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The Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Seville, According to a Local Guide

Seville is a foodie's paradise, with plenty of classic Spanish brunch options to choose from |
Seville is a foodie's paradise, with plenty of classic Spanish brunch options to choose from | | © Jan Wlodarczyk / Alamy Stock Photo
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8 April 2020
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Seville’s cafe and restaurant scene has diversified considerably over the past few years, so there’s plenty of choice if you’re heading out to eat. Local guide Hayley Salvo reveals her top tips on where to start the day in the Andalusian capital.

Hayley Salvo is a tapas expert at Devour Seville, an award-winning tour operator specialising in gourmet guides of the Andalusian capital. Based in Spain since 2007 and Seville since 2013, Hayley describes herself as “a true Tejandaluza: half American from Texas and half Spanish, with the passport to prove it”. Adopting Seville as her hometown, in the past decade she has seen “a huge gastro-tapas movement” take place. “Bars and restaurants are taking traditional dishes and recipes and making them more gourmet or fusion by merging them with dishes from other countries,” she explains. Here she explores the places to go for classic Spanish breakfast.

From traditional tapas joints to hip bars, Seville has a diverse cafe and restaurant scene to suit every taste and budget

Bar Santa Marta

Bar, Restaurant, Tapas
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This traditional tapas joint, just behind Seville’s famous “mushroom” monument, Las Setas, is, according to Hayley, the best place for tostada. This classic Spanish breakfast comprises toasted bread topped with freshly grated tomato, olive oil and salt, with thick slices of jamón (optional). Another popular option is potato tortilla, which they serve here on toast. Why not enjoy yours on Santa Marta’s spacious terrace?

Bodega el Picadero

Restaurant, Spanish
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This centrally located bodega serves quality pringá, a hearty dish of slow-cooked beef or pork, black pudding (morcilla) and chorizo that’s typically prepared as part of a stew, or cocido. With a rustic interior of dark wood and traditional Sevillano tiles, Picadero offers the perfect setting in which to enjoy this Andalusian classic, usually served in a montadito, or small sandwich. Tostadas with a variety of toppings are also available.

Café Piola

Cafe, Restaurant, Spanish, European, Coffee, Tea
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Located on the trendy Alameda de Hércules and “proudly serving tostadas until 3pm”, Café Piola is ideal for late risers – when most bars in Seville stop serving breakfast at midday. There’s no need to feel guilty about turning up at lunchtime. Just bag a seat on the sunny terrace and let the charming staff (most of whom speak good English) take care of you. Choose from a great selection of tostadas – available on several types of bread – wash down with a cup of Piola’s superb coffee.

Bar El Comercio

Bar, Restaurant, Spanish, Tapas, Beer, Wine, Cocktails
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El Comercio is in the top two places to head for churros (the other one is La Centuria) – the sweet doughnutty snack that’s eaten at breakfast or merienda, afternoon tea. These deep-fried treats are served with a cup of melted chocolate for dipping. “They’re a favourite with kids and people looking for something sweet for breakfast,” says Hayley. If paired with a cup of strong coffee and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, calentitos (as churros are also called) make for an unbeatable start to a day of sightseeing.

La Centuria

Bar, Restaurant, Tapas
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Seville’s other churro hotspot is La Centuria, a tapas bar on Plaza de la Encarnación, under the shadow of the Metropol Parasol, the square’s giant “wooden mushroom” sculpture designed by Jürgen Mayer. Place your order at the bar, then take a seat on the terrace and indulge in a spot of people-watching as the city wakes up. Tostadas and montaditos are also available and, if you’re stopping by later in the day, there’s a good selection of homemade tapas on offer too. Make sure you have cash on you, as Centuria doesn’t accept card payments.

La Cacharrería

Cafe, Restaurant, Sandwich Shop, Spanish
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Hayley describes La Cacharrería as a “tiny, hip bar that’s very popular with locals”. Close to Las Setas in the tourist centre, it’s a good choice for breakfast or brunch. They serve delicious homemade bread (pan de la casa) and a more creative variety of toppings than you might usually find in Seville. Hayley’s favourite is a tostada served with goat’s cheese and a selection of seasonal marmalades. Bear in mind that this bar only takes payment in cash, or efectivo.

KÖK Tu Cocina

Bar, Spanish, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
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KÖK Tu Cocina, in the Feria neighbourhood, does the best brunch in Seville, according to Hayley. Served from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm, the set menus offer cold meats, cheeses and eggs prepared to order. Also available are other brunch classics such as pancakes and bagels, as well as plenty of vegetarian and vegan options (which can be hard to find in Spain). All dishes are freshly prepared in an open kitchen overlooking a cosy, retro-themed dining room.

Otto Cafe

Cafe, Spanish
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Otto Cafe offers a mix of traditional and more modern and international dishes for breakfast or brunch. “Menu options are easy,” Hayley says. “Choose your bread and toppings, add coffee and/or fresh orange juice; or branch out for fruit, yoghurt, bagels and eggs. I usually go for a mollete bread with hummus and turkey, just to keep things healthy and interesting.” Otto is in the heart of the Feria barrio and offers seating in a contemporary, light-filled interior or in the tranquil square out front.

Bier Kraft

Bar, Cafe, American, $$$
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If you’re after a boozy brunch, try Bier Kraft, a slick cerveza specialist just off Calle Feria. Options include mimosas, and to go with your cocktails choose from international dishes such as eggs Benedict with salmon or bacon, or fried chicken waffles with maple syrup. If you’re staying on after eating, there are more than 20 artisanal beers from around the globe to enjoy as the day passes by in front of you.

Dulce Trazo

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Spanish, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
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For travellers on a gluten-free diet or with a sweet tooth, Dulce Trazo, just off Plaza Nueva in the centre, is a vintage-style cafe offering freshly made, gluten-free cakes every morning, all of which make an attractive display under the glass counter. Gluten-free bread is also available for tostadas topped with tomato, olive oil and jamón, if you fancy it. Other breakfast or brunch options include homemade tortilla and fruit smoothies.

Whether it’s a quick-fix or a leisurely sit-down meal, Seville has plenty of outdoor breakfast and brunch spots on offer

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