Tapas in Seville

by Sarah on April 8, 2011

eating at tapas bar, seville

Las Teresas, Seville

The dragon’s stomachache route from Lisbon to Spain was an intestinal nightmare.  The bus heaved and whined until we were burped out at the central bus station of Seville and into an orange blossom night. My mood, still cursing at itself for taking public transportation, swooped up, stretched its legs and decided that all was well with the world. In this city, we were going to have some fun.

But first some tapas. Shawn Hennessey, expat from Canada and proprietor of Sevilla Tapas suggested we visit Levies and meet her the following morning.   “It’s a lively place and the food is good” she said. Indeed it was the perfect antidote after hours on the road.  The bar was crowded and cheerful, spilling out onto the sidewalk where French, English and Spanish mingled together in the chilly spring air.

sevillle from cathedral

View from the cathedral

In Spain, I quickly learned, tapas is much more than a food but a way of life. The question is, how do you find an authentic tapas bar where tourist season lasts 365 days a year? For us it would have been impossible without Shawn Hennessey, food and travel writer who has made Seville her home for the last twenty years.  Although soft spoken and relaxed, she had no trouble catching a table on a busy Sunday morning. Most importantly she knew her way around Seville where we would have been hopelessly lost.

matador, seville, spain

At the end we didn’t do very much in Seville except tapas with a bit of Flamenco added for variation. That’s all I really wanted to do.

Virtual Tapas Tour:

tapas bar, seville

Bodeguita Romero, popular for all ages. The tapas bars are busy Sunday morning after church service.


Tapas at Bodeguita Romero , anchovy, leek parcels, gazpacho and pringa

tapas, seville

Tapas at Las Teresas, right is moorish influenced chickpeas with spinach

Learning about the city through a local is incomparable to even the best guidebooks. Shawn’s tapas tour steers clear of mediocre establishments while giving you the true flavor of the city, both the traditional and new.

Recommended Tapas bars

Cafe Bar Levies

Bodeguita Romero

Las Teresas

Vineria San Telmo

A good place for cakes

Casa Robles

An excellent restaurant with great service. Come early because the tables fill up!

La Azotea

La Azotea


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