Traditional

Get the full Malaga experience and blend in with the locals, the so-called ‘boquerones’, at these cafés, bars and restaurants.

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 […]

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 […]

Bodega El Patio

Despite being located on the touristy Calle Granada, El Patio is a good option for simple Spanish food, especially paella. Paella, normally served only to large groups or at special times, is available all day, any day here and are of excellent quality – quite possibly the only city centre […]

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. […]

Las Merchanas

You can’t get much more Málaga 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 […]

La Peregrina Centro

“I want to mingle with the locals.” “I’d like a lunch for less than 10 euros.” “I want to eat some typically local food.” Look no further – La Peregrina fits your needs. This restaurant has three branches, one of them located in the centre of Málaga right off Plaza […]

El Pimpi

Ah, El Pimpi. You cannot get more Málaga than this unmistakable institution; a must-do for anyone in the city. This restaurant and bodega has a varied but carefully-considered selection of the best of Málaga’s dishes, and its terrace with a view on the Alcazaba is definitely a plus. In a […]

Casa Aranda

Established more than 75 years ago, this local café and churreria now has two branches in Málaga. Be it the local atmosphere, the great churros or the charismatic waiters, Casa Aranda sure is a well-loved place for many Malagueños. Go in the morning to wake up with a typical Spanish breakfast while the Boquerones discuss the latest […]