Convent Sweets (Dulces) in Seville

Many nuns in the convents of Sevilla earn their living selling sweets and confections. Their recipes come from the times of the Romans and Moors, which they have preserved over the ages. Unfortunately many convents are closing because they have fewer nuns. So this art may be lost in the future. Buying their sweets will help their convents and tourists can try something completely Spanish.

The procedure for buying the sweets is very archaic, but very charming. You enter the convent to a very small room with a lazy Susan installed on the wall. You never see the nun with whom you do the transaction, since the nuns are cloistered and avoid direct contact with the public.

On the wall beside the lazy Susan will be a pricelist. You look it over and decide which sweets you want to buy. Then you ring a buzzer on the wall. After a while you will hear the voice of a nun greet you and ask you what you want to buy. You tell her your order and after a few minutes the lazy Susan will turn and you will find your order on it. You then put your money on the lazy Susan and turn it so that the nun can get it. If there is change, the nun puts it on the lazy Susan and you then can get your change.

The transaction is completely based on trust, and that is why it is so very charming. However many convents now have removed the lazy Susan and have a window where you can talk directly to a nun.

1. Convento de Santa Paula (Jerónimas)
Calle Santa Paula, 11
Tel: 954-536-330
Dulces: Mermeladas y jaleas (19 variedades), dulce de membrillo y pimientos morrones en almíbar. En Navidad, alfajores mozárabes.

Hours: 10:00-13:00/16:30-18:30.

2. Convento de San Leandro (Agustinas)
Plaza de San Leandro
Tel: 954-224-195
Dulces: Yemas de San Leandro

Hours: 9:30-13:00/16:30-19:00. Closed Sundays and holidays.

3. Convento de Santa Ana (Carmelitas)
Calle Santa Ana, 34
Tel: 954-380-603
Dulces: Yemas, pestiños, empanadillas, carmelitas, dulces de chocolate y almendra de receta alemana. Torrijas (En Cuaresma)

4. Convento de Santa Ines

Doña Maria Coronel, 5

Tel: 954-223-145

Dulces: Tortitas de aceite, cortadillos, bolitos de Santa Ines, magdalenas, roscos, torta de polvoron, pastas.

Hours: 09:00-13:00/16:00-18:30. Closed Sundays.

5. Convento de San Clemente (Cistercienses)
Reposo, 9
Tel: 954-378-040
Dulces: Dulces con azúcar: Panecillos de Belén, perlitas de café, mazapanes, cortadillos, tortas de polvorón, roscos clementinos, piñonadas, mazapanes de cinco sabores (café, fresa, coco, piñón y calabaza), empanadillas de hojaldre, rellenas de cidra y cortadillos especiales con vino y aguardiente en la masa. En Cuaresma hacen torrijas y pestiños.
Dulces sin azúcar (con fructosa o edulcorante artificial): tortas, panallets de piñones, coquitos y almendritos sevillanos.

Hours: 10:00-13:00/15:30-17:30.

Sundays: 11:00-13:00.

6. Convento de Santa María del Socorro (Concepcionistas Franciscanas)
Calle Bustos Tavera, 30
Tel: 954-502-723
Dulces: Pestiños, amargillos, tocino de cielo, coronillas de almendra, mantecados, tortas, sultanas, roscos de Navidad, rosquillas cordobesas, yemas de almendra, turroncillos de chocolate y delicias de coco con tres variedades. En Cuaresma hacen torrijas.

Hours: 10:00-13:30/17:00-19:00.

7. Convento Madre de Dios (Dominicas)
Calle San José, 4
Tel: 954-217-822
Dulces: Bocaditos árabes, naranjitos sevillanos, cordiales, yemas de batata, almendrados, gallina de leche, bienmesabe, dátiles rellenos de mazapán, perrunillas, bocaditos de almendra y empanadillas hechas al horno y rellenas de boniato o cidra con aroma de aguardiente.

Hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00-13:00.

8. Tienda El Torno

Plaza del Cabildo, s/n.

Tel: 954-219-190

Hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00-13:30/17:00-19:30.

Saturday and Sunday: 10:30-14:00.