Breakfast in Malaga: What To Eat & The Best Places To Eat It

This blog post was originally posted on April 19th, 2016 and was updated on May 24th, 2017

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we believe it could be true, especially when traveling.

It’s important to get a good breakfast before heading out to explore, and while Spain doesn’t typically serve up sausage and eggs with toast, with so many great places to enjoy a snack in the morning, breakfast in Malaga is one of our favorite meals.

Breakfast can range from a simple cup of coffee to a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, or even churros or muffins. There is something for everyone, and each Spanish city has its own variations of a “typical breakfast”. Of course, Malaga is no exception to this rule.

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day when traveling - how else you would you find the energy to explore all corners of the city? Here is some information about Malaga's typical breakfast, and most importantly, our favorite places for breakfast in Malaga.

Malaga’s Most Typical Breakfast

The typical breakfast in Malaga is a pitufo which literally means “smurf”. But instead of referring to the small blue cartoon characters that we are all familiar with, in this case, a pitufo refers to a mollete which is a special kind of bread that has been around since the Moorish rule in Andalusia. The pitufo is toasted and topped with your choice of EVOO, tomato, butter, jam, pâté, cheese or any other combination. You can also find a pitufo integral which is the whole wheat version for the healthier among us.

What About Coffee?

For the coffee drinkers, the pitufo is usually accompanied by a coffee, although be aware that in Málaga there are very specific ways to order your coffee. But if you are more of a tea drinker, please know that you are not alone as there are some great places to get tea in Málaga. All those years with the Moorish influence has to count for something! So whether you prefer a tea or coffee, pitufo or something sweet, read on for our recommendations of the best places for breakfast in Málaga.

This "Pitufo" sandwich with ham and tomato is one of the most typical things for breakfast in Malaga
The very typical breakfast in Malaga which is “Pitufo” sandwich with ham and tomato

Cafeteria Oliver

Not far from the Cathedral, this bar doesn’t look like much, but it has great breakfast offerings! You will also enjoy people watching and being part of the action. It’s one of the best places for breakfast in Malaga, and not only that, the prices are great too!

Address: Calle Sancha de Lara, 11

Café Central

This is one of the places for breakfast in Malaga that is known by everyone in the city – locals and visitors alike! If you to go when the locals are here stop by around 11am, as by then it’s time for a coffee break and a snack. You’ll find people enjoying their delicious freshly made churros, or the typical Malaga breakfast of pitufo.

We start our day here on our Tastes, Tapas & Traditions of Malaga Food Tour, why don’t you join us?

Address: Plaza de la Constitución, 11

These are churros, a very typical breakfast in Malaga. It's fried dough that we dip in steamy hot chocolate - yum!
We also love having churros for breakfast!

Casa Aranda

If you have opted for churros, this is a classic place for breakfast in Málaga. Although there are also other great places to eat churros, this one fills up quickly as it’s very popular. Don’t let that scare you off, though! Just push your way up to the counter and tell them how many churros you would like (or how many people are in your group).

Address: Calle Herrería del Rey, 1

Café Con Libros

Located next to Picasso’s childhood home in the Plaza de la Merced, Café Con Libros is a great place for breakfast or for a snack later on in the day. An eclectic mix of furniture and the hipster crowd make this one of my personal favorites for breakfast and for getting some writing done!

Address: Plaza Merced, 19

These are the delicious spreads to top your toast at La Recova, one of our favorite places for breakfast in Malaga
The delicious spreads to top your toast at La Recova in Malaga

La Recova

This is a art gallery/store turned great little cafe, that serves a simple but amazing breakfast every morning, followed by delicious tapas later on in the day. For breakfast, you sit down and simply order your coffee, then the food starts coming! You will get two slices of toast, on top of which you can spread the range different toppings available for everyone – expect specialties such as sobrassada, zurrapa, and home made jams.

Address: Pasaje Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de San Juan, 5

La Esquinita del Chupa y Tira

A few minutes walk from the Plaza de la Merced on Calle Victoria you will find this little shop that sells canned goods, wine and lunch meats. Don’t be deterred, however – in the back of the shop are some barrels set up where you can have breakfast.

The men who run the place remind us of the Spanish grandfather we wish we had, and the products are all fresh. In fact, they sliced the ham just for us! This is an authentic neighborhood place that is well worth heading off the beaten path to find.

Address: Calle Victoria, 31

Join us on a food tour and have breakfast like the locals! Aside from a delicious start to the day with coffee and a typical breakfast, we will explore Malaga’s historic center in the best way possible – through food and local wine!

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