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Best Food in Malaga

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Malaga is literally packed with great places to eat out, and there's something to suit all tastes and pockets. From cheap and cheerful to Michelin-starred cuisine, Malaga has it all. Check out this guide for the best food in the capital of the Costa del Sol.

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  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller

10 Places

7 City Tips

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10 Places

Antigua Casa de Guardia

Bars & Clubs

Vegetarian El Calafate

Restaurants

Casa Aranda

Restaurants

La Consula

Restaurants

Cerveceria Arte & Sana Craft Beer Cafe

Restaurants

La Mensula II

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Tapadaki

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Los Patios de Beatas

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El Tintero

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El Meson de Cervantes

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J0Spain's City Tips

  • Avoid obvious tourist traps and make a point of getting away from Calle Larios and Granada to the more authentic restaurants and tapas bars.
  • The norm for tipping is to leave around 5% of the price, but only if you feel the service was good and worthy of a tip. Never feel obliged.
  • Many restaurants add a charge for bread. If you don't want bread with your meal, tell the waiter as soon as you order.
  • Malaga is the perfect city for walking: it's flat and because most main attractions are centered around the old quarter.
  • Try a Malaga wine with your meal. In addition to the well-known fortified wines, there are fresh whites for seafood and sturdy reds to compliment meat and game.
  • Spaniards eat lunch from 2pm onwards and dinner from 9pm onwards, so go earlier to ensure getting a table.
  • July and August can be very hot, so don't forget your sunscreen and a hat, and walk on the shady side of the street.
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    Antigua Casa de Guardia
    Bars & Clubs
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    J0Spain Says:

    Perhaps one of the most authentic places to try Malaga wine, this 1840 bodega has one wall stacked with giant barrels and the other plastered in memorabilia. There are no tables, so prop yourself up at the bar and order your chosen tipple. Limited tapas (mainly seafood) are also available.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    Tips
    • This is an unassuming spot, so it can be easy to miss. Look out for the wooden doors on the north side of the Alameda, two blocks before Calle Larios.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 75 Nightlife in Malaga
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must if in malaga 17/11/2017
    • A must visit bar in Malaga 15/11/2017
    • Antigua Casa de Guardia
    Address:
    Alameda Principal 18
    Finca El Romerillo, Barriada de Olías
    29005 Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 952 21 46 80
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 - 15:30
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 22:45
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    Vegetarian El Calafate
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Spanish)
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    J0Spain Says:

    Vegetarians generally aren't well catered to in Malaga, but getting away from the ham and seafood is easy at this cozy place, where there's a great selection of different dishes everyday. The good value 3-course menu offers several options for each course, and portions are generous, so be prepared to eat your fill! At least one dish per course is also suitable for vegans.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • This is a popular lunchtime venue so go early (before 2pm for lunch and before 8pm for dinner) to be sure of getting a table.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #73 of 1,750 restaurants in Malaga
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good vegetarian for a carnivore 07/11/2017
    • Very good 09/10/2017
    • Vegetarian El Calafate
    Address:
    Calle Andres Perez 6
    29008 Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 952 22 93 44
    Price range:
    US$ 7 - US$ 14
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    13:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    13:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Casa Aranda
    Restaurants (Cafe, Spanish)
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    J0Spain Says:

    The ultimate comfort food stop and the best place in Malaga for chocolate and churros. The place is cheap and cheerful, the service always comes with a smile (plus a good dose of Malaga humor), the churros are crispy to perfection, and the chocolate thick enough to eat with a spoon. Toast and sandwiches are also available if you fancy something savory.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Don't miss the huge metal teapots full of hot milk that the waiters carry out to the tables.
    • If the Casa Aranda near the Ataranzas market is too busy, try the quieter one just round the corner from the Museo Thyssen.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 1,750 restaurants in Malaga
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The BEST Churros and the VERY BEST Hot Chocolate 22/11/2017
    • Excellent Churros and Chocolate! 02/11/2017
    • Casa Aranda
    Address:
    Calle Herreria del Rey 1
    Malaga, Spain
    29005 Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 952 22 28 12
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 13:00
    17:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    La Consula
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Contemporary)
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    J0Spain Says:

    La Consula means a bus trip or taxi ride outside Malaga, but the food served at one of Spain's most famous hotel schools is more than worth it. This is a weekday lunch venue only and you'll need to book, but make this one of your holiday treats, and be prepared for a truly gourmet experience. The menu changes with the seasons, but delicious food is guaranteed here at possibly the best place to eat in this part of the country. The wine list is also impressive.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • La Consula is on several bus routes (5, 9, and 10) leaving from Plaza de la Marina. It's a 45-minute journey with a short walk at the end. Or take a taxi door to door.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #385 of 1,750 restaurants in Malaga
    • OMG 26/12/2015
    • Very high quality! 22/12/2015
    • La Consula
    Address:
    Finca La Consula S/N. Churriana 29140 Malaga
    Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 952 43 60 26
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    13:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Cerveceria Arte & Sana Craft Beer Cafe
    Restaurants (Bar, Pub, Fusion)
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    J0Spain Says:

    With 9 beers on tap and over 600 in bottles, few craft beer venues can compete with this one. New beers arrive weekly, so keep an eye out for the latest in gourmet ales from around the world. You can also try before you buy, and if you don't manage to taste as many as you'd like to, there's a takeaway service (prices discounted slightly). Good tapas help soak up the hops and yeast.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you're like me and don't really know much about beer, ask the friendly owners for some recommendations.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #111 of 1,750 restaurants in Malaga
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Ambience and Beer Selection 02/10/2017
    • Great variety 18/07/2017
    • Cerveceria Arte & Sana Craft Beer Cafe
    Address:
    Plaza Merced 5
    29012 Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 951 00 42 00
    Price range:
    US$ 6 - US$ 36
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:00 - 02:00
    Mon - Thu
    19:00 - 02:00
    Fri - Sat
    13:00 - 03:00
    Other:
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    La Mensula II
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Spanish)
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    J0Spain Says:

    It's slightly off the beaten track and the outside doesn't look that promising, but waiting for you inside is some of the best Spanish food in Malaga. The emphasis is firmly on fresh produce here, with all fish and meat dishes worth trying. There's also a good value menu for two that includes a decent house wine.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Portions are large so to do the food justice, you might prefer to share starters — say one between two.
    • If you're not feeling hungry enough for a full meal, go for a selection of their delicious tapas.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #198 of 1,750 restaurants in Malaga
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Shockingly Bad 14/07/2017
    • Love it 04/07/2017
    • La Mensula II
    Address:
    Calle Trinidad Grund 28
    29001 Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 952 22 13 14
    Other:
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    Tapadaki
    Restaurants (Sushi, Asian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Spanish)
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    J0Spain Says:

    Well worth the short walk to the outer ring of the old quarter is this lively restaurant where Mediterranean cuisine meets Asian in some seriously creative tapas. My favorite is probably the octopus with smoked mashed potato and lime, but several others could come in as a very close second. And tapas also come in bigger sizes here, so more of you can share.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Make a point of visiting on a Thursday, when there's often live music. Check the restaurant's Facebook page to see who's playing.
    • Sushi fans will love the sushi bar menu.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Solo sushi in a beautiful setting 07/11/2015
    • Siempre vuelvo (always back) 04/09/2015
    • Tapadaki
    Address:
    Calle Carreteria 69
    29008 Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 952 21 79 66
    Price range:
    US$ 14 - US$ 24
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    13:30 - 16:30
    20:30 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Los Patios de Beatas
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Wine Bar)
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    J0Spain Says:

    Two beautifully restored houses are home to Malaga's best selection of wines (over 500 are on the list) paired with gourmet tapas. Sit at one of the bar tables for an informal glass of something, or make it a more formal occasion and book a table in the central patio with its stunning stained glass windows. Let the waiters advise you on the best wine for each tapa, and don't leave without visiting the museum and original wine vats.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Los Patios organizes regular wine tastings — contact them to find out if one is being held while you're in Malaga.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 1,750 restaurants in Malaga
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just excellent 17/11/2017
    • Simple class all over 10/11/2017
    • Los Patios de Beatas
    Address:
    Calle Beatas 43
    29008 Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 952 21 03 50
    Price range:
    US$ 6 - US$ 36
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    13:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    20:30 - 00:00
    Other:
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    El Tintero
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish)
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    J0Spain Says:

    Perhaps not the best place in Malaga for fried fish, but definitely worth a visit for the experience and the lively buzz found at one of Malaga's most popular venues. Pop along to the seafront in El Palo for a weekend lunch, and join lots of Spanish families for plate after plate of fried anchovies, squid, dogfish, sardines ... There's no menu here, instead the waiters tour the beachfront dining room laden with their wares, you pick what you want for lunch, and the waiter simply chalks up your tab as you eat.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Regular buses run from central Malaga to El Palo, and the journey to El Tintero takes about 30 minutes. If you're feeling energetic, cycle or walk it.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #152 of 1,750 restaurants in Malaga
    • Fun and food on a Sunday afternoon 07/11/2017
    • Beach Side Experience 22/09/2017
    • El Tintero
    Address:
    Playa del Dedo, s/n
    29018 Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 952 20 68 26
    Price range:
    US$ 7 - US$ 30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    El Meson de Cervantes
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Fusion)
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    J0Spain Says:

    This small venue is off the tourist trail, but well worth the short walk from Plaza de la Merced. It's justly famous for its tapas — the stuffed red peppers are particularly good — and the larger plates served here are perfect for sharing.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • In addition to the typical menu, daily special tapas are available — ask the waiter for a list.
    • If you've got a sweet tooth, save room for a dessert: I recommend the "flan de higos" (fig creme caramel).
    • The restaurant's popularity means it gets crowded (and noisy), so book to ensure you get a table.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 1,750 restaurants in Malaga
    • Well worth the wait for a table 24/11/2017
    • Mr Ulf 22/11/2017
    • El Meson de Cervantes
    Address:
    Calle Alamos, 11
    Calle Cacer
    29012 Malaga
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 952 21 62 74
    Price range:
    US$ 10 - US$ 25
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    19:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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