24 September 2016

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, […]
6 January 2018

El Mesón de Cervantes

El Mesón de Cervantes has been serving the city for a number of years now and continues to go from strength to strength, opening a third sell-out restaurant in the centre. Run by an Argentinian family, the menu is geared towards sharing and this is what we strongly recommend. In […]
7 January 2018

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 […]
21 April 2018

El Farolito

For steak lovers, there is no better spot than Argentinean steakhouse El Farolito. With a cosy interior and a nice heated patio onto Calle Beatas, guests are made to feel welcome by a passionate team eager to find the best cut for you. Portions are generous and most come accompanied […]
22 April 2018

Los Gatos

Located in the popular Plaza Uncibay, you might not spot it at first through the crowds of people either trying to squeeze in or filling the stools outside. One of the most popular restaurants in the city and for good reason: simple Spanish food done well, whether meat or fish. […]
5 May 2018

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, and just a stone’s throw from the Museum of Malaga and the cathedral, this bar is the perfect stop-off point for a […]
5 May 2018

Mafalda

For a simple but delicious lunch in Pedregalejo, Mafalda is a good option. Located around half-way down the seafront, Mafalda has all outdoor seating with views of the sea, perfect for lapping up the rays on a sunny day. The restaurant is self-service, so you must go up to look […]
5 May 2018

Heladería Cremades

For those craving something sweet after a walk by the sea in Pedregalejo, Heladería Cremades will have you covered. Boasting more than 25 different ice cream flavours to choose from across their two seafront establishments, as well as sundaes, iced juices and other desserts, Cremades has been in business since […]
5 May 2018

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. […]
23 August 2018

Casa Mira

Casa Mira is big, and for a good reason! On a hot day, and often into the early hours of the morning, this place is packed full of people looking for a sweet cool-me-down. One reason is the vast range of tasty flavours, but the other is that Casa Mira […]
28 September 2018

Noodles & go

Asian food, and lots of it. Prices are a bit high here but portions are enormous and will leave you plenty to take home for lunch the next day. The menu is simple, with the main dishes based around either noodles or rice, plus the meat and/or veg of your […]
29 September 2018

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 […]
25 September 2019

Plaza de la Merced

  This beautiful square is a must-see for so many different reasons. Firstly, Plaza de la Merced is the birthplace of none other than Pablo Picasso. Málaga’s most famous son was born in the house on the most north-westerly corner, which has now been converted into Casa Natal (birth house) […]
16 October 2019

Malapizza Pizzeria

For our money, this is by far the best takeaway pizza restaurant in Malaga (it’s a shame they’ve moved from the city centre!) 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, […]
8 June 2020

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. With events including live music and sport, pub quizzes and language exchanges, there is always something going on with a […]
6 July 2020
Mercado El Carmen Malaga

Mercado El Carmen fresh food market

The El Carmen fresh food market, located across the river from the city centre, close to María Zambrano train station, is known for its excellent quality fresh fish and seafood. However, there is also a wide selection of other foods available, whether fruits and vegetables, meat, artisan bread, spices and […]
29 September 2020
la terraza de san juan view of terrace

La Terraza de San Juan rooftop bar

La Terraza de San Juan is a rooftop bar with a lot to offer – above all excellent views of the mountains. This hotel bar, which opened in 2017, is on the fifth floor of the swanky Hotel Malaga Premium and is (quite literally) within touching distance of San Juan […]
11 October 2020

Asador Iñaki

If you like your meat, and you like it cooked to perfection, this place is well worth the venture out of the centre for. The new Asador Iñaki is always packed to the rafters – and for good reason. The friendly and helpful waiters will help pick out the right […]
11 October 2020

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 […]
18 December 2020

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, […]
1 February 2021

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 […]
30 March 2021

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 […]
30 March 2021

La Peregrina Centro

Located in the centre of Malaga, just off Plaza de la Merced, La Peregrina is a great spot for a quick lunch or a light snack. With a conch on its logo, it’s clear that this simple eatery, with a few small tables with bar stools, specialises in fish and […]
10 May 2021

Gloria Hoyos

On the up-and-coming Calle Carretería this tapas bar and restaurant can be enjoyed at any time of day, whether for brunch, a ‘menú del día’ or even an evening drink. It may be small, but the owners of Gloria Hoyos have found creative solutions to get maximum seating space, whether […]
13 May 2021

Pollos San Juan

The aroma of roast chicken fills the street surrounding the Atarazanas market, emanating from the unmistakable Pollos San Juan. Freshly cooked rotisserie chicken makes for a beautifully simple, traditional late lunch or dinner. It comes as no surprise therefore that their set chicken menus (quarter, half or a whole chicken […]
5 June 2021

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 […]
17 June 2021

Mercado Atarazanas central food market

Whether you’re a tourist or you’re looking for an alternative to a supermarket for your weekly groceries, the perfect place to discover Andalusian gastronomy is at the Atarazanas central market. Open every morning (except Sunday), this food market boasts over a hundred stalls, primarily owned by local families passed on […]
19 July 2021

Brunchit Coffee & Kitchen

Want to get your day started the right way? Brunchit now has three locations in Malaga city centre. As the name suggests, you can tuck into a big breakfast or brunch, choosing from a menu that includes sandwiches, pancakes, scrambled eggs, toast with charcuterie and much more. If it’s a […]
6 August 2021

Casa Aranda

Casa Aranda is one of Malaga’s ‘churrerías’ par excellence. (Frespañol anyone?!) Established almost 90 years ago, this historic café has two branches in the historic centre, both relatively close to each other. Its exceptional quality and location, teamed with local prices, means that all these years later it is still very […]
8 August 2021

El Pimpi

No trip to Malaga is complete without a visit to El Pimpi. The restaurant-bodega features in all of the guide books and ‘top 10s’ you can imagine, mostly because it’s a Malaga institution with an unparalleled location (and superb outside terrace with views of the Alcazaba), but also because standards […]
8 August 2021

Santa Coffee

Santa Coffee (formerly Santa Canela) struck upon a winning formula when they opened their first café in the Soho district. With Malaga life lived almost entirely outside, they converted the small indoor space into a special coffee lab and roastery where they make sure to meet the highest standards of […]
11 August 2021

Taberna Cofrade Las Merchanas

You can’t get much more Malaga than this! With wall-to-wall Semana Santa photos, statues, posters and sculptures, there is certainly no escaping the fact that you’re in Spain. Always packed full with locals, you will struggle to find a seat unless you go at ‘guiri’ time (before 8pm). A great place […]
11 August 2021

El Diamante

This unassuming back-street bar does a basic breakfast – and does it well. They’ve been doing it for a long time, too. Since 1949, in fact. In truth not much has changed since then. All the interior furniture and even the majority of the glasses, plates and other items are […]
11 August 2021

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 […]
13 August 2021

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” entices you in with a mix of colourful chairs and couches. Once inside, its menu will keep you there – with items ideal for breakfast, […]
14 August 2021

Mia Coffee House

Mia Coffee House may be small but it has plenty to offer. The pastries and cakes made by Mia herself (with gluten-free options) make a superb complement to their outstanding coffee (some say it is the best in Malaga). Located centrally in the Entorno Thyssen, take away your cup of […]
14 August 2021

Cónico

Cónico is always a safe bet for a good ice cream, whether at their branch just off Plaza de la Constitución or in the port at Muelle Uno. This place renowned for its quirky, more imaginative flavours, such as Candy Floss, Bounty and even Whatsapp and Facebook! They also cater […]
15 August 2021

DESAL CAFÉ – Brunch & Juices

DESAL CAFÉ does breakfast, brunch and natural juices – and very well. This café might be small but you can’t miss it thanks to the dazzling neon sign on the front which immediately attracts your attention. Once inside, the plant-filled interior and friendly staff will make sure you don’t want […]
15 August 2021

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 […]
15 August 2021

El Balneario

El Balneario has to be Malaga’s most iconic bar and restaurant. Poking out from the seafront, at Baños del Carmen, just as Pedregalejo begins, punters get unparalleled views of the Bay of Malaga (and the occasional dolphin!). Enjoy the holiday, seaside vibes with a beer, copa or cocktail, day or […]
27 August 2021

Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro

Surrounded by pine trees atop the Gibralfaro mountain (beside the fortress of the same name), is the Parador de Málaga. Paradores de Turismo de España is a chain of state-run Spanish luxury hotels, founded by Alfonso XIII as a means to promote tourism in Spain, with the first hotel opening […]
6 September 2021

La Vegana

Tucked away, just off Plaza de la Merced, La Vegana offers Spanish cuisine, but with a vegan twist. This vegan tapas bar opened in 2019 and among its most popular dishes are pil-pil prawns, which are made using soya protein, and tortilla de patatas, the recipe for which is a […]
6 September 2021

Vegetariano El Calafate

There were few vegetarians in Malaga when El Calafate first opened its doors in 2010. It became one of the first eateries in Malaga to have no meat on the menu. In fact, this gap in the market was the primary reason they began their business. Principally the menu is […]
12 October 2021

llaollao

This quirkily named brand has quickly taken over Spain with its healthy and tasty yoghurt ice creams. Made with skimmed milk, and combined with quality toppings including fresh seasonal fruits, cereals and delicious sauces, llaollao claims to offer up to 11,300 possible combinations. Thanks to the fact that it is […]
5 November 2021

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, close to Malagueta beach, has just a few inside tables. If you’re lucky enough to get one, soak up the Napolitan vibes and […]
22 November 2021

Café con Libros

This lovely little bar is exactly what it says on the tin: café con libros. (Or ‘cafe with books’… but we didn’t need to tell you that, right? 😉 ) Complete with a living room vibe and a library, this is a cozy little spot for when the temperature starts […]
30 November 2021

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 […]
3 March 2022

For the love of coffee! The 5 best specialty coffee spots in Malaga

I don’t know about you, but for me, a visit to a new city is never truly complete until I discover at least one coffee brewery. One of those places where the city opens up to you. Where the friendly owner chats away about the best coffees in the world. […]
10 March 2022

Bertani Café

Bertani Café was the first place in Malaga to offer specialty coffee. This cosy little nook in the heart of the city, located on the charming little Calle San Juan, offers a great choice of coffee brews: Chemex, Cold brew, classic Italian espresso… you name it! “Coffee is in the […]
10 March 2022
next level coffee malaga

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 […]