Malaga, a historic city in the southern tip of Spain where Pablo Picasso was born and raised. This is a wonderful location for a vacation due to the scenic beauty, historical sites, and most importantly, the most amazing delicacies you won’t find anywhere else. Here is our insider’s guide to the best restaurants in Malaga. While in southern Spain, don´t miss the wonderful day trips we offer from Malaga
If you are looking to experience the true Southern Spain, then El Pimpi is where you want to go.
located in an 18th-century house, El Pimpi offers its guests traditional Spanish dishes in themed decorations that will make you feel like you took a trip back in time. On its large outdoor terrace, you can find splendid views of the surrounding historical attractions that are unique to this location. El Pimpi is a storied establishment where even the Picasso family has visited on many occasions.
Vino Mío Cervantes
Vino Mío Cervantes is a modern restaurant that was opened in 2003 by a Dutchman who fell head over heels for the city of Malaga and decided to become a resident here. The venue is the winner of Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2013, a title which the restaurant wears proudly. Here, you can find unique dishes that you won’t see anywhere else. From pâté Picasso, black tagliatelle with marinated chicken, cod fillet and mango mousse to dark chocolate brownies for dessert, the list goes on and on! Many famous names have been to this restaurant, including Alejander Hermann and Antonio Rico.
Dlink is a unique joint where you will find the combination of the classic Malagan cuisine with a modern twist. The venue upholds the philosophy that emphasizes the importance of sustainability, which is why they only use local fresh produce that is handpicked from small farms around the area. Their menus include interesting dishes such as carrot cream, grilled chicken salad, pumpkin and tomato salads, marinated salmon, vegetarian quesadillas or chocolate cake with ice cream for dessert. If you are an eco-enthusiast, then Dlink is a place that you shouldn’t miss.
Café con Libros
Opened in 1998, Café con Libros is more of a bohemian attraction, a go-to place for those who are devoted to the art of coffee making. The contemporary, library-like arrangement decor will surely lure the book lovers to spend tons of time in the cafe. The menu focuses on light desserts and foods such as salads, tarts, pancakes, as well as other pastries that you will definitely love.
With a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean sea, Amador provides the best ambiance (and food) you can find anywhere this side of Europe. Located in a former Dutch colony in the neighborhood of El Atabal, Amador is one of the most renowned restaurants in Malaga. Not only that, but Amador is also a winner of Tripadvisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence. Chef Amador Fernández sees to the kitchen operation personally every service to ensure the best experience for the guests. You can find traditional Spanish dishes as well as international cuisines here. No matter what you are craving, Amador has it covered.
Alumbre incorporates the mix of modernism and traditionalism with every aspect of the restaurant. Taken from the Spanish expression ‘a la lumbre’ that relates to the Andalusian family tradition of gathering around a fire or stove, you will undoubtedly feel welcomed in this place. The place is decorated with traditional Andalusian shawls and other traditional southern Spain aesthetics. In accordance to the Andalusian cookbooks, the menu includes a large array of slow-cooked dishes and is topped off with a modern twist of homemade ice cream.
Antigua Casa de Guardia
Considered to be the oldest tavern in Malaga, Antigua Casa de Guardia has remained an iconic landmark of the city ever since its opening in 1840. The restaurant is kept in perfect condition, which historians will appreciate. On top of this, they also boast to have one of the best selections of Spanish wine, which will surely appease the connoisseur spirit in you. To go along with their superb wine, you will find the perfectly paired cheese, salads, and tapas that will surely get you ready for the entree as soon as you finish the first course.
El Mesón de Cervantes
Tapas is the name of the game at El Mesón de Cervantes. One of the most decorated and beloved venue in the entire town, this restaurant has it all. From fish and seafood to meat and vegetarian, you won’t feel left out because of your diet. Their grilled red tuna with cauliflower purée, risotto of pumpkin and mushrooms and exotic desserts like fig flan are all must-tries.
Located in the Plaza del Obispo, L’Experience offers more than most when it comes to the scenic view of Malaga. You can see the Cathedral of Malaga from the balcony of this venue, which is perfect for a couple or a family dinner all together. They carry a rather long list of dishes that you might be tempted to try more than one. Try their homemade croquettes with spinach and pine nuts, tapas with Iberian pork tenderloin and salmon or slithers of fillet with caper cream sauce, as these are the absolute highlights of the restaurant.
Located just steps away from the birthplace of the legendary Pablo Picasso, La Plaza is a logical landing place for hungry locals and tourists alike. Also, a winner of Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2013, the warm and cozy atmosphere will lure you in, while the food will surely keep you coming back. From traditional Spanish dishes to Asian and Middle Eastern, The chefs here are creative and bold, which is the reason why their restaurant will satisfy those who have a more complex taste for flavors.