So you’re in Seville, you love good food, but you’re on a budget.
Well, you just may be in your ideal travel destination. You don’t have to look too hard to find cheap eats here in Seville. It’s a relatively economical place to dine out, and the tapas culture lends itself to sharing bites with friends and spending less.
But with so many bars and restaurants to choose from (we’re talking more than 3,000), finding the most delicious of these budget-friendly stops is tricky. Here are some of our favorite spots for authentic and delicious eats when we’re watching our wallets.
Freiduría Puerta de la Carne
There may be nothing more sevillano than fried seafood! And you’ll be shocked at how much fresh catch you can get at such a cheap price at your local fry shop. These shops pop up in every neighborhood and most of them are lovely (venture out and find them!). But Freiduría Puerta de la Carne is one of our favorites. Try the crispy calamari, succulent codfish or the local classic: boquerones en adobo (plump anchovy-sized fish marinated in vinegar, lemon juice and spices). You can get a whole kilo for less than €30!
Some of Spain’s best food is cured and preserved. So what better way to get your hands on these snacks than at a shop serving nothing practically else?
Casa Moreno (Calle Gamazo, 7) may look like a simple Spanish deli from the outside, but venture back to the bar and find slices of caña de lomo (smoky cured pork loin), local cheeses and a list of spectacular montaditos (small pressed sandwiches) that won’t break the bank. The montadito with tortilla, spicy chorizo, and melted cheese is a must and will only cost you €2.50.
Antigua Abacería de San Lorenzo
You can shell out a few more euros dining inside with a full menu and beautiful decor at Abacería de San Lorenzo, or you can hang outside and order some of the best montaditos in town. Owner Ramón and his family are sourcing quality products, and it shows. The montaditos with spicy chorizo and Cabrales cheese or sobrasada with oil-cured black olives and fresh cheese are both spectacular are only €3 each. Wash them all down with a local vermouth or Rioja wine.
Taberna El Panduro Baños
This unassuming sit-down spot features Spanish classics with creative spins. The dining room is cozy, the tapas portions are abundant (€5 on average), and the service is always excellent. They also have the best ensaladilla in town made with potato, cherry tomato, spicy aioli, tuna loin, and roe. These guys will prove to you that cheap eats in Seville can be exciting and delicious.
Feeling fancy but don’t want to break the bank? The elegance of Álvaro’s tapas and wine bar never seems to line up with the bill. Try a local sherry wine and ask Álvaro what’s good on the menu that day. Just make sure he includes the timbal de pulpo, a little tower of tender octopus, soft potato, homemade aioli, smoky paprika and Andalucía’s best olive oil. And though it’s just €3.20, you’ll feel like you’re devouring anything but cheap eats in Seville.
Duo Tapas/ La Sidonia/ La Terraza
These three modern tapas restaurants sit next to each other in the bustling Alameda neighborhood and share kitchens. That means you can order off three different menus to build your affordably delicious dinner—you just have to ask. A hefty portion of delicious Asian-inspired tuna tartare, for example, will cost you less than €3, with all of their generously sized tapas never hitting €6.
Bodega Dos De Mayo
Bodega Dos de Mayo is a classy, traditional sevillano restaurant with affordable options for everyone. Bonus: most tapas are under €3! Try the Andalusian cold tomato soup called salmorejo, coquinas (tiny clams cooked in white wine and garlic), or the pork tenderloin with a spicy mozárabe sauce. And if you’re there on a Sunday, definitely order the rice special.