that are similar.

Bars and clubs also serve Agua de Sevilla, a concoction of liqueurs topped with whipped cream.

The famous Convent Cookies of Seville

The famous Convent Cookies of Seville

Nuns in Seville convents supplement their income by selling delicious cookies, made using recipes handed down over centuries. It is common custom for locals and visitors to buy these, every convent has a specialty.

Cookies are bought via a 'torno' which is basically a turntable fixed in a wall or window, to protect the cloistered privacy of the convent.

The 17th century Convento Santa Ana is famous for dulces de chocolate, and pestiños, which is dough fried in olive oil and glazed in honey.

The Birthplace of Tapas

The Birthplace of Tapas

Seville is the ground zero of Tapas, and they are not expensive at the tiled, authentic tapas bars. Some of the best bars are in the streets off Alfalfa, Calles Mateas Gago, Santa Cruz and the Plaza San Salvador.

You will find them served in different sizes. To sample a wide variety, stay with the small tapa and avoid the large media raciones, or the even larger raciones.

The Cradle of Flamenco

The Cradle of Flamenco

Andalucia is also the birthplace of Flamenco. Seville has many authentic flamenco performances by professional performers that come for a long lineage of flamenco artistes.

Traditional bars in Santa Cruz also have impromptu performances. You might be having a drink or a meal and suddenly a group starts to perform on a makeshift stage or even in a quickly created space between the tables.

Seville Nightlife is out on the streets

Seville Nightlife is out on the streets

Sevillanos take to the streets after dark, going bar to bar, following generations of merrymakers before them.

Of course there are also the typical clubs and bars, open till the wee hours of the morning. And in the summer there are outdoor events at terrazas.

Some popular nightlife areas of Seville are:

  • Calle Betis with modern and traditional nightlife; tapas bars, flamenco and clubs.
  • El Arenal near the bullring has cocktail bars popular with the young crowd.
  • Plaza Alfalfa is buzzing, almost loud, with cheap drinks and food.
  • Alameda is good for a street side weekend of live music.

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