EATING IN SEVILLA
The gastronomy of Seville, although very much Spanish in style, is also heavily influenced by the Moorish tradition.
Seville has for centuries been praised as the place to go for the original Andalucían diet which is simple to prepare, light, and surprisingly tasty. Most of the dishes here feature seafood and pork.
Some of the best known dishes are Gazpacho, the famous cold soup made with bread, tomato, cucumber, garlic, olive oil, paprica and vinegar; Pescaito frito, a deep-fried breaded fish in olive oil; Huevos a la Flamenca, a baked dish of eggs broken over a stewed vegetables; Banderillas, skewered grilled meat and other ingredients; Cocido Andaluz, a hot-pot made of chick-peas and vegetables; and the delicious Rabo de Toro, a ragout of bull’s tail.
Tapas are another attractive feature of the cuisine of Seville as the region is the birthplace of this appetizer tradition.
There are in fact myriads of secret recipes that have been passed on in the families, but some of the prevalent recipes are: Pinchos Morunos, very spicy spits of meat; Pavías de Pescado, marinated fish fried in olive-oil; Caracoles, snails in a tasty sauce; Jamón, cured ham; and of course the fantastic olives of the region.
The traditional sweets are mostly of Moorish influences and are prepared often with honey, egg yokes and almond, but also with wine.
Very well known are Tocino del cielo (a rich custard), Almendrados (almond biscuits), Pan de higo (fig roll), Torrijas and Yemas de San Leandro. The great local wines, Jerez (sherry), Manzanilla and Montilla are a perfect match to all these wonderful local specialties.
SHOPPING IN SEVILLA
The stores in Sevilla are typically open from 09:30am to 14:00pm in the mornings and then open again in the afternoon from 17:00 to 20:00pm.
El Corte Inglés, the giant Spanish department store with just about everything you could imagine, is open all day from 10am-22pm. A few other stores – and it is a very few – are open all day.
Some supermarkets such as SuperSol or Más y Más are open all day as well. Opencor, owned by El Corte Inglés, is open 365 days a year although it closes around 02:00am.
The location closest to the center is on Paseo Colón near the Puente de San Telmo (bridge to Los Remedios).
The general category of shopping can mean different things to different people.
You may think of clothing, ceramics, tourist gifts, flea markets, food, household items…the list goes on and on. If you are looking to buy food to prepare for yourself, check out the food section.
Seville is blessed with both the smaller, artisan shops as well as the larger department or chain stores. The local merchants are alive, and in some cases well, in Seville.
Take time finding the little stores tucked away in the corner with great deals or original products. Cobblers, key makers and other smaller service oriented stores can be found in shops as small as 10 square feet.
Sometimes, however, it’s best to head to the main shopping district or even a mall when you’re not sure what you’re looking for. Other times you know what you want, like ceramics, posters and tourist type items.
Shopping in the district of Sevilla
The main shopping area in the center are the two parallel streets Sierpes and Tetuan. Here you will find stores for just about everything: men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, ceramics, sporting goods, jewelry, posters and some of the general tourist stuff.
The streets begin (or end) at Plaza Nueva/Plaza San Francisco where the “Ayuntamiento” (Town Hall) is located.
From this direction you can head down Avenida Constitución to the cathedral. The other end of Sierpes and Tetuan leads to La Campana and Plaza del Duque, where El Corte Inglés is located.
This shopping district also spills out into the side streets going towards the Alfalfa and a few streets towards the river. Sierpes and Tetuan are often the best places to find clothing for such brands at such stores as Zara.
A large bookstore, appropriately named La Casa del Libro, is located on Tetuan sells about anything you could want including guidebooks, literature and fiction in English.
Passing La Campana you can also head up Calle Laraña and find a few clothing and electronics stores.