Mireia Llusia-Lindh, Founder of DeMellier, shares her insider guide to Seville.
Founded in 2017, DeMellier is the London-based handbag brand to carry about town, whether at home or abroad.
Born in Spain to an Andalusian mother and a Catalan father, here, Llusia-Lindh shares her insider knowledge on Seville to celebrate the brand’s latest launch, the Seville family. Inspired by the city’s elegance, their newest clutch bags, the Seville and Mini Seville, feature statement gold frame handles and a soft curved shape.
To discover the best places in the city to treat yourself, as well as must-pack items for a Sevillian getaway, check out Llusia-Lindh’s guide below.
Essential items to pack?
A flowy linen or cotton dress, a Panama straw hat, and one of our Seville bags to stay cool yet stylish while strolling the city.
The best time to visit Seville is…
Spring, especially April and May. July and August are just too hot, and in spring you have numerous local celebrations such as La Feria de Abril and Las Cruces de Mayo, which are deeply rooted in the history of the city and showcase the deep heritage and colourful traditions the city has to offer. If you are looking for a cool and quiet month, then I would suggest September.
Our first pitstop should be…
The Plaza de Espana and El Alcazar de Sevilla, two impressive landmarks covering different parts of the history of the city that one can’t miss when visiting Seville.
Your favourite hotel to check-in at is…
Hotel Alfonso XIII for those who are looking for a grand historical experience and Plácido y Grata Hotel for a modern minimalist take on a traditional Sevillian townhouse where life flows around the beautiful central courtyard.
For an early morning workout head to…
Parque de Alamillo and the Guadalquivir river paths, it can get very hot during the day so make sure you do head early if you are up for a run.
Where should we go for breakfast?
Founded in 1904, Bar el Comercio has the best churros with dipping chocolate in the city, you can also find the traditional Jamon de Jabugo there, which I recommend you have inside a mollete (a traditional Andalusian type of bread).
How about for a long, lazy lunch?
El Rinconcillo for traditional tapas, I suggest you try salmorejo – a thick gazpacho topped with egg and Spanish ham –, a favourite from my childhood.
Your favourite restaurant in town?
Restaurante Manzil, a sophisticated modern take on Andalusian’s food.
And for dinner with friends?
Budget: Perro Viejo Tapas Bar.
Blow Out: Abades Triana for nice food with great views of the Guadalquivir river and the renown neighbourhood of Triana
Where should we head post-dinner?
Embarcadero – a nice breezy spot along the river.
The drink to order at the bar…
Try orange wine, a local speciality.
The best place for people watching…
It has to be a plaza. I suggest Plaza Doña Elvira located in the beautiful and peaceful Santa Cruz barrio.
The culture spot to rave about…
It has to be the Royal Alcázar of Seville, breathtaking.
The best place to treat yourself is…
The AIRE Ancient Baths in Seville, to fully relax and be transported to another era.
One place only locals know about…
Mercado de Triana, a traditional market where the Sevillians go to buy local produce.
For the best views head to…
The top of the Torre del Oro, one of the most emblematic buildings in Seville.
For a change of pace try…
La Juderia, get lost in its narrow streets, passages, and courtyards.
A book to read before we go (or while we’re there)?
Don Juan Tenorio by Jose Zorilla for those who love classics, and The Seville Communion by Arturo Perez-Reverte for those who are into thrillers.
In a word, Seville is…