Located right on the coast, Málaga has all the goodness of the sea to offer. From octopus and crab to sardines and mussels, you’ll get them straight off the boat and onto your plate. With the addition of some olive oil and salt (ingredients no Andalusian dish would go without), even the simplest dish is turned into a mouthwatering meal. Discover what to eat, and where to eat it!
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Most dishes (ración) can also be ordered as tapa or small portion (media ración), so “not so hungry” is no excuse to try some of these fingerlicking good fish!
Sometimes the simplest meals are the best. These ‘boquerones’ (or anchovies) on a stick are a must eat in Málaga. Prepared on a boat-shaped fire using olive tree branches, these fish get a typical smoked taste on the outside, leaving the flesh on the inside juicy and very tasty.
Where: any restaurant on the coast. Keep a look out for the boat-shaped fire outside
Price: around 5 euros. Often offered for free as a tapa when having lunch/dinner
If any place has mastered the art of frying fish, then it’s Málaga. Crusty on the outside, juicy and fresh on the inside. The trick is to use an extra virgin olive oil and fresh flour for the batter. Experienced chefs know the exact frying time, as too avoid overly greasy fish. A typical selection of fried fish will have boquerones, octopus and squid in it. Enjoy with a copa of vino rosado or blanco for a perfect malagueño meal.
Price: ranging from 7-18 euros, depending on the restaurant and the size of the meal
Pulpo a la gallega
As simple as this dish may be, don’t let it fool you: only the good chefs know the secrets to preparing the perfect Galician style octupus. The trick would be to dip the octopus in boiling water three times before actually cooking it. True story or myth, fact is that the pulpo and its toppings of olive oil, paprika spices and sea salt is sumptuous. With potatoes on the bottom soaking up all the flavours, this meal is the perfect comfort food.
Where: at the coast, as tapa or as main meal
Price: about 8 euros
No tapa menu is complete in Málaga with ‘pipirrana’, a simple but oh-so good seafood salad. Made with freshly chopped red and green pepper, tomato, onion, olives and seafood, and topped off with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt, this dish boasts all the best of the Mediterranean diet. Tuna, mussels, crab or shrimp, each restaurant has its own version of the pipirrana, so you’ll have a great excuse to order it over and over.
Fancy something sweet? Check out our list of Málaga best pastries and sweets!
Does this typical food even need an introduction? Just remember that real Spaniards only eat paella during lunch, generally at the weekend and at big gatherings. A big pan is often put in the middle of the table so all guests can dig in and scoop up their own meal. Certainly not to be enjoyed on your own.
Price: 8 euros a person, often including bread and a drink
As co-founder of Malaga Guru Katrin likes to share the ins and outs of this captivating city. With a strong interest in history she is always keen on discovering more about Malaga’s past. Having lived in Malaga for more than five years, she is happy to share any tips to make your life more comfortable – from the best cocktail bar to getting on the padrón.