Until recently food in Malaga had been very traditional. If you were after sophisticated gastronomic experience you were better off in the Basque or Catalonia regions. But the food scene is rapidly changing in Malaga. Malaga is now a very popular destination and offers a vast selection of restaurants. Whether you want traditional tapas or modern cuisine in a young and hip environment, Malaga is short of none of them.
In Malaga, social life revolves around food, especially at the many hundreds of tapas bars sprawled around the city.
And for such high-quality food, the price is relatively cheap, compared to other Spanish cosmopolitan cities. Hard not to love this exquisite city.
Here is a selection of the Best Restaurants in Malaga
El Pimpi is a cultural landmark in Malaga and a definite must-try for all visitors exploring this wonderful city. One of the city’s most famous restaurants, El Pimpi has a unique location in an 18th century house, offering its guests traditional Spanish dishes in themed rooms, and on its large outdoor terrace that offers splendid views of the surrounding historical attractions. El Pimpi hosts many cultural events, including weekly flamenco nights, and has been visited by many artists who have left their autographs on the restaurant’s wine barrels, including the Picasso family and even Antonio Banderas.
El Pimpi, Calle Granada 62 and Calle Alcazabilla, Malaga, Spain, +34 95 222 8990
Antigua Casa de Guardia
An institution in Malaga with years of history. The Antigua Casa de Guardia, the oldest winery in malaga, was founded in 1840 and generation after generation has remained intact. They serve sweet wines, pajarete, cherries, muscatel, Pedro Ximénez, accompanied by good tapas and marisquito: prawns, mussels, prawns. The Antigua Casa de Guardia is the ultimate destination for wine enthusiasts, who get to taste a top selection of the best Spanish wines. An accompaniment in the form of perfectly matched cheeses, salads or tapas is a must here. The smell of wine is so strong that it sorrounds you.
One of the corners with more tradition in Malaga
Antigua Casa de Guardia, Alameda Principal 18, Málaga, Spain, +34 95 221 4680
Restaurante Vino Mío
Vino Mio Restaurant and Lounge is a tapas restaurant located in Málaga. A cozy and well decorated place. Its cuisine, apart from tapas, is based on international plates, giving it a cosmopolitan and sophisticated look. You can choose to dine on its wonderful terrace or inside the premises where you can enjoy their art exhibition that changes every quarter.
The menu of this wonderful restaurant offers a very wide variety of plates, both local cuisine and also from the rest of the world, dishes inspired by other cultures, an exotic as well as traditional influence. It is the ideal place for tapas lovers, and for a glass of wine or two, all surrounded by a relaxed atmosphere.
Vino Mio is the best Lounge-Bar restaurant in Malaga; a well designed and cozy restaurant, with a terrace at the foot of the Cervantes Theater. An ideal place to go as a group, business lunches, or for special occasions. A cutting-edge kitchen in the historic center. If you are a tapas lover, an inveterate sybarite who likes art and good taste, without a doubt, this is your place.
In addition, on Wednesdays you can enjoy jazz and on Sundays you can enjoy spectacular flamenco performances.
Vino Mío, Plaza Jeronimo Cuervo 2, Cervantes Theater, Malaga, Spain, +34 95 260 9093
Dlink Restaurant is a restaurant that offers food made with organic products, healthy, creative and at affordable prices.
The menu that Dlink offers is made with organic seasonal products coming from local producers in Malaga, everything is grilled or baked. Dlink proposes multicultural dishes that seek health and surprise our palates.
It also surprises its decoration that creates a warm and functional environment, where white and green colors predominate.
Dlink, Calle Calderón de La Barca 6, Málaga, Spain, +34 95 222 0350
El Mesón de Cervantes
El Tapeo Cervantes is already very well-known to lovers of “great food” for its traditional and new, creative tapas and its carefully selected range of wines and beers and its ardent devotees can try judge its founder’s enterprising new undertaking.
Gabriel Spatz, founder of the original, a professional restaurateur from the Argentine, came to Malaga in 2008, loved it and decided to stay and open El Tapeo de Cervantes at Calle Carcer 11 in the old quarter.
The choice of dishes, prepared by Jesús the creative chef, is wide and interesting, a happy combination of culinary art from different sources. For instance, the sweetbreads, a classic Spanish dish, are served with the far-famed chimichurri sauce from the Argentine. All the ingredients are fresh and the tapas menu changes according to season.
Gabriel’s affable personality, plus the excellence of the food and wine have won more and more satisfied customers over the years and he has decided the time has come to expand and offer more space and another perfect place where his regular customers and newcomers to the city can enjoy “great food”.
El Meson de Cervantes, Calle Alamos 11, Málaga Spain, +34 95 221 6274
The Andalusian open kitchen is the protagonist of Alumbre restaurant, where the tradition, the quality of the product and a touch of modernity offer an enriching gastronomic experience. Located in the historic center of Málaga, Alumbre bets on its menu for the union of traditional cuisine with an avant-garde touch, with a commitment to innovation to turn a lunch or dinner into a special occasion.
Alumbre, Strachan 11, Málaga, Spain, +34 95 150 0022
José Carlos García
Although Malaga’s gastronomic scene is one of the most exciting in Spain at the moment, José Carlos García is the only chef to have been awarded a Michelin star. The restaurant is on the waterfront in the Muelle Uno marina, with just six tables and a few more on the terrace. The food is exquisite modern Mediterranean fusion and you can either have a tasting menu or order à la carte.
Plaza de la Capilla, Muelle Uno, Málaga, Spain +34 952 003 588