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El Mercado de la Merced i Málaga has everything from pintxos to sushi. Photo: El Mercado de la Merced
El Mercado de la Merced i Málaga has everything from pintxos to sushi. Photo: El Mercado de la Merced

Food & Drink

5 fun food experiences in Málaga

The people of Málaga love food. Here are a few food and restaurant experiences that are well worth checking out.

Churros at La Malageña

Start the day with a billion calories at churrería La Malageña. Churros is a dough made of flour, sugar, salt and water that is deep fried. You dip it in thick, hot chocolate. It's a breakfast that can wake the dead, the Spanish say who love to eat them on the way home from a night on the town. What's so special about this place, is that it's a so-called maestro churrero, i.e. master of churros frying. That probably explains why it is packed with starving souls dunking crunchy churros in chocolate.

Churros at La Malageña

Sebastián Souvirón, 6, Málaga

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At Mercado de la Merced in Málaga you can buy fish to take home, or have the restaurants at the market prepare it for you as you wish. Photo: Inga Ragnhild Holst

La Merced Food Market

Málaga, like all Spanish cities, has wonderful, traditional food markets packed with hams, vegetables, squid and other delicious things. But right by Pablo Picasso's birthplace, Mercado de la Merced has been given a fantastic facelift. Here, they specialize in a handful of products and you can both shop and snack at the various stalls. La Merced has a beer stall, cheese stall, cocktail stall dedicated to lemon cocktails and a pinxto bar. To name a few. It is also child friendly.

La Merced Food Market

Plaza de Merced, Málaga

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Bar Orellana

This tapas bar is really old. It has been open since 1937. Here you can order tasty, well-prepared tapas, such as juicy ribs, creamy Russian salad and grilled squid. It is a popular place to whet your appetite before heading off for an evening meal elsewhere.

Bar Orellana

Moreno Monroy 5 , London

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Antigua Venta San Antonio

If you want to step back in time, in comfort, Antigua Venta San Antonio is the place for you. It is an old inn dating from the 18th century. It is situated in Casarabonela, about 40 km from Málaga and just 20 km from the beautiful walking trail, Camino del Rey. The inn was originally used by travelers in Andalucía and housed both people and animals. However, the old stables have been converted into a restaurant where they server delightful dishes using Spanish produce such as pata negra, Mediterranean fish and fantastic fruit. You can also book a room overlooking the inn's orchard. The inn also hosts marriages, parties and other festive occasions.

Antigua Venta San Antonio

Ctra Málaga-Campillos, km 32,5, 29566 Casarabonela, Málaga

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Restaurante José Carlos García

The best food in Spain used to be found in the north of the country. However, chefs in Andalucía have upped their game and are now renowned for their quality and innovation. Such as José Carlos García, born and raised in Málaga. His restaurant on Muelle Uno (Quay One) in the newly renovated port in Málaga sources its fresh local ingredients from the fertile Andalucían plains. Nonetheless, it is described as avant garde. The restaurant has been awarded one star in Guide Michelin and two stars in the Spanish Repsol Guide to Spain and Portugal.

Restaurante José Carlos García

Plaza de la Capilla, Muelle Uno, Málaga

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Last edited: July 17, 2018

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