Through all of my travels, Sevilla is still my favorite place.
For this post, I am going to go through the historic monuments that are must-sees, the bars, the clubs, the best places to have an afternoon drink so that for those of you who read this, can hopefully enjoy your time in Sevilla and have a bit of an easier time planning your trip.
When I lived in Sevilla, I stayed with a local family on Calle Féria from January to May. Which if you’re studying abroad there, a homestay is the way to go. I lived in the best neighborhood, never had to ear out because my host mom was a stellar chef, and became fluent in Spanish. My friends who stayed in dorms weren’t as lucky. Also because I didn’t have to eat out, I was able to have more flexibility (financially) and treat myself when I traveled.
The Real Alcazar –This is the most beautiful palace ever! If you go, definitely get tickets ahead of time here because if you go anytime after March, there will be lines. When you buy tickets, you have to use a debit card – something I figured out the hard way. Also, fun fact this was home to Dorne, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan.
La Catedral & La Giralda – This is the 3rd largest cathedral in the world and features a beautiful view of the city when you climb to the top of La Giralda. A must-see if you are looking for beautiful monuments.
Plaza de España – This particular spot is a bit further than the other monuments but is a stunning combination of architecture and fountains. It was one of my favorite places to see both during the day and at night.
Plaza de Torros – the bullring of Sevilla. If you are looking to see a bullfight, you must go between Easter and Feria which is the first or second week of May.
Las Setas – a huge structure between the Feria neighborhood and Alfalfa. Another great view of the city.
La Alameda – a great strip of restaurants, bars and bars. It is a super funky area that is a great place to soak up the modern Sevillan culture in ancient architecture.
Rio Guadalquivir – the river that separates Triana from the other areas of Sevilla. If you walk down and along the river, you can see some great graffiti and street art.
The Neighborhood Rundown
Sevilla is a mid-size city and to break it down most simply, I would say the core of it is composed of four different neighborhoods: La Alameda/Feria, Alfalfa, El Centro Historico, and Triana.
La Alameda/Feria: This is a very hip, trendy up and coming area bustling with restaurants, stores, cafes, and authenticity. I lived on Calle Feria which was an amazing location. If you are visiting, this is a great neighborhood to stay in because it is filled with the height of Sevilla’s culture as well as a 10-15 minute walk from the historic area.
Alfalfa: This too is a great neighborhood filled with bars, restaurants, shops and more. It is located between La Alameda/Feria and El Centro Historico and is incrementally closer to the historic monuments. My classes were located here and it has much to offer! It is a very family-friendly area (as is all of Sevilla) yet was also home to our favorite strip of bars was here so it truly holds everything you need for a great trip.
Barrio Santa Cruz: This is the historic Jewish quarter in the heart of the city. It is characterized by tiny, windy streets and beautiful architecture. A great location to visit yet a bit further from the nightlife. One of the best neighborhoods to explore on a trip.
El Centro Historico: This is home to all of the historic monuments such as la Catedral, la Real Alcazar and more. It is more of a touristy area than the other neighborhoods and a bit more expensive but just as beautiful. Everything is relatively close and convenient.
Triana: I did not ever have the need to venture across the bridge to Triana yet I went on a previous trip to Sevilla and remember it being beautiful. It is home to many markets and some people love it yet it was very far for me. I wouldn’t particularly choose to stay here.
- No Piqui – my favorite brunch spot
- Cafe Otto – my favorite cafe with amazing wifi
- Filo – in El Centro Historico with great brunch/salads/sandwiches
- La Cacharrería – the best cafe for something sweet
- La Jeronima – awesome avocado toast spot with craft beer for the afternoon, also awesome wifi
- Jester – smoothie spot in Barrio Santa Cruz
- Cocome – a very healthy salad bar but check the hours!
- Milk Away – amazing healthy/fresh salads, sandwiches, smoothies and coffee in Alfalfa
My recommendation for breakfast is to always go with the tostada option which is toast with olive oil (aceite) or avocado (aguacate) or ham (jamón) that also comes with a coffee. If it’s Americanized, you might have an egg (huevos) option as well.
- La Azotea
- Duo Tapas – amazing food in La Alameda
- Bar Antojo
- Seis Tapas – my absolute favorite restaurant, you must go to the rooftop bar above before in Hotel Inglaterra
- Sal Gordo – great tapas place in Alfalfa with authentic Sevillan dishes, look at the menu because it is not Americanized
- El Pinton – fabulous restaurant in el Centro Historico
- Ovejas Negras company (all great restaurants)
- Ovejas Negras
- Torres y Garcia (small dishes and pizza)
- La Chunga
- Gusto (good paella close to cathedral)
- El contenedor (heard its so good)
- Bar Alfalfa – small standing bar, famous tapas place in Alfalfa
- Mariatrifulca – beautiful restaurant on the Guadalquivir
- San Marco – very cool restaurant in Barrio Santa Cruz with Spanish and Italian food, has something for everyone
- Hotel Inglaterra
- Hotel Doña Maria
- La Pura Vida Terrazza
Going out bars
- Ruko N Roll, la Espuela — there are a bunch of bars on this strip so we always go here and bop around
- Cafe eureka & bars by the Alameda
- Sojo (relaxed outdoor bar)
- Uthopia (the main club)