Discover the wide range of gastronomic options Malaga has to offer. During the last few years the city has undergone a true revolution in catering that has converted it into a top gastronomic destination. An opportunity not to be missed, you will be able to choose from a huge variety of ways of understanding food. And all of this in a setting such as that which Malaga offers visitors, with its streets, museums and monuments; its climate and its people.
You will have no difficulty in finding, on the table of our many restaurants our Mediterranean diet, made using traditional recipes. You will be able to appreciate the faithful nuances of the most popular dishes, culinary formulas that have, through successive refining, reached absolute perfection. However, you will also be able to try out novel and enriching approaches to these traditional recipes, which give them added value. This is the recovery of traditional Malaga cuisine, decked out in its best for those special occasions and where fish reigns supreme, but without forgetting the local meats and vegetables that make up the Malaga’s culinary landscape.
In this traditional cuisine, the "pescaíto frito" (little fried fish) plays an important role and no one can leave the city without having tasted it, as it is just too tempting: just the aroma that emanates from the bars and restaurants that prepare this dish will make your mouth water. Identical effect has the star of the coast, the "barbecued sardines on a stick"; try them! You won’t be disappointed.
Together with the local fare you will also find many restaurants that serve traditional cuisine from other regions of the country, allowing you to enjoy dishes from Galicia, Castile or Navarre, as well as other Mediterranean areas.
Creative Cuisine – Cuisine with a name
In recent years our city has taken a formidable qualitative step forward are regards variety and wealth of cooking styles. You will no doubt be pleasantly surprised to find a series of newly opened restaurants that have positioned Malaga as an important area for what has been called creative cuisine. Chefs, many of which trained at La Consula (Malaga) or La Fonda (Benalmadena) catering schools, have enriched the city’s gastronomic offer with options that go from haute cuisine to cuisine that combines different styles. Furthermore, there are the professionals who come from other countries to practise their culinary skills here. Undoubtedly, we are talking about a new generation of caterers who are giving the gastronomy of our city a new slant.
If course, you could choose to practise what is known as "tapeo" , a clever formula that allows you to taste just about everything, and not out of gluttony, but, shall we say, out of culinary curiosity. Variety, they say, is the spice of life, so ask away - that’s what the "tapeo" are there for, and when you ask for " …one of…" it is almost invariably followed by " …and another of…"
In this area of gastronomy you will find tapas to suit all tastes: from the most traditional and perfect to the most innovative and imaginative. We will not recommend any in particular because each establishment offers their own particular style (no two Malaga salads taste the same). Let your intuition guide you, your nose and your ear, based on what they “sound” like. The problem will be deciding on which one.
As any grand city, Malaga offers a wide range of cuisine from other latitudes, both the all-time favourites and others that are more exotic and perhaps less well known.
Master Confectioners and Ice Cream Makers
You should not leave the city, without discovering a magnificent treasure the city holds and which not many realise exists. Malaga has the privilege of being able to offer one of the best menus of cakes and pastries in the whole country. Whether of local creation or imported, the sweet hands of our master confectioners are capable of giving form to true explosions of colour and flavour. Don’t think twice, as one of the most agreeable moments you can spend in our city will be to try one of these marvellous treats on any terrace or simply eat it from a serviette whilst sitting on a park bench to watch the world go by.
The same can be said of our ice-cream parlours that offer creamy ice creams that extend the confectioners’ art to frosty realms and a host of flavours.