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Best Breakfasts in the City
Bar Alfalfa, corner of Alfalfa & Candilejo. I love this one for relaxed breakfasts and afternoon snacks; at night it's jammed to the rafters and deafeningly noisy.
Café Hércules, Calle Peris Mencheta, 15 This slightly funky, super friendly eatery offers an excellent selection of breads and toppings; they toast it, you fix it the way you like it. I go for avocado on whole wheat saturated with garlic olive oil and dusted with coarse salt and oregano. Yum!
Otto Café, Plaza Monte Sion, 8 Here everything is prepared with artistry, and the menu includes such non-Spanish fare as bagels and eggs, as well as gorgeously presented avocado toast. Outdoor tables in the quiet plaza are a great place for a leisurely mid-morning coffee.
Un Gato en Bicicleta, Calle Pérez Galdós 22 Artsy types love this mix of bookstore, ceramics studio, gallery, and café. They serve good coffee and sweet cakes if you’re ready for a change from the ubiquitous tostada. But the real attraction is the quirky, entertaining atmosphere.
XIX, Calle Tomás de Ibarra, 9 Before you go nuts trying to pronounce it, the name is the Roman numeral 19, or diecinueve (dee-yes-ee-NWAY-veh) in Spanish. At night this offbeat, chic bar is guaranteed to impress a date, but there's no food. I like it best for a great breakfast in a hip yet soothing environment.
Bar Castizo is famous for its rice dishes.
My Favorite Tapas Bars & Restaurants
Bar Castizo,Calle Zaragoza, 6 Old-school dishes produced with artistic flourishes are served in a setting that's charmingly hip. Don’t miss the restrooms walls covered with domino tiles.
Café Universal,Blanca de los Rios, 1 (just off Plaza Salvador) A great choice in winter, due to excellent heating (a rarity here), this café offers classics with a slight twist. Try the spinach with bacon and walnuts. Contenedor, San Luis, 50 Eclectic decor and some of the best food in the city is found here; their venison (not normally my favorite dish) is absolutely spectacular.
Eslava, Eslava, 3 Generally considered the best tapas bar in Seville, this one used to be impossible to get into, but luckily now they take reservations online.
Vineria San Telmo, Paseo de Catalina de Ribera, 4 Creative cusine, an impressive wine cellar, and hands-down the best desserts in Seville have kept Vineria San Telmo popular for 15 years.
Bar de Copas (Drinks-only bars) for a Nightcap
Garlochi,Boteros 26 Famous for its over-the-top (some say sacrilegious) decor, this bar's signature drink is Sangre de Cristo (blood of Christ) served in a chalice. Diabolical hangover to follow.
Le XiX, Calle Tomás de Ibarra, 9 Before you go nuts trying to pronounce it, the name is the Roman numeral 19, or diecinueve (dee-yes-ee-NWAY-veh) in Spanish. A night at this offbeat, chic cocktail bar is guaranteed to impress.
The Second Room, Placentines 19. A nutty mix of plush and funky, this is a great place for fancy late-night drinks