BEST RESTAURANTS in Malaga, Spain

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Where to Eat in Malaga

There is no shortage of places to eat in Malaga’s classy old town. And we all know that good food starts with good ingredients. The city is home to the Atarazanas Market which is one of the best markets in all of Andalusia and supplies the local restaurants with a vast array of seafood, fish and anything else you can possibly imagine. We have painstakingly eaten our way through the city to find the best of the best. Here are our top picks for tapas, drinks and even desserts.

Top Five Restaurants & Bars

1

BYOKO

Yummy smoothie and yogur bowl at Byoko in Malaga, Spain
Yummy breakfast

Byoko is a hipster’s breakfast dream. But a tasty dream indeed! There is no shortage of different types of organic avocado toasts or their various yogurt bowls stuffed full with chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, goji berries and every other kind of super food and fruit you can image. Don’t miss out on the smoothies either. All of their dishes are colorful, beautiful and super tasty. It’s instagram breakfast come to life.

Address: Calle Strachan 5

2

KGB MALAGA

Mini oxtail burger at KGB Malaga – Spain
Mini oxtail burger

KGB Malaga (Kuartel Gastronomic Bar) is hidden on a narrow street next to the cathedral. Inside you will find a clean and sleek interior with a small but tasty selection of modern tapas. Most seating is along the bar but there are a few tables. Their top 10 tapas menu ensures that you can easily select their most popular dishes. The mini oxtail burger with aus jus mayo and havarti cheese is pretty legendary. We also enjoy the tuna marinated with gin & tonic and the margarita chicken.

Address: Calle Fresca 12

3

LA TRANCA

Classic Spanish album covers on the walls of La Tranca
La Tranca's retro interior

La Tranca is a lively bar with a great atmosphere. The walls are covered with classic Spanish album covers and other local paraphernalia. Try some of their vermouth from the barrel or a vermouth aliñado (vermouth, gin & soda). The food is simple, cheap and very tasty. They specialize in empanadas. You will find all of the different types written on a chalk board (spinach, beef, cheese with onion, four cheeses, chicken with mushrooms, ham with cheese, etc.). La Tranca is a great place to go for a drink and some nice small bites to eat.

Address: Calle Carretería 92

4

GARCÍA TABERNA

Delicious salmon taco at García Taberna in Málaga, Spain
Salmon taco

This tiny treat of a restaurant is located on a side street next to the Cervantes Theatre. Most of the dishes are good for two people to share but they also have quite a few one-off bites to sample such as the bao bun with hoisin chicken and the salmon taco. Some of our favorite dishes are the asian ribs, the morcilla truffle croquettes and, for desert, the cheesecake. The staff will welcome you with wide arms and make you feel at home. The interior is casual and features some playful illustrations. Since there are only about 6 tables, a reservation might be a good idea. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available.

Address: Calle San Juan de Letrán 17

5

CASA MIRA ANDRÉS PÉREZ

Casa Mira Andrés Pérez, home to some of the best ice cream in the world in Malaga
Best ice cream in the world

Casa Mira Andrés Pérez could very well be the best ice cream you ever tasted. With that being said, not all of their flavors are equal. But there are a few that will bring a tear of joy to your eye. Make sure to try these flavors: trufa montada (chocolate truffle mousse), nata montada (cream mousse), málaga and turrón (which is a type of Spanish almond nougat candy). The turrón flavor is especially tasty in their “blanco y negro” ice coffee.

Casa Mira has been around for over 100 years and is an institution in Malaga. You will find a lot of them around the city, however, many are owned by different relatives of the original founder. Because of that, many of the flavors will vary from one location to the next. Our favorite is Casa Mira Andrés Pérez. The interior is a beautiful mix of old world charm with modern touches. Hands down, this is our favorite place in Malaga.

Address: Calle Andrés Pérez 10

More Restaurants in Malaga

LA ANTXOETA

La Antxoeta is a small intimate restaurant located in the Soho neighborhood, right next to the old town. The restaurant serves up a gourmet dining experience with a menu that changes based on the season. The ingredients are fresh and great detail is given to each dish. The staff is very knowledgeable and goes over the top to meet your expectations. Although the prices are higher than average for Malaga, we still recommend it for those looking for something special. Call ahead for reservations.

Address: Calle Barroso 7

ANTIGUA CASA DE GUARDIA

Antigua Casa de Guardia is one of the oldest wine bars in the city. Entering the bar is like stepping back in time. It was open in 1840 and it looks as though it was never changed. You won’t find any bar stools in this place. The only furniture is the bar table itself which also doubles as a calculator for the barmen who will write your bill in chalk when you are ready to pay. Behind the bar table are barrels stacked upon barrels which fill the entire back wall. This is the perfect place to sample local Malaga wines which are generally pretty sweet. They are served in small glasses and are very cheap. If you like vermouth, then you must try theirs – it’s delicious!

Address: Alameda Principal 18

CASA ARANDA

If you like chocolate and churros, Casa Aranda is the place to go. It’s located conveniently right next to the Atarazanas Market and has the best churros in town at an unbeatable price. It’s been around since 1932 and the place couldn’t be more popular.

Address: Calle Herrería del Rey 3

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