Eating out in Andalusia’s beautiful capital needn’t be expensive for travellers on a budget. From tapas to tortillas, there are plenty of places throughout the city offering inexpensive and tasty dishes.
Seville isn’t exactly crowded with street food vans, but that doesn’t mean it’s difficult to find inexpensive, on-the-go bites to eat. The capital of Spain’s southerly Andalusia region offers plenty of choice for travellers on a budget. From tapas stalls in covered markets to hole-in-the-wall kiosks, these are the best places in Seville for affordable bites and cheap eats.
Found on one of central Seville’s main arteries, this friendly kiosk is the perfect place to sample some traditional Spanish tapas. Pull up a seat at one of the pavement tables and enjoy typical Sevillano dishes such as a montadito de solomillo al whisky (a small sandwich filled with pork loin fried in whisky and garlic) or a plate of caracoles (snails), providing they’re in-season. Prices hover between €2 (£1.80) and €4 (£3.60) for a snack, making Kioskito one of the cheapest places in town.
Located on one of Seville’s prettiest squares, Plaza de Doña Elvira, this isn’t just your typical tapas spot. Chef Antonio offers a fusion of Spanish, Asian and South American dishes to sample under the square’s fragrant orange trees. Be sure to try standouts dishes like the sushi platter, the langoustine burger and a vegan-friendly salad of kale, dates and quinoa. Vinela’s prices are competitive given its location and it also offers an extensive range of artisan beers.
Located within a 10-minute stroll from the Maria Luisa Park and the Alcazar, Boxer Food promises “genuine street food” from around the globe. Popular dishes include the Ignacios de Mike Tyson (homemade nachos topped with mozzarella, chicken, guacamole and spicy tomato sauce) and the burgers, of which there are two meat varieties and a vegan-friendly mushroom and chickpea option. A menu of two dishes costs €12.50 (£11.40) which is great value, given the generous portion sizes. Note that service is at the counter rather than at the table.
Popular takeaway joint Tortilla’s has several outlets throughout the city, but the most convenient location is situated on Calle Feria, where a lively flea market is held every Thursday morning. Try contemporary takes on the classic Spanish tortilla dish, such as a version infused with goat’s cheese, honey and nuts or with spinach and blue cheese which are all available to takeaway. You can even create your own by choosing three ingredients. Pick up a slice for no more than €2 (£1.80) or the whole thing for about €8 (£7.30).
This lively and informal food hall is situated next to the Feria neighbourhood’s central market. At the bar in the middle, a €4 (£3.60) ticket includes a drink and a plate of any of the tapas on display in the glass counters. Seafood is the focal point, especially the pescaito frito (fried fish) which is cooked to order. From Tuesday to Saturday, the Lonja is open until 11:30 at night, which happens to be the perfect time to head out for a few copas on the Alameda de Hércules, a popular nightspot just a couple of streets away.
For a delicious but inexpensive fast-food spot, try Nickel Burger. It has two locations in Seville, either near the bullring or, if you want outdoor seating, on the Alameda de Hércules. Customise your burger by choosing the bread (gluten-free is available), the type of burger you want (beef, chicken, pork or a veggie option of falafel and chickpeas), even how you want your chips seasoned. Staff speak good English and can prepare your order for takeaway or to eat on the premises.
Taberna Picalagarto is a cheap, friendly tapas bar situated in between Seville’s city hall and the cathedral. It offers a set breakfast menu as well as classic tapas such as croquetas, salmorejo (a cold tomato and garlic soup similar to gazpacho) and carrillada (braised pork cheek), which are best accompanied by a glass of the house vino. Relax in the traditional tiled interior, where you can play board games such as La Oca (snakes and ladders) and dominoes, or on one of the tables on the pavement.