One of the best things, all though there are almost too many best things, about being abroad was finding the local hangouts of the places I visited, specifically in my home, Sevilla (after you live there, you no longer call it Seville, it is Sevilla). There are so many local hang outs, that I found myself finding some of the best right before having to leave to return to the US. My ultimate favorite though was the first place that I ever ate at in Sevilla.
I spent the first 2 weeks of my experience in Sevilla living in a hostel…I know interesting…long story and beside the point. Anyway my roommate, Gabby, and I were both spending the semester in Sevilla although we were in different programs. So Gab and I asked the guys who run the hostel, probably the coolest guys I have met, where the best local place to eat was since we would be there for the next 4 months and we wanted to avoid any touristy things.
So off we went, to the recommendedBar Alfalfa, a small quaint bar and tapas place with huge ham legs hung from the ceiling. The place had about 6 tiny tables for 2 and stools lined across the bar. There was also a bunch of old wine bottles stored in the walls behind the bar. It was a place for locals, and now Gabby and I. All of the employees are extremely friendly and the kitchen is so tiny you can see it when you are sitting in the restaurant. The food, and of course the Sangria, don’t get me started on that, was all fantastic. The best you could ask for. It became our new place to hang out and we definitely developed our favorites. We would always say that we would try a new group of tapas but somehow the melted provolone and bread would always sneak its way back into the mix. It was just so good there was no way not to order it. When we hadn’t seen each other in a while, we wouldn’t even have to ask where we would want to meet. It would be Bar Alfalfa even if we had just recently eaten there. It was the place we recommended to everyone that would visit and a place we felt we had to share. The craziest part is that it took us over half the semester to realize what is printed on every receipt of theirs. Each receipt that Bar Alfalfa prints reads, You Are Beautiful No Matter What They Say. AND it is written in ENGLISH which is somewhat strange for a local place in Sevilla. That was just the icing on the cake for our favorite spot!
For the sake of me going off on a rant and possibly boring people, I have listed a few of my other favorite local hangouts in Sevilla below! If you’re headed over to Sevilla take a look at these places and see if you want to check them out!
- Plaza Alfalfa
- Calle Betis
- Mercado de Triana
- Ruk y Roll
- Plaza de España
- Plaza del Salvador
Don’t forget, there are sooo many more! Get out there when you travel, no matter where you are and find your favorite local hang outs!