For the average Malagueño, dinner time is anytime between 9 and 11pm, and eating with friends is commonplace. This dining-out culture means that restaurants abound throughout Málaga, from the humble neighbourhood tapas bars to upscale dining spots. Here are some of the best restaurants in the city, including some of the most memorable seafood dining experiences in Spain.
There are few restaurants quite so impeccably located as El Huesca. The palm tree-lined Málaga Park, Moorish Alcazaba, cathedral and Málaga Museum are all within a minute’s walk. And the restaurant itself has plenty going for it, not least of all cochinillo (roasted suckling pig) and its speciality homemade pâté. Bizarrely, the ceiling is covered in empty cigar boxes, whose lids hang open – a mysterious design quirk, given that no cigars are sold here.
The name Casaamigos is a direct nod to the average Malagueño’s favourite pastime of dining out with friends. This playful restaurant is designed with a modern Mediterranean motif of bare brick painted white and mosaic-patterned plates. But it’s what’s on those plates that matters the most: an excellent patatas bravas and a variety of croquettes, including prawn with squid, and local sausage with honey and mustard. There are a few special dishes for kids.
When you’ve got wine and cheese, what more do you need in life? The owners at Restaurante La Deriva have struck a neat balance between upscale dining in a modern setting – think classy wood and bare brick with an open-plan kitchen – and excellent value. The large, glass-fronted wine room gives a sense of the wine collection available, while the menu is broad but not overwhelming. The tuna tartare with avocado cream is a popular option, as are the tempura prawns with a habanero chilli mayonnaise. The various cheese boards pair goat-, sheep- and cow-milk cheeses.
Craving a stiff drink to wash down your meal? Then, browse the best bars in Málaga. If you’re not too hungover the next day, spend your time exploring the best beaches in Málaga. Alternatively, push yourself by being an adventure-lover at these adrenaline-pumping locations. If you haven’t yet booked your hotel for Málaga, check out these budget-friendly stays in town, or find something more “you” by seeing these options that’ll fit every kind of traveller. They’re all bookable via Culture Trip.
This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Mark Nayler.