Málaga is a great holiday destination with a rich and competitive culinary scene that highlights Spanish and international gastronomy. There are so many cafés, bars and restaurants where you can enjoy and taste the delicious typical cuisine.
In this article, you will get the full overview of where to eat in Málaga. We are recommending some of our favorite places, along with other highly rated places by locals and travelers.
Cafeterías in Málaga
What a better way to start your day in Málaga than having a breakfast?, even if you just wanna have a snack or have a coffee, you would prefer to do it in a charming and cozy place, right?. So, to know some of the greatest cafés where to have this in Málaga keep reading:
It is an institution in Malaga and is famous for its amazing homemade churros – the delicious fried dough pastries without which most breakfasts in Andalusia would be unthinkable. For over 75 years, this family-run joint has been churning out these decadent and incredibly Moorish snacks for both visitors and locals, who enjoy them along with superb coffee in an old-style, joyfully chaotic atmosphere.
Also recommended is the ‘hot chocolate’ – a thick, rich beverage which makes other, similarly named drinks seem like pale imitations.
Address: Calle Herrería del Rey, 3, 29005 Málaga
Café con Libros
Opened in 1998, Café con Libros is more of a bohemian attraction, a go-to place for those looking for a calm and quiet moment while reading a bookand enjoying a wide choice of teas, coffees and cakes.
With a charming ambiance created by its artsy and contemporary library-style decor, this small cafe is a memorable location, offering a vast collection of books and newspapers for guests to borrow. The light and refreshing menu complements the atmosphere with a variety of salads, spinach tarts, salty cheese crepes, local style sandwiches and tempting pancakes.
Address: Plaza de la Merced, 19, 29012 Málaga
Recyclo Bike Café
Vegetarian and vegan food is difficult to find in Spain, at least outside Madrid, so if you’re looking for a vegan restaurant and cafe, Recyclo Bike Café is a great place to check out.
During the day, try out one of their smoothies or a cup of coffee, accompanied by some vegetarian snacks. The evening menu is more extensive with vegetarian burritos and burgers, while the side salads are incredibly diverse in flavor and ingredients. The atmosphere at this health-conscious space is vibrant, lively and youthful. Opening hours: Mon-Thurs and Sun 9am-12am, Fri-Sat 9am-2am.
Address: Plaza Enrique García-Herrera, 16, 29005 Málaga
Bars and restaurants in Málaga
It is a cultural landmark in Malaga and a definite must-try for all visitors exploring this southern destination. One of the city’s most famous restaurants, El Pimpi enjoys a truly unique location in an 18th century house, offering its guests traditional Spanish dishes in themed rooms, and on its large outdoor terrace that offers splendid views of the surrounding historical attractions. El Pimpi hosts many cultural events, including weekly flamenco nights, and has been visited by many artists who have left their autographs on the restaurant’s wine barrels, including the Picasso family and even Antonio Banderas.
Address: Calle Granada, 62, 29015 Málaga
Antigua Casa de Guardia
Considered to be the oldest tavern in Malaga, Antigua Casa de Guardiahas remained an iconic landmark of the city ever since its opening in 1840, and a top attraction for those in search of a history lesson outside of the museum – in this case, along the many sherry barrels of a typical bodega. Needless to say, this is also the ultimate destination for wine enthusiasts, who get to taste a top selection of the best Spanish wines. An accompaniment in the form of perfectly matched cheeses, salads or tapas is a must here.
Address: Alameda Principal, 18, 29005 Málaga
El Mesón de Cervantes
This is a mandatory stop for those in love with Spanish cuisine and its typical tapas. One of the most famous restaurants in Malaga, El Mesón de Cervantes excels in serving a great variety of tapas – fish and seafood, meat or vegetarian – and has a strong reputation for being one of the best places in town to serve this type of dish. Its menu also features other tempting recipes such as grilled red tuna with cauliflower purée, risotto of pumpkin and mushrooms and exotic desserts like fig flan of sweet Malaga wine.
Address: Calle Álamos, 11, 29012
Amador is the perfect location for those in search of place to unwind and take in the surrounding views of the Mediterranean while enjoying a top culinary experience. Situated in a former Dutch colony – today the select neighborhood of El Atabal – Amador is one of the most renowned restaurants in Malaga and a winner of Trip Advisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence. Run by Chef Amador Fernández, this venue boasts a beautiful art collection, inviting its guests to choose from an appetizing array of international and Spanish dishes from the gourmet, a la carte and tasting menus.
Address: Calle de Bandaneira, Nº6, 29190 Málaga
Dlink is a refreshing option for eco-enthusiasts; this chic location features a menu based solely on organic and fresh products, in line with the restaurant’s guiding philosophy of sustainability. Situated in the centre of beautiful Malaga, Dlink is without a doubt an authentic culinary venue, attractive for both tourists and locals in search of something different. Offering good value for money, this small organic restaurant serves dishes such as carrot cream, grilled chicken salad, pumpkin and tomato salads, marinated salmon, vegetarian quesadillas or chocolate cake with ice cream for dessert.
Address: Calle Calderón de la Barca, 6, 29005 Málaga
Skewers – An important local dish
Skewers, and more specifically the sardine skewers (espetos de sardinas), are a Málaga cuisine classic. One of the most appreciated delicacies by locals and tourists. One of the most demanded specialties in beach bars and restaurants on the extensive coast of Málaga.
Actually skewers of sardines of other fish and molluks are common in almost all the coastal towns in Andalucía. Though the sardine skewers are the best known, especially in Málaga.
We cannot end without mentioning one place where to eat them, at least:
El Tintero is one of the most famous beach bars in el Palo, which is a residential neighbourhood right next to the sea (beach). Its espetos are well-known in all the area but also you will be able to taste the best fried fish in Costa del Sol. The portions served are generous and we are sure you won’t believe it when they “ auction “ the fish. You’d rather discover it by yourself.
The only downside is that it is not that close to the city centre, around 8/9 km away, but you can easily get there by public transport.
Address: Av. Salvador Allende, 97, 29017 Málaga
Tropicana Beach Bar
Located in the central beach la Malagueta, its fame comes precisely due ot its delicious sardine espetos. While you wait for your food, you’ll be able to see how they cook your fish in the boats near the sea.
Address: Paseo Marítimo Pablo Ruiz Picasso, s/n, 29016, Málaga
If you still had trouble when trying to find any of these places, you can always use Google Maps! It will easily take you to where you wanna go.