The best of Seville: six aesthetes’ top spots

From tapas bars and flamenco nights to hat shops and hotels

Eme Catedral Hotel
Eme Catedral Hotel

Johnny Coca, creative director of Mulberry

“I’m from Seville and love the gardens at the Moorish palace, the Alcázar; in April you can smell the oranges. I especially like the Jardín de las Damas; it’s beautiful and very peaceful. And the city has wonderful terrace bars; the ones in Calle Betis are particularly cool and have good views, looking out over the river. At the Eme hotel there is a rooftop bar where you can sit and have a mojito and just chill out. The hotel also has great rooms, minimal and calming – perfect for a relaxing weekend.” Alcázar of Seville, alcazarsevilla.org. Eme Catedral Hotel, emecatedralhotel.com.

The gardens of the Alcázar palace
The gardens of the Alcázar palace | Image: Getty Images

Julia Muggenburg, founder of Mayfair’s Belmacz gallery

“I love Andalucía – it’s super-elegant and people live life fully there. I love the Museum of Fine Arts, with its paintings by Velázquez and Zurbarán, and the old town with the Alcázar and cathedral, which is the largest gothic cathedral in Europe. El Caballo, an atelier by the bullring, has great leatherware, from saddles to shoes, and there’s also a wonderful restaurant just outside the city called Alhucemas, which I’ve heard is where Ferran Adrià goes to see how they deep-fry.” Alhucemas, restaurantealhucemas.es. Catedral de Sevilla, catedraldesevilla.es. El Caballo, elcaballo.com. Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla, museosdeandalucia.es.

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Prosper Assouline, publisher

“La Albariza is a restaurant serving tapas-style dishes. I love things that are very simple, and the salad of potatoes and onions is so Andalucian you cannot find it anywhere else. For me, it is like caviar.” laalbariza.es.

The Corral del Rey
The Corral del Rey

Alberto Morillas, perfumer

“I grew up in Seville and go back in spring for the Feria de Abril, when everyone is outside to have fun. It is a fusion of music, flamenco, lights and colours and brings back many childhood memories.” Feria de Abril, April 25 to May 2, 2020; visitsevilla.es.

Many rooms at the Corral del Rey have a plunge pool
Many rooms at the Corral del Rey have a plunge pool

Alexander Gilkes, co-founder of online auction house Paddle8

“I like that Seville is a city that is not about work. I always stay at Corral del Rey, where many of the rooms have a plunge pool and a private terrace with views of the city’s spires. I have tapas and manzanilla at El Rinconcillo, an old bar where the locals go – you write your order on the countertop – and I love the flamenco nights at Casa Anselma. It’s a rather formal city, so there are quite a few hat shops, but I always buy mine from Sombrería Antonio García.” Casa Anselma, +34606-162 502. Corral del Rey, corraldelrey.com. El Rinconcillo, elrinconcillo.es. Sombrería Antonio García, sombrerosgarcia.com.

Bodeguita Antonio Romero, Thierry Despont’s favourite Seville restaurant
Bodeguita Antonio Romero, Thierry Despont’s favourite Seville restaurant

Thierry Despont, architect and designer

“Bodeguita Antonio Romero, a relaxed and authentic tapas bar near the bullring, serves my favourite kind of food: small plates of manchego cheese, jamón and house specialities such as anchovies en salazón and chipirones rellenos.” bodeguitasantonioromero.com.

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