You may not arrive in Sevilla with a jetlag, but your stomach will soon think it has abandoned all known time zones. Undoubtedly a gastronomic center, Sevilla boasts of a cuisine that is based on the products of the surrounding provinces, including olive oil from Jaén, sherry from Jerez de la Frontera, and seafood from Cádiz. Homemade dishes compose the base of Sevillian and Spanish gastronomy.
However, to really get a taste of Sevilla’s specialties, the best way to go is bar-hopping and trying various locales’ tapas. The tapas is one major cultural attractions of the city: visitors and locals alike hop go from one bar to another, enjoying small dishes called tapas.
Other local specialties include grilled and fried seafood (including cuttlefish, squid, dogfish, and swordfish), spinach and chickpeas, grilled meats in sauces, Andalucian ham, snails, lamb’s kidneys in a sherry sauce, gazpacho, and many more.
Sevillanos have a sweet tooth. Typical sweet cakes are polvorones and mantecados, a kind of shortcake made with sugar, lard, and almonds; torrijas, fried slices of bread with honey; pestiños, a honey-coated sweet fritter; magdalenas or fairy cakes; roscos fritos, deep-fried sugar-coated ring doughnuts; yemas, and tortas de aceite, a sugar-coated cake made with olive oil.
Sevilla does not fall short in excellent restaurants. It is best to go online to find out the best restaurants that offer the best Sevillan cuisine. With online reservation systems and easy-to-use search facilities, finding yourself the right restaurant is a doddle.
The city is for the foodie in you. Not only does it offer world-class authentic Andalucian cuisine, it also offers flavor from all over the world. Japanese sushi bars, Italian pasta places, Thai curries, Argentinean grills – you name it, the city has it.
We highly suggest that you try the least expensive restaurants first before heading to the more expensive ones. That is if you can afford them. Despite the ceiling-high prices, these top-class restaurants will give you more options.
Another good suggestion is to hit the markets in Sevilla. If your hostel or hotel accommodates some space, buy few sacks of fruits and vegetables for healthy snacks. Buy only what you need for a few days. This works only if you have a cooler or fridge in your room. But you can always much on nonperishable foods.