June 3, 2019
Mercado Barranco (official name is Mercado Lonja del Barranco) is one of the latest must go to places in Seville. The official opening was at the end of 2014 after going through extensive renovation. It has become quite the hangout for local Sevillanos as well as tourists from all over the world. It is located close to the center of the city.
The building itself is a design by Gustave Eiffel. Yes, the same one of the famous Eiffel Tower. Construction of the building began in 1861. It took exactly 22 years to construct. The building itself is a World Heritage Historical Site. It is about 4,000 square feet in size. It houses 20 different vendors selling all kinds of goodies, from tapas, to ice cream to sushi and beef dishes.
Mercado Barranco Seville (Mercado Lonja del Barranco)
Saying the full name of the market is quite a mouth full, so l will still just stick with calling it the Mercado Barranco :-). We had visited before with friends when we came to Seville for the first time. It was on a Saturday, and was packed. We just got a drink and stood at the bar, as there were absolutely no seats available.
Visit on a weekday so you actually enjoy it fully. Very clean atmosphere. It felt good to be in the space. We got ourselves some tapas from which you have plenty of choices. Try La Croqueteria for some very delicious Spanish croquetas or La del Pulpo if you love all things octopus. You can have your pick of beer from any of the bars or some lovely wine from Albero y Vino.
Grab a seat in the outer area, which is covered and had those steam jet things cooling you off. It wasn’t bad at all. I will say it again, give me dry heat any old-time! Sojo Terraza is a perfect place for enjoying tapas, drinking and taking in the awesome views of the Gualdalquivir river.
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Best foodie experience in Seville:
It’s all about how, when and where and what to eat in Seville that makes for a great experience. Despite the fact that you can eat whenever you want, a true local in Seville would never eat before 2pm. You may see them having drinks before that, but the meal starts around two. This awesome market, has some of the best tapas in Seville, so feel free to indulge.
Gastronomy Market Seville:
You will not be disappointed with the offerings inside of the El Barranco Sevilla as you are spoiled for choice. We try and get something different every time we visit. Some of the bars and cafes:
- La Cafeteria del Barranco
- Ahorita for great tacos
- Say Cheese for an amazing selection of cheeses. Advice given on wine to pair them with
- Steak Stone – burgers and all things meaty
- Arroceria for paella. I believe they offer cooking classes if you are so inclined to learn how to make this Spanish dish.
Must eat places in Seville at the Mercado Lonja del Barranco Sevilla:
Once you’ve had a taste of the food at these places, you’ll see why we consider them some of the best places for great Seville food experiences.
- La Charcuteria del Barranco is just simply fantastic. Ask for your prosciutto thinly cut and it simply melts in your mouth. Some of the most awesome cold cuts we have ever had, which is saying a lot coming from and Italian. It rivals any that we can get in Italy.
- La Ultima Croqueta. We always make sure to get some croquetas whenever we visit. A croqueta is a breadcrumb fried food roll stuffed with a various variety of food, from potatoes to fish to meat. The famous Spanish one is filled with jamon or ham. This croqueteria makes the most delicious gourmet croquetas that are both yummy and filling. You won’t regret your choice.
Mercado Lonja del Barranco Hours: 11AM till Midnight
The Mercado Barranco opens at 11am, which is still breakfast time in Spain :-). The Spanish typically have something light upon awakening, maybe a coffee and small pastry. At 11am or thereabouts, they have the almuerzo which is more often than not, a Spanish baguette slathered in a tomato paste, something l haven’t been able to get used to.
Mercado Barranco Address:
Calle Arjona s/n Seville 41001
When the sun goes down, it’s very nice to seat in one of these comfy chairs and watch people strolling or jogging by along the river. This view is from the back of the Mercado Barranco where the Sojo Terraza is.
Ready to check out Seville?
After dining on tapas, l recommend going out the back and taking a stroll along the river. Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes as you can make it a long walk if you want. There is plenty of shade, and the view of the Guadalquivir river is picturesque. There are usually sightseeing cruise boats passing by, plenty of joggers and entertainers. On weekends, the Mercado Barranco is open till 2AM, otherwise till midnight. It is always a good idea to check their site because they often have artist performances and other special events.
Is Mercado Barranco a touristy place? Heck yes! Does that make it a bad thing? Nope, it does not! Awesome food, great atmosphere with visitors and locals alike. An air conditioned oasis in the middle of a hot city, it deserves to be experienced.
While the Mercado Barranco may not be as big as the ones in Barcelona or Madrid, l think it definitely gives them a run for their money. The outdoor space and view of the river alone makes it unique. We know a great place for paella very close to it :-). If you find yourself in Seville, l recommend checking out the Mercado for some good tapas and drinks.
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Have you been to Seville? If not, would you like to visit and sample some of the very delicious tapas?. How would you compare it to the ones in Barcelona or Madrid if you’ve been?