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Seville Food Tour: An Evening Out with Spain Food Sherpas (Review)

Looking for a fun new way to experience Seville? A Seville food tour is the way to go! Read my review of a Seville food tour and discover why you should add this activity to your itinerary!

By Liza S. | Updated 11 Mar 2024 | Seville | Places To Go | Login to add to YOUR Favourites Favourites Icon or Read Later

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Planning to visit Seville and looking for a fun cultural activity? What about taking a Seville food tour?

Honestly, food tours never used to be on my radar… but I took my first food tour in Seville a few years ago and it was such a memorable experience that I had to take another one when I was recently in Seville again.

In this article, you’ll learn what makes a food tour in Seville one of the most fun things you can do in the city, what to expect on a Sevilla food tour with Spain Food Sherpas, and hopefully get inspired to discover the amazing food in Seville.

Why Take a Seville Food Tour?

Discovering new food and drink on a Seville food tour Discovering new food and drink on a Seville food tour

Discovering new food and drink on a Seville food tour

Here’s the scoop on why a food tour in this Andalucian haven is a must-do, especially if it's a bit out of your comfort zone.

We often get asked, “where should I eat in Seville?” or “what should I eat in Seville?”.

Well, taking a Seville food tour is an awesome introduction to the city’s best dishes and places to eat, especially if you’re interested in tasting the authentic flavours of Seville. We’re talking about the kinds of dishes that have been passed down through generations, each bite steeped in history and tradition.

Ever dreamt of discovering those hidden gems tucked away in narrow alleys, places only the locals know? A Seville food tour has got you covered. You’ll be led straight to the heart of Seville’s culinary underworld, to the places where locals themselves eat.

On my tour (as you’ll find out in a bit), we were taken to an unassuming restaurant just steps from where I was staying. I had overlooked it because it didn’t look like much but one of the dishes we had there was my favourite from the tour. It definitely was a hidden gem!

What I love about food tours is that they’re social by nature. You’ll meet fellow travellers looking to chow down and explore, make new foodie friends and maybe swap travel tips over some delicious tapas.

I had such a warm and friendly group of people on my Seville tapas tour and it felt more like an evening out with (new) friends than an organised activity!

Plus, guides on Seville food tours are often passionate foodies, chefs, or local historians who offer insights you won’t find in guidebooks. They bring the food to life with stories of Seville’s culinary heritage, tips on how to eat like a local, and recommendations for the best food and drink in town.

I’m usually not a very adventurous eater and going on a food tour is an awesome chance for me to try new things that I normally wouldn’t pick from a menu. And I found myself enjoying dishes and ingredients I hadn’t considered trying before.

On a Seville food tour, you’ll get to expand your culinary comfort zone in the safest and most delightful way possible.

Organising a culinary exploration on your own can be daunting, especially in a city as rich in options as Seville. Food tours offer a curated experience that maximises your time and provides value for money. You get multiple food and drink tastings, expert guidance, and the chance to learn about Seville’s food culture in a convenient package.

Plus, you get to support a local company and local guides by participating in a food tour in Andalucia.

A Seville food tour isn’t just eating; it’s an adventure with other fellow travellers as you dive into the city’s fantastic food culture. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, and yes, you’ll eat some of the best food of your life!

What to Expect on a Seville Food Tour with Spain Food Sherpas

Born in Malaga, Spain Food Sherpas has 10 years of experience in providing high-quality food experiences in Malaga, Granada, and Seville. The company was founded to offer travellers a new way to get to know their beloved cities that would highlight the amazing gastronomy and rich heritage in Andalucia.

Their local expertise and infectious passion for food make them the perfect food tour hosts!

This Seville Food Tour by Spain Food Sherpas has stops at 4 different local establishments, where you’ll get some tasty food and drinks at each location.

The 4 food stops are typically located around the historic centre. You’ll walk from place to place and you’ll pass by some of the city’s most iconic monuments as your guide leads you on your food adventure.

In total, you’ll enjoy 8 food tastings and 4 drinks. It might not sound like much, but believe me, you’ll be stuffed by the end of the night!

If you have a dietary requirement or restriction, simply inform them in advance and they’ll be able to accommodate your needs.

In my tour group, there were different needs such as no-meat or gluten-free and there was always a delicious substitute provided so that everyone could enjoy the food. You can also choose your preferred drinks, if you do not drink alcohol or prefer something other than the guide’s recommended drink pairing.

The tour group is kept small (maximum 12) which I love as it feels quite cosy and it’s easy to get friendly with others in the group.

In total, this Seville food tour takes about 3 to 3.5 hours and they’re available in the day (12.00pm or 12.30pm) and in the evening (6.00pm or 6.30pm), making it the perfect lunchtime or dinnertime activity.

Seville Food Tour: My Personal Experience

My Seville food tour was scheduled to start at 6.00pm and I was the first one at the meeting point, just across from the beautiful Las Setas. There, I met our fabulous guide, Manuel, who had such fantastic energy and an infectious smile; he really made the experience extra fun!

Slowly, the rest of the group trickled in. Spain Food Sherpas keeps the food tour groups at under 12 pax in order to preserve the friendly, intimate vibe of the experience. Sure enough, there were a total of 10 participants in my group, an international mix of travellers of different ages and travel experiences.

We introduced ourselves and chatted, and then Manuel started us off by giving us an overview of the evening and what to expect.

Sherry and tapas on our first stop of the evening Sherry and tapas on our first stop of the evening

Sherry and tapas on our first stop of the evening

Discovering the Best Food Spots in Seville

Then, we set off on a leisurely walk to our first stop in Plaza Alfalfa.

This lovely plaza is home to several restaurants and we had a table on the terrace at our first restaurant for the evening. Manual gave us a short introduction to the dishes we would sample and the recommended drink (a sherry) and then the feasting began!

As there were several dietary restrictions in the group, we got 4 different dishes so that everyone would be able to try at least 2 to 3 things.

I simply loved the tortilla with whisky sauce! Of course, I’ve had tortilla many times but the whisky sauce was something new to me and it was super delicious and added a ton of flavour.

With our food, we had a very dry sherry which was quite lovely. Sherry is a fortified wine that finds its heart in Andalucia, particularly in the "Sherry Triangle". This region's unique climate and albariza soil contribute to the distinct flavours of sherry, produced through a meticulous aging process called solera.

So, it’s definitely a must-try drink when you’re visiting Andalucia.

Delicious sardine tostada and local cheese with fig jam Delicious sardine tostada and local cheese with fig jam

Delicious sardine tostada and local cheese with fig jam

Then, we were off to our second stop which is a new hot favourite with locals. It’s so popular that we had to be the first customers in order to beat the crowds. It’s definitely a place that I would not have known about!

As we waited a few minutes for the staff to open up, Manuel shared the cheeky story behind the restaurant’s name (small spoiler: it’s a play on a local phrase).

With just a handful of small round tables and high chairs, we basically took up the entire space once we entered.

To go with the food, Manuel recommended a white wine from Huelva - one that’s hard to find elsewhere as it’s not exported much. We all basically raised our hands to try it.

Here, we each got 3 small flavour-packed bites. And while I’m not really a fish lover, I was blown away by their smoked sardine toast.

As we munched on our tapas, Manuel shared more about the food culture and local specialities in Seville (the local cheese with fig jam that we had here was also very good!).

Our bellies a little more full, we strolled along Seville’s historic streets to get to our third stop for the evening. But first, we had a quick stop to try a local treat.

Tortas de aceite are crisp, olive oil-infused flatbreads, typically seasoned with anise and sesame. Traditionally handmade, they embody the region's culinary heritage. Today, tortas de Aceite still serve as a popular snack or breakfast item, reflecting the city's knack for blending simple ingredients into exquisite treats. You can even buy them in packs to bring home as a souvenir.

Gourmet grocer/restaurant: our third stop on the Seville food tour Gourmet grocer/restaurant: our third stop on the Seville food tour

Gourmet grocer/restaurant: our third stop on the Seville food tour

Our third stop on the Seville food tour was a well-loved gourmet grocery store and restaurant. It’s a reflection of Seville’s past and present, in one delicious location.

This location offers a diverse range of artisanal cheeses, top-grade Iberian ham, select wines, and specialty foods, making it a fantastic place to experience the authentic tastes of Seville. I love the vibe of the place, with the jamon legs prominently displayed, the generous variety of cheeses available, and the wine casks lining one side of the store.

In fact, our drink here came straight from one of the casks!

Vino de naranja, or orange wine, is a unique and aromatic fortified wine that hails from Andalucia, particularly around Seville. This distinctive wine is made by macerating orange peels in wine, usually a dry white or fortified wine, and then ageing it in barrels.

The process infuses the wine with the essence of bitter oranges, a fruit deeply embedded in Seville's agricultural and culinary landscape.

Vino de naranja boasts a sweet, yet complex flavour profile, characterised by its citrus notes, and is often served as a dessert wine or aperitif. In our case, we had it with a selection of tapas including the house specialty called pizzeta, and local classics like aliño de pimientos (pepper salad) and morcilla de hígado (liver sausage).

By now, everyone in our group had already become fast friends and the evening had taken on a truly jovial and fun atmosphere.

My favourite of the Seville food tour: espinacas con garbanzos My favourite of the Seville food tour: espinacas con garbanzos

My favourite of the Seville food tour: espinacas con garbanzos

Once all our platters were all cleared, Manuel shepherded us through the historic centre, past the Cathedral (which was beautifully lit up!) and through Santa Cruz for our final food stop.

The last stop was an unassuming restaurant, tucked away from the street. It didn’t look like much; I had walked past it a few times as my hotel was across from it and it never occurred to me to eat there.

Until that night.

Manuel shared about the history of the restaurant and why it’s one of his favourite spots: it reminds him of his grandmother’s home-cooking. With that high praise, I was definitely looking forward to the food here!

The highlight of this last stop on the tour is a local dish called espinacas con garbanzos, or simply spinach with chickpeas. According to Manuel, this dish is often cooked at home and he hardly ever eats it at a restaurant because it’s often not cooked well.

The dish itself looked unassuming when it arrived; a small heap of spinach with a slice of toasted bread. But once I dug into it, it was absolutely bursting with rich flavour! For many of us, that ended up being our favourite dish of the night.

Who would’ve guessed that spinach and chickpeas could be so memorable?

By this time, my belly was already bursting as we also had sampled other dishes like meatballs, a lovely smooth squash soup, and washed it all down with an Andalucian red wine.

As the tour wound down, Manuel gave us a parting gift: a little booklet with a list of recommended restaurants, bars, and food shops in Seville. This handy little pocket guide is an awesome way to make sure you eat well during the rest of your stay in the city!

The night ended up with a flurry of hugs, thanks, and goodbyes amongst the group.

I honestly had zero expectations about taking this Seville food tour but it ended up being one of my top memories from this visit. Our guide, Manuel, was a great ambassador for his city and his passion for food and sharing it with others was obvious. As I was travelling solo, it was an easy way to meet others in a relaxed setting while learning more about Seville’s culture and food.

And it was just plain, good fun!

How to Book a Seville Food Tour with the Spain Food Sherpas

It’s super easy to book a spot on a Spain Food Sherpas Food Tour. You can find them on Get Your Guide, my favourite platform for booking tours and activities in Andalucia.

Simply input your desired date/time and number of participants to check availability and then make your booking.

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If you’re travelling with young ones, they have reduced rates for adolescents aged 13-17 and children under 12.

Other than the food tour that I took, they also offer a Flamenco & Tapas Tour which is a fantastic way to experience two of the city’s cultural treasures in one night.

As the group size for each tour is capped at 12 persons, it’s a good idea to make a reservation in advance, especially if you have limited time in Seville. A great feature on Get Your Guide is that you can make a reservation with the ability to cancel (without penalty!) at least 24 hours before the activity… in case something comes up and your plans change.

➡️ Book your spot on the Seville Food Tour here

Seville Food Tour: Final Thoughts

Needless to say, I had a fantastic evening out with the Spain Food Sherpas!

Taking a Seville food tour with them is a fabulous way to get to know the city’s vibrant food culture, sample local dishes and drinks, and discover some of the best foodie hotspots peppered around the city. I loved being able to try a variety of local specialties and drinks, and hearing more about how they came to be and how they’re produced.

A food tour is just another way to dig deeper into the rich culture of Seville and Andalucia and I highly recommend it… even if you’ve never been on a food tour before. Give it a go, you won’t regret it.

Buen provecho!

➡️ Get details on the Seville Food Tour here

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