Perhaps you came to Malaga for the sun, but we know you’re going to want to stay for the food! From tapas bars in the city’s historic center to seaside ‘chriniguitos’ serving the daily catch, Malaga has something for every palette.
We want to make sure you’re able to experience the absolute best this gastronomical gem of a city has to offer, which is why we’ve put together the ultimate guide for where to eat in Malaga! With our tips and recommendations, you’ll be enjoying Malaga like a malagueño in no time.
Where to eat breakfast in Malaga
If you want to experience Malaga like a true malagueño, start your day with a local breakfast! We recommend La Recova (Pasaje Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de San Juan, 5). Just around the corner from the beautiful San Juan Church, this popular local bar is located on a charming side street lined with quaint antique and craft shops.
Our decision-making skills are limited before we’ve had our morning coffee, which is why we love this bar’s single-item breakfast menu. The “Farmer’s Breakfast” does not disappoint! With five different sweet and savory spreads, you’re sure to find something tasty to top your toast. For something different, try zurrapa, which is a rich lard spread made with ground meat.
Craving something sweet? Whether for breakfast or a late afternoon snack, malagueños love their churros con chocolate, and we think you will too! One of our favorite spots to enjoy churros (Spain’s beloved fried dough treat) is Casa Aranda (Hereria del Rey, 3). Join the locals and start your day the sweet way!
Join us on our Daytime Tapas, Market & City Tour, and start the day with us with some delicious fried churros!
Where to eat lunch in Malaga
Head to the beach for some sun, surf and…grilled fish! Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a chiringuito (beach barbecue-style restaurant) for the quintessential Malaga experience. If you’re willing to venture a little outside the city center, you’ll be rewarded with some of the freshest seafood in Andalusia!
For a true local favorite, try El Cabra (Paseo Marítimo el Pedregal, 17). We recommend espetos de sardinas. The grilled sardine skewers are an iconic malagueño meal! Remember, though, to ensure freshness, only order espetos de sardinas in months without an ‘r’!
Not feeling fish? If you’re in the mood for some red meat, check out the famous burger at Wendy Gamba (Calle Fresca, 10). It’s made with rich bull meat and topped with smokey cheese. Yum! Another of our favorite midday options is Taberna Uvedoble (Calle Cister, 15). They have an amazing selection of tantalizing tapas with a modern twist! It’s very popular among locals and tourists alike, so you might want to make a reservation.
Where to grab a snack in Malaga
If you want to experience Malaga like a local, you can’t forget about the merienda (afternoon snack)! Most restaurants don’t open until at least 8:30pm, which means it can be quite a while between lunch and dinner. Make the transition from afternoon to the evening like a malagueño and head to a cafe! One of our favorite merienda spots is Julia Bakery (Calle Carreteria, 44). We love their homemade pastries!
Looking for something more to hold you over? Don’t forget to visit Mercado de Atarazanas (Calle Atarazanas, 10) for the freshest local products! The market is our go-to stop for snacks and picnic supplies. All the prices are very reasonable, and with an incredible selection, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for! It’s the perfect place to pick up fruit, meat, cheese, bread or olives before heading to the beach to enjoy your snacks in the sun!
Where to eat dinner in Malaga
Since the 1960s, Marisqueria Casa Vicente (Calle del Comisario, 2) has provided malagueños with some of the best shrimp in the city center. It’s served by the plateful with a plastic bucket on the side for throwing away the shells. Casa Vicente tops their shrimp with a sprinkle of salt and squeezed lemon. Simplicity at its absolute finest! Pair your shrimp with an ice cold cerveza for one of Malaga’s most classic meals.
Speaking of Malaga’s most classic meals, Mesón Mariano (Calle Granados, 2) is arguably the most authentic tapas bar in the city. The family-run business offers a variety of traditional homemade tapas. We love the artichokes with jamón. Pair your tapas with a glass of local Malaga wine from the restaurant’s impressive selection.
Even more options: One of our favorite restaurants for a nice sit-down dinner is Garcia Taberna. The hip ambiance sets the scene for a memorable evening, and the fusion food will awaken your taste buds. We also love El Mortal for high quality Spanish cold cuts, cheeses, and wines.
This guide is just the tip of the gastronomical iceberg! If you’re ready to dive deeper into the Malaga foodie scene, join us on our one of our Malaga food tours. Together, we’ll explore the historic center of Malaga while sampling delicious local cuisine and wines. We promise there’s never been a tastier way to discover Malaga!