From quaint tapas bars tucked away in narrow alleys to elegant waterfront restaurants offering breathtaking views, the city’s culinary landscape is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered.  Malaga’s dining scene caters to all palates, with a vast array of options ranging from traditional Andalusian fare to innovative fusion creations. Whether you’re craving succulent seafood, indulgent meat dishes, or vegetarian delights, the city’s diverse culinary offerings ensure there’s something for everyone.

We’ll take you on a delectable journey, highlighting the best places to eat in Malaga and unearthing the hidden gems that will tantalize your taste buds.


The city has a vibrant culinary scene, and there’s something for everyone, whether you’re in the mood for traditional Spanish cuisine or something more contemporary. We recommend making reservations where possible, especially for weekends and busy times during the year. 

Mesón Mariano

This family-run restaurant serves delicious seafood dishes in a cozy setting. The menu includes grilled fish, paella, and traditional Andalusian stews.

Mesón Mariano Malaga


Italian cuisine at its best. Come here for handmade pasta and pizza, great wine and cocktails, and be surrounded by impressive interiors. Owned by Antonio Banderas, this Italian has attentive staff, gluten-free pasta and is well priced. 

ATREZZO malaga

La Cosmopolita

This trendy restaurant in the historic center of Malaga offers creative takes on classic dishes, such as beef tartare with kimchi or octopus with hummus.

La Cosmopolita Malaga

Miss Sushi Soho

Located in the Soho district of Malaga, Miss Sushi serves a variety of sushi and other Japanese dishes, including sashimi, tempura, gyoza, and bento boxes. They also offer a range of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options.

The restaurant has a modern and stylish interior and has a reputation for its high-quality ingredients.

Miss Sushi Soho​ Malaga

Restaurante Mexicano Tulum

A popular spot among locals and visitors alike who are looking for a taste of Mexico in Malaga. The relaxed restaurant offers a variety of traditional Mexican dishes such as tacos, burritos, enchiladas, guacamole, and quesadillas. They also have gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options available.

Enjoy a range of Mexican cocktails, including margaritas, tequila shots, and mezcal.

El Refectorium del Campanario

If you’re looking for a fine dining experience in Malaga with a Mediterranean touch, El Refectorium del Campanario could be a great option.

This elegant restaurant in the upscale neighbourhood of El Limonar offers gourmet cuisine with a focus on seasonal and local ingredients. It’s a bit pricier than other options, but worth it for a special occasion.

El Refectorium del Campanario Malaga


Tapas is a popular way to enjoy a meal in Malaga, with many restaurants and bars serving small plates of food that can be shared among a group. Here are some recommendations for places to enjoy tapas in Malaga:

La Salita

Tucked away from the touristic area, La Salita offers delicious, interesting tapas. The place is cosy, authentic, and full of locals. Waiters are happy to recommend plates for you to try. 

La Salita Malaga

El Pimpi

El Pimpi is a historic bodega in Malaga that serves a variety of traditional tapas, along with local wines and sherry. The bar is decorated with colorful tiles and murals, and it’s a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.

El Pimpi Malaga


Kraken is a trendy tapas bar with imaginative dishes. The bar has a lively atmosphere and outdoor seating, making it a great spot for a casual meal or a night out with friends.

A perfect option for anyone looking for a modern and innovative take on tapas in Malaga.

Kraken Malaga

Lo Güeno

Lo Güeno is a popular tapas bar located in the historic centre of Malaga. The restaurant has a cosy and traditional atmosphere, with rustic decor and an outdoor terrace for al fresco dining.

One of the highlights of Lo Güeno is its selection of local and regional wines, including many from the nearby Malaga wine region.

Lo Güeno Malaga

Casa Lola Uncibay

Casa Lola Uncibay has a contemporary and chic atmosphere, with a mix of modern and traditional decor.

The menu at Casa Lola Uncibay features a variety of creative and flavorful tapas dishes, with a focus on fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Some popular options include the Iberian pork cheeks with mashed potatoes, the grilled octopus with garlic and paprika, and the crispy duck with honey and soy sauce.

Casa Lola Uncibay

Best for Lunch & Brunch


BYOKO is a trendy, farm-to-table eatery serving health-conscious smoothies, buddha bowls & grills, plus gluten-free crepes. Popular for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, reservations are recommended. 


Naked & Sated

Naked & Sated is a restaurant chain dedicated to offering healthy but fast food. Popular dishes include low-carb pizza, healthy burgers and konjac pasta. Everything on the menu is gluten-free, making it a great option for coeliacs. Finish your meal with a “Donaked” doughnut to go. 

Noviembre Healthy Food

Noviembre Healthy Food is another great option for anyone looking for healthy and organic food options in Malaga. 

Burgers, Sandwiches, Tacos are all possible sin gluten. The menu also has an extensive selection of natural and organic juices, smoothies, and coffee drinks.

Noviembre healthy food Malaga

Recyclo Bike Cafe

Recyclo is a unique and trendy restaurant with a laid-back atmosphere. The decor made from recycled materials and vintage objects. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and open late night on weekends. 

Recyclo​ Malaga

Santa Coffee Soho

A hip cafe offering locally roasted craft coffees as well as sweet & savoury crêpes. A great option for anyone looking for a cosy and relaxed café in the Soho district. 

Santa Coffee Soho​ Malaga

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