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 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 […]
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 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 […]
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 through the long, beer-hall style tables, the sofas or seating at the bar. The menu consists primarily of Spanish dishes given a new and refreshing twist. For breakfast there are […]
24 July 2021

Café de l’Abuela

Just finished visiting the Cathedral? Or perhaps the Picasso Museum? Rest your feet and take a break at Café de l’Abuela, a cosy and inviting café located on the picturesque Calle San Agustín. With outdoor seating and a lovely views, this little café is popular with many city trippers looking recharge. The menu offers an elaborate choice of sandwiches, salads and tapas (including some vegetarian options), plus some delicious cakes best enjoyed with a coffee or tea. Daryl FinchDaryl moved […]
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 much a favourite with local people. Get yourself breakfast or an early-evening snack (merienda) and if you’re going to do it properly, do as the locals do – order a […]
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 specialty coffee and showcase for their baked goods, and turned the big outdoor terrace into a seating area, complete with heaters and blankets to keep you cosy when it drops […]
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 still originals from that time. This is what’s earned El Diamante the name “the museum of hospitality” in Malaga. Get yourself a sandwich and a coffee for breakfast there and […]
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’ (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 […]
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 joe and take a stroll through the narrow alleyways and take a look at the bouquet shops. Or, if you’re looking for a proper break, take a seat at one […]
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 to leave (though their terrace is good for people-watching!). Grab a coffee and loaded toast with optional extras for a light breakfast, or go all out and order eggs benedict, […]
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 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 […]
16 October 2021

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 […]
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 to drop. Go inside and immerse yourself in what they describe as a ‘Bohemian atmosphere’ and enjoy a cup of joe, tea or hot chocolate with a piece of cake. […]
11 January 2022

The origins of Malaga’s peculiar system for ordering coffee

When learning Spanish, when it comes to ordering coffee, you might be familiar with “café con leche” or “café solo”. However, once in Malaga, some new phrases like “corto” (short), “sombra” (shadow) or “mitad” (half) get thrown into the mix. At first, these confuse foreigners and non-Malagueños alike. That’s because this system is unique to Malaga. Go outside of the city and few will know what you’re talking about! Hopefully this video can make it all clear for you. Café Central, […]
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. A modern space with organic design, kinda hipsterish, if you may. Jazzy tunes coming out of the old gramophone. A magical aroma of freshly brewed coffee is filling the whole […]
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 heart of our business,” says Laura, the founder of this snug little café. “Everything we do is focused on providing the best bean-to-cup experience.” This pioneering business has had a […]
10 March 2022

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 […]
10 December 2022

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 […]
10 December 2022

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 […]