Well, we all know “best” is always super subjective, but here are my favorite spots to grab a coffee and to get some work done here in Sevilla. P.S. I know the English speaking world calls the city Seville, but we’re going to do as the Spaniards do – “Sevilla” or “Sevi(sh)a” if you’re from Argentina. Also, can someone tell me why iced coffee is so damn hard to find in Spain? But we’ll have that conversation later!
Parcería is hands down the beeeest place in Sevilla for every kind of coffee-shop go-er. If you’ve been to Southern Spain, you’ve probably realized that café con leche is QUEEN; yup, the Spaniards don’t get too creative with their coffee, and when they do, it’s usually a chunk of ice cream inside of a cappuccino – ummmm… no thanks.
Anyway, after 2 months of being miserable with limited options, I found Parcería. My soul warmed up when I found out that they have: in-house cold brew, drip coffee, Chemex (I honestly have no clue what it is, but it sounds great), and anything else you could think of. I’ve never had an iced espresso tonic, but I can officially die happy thanks to this place.
Besides some of the best coffee I’ve had, there’s a cozy, yellow inside for the digital nomad who is trying to meet those deadlines – bruh, digital jobs ain’t no joke sometimes.
Address: Calderón de la Barca, 9 , Seville, Spain 41003
Laptop friendly: Super! This is the kind of place where the owners don’t mind if you spend 9-5 getting work done. Just make sure to purchase some beverages to compensate for you taking up space.
Wifi: Yes – a nice speed.
Food: A selection of cakes, pastries, fresh fruit salad. They even have a breakfast option.
Milk alternatives: Soy, Almond, and Oat
For three entire weeks, I came to Viajero every single day to get work done for Shut Up and Go. The inside is relaxed and dim to get you into the zone. Depending on your personality, dim lighting can be motivating or it can put you to sleep – your body will decide. There’s a cute courtyard for the newly matched couple from Tinder… the cushions and vibe are perfect, so if the two don’t stay together, we can’t blame it on the setting. Lastly, there’s an extended terrace that is a few feet away from the street; this one is for the people-watcher and book-reader who is trying to be “one” with the people of the city. I will admit, the coffee is not outstanding, but I’ll deal with okay coffee in exchange for a dope vibe!
Also, it’s not just a coffee shop, it’s a bookstore too.
Address: Alameda de Hércules, 77, 41002 Sevilla
Laptop friendly: Yes, with limited electrical outlets. Come with your laptop pre-charged if you can.
Food: A selection of cakes and pastries (there’s even a coffee + cake option for 3.50 euros)
Milk alternatives: Soy
Oh, boy do I have some love stories from this place.
Quick story #1: Firstly, the “bar” area makes it one of the best places to flirt with the bartender (if that’s what you’re into). Let’s just say that bartender X stole my heart when he found out I was from the States and started singing some random national song. Patriotism from Americans ain’t cute, but it’s kind of charming when a Spanish man sings a song that reminds him of the States.
Quick story #2: My co-worker fell in love with this gorgeous man who was visiting Sevilla for a few days. After leaving the café, we went next door and wrote her number down on a greasy cookie bag and gave it to the man. Guess what? He didn’t text her until he was at the airport waiting for his flight back to London… waaaaaack!
That said, I’ve had fun experiences here, and you might too! The coffee is on point. Also, the food is next-level. Big salads, Belgian waffles, or salmon bagels, anyone?
Address: Calle Regina, 14, 41003 Sevilla
Laptop friendly: No
Wifi: No – they even have a sign that says “Talk amongst yourselves” … but in Spanish.
Food: Cakes and pastries, salads, and brunch foods
Milk alternatives: Soy, Rice, Almond
Piola is one of those places that you probably wouldn’t go into if someone didn’t tell you about it. It honestly looks like some janky bar… and during the night, that’s exactly what it turns into. But during the day, the food and coffee are fabulous.
Although it’s not my top choice for atmosphere, the CAPPUCCINOS ARE THE BEST THAT I’VE HAD IN SEVILLA. They’re fluffy, mountainous creations of perfection. Also, extra points for the baristas, because they foamed that soy milk like I’ve never seen before – and anyone who works at a coffee shops knows that soy isn’t always the easiest.
Address: Alameda de Hércules, 55, 41002 Sevilla
Laptop friendly: Yes, with limited access to electrical outlets.
Wifi: Not entirely sure, to be completely honest.
Food: A bit of everything – sandwiches, breakfast foods, pastries, etc.
Milk alternatives: Soy
Why is it so damn hard to find iced coffee in Spain?
Jester Coffee & Juices
Jester is the size of a New York City closet that a broke college student would live in, but we all know good things come in small packages. 😉
Out of the seven or eight coffee shops I’ve been to in Sevilla, Jester is the only one that makes a proper iced coffee or iced americano. Nuh-uh, none of that hot coffee + two cubes of ice business here. The baristas take the time to pull the shots of espresso, put multiple chunks of ice into a shaker, and they delicately shake the ice and coffee for you. Et voilà, you have a mess-free iced coffee.
Check the video below for what a tragedy it is to create an iced beverage in Spain:
Luckily, this isn’t a problem at Jester.
Address: Calle Puerta de la Carne 7, Seville, Spain 41004
Laptop friendly: Not on the inside, but feel free to open your laptop and write your next novel on the side of the road, while using passing Sevillanos as your inspiration.
Food: Pastries, Açai Bowls, Oatmeal, etc.
Milk alternatives: Almond, Soy, Coconut
There you have it – my favorite places to head for a cup of Joanna in Sevilla. I’ve only been living here for two months, so I’m positive that there are plenty of places I haven’t been. That said, go explore for yourself and don’t completely trust some random guy from the internet. Do you, boo!
Good luck on your coffee journey.