Souvenir Shopping Part 1, Sevilla

It would be a pity to leave Seville without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Seville, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 1
Guide Location: Spain » Sevilla (See other walking tours in Sevilla)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Author: Daniel
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Ferretería Puerta Carmona

1) Ferretería Puerta Carmona

What to buy here: Ironworks – The streets of Sevilla boast lovely ironworks in the form of lamps, railings and even manhole covers, and iron is to the city of Seville as neon is to Las Vegas. The ornate pieces in the form of hooks, drawer pulls, kings and even statuets make wonderful, lasting souvenirs. The Spaniards buy all of their hardware needs at stores called ferreterías, and the selection of Ferretería Puerta Carmona has a reputation for being the biggest and best. In the small, cramped space, men pull out drawers filled with nails and hooks, and the walls have ironworks – often called reja – mounted all the way up to the ceiling. Ask to see the other warehouses, which showcase beautiful pieces that they’re willing to send back home for you. Price: varies depending on product. A brass knocker is 17€ and up, for example.

Operation hours: Monday–Friday: 9:00–13:30 and 16:30–20:00; Saturday: 9:00–13:30.
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Convento San Leandro

2) Convento San Leandro

What to buy here: Convent sweets.

The historic city center is dotted with convents where the nuns pass their time making sweets and peddling them out of turnstiles in the foyer. From honeys and jams to cookies, the nuns provided sevillanos with their sugar rush. Enter into any of the small doors next to the convent, and a cloistered nun – hidden from view – will ask your order. Tell them you’ve come without sin, and you’ll be awarded with something sinful – pestiños, yemas San Leandro and other goodies.

The convent sweets do come in boxes, however just basic cardboard boxes and do require some care if you aim to take them home with you.

During the first weekend in December, there’s also a market in the Patio de las Banderas of the Alcázar palace which showcases the city’s most delicious treats.

Most of the cloistered nunneries in the city have treats for sale, but listed below are some of the more popular.

Price: 5€ for a box of almond sweets and up to 16€ for Yemas de San Leandro, an egg yolk pastry.

Operation hours: Monday–Saturday: 9:30–13:30 and 16:30–19:00
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Asunción Pena

3) Asunción Pena

What to buy here: Flamenco dresses and accessories.

Colorful, polka-dotted and form-fitting, a traje de gitana, or flamenco dress, is one of the most authentic gift options in Seville. As the cradle of flamenco, the city plays host to some of the best flamenco fashion designers in Spain, like Vicky Martín Berrocal , Loli Vera and Luchi Cabrera, who draw their inspiration from the gypsies of centuries past and the cobblestone alleyways of the old city. Expect low necklines and plenty of ruffles, and bear in mind than many can be tailored in-house to fit your measurements.

Complete the look by adding accessories, known as complementos. The rule of thumb is the bigger, the better, so don’t be afraid to purchase something that seems a little exaggerated. The most common are cloth flowers, combs and earrings, but women spend upwards of 100€ for their unique look while adding shawls and other accessories.

Operation hours: Monday–Saturday: 10:00–13:30 and 17:00–20:30
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Antonio Garcia

4) Antonio Garcia

What to buy here: Sombreros Cordobeses.

Cordobese Style hats are fashionable during the springtime fairs around Southern Spain, and their wide brims keep the sun away from your face. There is none more famous than the one crafted by Antonio García, which has been the leading house of hats in Seville since 1847. Little has changed about the construction of these handmade hats in the last 150 years, and the variety can’t be beat by any other establishment. Taking into account size, purpose and material, the warehouse has a cordobés for every taste. Antonio García also has monteras, the hat bullfighters sport, products for horses, caps and even top hats for purchase, all sealed up in a powder blue box for safekeeping when you arrive home. Price: 40€ - 150€

Operation hours: Monday–Friday: 10:00–13:30 and 17:00–20:30; Saturday: 10:30–14:00 and 17:00–20:30
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Juncia y Romero

5) Juncia y Romero

What to buy here: Religious gifts.

Holy Week is one of the most celebrated holidays of the year in Spain, and Seville’s fame is well-deserved. The streets fill with incense, three-foot long candles and the more than thirty penitent brotherhoods who parade their lifelike floats though the city center. You can take home a token of the city’s most passionate week, ranging from small to large, simple to ornate. Common gifts include rosaries, incense, figurines and robes. Or, pick up a small image or pendant of the most famous saints – Seville’s Virgin Mary is La Virgen de los Reyes and Christ, El Jesús del Gran Poder (he’s also the oldest float still in use!) – or San Fernando, the patron of the city.

Additionally, at many of the churches and chapels, you can pick up pins, keychains and medallions of the famous processions and donate to the church’s upkeep fund. If you’ve ever danced the Macarena, you’ll know that the song was named after Seville’s famous Virgin of the same name, whose procession during the early dawn of Good Friday is among the most popular. Price: varies according to product, from 2,50€ and up.

Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 am – 1:30 pm, 5:00 – 8:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
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Castañuelas Zadi

6) Castañuelas Zadi

What to buy here: Hand-painted fans.

When the heat of midday gets to be unbearable, Sevillian women sport hand-painted fans. During Spain’s Golden Age, fans came to have a language of their own in courtship, but today you can find an abánico in nearly every size and color just to complement a look. Whether you’re a bride searching for a lace fan or you simply want something to remember your days in Seville by, fans make light and practical gifts, and seem almost personal due to the plethora of options in their color, style and cut. Most come with a matching case to keep it safe from wear and tear during the hot summer months.

Calle Sierpes, one of the major shopping thoroughfares of the old city, has world-class establishments with over a century of experience, and all fans are painted in-house. Additionally, many sell brooches and shawls that are handcrafted and almost disguise your touring gear! Price: 2,50€ - 5,000€

Operation hours: Monday–Friday: 9:30–13:30 and 17:00–20:30; Saturday: 10:00-14:00.
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Confitería La Campana

7) Confitería La Campana

What to buy here: Tortas del Aceite.

A lunchbox staple and afternoon snack favorite, tortas del aceite are simple cakes made of flour, sugar and salt that are fried in olive oil. Dipped in coffee or hot chocolate, the small cakes are crunchy and light, so it’s a good treat to break up a shopping day. Located on the main shopping street, Calle Sierpes, you’ll find Confitería La Campana, one of Seville’s oldest and most respected pastry shops. The waiters, dressed in Old World uniforms, serve cakes and pastries on gorgeous china out of a wood-paneled shop. You can have a torta in their outdoor seating, standing up at the bar, or take some home for family and friends. Price: 1,30€ (about 30g).

Operation hours: Monday-Sunday: 8:00–22:00
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Supermercados el Corte Inglés

8) Supermercados el Corte Inglés

What to buy here: Anisette.

The national drink of the Mediterranean could easily be anisette liquor, a clear drink consumed at nearly any time of day in Seville. Made through the process of distilling anise seeds, the taste is of licorice and there is no shortage of types – from aguardiente to Turkish raki. While most supermarkets will carry the famous brands, having an anise with your afternoon snack is the sevillano way. Nearly every bar in the city has a bottle stashed under the bar, and all households tend to use it as an aperitif or an after dinner drink. If you’re brave, you could head to Cazalla de la Sierra, the whitewashed city north of Seville where a type of anisette infused with cherries, called Miura, is mass produced, and where locals are happy to buy you a round or two. Price: 3 - 15€ per bottle.

Operation hours: Monday–Saturday: 10:00–22:00

Walking Tours in Sevilla, Spain

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Create Your Own Walk in Sevilla

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Flamenco Walking Tour in Seville

Flamenco Walking Tour in Seville

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Seville Night Entertainment Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Baroque Walking Tour in Seville

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
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Seville Museums and Galleries Tour

A city situated at the intersection between Arabic and European cultures, Seville has a rich cultural heritage. A visit to this city wouldn't be complete without seeing such iconic sites as its museum and art galleries. Discover the artistic and historical Seville in the Museum of Fine Arts, the Archive of the Indies and other institutions, all selected and described in this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Seville without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Seville, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km

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