How to Order Tapas in Seville

Tapas in Seville by Coffee and a View

Tapas are as synonymous with Seville as the sun and sangria. These small plates of food let you taste and sample different flavours . Each bar or restaurant boasts their own particular specialty and it’s a local tradition to do a ” tapas crawl,” moving from bar to bar sampling what each has to offer. ¬†As delicious as this experience might seem, it can also be overwhelming!

How to order tapas in Seville by coffee and a view

Here’s how to order tapas in Seville:

Order What the Locals Have

Each bar will have it’s own specialty and locals will know what it is! Look around and see what others are having before you order and give it a try.

Learn a Few Spanish Phrases

English is limited in Seville, so a few Spanish phrases will go along way. They will appreciate that you’ve tried and the service will likely be much better if you do.

Be Assertive, but Polite

The Spanish are used to bellying up to the bar and ordering what they want, so you should do the same! Signal to the bar tender and a simple point to what you want with a “por favore” should do the trick.

When in Doubt, Point

Sometimes the language barrier can get in the way. Don’t give up! Sometimes simply pointing at what you want on the menu or on someone’s plate with a polite smile or a finger amount of how many can get your point across.

Don’t Panic!

The process of ordering tapas can be overwhelming, but the important thing is to remember that it’s supposed to be a fun experience. If something shows up that wasn’t quite what you were expecting, look at it as an opportunity to try something you wouldn’t have otherwise.

Take a Tour

If the thought of even attempting this alone makes you start sweating, there are plenty of tours that will take you on a tapas crawl. Although they are quite pricy, the experience is worth while if you don’t feel as though you can do it on your own. You might even make some new friends.


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