This blog post is very special and dear to me because it involves one of my most favorite things: pastries. I decided one weekend when I had nothing else to do that I was going to go around to cafés and bakeries around Sevilla to try/retry some delicious treats for science and for my blog. I want to share with everyone the beauty of the pastry here in Sevilla, and give some addresses for anyone who’s thinking about visiting Sevilla, but doesn’t really know where to go to fix that hankering for chocolate or just stop and relax with a café con leche. In fact, I think every city should have this kind of list! When I go to a city I’m always wondering where the best pastries are. Sevilla edition is right here, people. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the food porn.
Colette —San Eloy, 13
First mention is this lovely cafe called Colette. I’m not sure if it’s a chain or not, but I have spotted another one across town. Either way, it has delicious French pastries, and they give you the perfect amount of tea. One qualm I have with cafes in Sevilla is the tiny amount of tea they give you. They have these itty bitty cups filled up halfway with water. No. That’s not even a cup of tea. That’s a sample. But here not only is it about one mug full of tea, but also yummy loose leaf instead of the Lipton baggie equivalent. Fair (late) warning: I am a tea snob and am very specific (although not too picky) with my tea.
Pan y Piu–Calle cabeza del rey don Pedro,esquina calle Aguilas
This here is a fan favorite among CIEE students, 1. because it’s nice and close by and 2. because it’s run by two very attractive French men. Who speak better Spanish than me (who doesn’t speak better Spanish than me?). They have freshly squeezed orange juice, and the widest array of pastries, sweets, breads, pizzas… anything you can put in an oven, they have it. It’s the perfect stop between classes, the perfect lunch, the perfect any time snack. I always try something different when I’m in there and I’m bound and determined to try all the sweets before I go. This is a problem for my wallet and my weight, but definitely no problem for my will power.
El Horno de Abuelo (right down the street from Pan y Piu because I can’t find an address)
This spot is also really close to the CIEE center, and thank goodness it is. Although sometimes it is really hard to choose between Pan y Piu and this guy, you really can’t go wrong. All of the pastries here have this absolutely delicious looking honey-like sheen and seems to make them taste even better. It’s also super cheap for a chocolate fix–1 euro for three flautas (chocolate flutes!)? Heck yeah! Easy place to sit and chat with friends, although I will probably never understand how the chairs work (they’re weird, white, and spinny). Coffee is good, tea is good, you can’t go wrong.
Cupcakes&Go–Calle Amor de Dios, 60 (in La Alameda de Hercules)
Once again, I’m pretty sure this place is a chain, but if I’ve learned anything from Spain it’s that even chain restaurants have their own homey feel. The people that work here are super sweet (like their cupcakes, heyooo), and it’s also really hard to decide between a cupcake or a pastry or ICE CREAM. I have yet to try the ice cream, but it always looks very temptingly at me every time I enter. Since it was midterms this week I stuck to a super chocolate-y brownie and a café machada, which is similar to a café con leche, except that there’s more leche than café. Bringing children into this super bright pink bakery is dangerous and I am not responsible for anything that might happen.
Honorable Mention: Convent sweets
If you want a truly immersive experience, your best bet for delicious pastries and a local experience. There are about 50+ convents here in Sevilla, and each one has something different to share. My personal favorite is (surprise surprise) close to the CIEE study center, and right next to this lovely cafe called Marmoles. I can very conveniently purchase magdalenas (muffins) at the convent nearby, and head over for some tea or cafe con leche at Marmoles. Those muffins are absolutely delicious. Positive plus: convents use wholesome, all natural ingredients, so even though I’m consuming 5 kilos of muffins, and dying of sugar overdose from those sweet honey-cinnamon gooey goodness (I forgot the name because I was in sugar heaven whilst eating them), I will still feel like I haven’t been shoving chemical crap in my body. Another positive plus, all the money goes towards supporting these wonderful ladies who bake those muffins every day and pray for all of us in the outside world. Help a convent, buy a muffin. Or twelve. (Side note: they go good with jam, so head over to the convent a few streets over to buy some homemade jam. Double whammy).
What? Where are the churros Emily?
All in due time. My stomach is still healing (probably due to all of these pastries I’ve consumed), and I can’t just put all of the amazing cafes and bakeries in one post. That would be ludicrous.
I hope you’ve enjoyed all of these photos of dessert, and if anyone happens to be heading over to Sevilla, they should probably make a pit stop in one or all of these places.
I’m feeling a little hungry now…