Nope, I’m not done writing about our holiday in Malaga, Spain! Exploring the streets and hiking makes you hungry, and here I’ll share some tips on where to find great food and drink in Malaga. When you visit this city in the south of Spain, there are certain things you just HAVE to try. Like Iberico ham, paella, the amazing seafood, sangria and cafe con leche. Just to mention a few.
So, how to find great food and drink in Malaga?
One of the things hubby and I love to explore when traveling is WHERE to get great food and drink. You may find the best place to sit down with a great view and the best service, but if the food is crap, or worse,”touristy”, half the fun is ruined. Even the kids have grown to appreciate this.
We like to stroll around looking for a great place to eat, but we also seek advice before going to a new destination. That usually means asking someone who’s been there already or check out blogs and TripAdvisor. That’s why I wanted to share a few places we went to in Malaga where they had great food and something to wash it down with.
And what about the atmosphere?
Great food and drink in Malaga don’t necessarily mean it has to be somewhere fancy. If the food is authentic and tastes heavenly, then it’s a hell yeah from me. But it doesn’t hurt if the atmosphere is nice either. One thing I find weird in many places in Spain is that they don’t care much about lighting, as long as it’s LIGHT (if you sit inside). And by that, I mean they have a fluorescent light in the ceiling in certain places. Very unromantic and almost unpleasant! But I also have to say I’ve eaten some of the best seafood ever in places with plastic chairs and fluorescent lights, and let’s just say the amazing food and one or two glasses of nice Spanish wine make up for it.
For breakfast, we either got something from a local bakery or went for the organic option. Our favorites breakfast places were Byoko and BrunchIt. Both places have great avocado sandwiches, smoothies and coffee. I even got a free café con leche one day at BrunchIt because it was Mother’s Day in Spain. Very much appreciated!
Speaking of coffee… Cafè con leche is the ultimate coffee fix
Café con leche. Or caffe latte if you like. The Spanish version is better in my opinion. Don’t ask me why, but I always get amazing coffee in Spain if get it from a local bar or cafè. And as a hardcore latte fanatic, a nice cup of café con leche really makes my day. Gimme two or three each day, please.
Tapas tapas tapas
Tapas is a must, it’s simply not possible to visit Malaga, or any other Spanish city for that matter, without having some tapas. Either for lunch or dinner, or both. Cozy Tapas bars are everywhere in Malaga. My favorite dishes to order are Iberico ham (Spanish cured ham), manchego cheese (cured cheese with a mild flavor), gazpacho (cold tomato soup), patatas bravas (fried potatoes with chili sauce), fried artichokes and grilled green peppers. Order some plates and wash it down with a glass of sangria or a cerveza!
El Pimpi is a tiny bodega bar but always packed with people! We were lucky to get a table outside one day since we came by early for dinner. Their Salmorejo soup was amazing.
Another great place is Buenavista Gastrobar & Tapas. Their main focus is to create a fusion food experience, using local products and techniques from different corners of the globe. The food was amazing! Absolutely worth a visit, but use Google maps because you’ll not find it by yourself as it’s well hidden in a narrow street a little bit outside the busiest parts of the city center.
Cutting Iberico ham is no joke
They take their Iberico ham seriously, and that’s why tapas bars and restaurants usually have their own “ham slicer”. It’s important to cut the ham correctly, which means one slice is supposed to fit perfectly in your mouth without folding it. This man did a great job at a tapas bar we visited, Pepa y Pepe.
Atarazanas Food Market
We lived quite close to the Atarazanas food market so we went there a few times. I definitely recommend a visit. Stroll around and observe the mouth-watering local treasures and the people selling them, and after that sit down at one of the bars right outside the building. Order some delicious seafood (which they get directly from the food market) and a glass of ice cold Cava and entertain yourself with some people-watching from the busy streets.