Where to Eat in Malaga (Top Recommendations by a Local)

I’m not surprised that Malaga’s food scene is becoming more popular. My hometown has incredible ingredients and dishes worth trying, from flavourful raisins and sugar cane honey to fresh fish.

If you’re asking yourself, “Where do I eat in Malaga?” this food guide will help you find some of the best places to eat in Malaga. 

I’ve personally visited and tried these cafes, restaurants and dessert places, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 

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Where to eat in Malaga

This guide offers some of the best places to eat in Malaga, but if you are wondering what to eat in my hometown, the short answer is sardine skewers, fried anchovies with lemon, and ajoblanco. You can find out more information in this detailed article on the most traditional dishes in Malaga.

Best cafes in Malaga

Tejeringos Coffee

churros with dulce de leche and two glasses of orange juice.

Whenever I want to have churros for breakfast, I head to Tejeringos Coffee. Their churros are delicious, and I love that you can have them with the traditional Spanish thick chocolate or sauces like dulce de leche (caramel) and white chocolate. 

Besides churros, they also serve a wide variety of hot sandwiches, including ham and cheese, turkey, and more. I sometimes order the catalana, a sandwich with tomato, olive oil and Serrano ham. It’s my favourite.

I’m not a big fan of coffee, but my dad approves of their coffee, and they also have tea and refreshing freshly squeezed orange juice.

📍 Address: C/ Méndez Núñez, 6, Distrito Centro, 29008 Málaga

La Bella Julieta

La bella julieta cafe in malaga spain.

La Bella Julieta is another popular cafe in Malaga. It has locations across the city centre and even outside Malaga. Whether you fancy a sandwich, cake or waffles, you can find it here.

I usually go to the one closest to Calle Larios. There are plenty of tables, but it gets busy on weekends.

My recommendations are the red velvet cake, their strawberry milkshake and healthy toasts with avocado. The portions and prices are good, and I love the atmosphere.

📍 Address: C. Prta del Mar, 20, Distrito Centro, 29005 Málaga

Best restaurants in Malaga

Kraken

As much as I love traditional food, I sometimes like to try modern dishes that combine traditional flavours with technical skills. 

Kraken does exactly that! You can find traditional dishes served in a beautiful way. I had heard great things about this restaurant so my friends and I decided to try it. 

We visited Kraken for lunch and were glad that we arrived early as it quickly started to fill up. 

I ordered their pork and mushroom rice and shrimp taco, while my friends ordered the pil pil prawn croquetas, duck lasagna, and manchego cheese. 

The food is delicious, and portions are reasonable – not too big or too small. 

My favourite dishes were the rice and croquetas, which were garnished with lime zest! The dessert (apple pie with ice cream) was okay. I feel like it could have been better. 

If you plan to visit Kraken, I would recommend two or three tapas per person. 

📍 Address: Pl. de las Flores, 2, Distrito Centro, 29005 Málaga

Casa Lola Strachan 

Casa Lola Strachan is a popular option for affordable and delicious tapas. I must admit it’s my go-to choice when I eat out in Malaga’s old town. 

The decor is modern, but it still has the charm of a traditional tapa bar. You can sit at its tall tables outside or inside. There are plenty of tables, but it gets very busy, especially on weekends. 

My partner and I love the food. Our favourite tapas are their patatas bravas and Russian salad. We also always order the grilled monkfish that comes with salad. The fish is flaky and so good!  

I can also recommend their small bites, like the prawn skewer and Serranito sandwich (a sandwich made with pork fillet, Iberian ham and fried green pepper). They are mouthwatering. 

📍 Address: C. Strachan, 11, Distrito Centro, 29015 Málaga

El Pimpi Bodega Bar

El pimpi bodega, malaga winery located in the city centre.

El Pimpi is the most emblematic restaurant in Malaga. Spanish celebrities frequent this beautiful restaurant and winery. 

It’s always been famous, but it has become even more famous since it appeared on several TV shows, such as Gordon, Gino, and Fred: Road Trip.

Although you can have your meal with a view of the Roman Theatre and Alcazaba, I often prefer to sit inside because of the atmosphere.

If you choose a table outside, I still recommend peeking inside to see the wall with photos of celebrities who have visited El Pimpi, the huge barrels and the beautiful patio-like area. 

In terms of food, you can have some of the most traditional dishes in Malaga province. The menu changes with the season, but some favourites are always available like salmorejo, ensaladilla rusa, fritura mixta.

Fritura mixta, which is a combination of different types of fried fish and seafood, is what my partner and I usually order. It’s so good! 

📍 Address: C. Granada, 62, Distrito Centro, 29015 Málaga

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Los Mellizos

Los Mellizos is a restaurant chain in Malaga that specialises in fish and seafood. Despite being a chain, it’s a favourite among locals, and, fortunately, there’s one in Malaga old town, so you don’t need to head further. 

Popular dishes in Los Mellizos are fried anchovies with lemon, clams and grilled white fish. However, if you don’t fancy eating fish, they also have rice dishes, including paella. 

This fish restaurant also offers gluten-free dishes. Just talk to the waiter to make a note of this.

📍 Address: C. Sancha de Lara, 7, Distrito Centro, 29015 Málaga

Taberna La Pechá

This small tavern tucked in the Soho neighbourhood has become a popular location for tapas. 

I saw it a couple of times on someone’s Instagram, and I immediately thought, “I need to try it!”

Due to its size, they only have tall tables, but if they’re busy, you can always sit by the bar. 

The atmosphere is always lively and informal, so I feel welcome by the waiter the moment I step in. 

The prices are good, and the food is packed with flavour. I had three tapas, but you might want to order one or two more if you have a big appetite. 

The menu isn’t too big, but I totally love small bars that have fewer options, and you’re guaranteed high-quality dishes. 

My top recommendation is to order the Ensaladilla Rusa. Personally, it’s one of the best I’ve ever had. 

The tortilla and montaditos (sandwiches) are good too. 

📍 Address: C. San Lorenzo, 14, Distrito Centro, 29001 Málaga

Los Cuñaos

A plate of grilled sardines, fried squid and aubergines with sugar cane honey.

There’s no visit to Malaga without trying the traditional espetos. They consist of slow roasted sardines in skewers and are the most famous food in Malaga. 

The best place to try this dish and have other delicious fish dishes is a chiringuito (a beach restaurant).

Los Cuñaos is my favourite beach restaurant in Malaga. It’s in the Pedregalejo neighbourhood, a 10 minute drive from Malaga city centre. 

This restaurant serves the best fried fish and espetos in Malaga, and I love that the service is usually fast. 

If you plan to go on the weekend, I recommend booking a table in advance. 

📍 Address: P.º Marítimo el Pedregal, 93, Málaga-Este, 29017 Málaga

Restaurante Mexicano Tulum

Tacos at Restaurante Mexicano Tulum in the centre of Malaga, Spain.

If you don’t fancy tapas or any Mediterranean dishes, you’ll enjoy this Mexican restaurant near the old town of Malaga.

I discovered it by chance. My partner and I were craving tacos when we saw this place. It looked nice from the outside but wasn’t the typical chain (aka Taco Bell).

Although the restaurant seems small, it actually has two floors. We’ve been now a few times and continue to go whenever we want Mexican food. 

I usually order the cochinita pibil and chicken tacos. They’re very flavoursome! 

📍 Address: C. Carretería, 102, Distrito Centro, 29008 Málaga

Best places to eat dessert in Malaga

La Tarta de la Madre de Cris

Do you love cheesecake? You need to try La Tarta de la Madre de Cris. Personally, I think it has the best cheesecake in Malaga. 

Besides the original cheesecake recipe, they also have other flavours like chocolate and pistachio. I’ve tried the original cheesecake, and it exceeded my expectations. It was smooth, and it had the perfect amount of sweetness. I feel like some cheesecakes are too sweet.

This cafe also has homemade cookies and cakes, which look good, but I haven’t tried them yet. 

It’s a popular choice, so don’t be surprised if you need to queue to get your cheesecake. It’s worth knowing that it isn’t really a sitting-in-place place. They have a few tall tables, and there’s no table service, so it’s definitely more of a takeaway. 

📍 Address: C. Granada, 56, Distrito Centro, 29015 Málaga

Casa Mira

Ice cream shop in Malaga City Centre.

Eating ice cream is one of the best ways to cool down when the temperature rises. We don’t have Italian ice cream, but we also make good ice cream.

Casa Mira is a favourite among us locals and travellers. It’s popular for a reason! They have plenty of flavours, and not only the traditional flavours like strawberry and chocolate but coffee, nougat and pistachio. 

Another good alternative is Kalua. My partner loves the “Death by Chocolate” and lemon ice creams.

📍 Address: C. Císter, 8, Distrito Centro, 29015 Málaga

Frequently asked questions about eating in Malaga

What food is Malaga famous for?

The most famous dish in Malaga is espetos which consists of sardine skewers that are slowly roasted.

Are tapas free in Malaga?

No, however, some tapas bars will give you a tapa for each drink you order. Your drink can be either a soft drink, beer or wine. Most of the time, you can’t choose which tapa you want; they will bring whatever they have.

What time do people eat dinner in Malaga?

People in Malaga have dinner from 9 pm, but this can be even later during summer. 

Conclusion on the best places to eat in Malaga

There are plenty of good cafes and restaurants to eat in Malaga, and luckily many offer reasonable prices even if they’re in the old town. 

If you’re on a budget, I wouldn’t recommend eating in the port as they charge you more than usual just for the location. Also, some places are overpriced, and you aren’t guaranteed to eat a delicious meal.

Do you have any questions on where to eat in Malaga? Drop them in the comments below.

Enjoy Malaga xx

Cristina 

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