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We offer you a list of the most special bars in the city so that you can come with us on an exclusive tapas tour
Seville has thousands of bars and taverns where you can try hundreds of dishes served in the most popular way: tapas. Exploring the city from a gastronomic point of view means going into its streets and trying your luck or arriving well prepared with the recommendations of friends or specialized guides.
At Macarena Tours we have selected some of the places that we think may be most interesting for you, either for their food, their history or their atmosphere. Here we just talk about five, but we will publish more lists in the coming weeks, because there are obviously many other places to discover in Seville. We hope you like them! Enjoy your meal!
El Rinconcillo: ‘The oldest bar in Seville’
- Gerona St. 40, 41003
- Phone: 954 22 31 83
- Opening hours: 1.00pm-5.00pm and 8.00pm-01.00am (aprox).
- Web: https://www.elrinconcillo.es/
It’s said that the oldest bar in Seville owes its name to the angle formed by an old wall of the city. The place opened its doors in 1670, two years after the painter Murillo finished one of his favorite works, Santo Tomás de Villanueva, which he proudly considered “his canvas.”
The tavern preserves its design and decoration, as well as the pleasant tradition of writing down the bills of each diner with chalk on the mahogany bar itself. It has been the scene of renowned films such as Blood and Sand, starring Rita Hayworth, among other artists.
Any Sevillian will tell you not to leave there without trying their popular spinach with chickpeas, battered cod or croquettes. In addition, the cold meats are first class and they offer a great variety of scrambled eggs. As for seafood, you should order their mouthwatering clams ‘a la marinera’ and/or ‘coquinas’ (small clams). Delicious!
The tavern also has a restaurant on the top floor, where you can taste their home cooking in plates and ‘raciones’ (larger tapas). Perhaps after dessert it will be easier for you to discover the famous typo on the commemorative tile that decorates the interior of the bar.
On the occasion of its 350th anniversary, El Rinconcillo has recently received the Medal of the City in the category of People or Entities distinguished by their work in the field of culture or art and in the promotion of Seville. This business therefore stands as the benchmark for the Sevillian hospitality industry in such a difficult year as a result of Covid-19.
If you prefer to take a look at the establishment before going on site, click on the following link for a virtual tour. You don’t want to miss it!
Casa Cuesta: ‘Triana Tradition’
- Castilla St. 1, 41010
- Phone: 954 33 33 35
- Opening hours: 07.30am-01.00am (aprox.)
- Web: http://www.casacuesta.net/
Almost 140 years serving tapas and ‘raciones’ are more than enough to visit this place, quite convinced that you’re going to eat well. Many of the recipes date back to 1925, so success is guaranteed.
Iberian cold meats, vegetables from Andalusia, fish from the coasts of Huelva and Cádiz… You shouldn’t leave without trying some of their stews -such as the bull’s tail- or fried fish in the fishermen’s quarter of Seville. It’s located in a magnificent spot next to the most popular food market in the city -Triana- and away from the tourism-crowded Betis street.
The establishment has become an emblem of the city for its decoration with lifelong advertising posters, such as the one that refers to the route between Seville and Sanlúcar de Barrameda by steamboat -since the early 19th century- or the famous Ponche Caballero liquor so widespread by the English and French arrived in Spain at that time. But the most remarkable posters are those that advertise the traditional ‘Feria de Abril’ (April’s Fair), Holy Week or the bullfights of a certain year, since they are original works painted by local masters of Costumbrismo, like Gonzalo Bilbao or José García Ramos.
In short, an alehouse with a lot to tell. The business has hardly changed over time and its appearance is very similar to what it presented at the beginning of the last century. As soon as we enter, we are struck by the imposing wooden bar that dominates the room, as well as its centennial clock. The eye is immediately diverted to the elegant collection of tiles -with different patron saints of the city- that define this temple of tapas.
Blanca Paloma: ‘Back Home’
- San Jacinto St. 49, 41010
- Phone: 954 333 640
- Opening hours: 12.30pm – 4.30pm and 8.30pm-00.00am (aprox.)
- Web: –
We continue in Triana. After some time away from its old building, the ‘Blanca Paloma’ (White Dove) takes flight and returns to what was always her home. Next to the parish of San Jacinto you will feel at home, because this well-known bar has a very spacious bar area and a very pleasant dining room.
They offer the same specialties that gave the place its fame. The most nostalgic ones can enjoy again with their characteristic mussel ‘bites’ or their anchovies with lemon, as well as with the aubergines stuffed with prawns or the potatoes seasoned with ‘melva’ (variety of bonito).
They’re experts in fresh tapas and preparing ‘gulas‘ (imitation elvers) with garlic or Spanish style pork cheeks with red wine. Other tapas have been modernized to the point of becoming the most original in the center of Triana, such as cod with ‘samfaina’ (sort of ratatouille), grilled mackerel loin with tomato carpaccio or sea bass stuffed with goat cheese. The ‘torrija’ (French toast) with brioche bread is outstanding.
- Medalla Milagrosa St. 3, 41009
- Phone: 954 35 10 07
- Opening hours: 12.00pm-5.00pm and 8.00pm-01.00am. Closed Sunday afternoons and Mondays
- Web: https://www.yebrarestauracion.com/
The business manage by the Yebra brothers has a bar and a restaurant. Javier runs an innovative cuisine in which he offers different food ideas and he uses the most avant-garde techniques, such as low temperature cooking, spherification or gelatinisation. His brother Manuel is in charge of the bar.
It’s one of the most creative cuisines that can be found in Seville. The place is located away from the areas most frequented by tourists, so nowadays is kind of a little secret that you reveal to your closest family and friends. This bar has already become quite popular, so it’s necessary to make a reservation!
The food plating -carefully presented tasty dishes- and the restaurant menu designs -very personal and well prepared- have made Yebra to be on everyone’s lips – with good reason! To start with, we recommend trying the ‘ajoblanco’ (garlic soup) with boletus, the ‘sepia’ (cuttlefish) with crispy shrimps or the potato, ham and cheese cake with cod ‘cococha’ (barbel, bump of different fish) and free-range egg yolk.
The hake with ‘fettuchini nero di sepia’, candied cuttlefish and carbonara sauce is on of the culinary specialties, not forgetting the snapper with tempura vegetables or the sea bass fillet on asparagus risotto. As for the viands, Javier and Manuel recommend the Iberian bacon with scallops and the venison loin with asparagus and truffle cream.
The evening can be accompanied with any of its more than 150 types of wines and some of its succulent homemade desserts. Its regular clientele is very heterogeneous. At the bar you meet your lifelong neighbor of the quarter but it’s not strange to share the schnapps with a famous Spanish bullfighter or singer.
La Fresquita: ‘The devotion to tapas’
- Mateos Gago St. 29, 41004
- Phone: 954 22 60 10
- Opening hours: 12.00pm-4.00pm and 8.30pm-00.00am (aprox.)
- Web: –
Entering La Fresquita is quite an experience. A ‘religious’ experience, as Enrique Iglesias would say. The small tavern is an excellent opportunity to live a very local experience for tourists who go a little further into Mateos Gago street, less crowded by tourists.
The place has become a meeting point for Sevillians where they can have a beer, standing in the street. Although it may seem uncomfortable, it’s undoubtedly part of its charm. But its greatest attraction is found inside, in a really small space where tapas are sung from the street to the bar and from the bar to the kitchen.
Those who cannot enter because they see it as a completely impossible feat, or because they have been comfortable eating and drinking on the mini terrace, should at least take a few minutes to see the interior of the bar. It’s worth it: The walls of the business are fully decorated with images and items of Holy Week, such as costumes for members of the brotherhoods and ‘costaleros’ (bearers), like conical headwears, sacks for bearers, as well as statuettes, rosaries, and all kinds of religious motifs from the sevillian celebration.
The very ‘fresquita‘ (fresh) beer can be combined by delicious tapas of ‘menudo’ (tripe) or meat with tomato, in addition to a wide assortment of ‘montaditos’ (sandwiches) -‘pringá’ (roast beef or pork, cured sausages such as chorizo and morcilla) stands out-. All this while you watch on TV images of the different Easter that have been celebrated in recent years in the Andalusian capital, as well as the music of the bands that accompany the dozens of processions every year.
Tapas Tour around the city
If you want to join one of our gastronomic routes through the most popular neighborhood of Seville –Triana– click on the following link for more information.
Tapas Tour in Triana – More information
You can add to the tour whatever you want -a show and/or flamenco lesson, a Maestranza bullring tour, or getting to know first hand the journey of Magellan and the first circumnavigation of the Earth.
We are Víctor Fernández (Bachelor’s Degree in Audiovisual Communication and Master in Journalism) and Clara Nebrera (Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts), founders of the Macarena Tours brand, formed by a team of official tour guides specialized in private visits in Seville and its surroundings.