International

Spanish food is great, but maybe you’re after something different. Did someone say Italian??

La Bella Julieta / Julieta Coffee

Julieta Coffee / La Bella Julieta

Bagels! You thought you’d seen the last of them when you came to Málaga, didn’t you? But no… Not only does La Bella Julieta do bagels, they have a delicious range of sandwiches in all kinds of bread. Add to that delicious cakes, pastries, coffee and juices, and your breakfast, brunch and lunch needs are all taken care of. Despite an impossibly long menu, the offering here is great if you know what you’re looking for. Failing that, go up […]
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El Farolito

For those who just can’t get enough of red meat, we can think of no better spot than El Farolito. This Argentinian (of course!) steakhouse has a warm, cosy interior, which quickly gets crowded on the weekend. Nonetheless, guests are made to feel welcome by a passionate team eager to find the best cut for you. They’ll take time to explain the different cuts, where they come from, and how they’re best cooked. Portions are generous and most come accompanied […]
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Café Berlin

This little German-run café provides a surprising tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Located right in front of the Revello de Toro museum, this bar is the perfect stop-off point for a coffee and a pastel de nata, or even a slice of cake or quiche. It’s just a stone’s throw from the Museum of Malaga and the cathedral so it’s a nice pit stop for exploring the monuments. What’s more, the shady outdoor terrace […]
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HELAS – Restaurante Griego

If you fancy swapping the Alboran for the Aegean, HELAS – Restaurante Griego is an excellent option. Run by a Greek couple who moved their operation from Seville, this quiet little back-alley restaurant very quickly fills up the street every evening with diners who wish to make the most of the rather secluded outside terrace. Just minutes from the busy Calle Compañía and Plaza de la Constitución, HELAS transports you to Greece with its vast offering of dishes. Start off […]
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Noviembre Healthy Food

At Noviembre Healthy Food, the name says it all, right? Located on the bustling Calle Álamos, close to Plaza de la Merced, Noviembre is a charming restaurant with interior design inspired by the hippy havens of Bali, Ibiza and Tarifa. Its cafe-style menu is full of dishes made from fresh, healthy and natural ingredients, with no artificial colourings or flavourings, and plenty of options for vegans, vegetarians and celiacs. Open throughout the day, here you can find an uplifting breakfast, […]
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Pizzamore

That’s amore! Voted the best pizza place in Malaga in 2019, Pizzamore is a safe bet for an evening meal or a takeaway night-in. Located just around the corner from Plaza de la Merced, Pizzamore can be easily reached from anywhere within the Historic Centre. The menu has a vast selection of dishes, all made, they say, with 100% Italian products – albeit with something of a Spanish touch. Order yourself one of the many Italian wines on offer and […]
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Fiel de Fechos

This place is a feast both for the stomach and the eyes. Fiel de Fechos, tucked away in a small side street between the Cathedral and the bustling Calle Granada, can only be described in one way: spectacular. Roses on the ceiling invite you in, then bright lights and zany 70s patterns lead you to one of the ornate bar stools or tables. Should you need the toilet, first you must pass through the devil’s mouth. Wherever you look, there’s […]
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Sabor a Nápoles

Fancy a light bite? An after-work Aperol spritz? Or a full sit-down dinner? Whatever you fancy, Sabor a Nápoles is a worthwhile stop. This unassuming tiny eatery now has two locations, one close to Malagueta beach and another on Calle Victoria. With just a few inside tables, if you’re lucky enough to get one, soak up the Napolitan vibes and take your time to process the extensive menu or look at the open deli-style fridges to see what takes your […]
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Plaza Mayor / McArthurGlen Designer Outlet

Plaza Mayor was already enormous, but now thanks to the addition of the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, even the most serious shopaholic couldn’t ask for more. This out-of-town shopping and leisure complex is the biggest in Malaga city and is close to both the airport and Guadalmar. It’s a mostly outdoor complex, organised around a series of small plazas, creating the impression that it’s a small town of its own. It offers thousands of visitors every year an enormous selection of […]
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The Shakespeare

English-style pub in the heart of Malaga, The Shakespeare is a hub for expat activity. Run by Peter Edgerton, musician and writer, there is a strong sense of community here. Right in the centre of Malaga, just off Plaza de la Constitución, there is always something going on with a full itinerary of events each week (follow The Shakespeare on Facebook for events). They include live music (with weekly ‘open mic’ nights), bilingual pub quizzes and language exchanges. Major live […]
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Terra Mía

They describe themselves as ‘101% Napolitan’ so, for that reason alone, you know that the food at Terra Mía is going to be great! Proof of this is that Terra Mia was the winner of the 1st Tutti Pizza Competition organised by local newspaper SUR’s gastronomy supplement, Málaga en la Mesa. According to their own website: “To visit Terra Mia is to travel for a few hours to the foot of Vesuvius while tasting an authentic mozzarella di bufala, a […]
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El Carmen Bar

El Carmen, located on the iconic Plaza de la Merced, is an LGBT+ friendly bar that is open throughout the day. Enjoy a tapa and a beer on the outdoor terrace in the sunshine, or equally a lively and colourful show over food in the evening. One of the most popular events organised at El Carmen is the Drag Bingo which draws big crowds every week. There are also various shows held on weekends, details of which can be found […]
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La Madriguera Bar

La Madriguera Bar is a beer lover’s heaven. This colourful brewpub on the busy Calle Carretería has a broad selection of artisanal beers from breweries from across Europe and around the world. Having trouble deciding? The barmen are thoroughly knowledgable – it’s their passion, after all. Ask them for their advice. With dozens and dozens of draught and bottled beers, you’re bound to find one for you. If you fancy a bite, La Madriguera offers a broad menu of tapas […]
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Next Level Specialty Coffee

Next Level Specialty Coffee truly does take you to the next level when it comes to specialty coffees and breakfasts. And that was the goal of José and Vanessa when they were opening the place. This cute little place just off the pedestrianised Alameda Principal is a haven for those looking for a great coffee and an unbeatable quality breakfast with organic local produce. In the afternoons, these guys also offer afterwork coffee cocktails, like a coffee martini, coffee mojito […]
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La Fábrica – Craft Brewery by Cruzcampo

If you’re a fan of beer, and especially craft beer, La Fábrica is a must for any trip to Malaga. With capacity for up to 450 people, this craft microbrewery, in the heart of the fashionable Soho district (just off the main Alameda), is vast (1,200 m2 divided into different areas and spaces). Run by the international manufacturer Cruzcampo, it has two master brewers in situ, producing seven varieties of craft beers. La Fábrica’s tap room (plus outdoor terrace) is […]
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Malapizza Pizzeria

For us, we were very sad and disappointed when Malapizza moved from the city centre. However, our loss is Huelín’s gain! If you’re close to María Zambrano train station, definitely pop in… They have a vast selection of authentic Italian (they would say Sicilian) pizzas, mini calzones, arancini, desserts and beers, whether you fancy a ‘proper’ dinner or just a light bite. Otherwise get in touch with them and they will deliver!
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La Tetería

Arabic culture is never too far away in Malaga. There are constant reminders of the city’s Moorish past, whether the Alcazaba or the Hammam. That said, you can also endulge in the flavours of Arabia at one of the many teterías (tearooms). La Tetería is the most popular. It lies in the heart of the centre, squashed between the Cathedral and the Museo Picasso, on the incredibly picturesque Calle San Agustín. They serve a wide range of teas and sweets in […]
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La Flor Negra

La Flor Negra may describe itself as a delicatessen, but it offers a hybrid of French patisserie and Italian cuisine. Throughout the day, this open kitchen (which is a delight to watch) has something to satisfy every craving. The breakfast menu includes a coffee, a loaded toast and an orange juice, while the daytime menu serves two dishes, a drink and dessert. IF you’re not so hungry and just fancy a nibble, at the counter, there are typical French fruit […]
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Dulces Dreams

Walking through the Entorno Thyssen, past the Church of the Sainted Martyrs, you can’t fail to notice Dulces Dreams. This ’boutique hostel and café gallery’ (as it describes itself) entices you in with a mix of colourful chairs and couches. Once inside, its menu will keep you there – with items ideal for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon treat. We particularly recommend their smoothies and milkshakes to wash down a sweet treat (the carrot cake is to die for!) On […]
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Te-Piko

Te-Piko is a great little bar to hang out at during any part of the day. With an outdoor terrace on the charming Plaza Enrique García-Herrera, this is a great spot to people watch, drink and have a nibble. Come by at breakfast time and tuck into a fresh baguette or sandwich, or arrive later for a mid-afternoon tapa and beer. Also available are nachos, salads… a broad menu to suit all needs. 
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El Último Mono Juice & Coffee

Now at an all-new location, tucked down a narrow alley just off Calle Nueva, El Último Mono juice bar is the perfect place to get a healthy dose of sugar. Whether you are just getting your day started or nursing a hangover, take your pick from the vast menu of fruity concoctions, milkshakes and smoothies, all made in front of your eyes. Don’t fancy a juice? Go for a freshly brewed cup of coffee instead. And if you fancy sticking […]
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Recyclo Bike Café

This quirky bike shop, which doubles up as a restaurant and bar, is a big favourite in Malaga. Located on the bustling Plaza Enrique García-Herrera, Recyclo Bike Café is a convenient meeting place as it is both in the city centre and close to all the bus stops and train stations. Its outdoor terrace is fantastic on those summer evenings for a casual drink with friends but equally its air-conditioned and quirky interior is popular during the daytime, either as a spot […]
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La Calle Burger

If you’re in Malaga and you like proper burgers, La Calle Burger has to be at the top of your list. La Calle quickly went from being a slightly hidden back-street hang-out for those in the know to a fully-fledged chain in the space of the just over a year, with franchises spread out across Malaga province. And it’s easy to see why. Choose from a comprehensive selection of beef, pork, chicken or veggie burgers, with toppings such as bacon, […]
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El Tapeo del Soho

From the outside, El Tapeo del Soho looks like any other generic Spanish tapa restaurant. Inside the kitchen, however, it’s a different story. The menu is a real mix of Spanish and other international dishes, but what really stands out is the Lebanese section. You have to try the fried crispy Lebanese bread, whether part of the range of salads, or as an accompaniment to hummus or baba ganoush. Starters are difficult to pass up and we especially recommend the […]
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NicPic

When going to NicPic, you might get a little sense of déjà-vu… Cosy interior? With mix’n’match furniture? A stylishly designed logo and menu? Isn’t this a lot like… Dulces Dreams? You’re completely right! Beneath Picnic Dreams, Dulces Dreams’ sister hostel, you find this vegetarian (with plenty of vegan options) and organic restaurant which uses only locally-sourced and homemade ingredients. Food is served all day long, but the breakfasts are especially good, especially the toasts, topped with organic eggs, paired with a freshly-squeezed […]
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La Machina

Whether you fancy a bite to eat, a cocktail or simply a quick coffee, La Machina is one of the best spots in Pedregalejo to chill out and enjoy the atmosphere and ambience of the area. An extensive menu offers everything from international tapas and salads to burgers and sandwiches. Breakfast and afternoon snacks are also available. The rustic décor and laid-back attitude of the staff make this the perfect place to come with friends to relax. However, be warned, […]
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Raff

The hustle and bustle of this vibrant industrial-style restaurant is perhaps unsurprising considering the free tapas offered with every drink! Simple, almost pub food, of good quality and at reasonable prices: an international menu, with burgers, traditional ‘raciones’ (large sharing plates) and even fried rice or noodles. A great place to meet up with friends for a pre-night-out drink and nibble but you might have to wait a while for a table, especially on big student nights! Calle José Denis […]