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9 fantastic places to eat in Malaga

by Juliet Dreamhunter

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Looking for some decent places to eat in Malaga? Look no more! I’m gonna tell you about my 9 favorite cafes in Malaga city, the sunshine of Costa del Sol. Read further to see all my recommendations with specific locations, and stop worrying about where to eat in Malaga as I got you covered!

Important tip: Make sure to check the opening hours for any restaurant in Spain before going. There are literally no rules and every place works however they want. A lot of cafes tend to close for a siesta after lunch and reopen at about 8 pm.

All the restaurants and cafes mentioned in this post are my personal hand-picked favorites, visited and revisited during my one-month long stay in Malaga. They are equally great and the order doesn’t mean anything.

So let’s start at once!

*All the photos are taken from restaurants’ official sites or Tripadvisor.

My 9 favorite places to eat in Malaga

1. Noviembre

This is the perfect place for breakfast if you stay close to the city center. Walk a couple of streets away from the main tourist accumulations, and you find Noviembre! Sweet and salty crepes with unusual combinations of ingredients, all kinds of sandwiches and toasts, creative salads and whatever else you can think of for your breakfast – they probably have it all.

Apart from the food, they have good service, friendly staff, and nice quiet atmosphere. Also plenty of healthy and vegetarian options for those who care.

Noviembre restaurant Malaga
Inside of Noviembre restaurant in Malaga

When to go: Aim for breakfast or merienda, but they serve the whole day (we even visited at 8 pm).

Address: Calle Álamos, 18, 29008 Málaga, Spain

What to have: Pasta of your choice with a mushroom sauce.

Read reviews: Tripadvisor

2. La Bella Julieta

If you have a sweet tooth, this is the right place for you!

From drinks to desserts to sandwiches, everything is well-thought-out and whispers your name.

Hidden just around the corner from the central farmer’s market in Malaga – Atarazanas – this cafe momentarily finds its way into your heart. The cutest design, creative names for each meal in the menu, delicious and very instagramable food – there is just no reason not to go there.

Be careful though: such sweetness comes with a huge calories price!

La Bella Julieta Cafe in Malaga
La Bella Julieta desserts and drinks
Waffles in La Bella Julieta Malaga
La Bella Julieta food choices Malaga

When to go: For coffee and desserts.

Address: Calle Puerta del Mar, 20, 29005 Málaga, Spain

What to have: Nutella cappuccino & a cake of your choice.

Read reviews: Tripadvisor

3. La queseria

When tired from all the wandering around the historical city center, why not stop for a glass of wine in La queseria? They have a whole decent menu but are most popular for their big selection of cheeses which you can see inside. If the weather is pleasant (and when it isn’t in Malaga?) it’s best to sit outside on a terrace and enjoy your wine and cheeses.

There are often street musicians who play beautiful melodies close to this restaurant while you eat.

As an extra tip, I strongly recommend to try their desserts: both cheesecake and chocolate fondant are unexpectedly great.

Whole cheese in La queseria Malaga
Selection of cheeses in La queseria Malaga
La queseria Malaga interior

When to go: Dinner time.

Address: Calle Sánchez Pastor, 6, 29015 Málaga, Spain

What to have: A cheese plate and a glass of white wine.

Read reviews: Tripadvisor

4. La Galerna

If I were to rank this list, this place would probably be in the first position.

Located in the quiet Pedregalejo area, La Galerna is one of those cute small sea-facing restaurants where mainly locals go to eat. They are very breakfast-oriented and have lots of combinations and options for you to choose from even on a budget.

Imagine having your morning cup of tea while feeling the light breeze from the azure water, listening to the soft sound of the waves and rare seagulls squawking and planning your new day in beautiful Malaga!

To be honest, the view is so amazing that it’s already worth it no matter the food.

La Garerna facade
Breakfast in La Galerna
Egg toast in La Galerna

When to go: Breakfast time.

Address: Paseo Marítimo el Pedregal, 66, 29017 Málaga, Spain

What to have: Pancakes with Nutella (there is no such thing as too much Nutella – and believe me, they are extremely generous with it)!

Read reviews: Tripadvisor

5. Llaollao

Best frozen yogurt in Malaga!

You can choose everything they put on top of the base. The great option is a big ice-cream with three fruits, two toppings, and two crunchies. It all goes in layers and there is a delicious yogurt above and below! Probably the healthiest ice-cream in Malaga.

They always have a long line which only means it’s really good.

Enjoy it while walking along a waterfront promenade!

Llaollao frozen yogurt
Llaollao icecream frozen yogurt

When to go: When it’s hot outside.

Address: C.C. El Muelle Uno, Paseo de la Farola, s/n, 29001, Spain

What to have: Everything!

Read reviews: Tripadvisor

6. Terral Burger And Drinks

Is you are more of a burger person, Terral might be the right choice for you.

A wide selection of burgers (mostly beef-based), amazing starters (best quesadilla in my life!), polite waiters. It’s far from the center, in El Palo area which adds a local vibe to it. Waiters don’t speak much Spanish and the menu is in Spanish, but they have a QR-code on a menu if you need other languages, so don’t worry.

Sea view is a nice addition when you bite into your burger and sauce starts to cover your fingers…

Terral Burger and Drinks terrace Malaga
Burgers in Terral Burger and drinks Malaga
Terral Burger and Drinks sea view Malaga

When to go: Sunset time is the best.

Address: Calle Playa del Chanquete, 69, 29017 Málaga, Spain

What to have: Quesadilla for starter, your favorite burger and a glass of refreshing Tinto de Verano.

Read reviews: Tripadvisor

7. Conico

Located right in the city center, this ice-cream shop simply had the best ice-cream we had in Malaga (and we had a lot!). They’ve got a lot of unique flavors like Mojito (with alcohol!) or Kinder Chocolate (that really tastes authentically).

Prices are average, but 2 scoops in a waffle cone equal 3 scoops in a carton one – keep in mind!

You can even check out all their flavors on their site – Conico ice-cream flavors.

Among others, they even have gluten-free, lactose-free and sugar-free options to please even the most demanding customers.

With that said, if you are looking for the best ice-cream in Malaga, Conico is the place to go.

Conico ice cream shop facade in Malaga
Conico Ice cream shop in Malaga

When to go: Whenever you can!

Address: Calle Granada, 8, 29015 Málaga, Spain

What to have: Go for something unusual!

Read reviews: Tripadvisor

8. El Cabra

One of the best chiringuitos (beach restaurants) in Malaga.

Excellent place for fine dining. They have a great selection of seafood and local meals.

A waiter was really nice, he recommended a great wine for us and even let us taste before we choose.

Besides the usual fish and anchovies, you can find plenty of unique meals like dogfish, eel, squid, cuttlefish and more!

If you are looking for a nice quiet evening with a sea view and delicious food, look no further. Especially worth going with your beloved for a romantic dinner.

El Cabra terrace in Malaga
Fish and octopus in El Cabra, Malaga

When to go: Lunch or dinner.

Address: Paseo Marítimo el Pedregal, 17, 29017 Málaga, Spain

What to have: Some mollusk you’ve never tasted yet!

Read reviews: Tripadvisor

9. Astrid Taperia Organica

I decided to add this one as a bonus.

I can’t say my experience was the greatest, but they have some fair-priced gluten-free, vegetarian options and claim to be eco-friendly. If you care about these things, you might wanna give this place a try!

When to go: Lunch.

Address: Calle Calderón de la Barca, 6, 29005 Málaga, Spain

What to have: Veggie noodles (careful: huge portion!).

Read reviews: Tripadvisor

9 places  in Malaga worth visiting
9 Fantastic places to eat in Malaga

So, here they are – 9 best places to eat in Malaga (from my personal experience).

I hope you find this useful and enjoy your time in Spain!

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