Perched on the Costa del Sol in Spain’s southern reaches, Malaga is known for its endless summers and rich culture. It is an indispensable destination for fans of once local artist Picasso, and for any aficionado of Iberian tradition. Some of Spain’s finest cuisine can be found in the city, so we’ve updated our previous gourmet guide to the area to bring you 10 more must-visit restaurants in Malaga.
Vino Mío is a perfect place to wine and dine while soaking up the atmosphere of Malaga to the clacking of a traditional flamenco show. Adjoining the Cervantes Theater, its terrace is also a great spot to linger over a lazy lunch or savor early evening tapas. Vino Mío’s interior design is fresh and contemporary, with colorful modern art dominating the walls. The owner’s love of art occasionally extends to temporary exhibitions by local artists. British-born chef Simon Robson and his team are renowned for their eclectic international cuisine, which ranges from the house carpaccio of Irish beef to Gouda salad, from Thai woks to Italian pasta dishes.
Vino Mío, Plaza Jerónimo Cuervo 2, Cervantes Theater, Malaga, Spain, +34 95 260 9093
Overlooking the Port of Malaga, the José Carlos García (commonly referred to as the JCG) is a perfect place to savor some of the finest Spanish cuisine against a backdrop of sea, yachts and some of the city’s most beautiful monuments towering in the distance. With floor to ceiling glass panes subtly broken up by suspended bamboo screens, JCG’s elegant indoor dining area on the quayside is secluded but at the same time exposed. Likewise, the outdoor terrace, set back from the quay and surrounded by greenery, preserves the diners’ privacy. JCG’s glass cube kitchen looking out onto the quay showcases the painstaking work of chef José Carlos García and his team. Born in Malaga, this award-winning Michelin star-clad chef is an adept of innovative cuisine, offering a creative menu with extraordinary combinations and artistic presentation.
Restaurante José Carlos Garcia, Paseo de la Farola, 10, Malaga, Spain, +34 952 00 35 88
Set in an 18th century house in the center of Malaga, locals, the famous and lovers of Spanish culture alike flock to El Pimpi for a true taste of Andalusia. Its multiple dining areas offer a choice of ambience, from the monumental paintings depicting flamenco dancers in the intimate Carmen Thyssen room, to the breathtaking views of the Alcazaba offered by the Picasso loft, or the palm lined terrace. Live music and flamenco shows share the spotlight with El Pimpi’s hanging cured hams, for which the restaurant has been awarded the best cured ham slicer in Spain distinction. The menu offers a vast selection of Andalusia fare and a very long list of Malaga wines. Famous visitors, including the Picasso family and Malaga-born Antonio Banderas, have left their mark at El Pimpi by signing the collection of wine barrels, a running theme throughout the meandering rooms of the restaurant.