Typical Restaurants Malaga

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When you come to visit Malaga, you cannot miss to taste its delicious gastronomy. For this reason I prepared a list of some typical restaurants in Malaga that you cannot miss.

All around the city you will find restaurants with the cuisine for every part of the world (Italian, Asian, Greek) but what I recommend you to taste is the typical malagueñan cuisine; fish, seafood, olives, cheese, soups and avocados are just some of them. 

So let’s just discover together some of my favourite typical restaurants all around Malaga where you can taste these delicious plates. 

1. El Pimpi

el pimpi restaurant

The first in our list of restaurants in Malaga couldn’t be other than El Pimpi, one of the most famous in the city.

The restaurant is located in the old town and it is a restaurant with an amazing view of the Alcazaba and the Roman Theatre. 

The restaurants, which was opened in 1971, is in a old 18th century building and serves traditional Spanish dishes and wines; if you want to taste the famous sweet wine of Malaga, this is one of the best places in the city.

El Pimpi is famous also for its great atmosphere. If you visit it from inside, you the building and the decoration are amazing plus through the paintings hanging on the walls, you will retrace the history of the place. 

Aside from serving very delicious food, El Pimpi also hosts many cultural events. There is also a wall with pictures of all the celebrities that have visited this place.

In facts, a lot of famous people from Malaga and not have visited this place: Picasso’s family, Carmen Thyssen and Antonio Banderas are just some examples. 

The only negative side that I can find in El pimpi is that, if you’re not a fan of places full of tourists and you prefer smaller and quieter restaurants, this is not the best restaurant for you.

Nevertheless, it remains a place to visit.  

The medium budget for el Pimpi is between 10€ and 20€ per person.

It is open daily from 10:00 to 02:00.

Website: elpimpi.com/en/.

Address: Calle Granada 62 (back entrance) / Calle Alcazabilla (main entrance), 29015 Málaga España

2. El Mesón de Cervantes

el meson de cervantes

The next restaurant in our list is El Mesón de Cervantes. The place is famous for its typical Spanish dishes and tapas. The restaurant is located in the center of Malaga. 

Founded by an Argentinian, who came to Malaga in 2008, it has already earned itself a reputation for being one of the must-visit restaurants in Malaga.

The budget estimated for the restaurant is between 9€ and 22€ per person.

I recommend you not to go very late otherwise you will have to wait for a table. 

It is open everyday from 19:00 to 00:00. On Fridays and Saturdays it closes at 00:30. On Tuesdays it is closed.

Address: Calle Alamos, 11 Calle Cacer, 29012 Málaga España

Website: elmesondecervantes.com

3. El Tapeo de Cervantes

el tapeo de cervantes

El Tapeo de Cervantes is a very popular restaurant for tapas, one of the most Spanish dishes. 

The food is good and the the atmosphere too. However, since the place is quite small, I recommend you to make a reservation if you want to go there.    

El Tapeo de Cervantes was founded by the same owner of El Mesón de Cervantes and it is right around the corner. For this reason, my suggestion in case you don’t find a spot here, you can always go and check the other. 

The price-quality ratio is good too. 

The restaurant is closed on Mondays and the rest of the week it is open from 13:00 to 15:30 and from 19:30 to 23:30.

Address: Calle Carcer 8, 29012 Málaga España

Website: eltapeodecervantes.com/en/

4. Vino Mío

vino mio restaurant

The following restaurant in our list of typical restaurants in Malaga is Vino Mio.

The restaurant was founded in 2003 by a Dutch woman and it does not only offer Spanish food but also international dishes from all over the world. 

The dishes are very good and the medium budget is between 20€ and 50€. 

Moreover, Vino Mio is one of the restaurants in Malaga which offers flamenco performances in the evening. Be sure to book a table to not miss it!

Opening hours:

From Wednesday to Sunday: 13:00 – 00:00.

Address: Plaza de Jeronimo Cuervo 2, 29012 Málaga Spain. 

Website: restaurantevinomio.es/en/

5. El Gallo Ronco

El Gallo Ronco is the next restaurant that I want to show you. 

It is a very nice place with a great location; since it is located in Plaza de las Flores, there is a nice terrace where you can eat. Moreover, during the night with all the lights, the flowers and some street artists around, the atmosphere is amazing. 

In my opinion, it is one of the best restaurants for groups since there is enough space for a big table.  

I have eaten there several times and some dishes that I can recommend you are the grilled octopus and the seabass. Plus, the staff is very friendly. 

Additionally, El Gallo Ronco offers also flamenco shows during the weekends. 

The medium budget for eating is between 2€ and 18€ per person. 

Opening hours:

  • From Sunday to Thurday: 12:00 – 1:00
  • Friday and Saturday: 12:00 – 2:00

Address: Plaza de las Flores, 1, 29005 Málaga 

website: https://www.elgalloronco.com/en/

6. Las Merchanas

las merchanas malaga restaurant

Las Merchanas, as El Pimpi, is one of the most typical restaurants of Malaga. If you want to get in touch with the real soul of Andalusia, this is the best place where you can go. 

Besides of eating typical delicious dishes and tapas from Malaga, you will sit in this peculiar tavern surrounded by Easter week decorations and videos. To understand what I mean, you have to go there and see it. 

One advice is to go quite early to take a table since the restaurant is quite small.

In Las Merchanas you will eat delicious food and the price is super cheap. 

It is open daily from 12:00 to 00:00.

Address: Calle Mosquera 5, 29008 Málaga España

7. Casa Lola

casa lola traditional restaurant

The next restaurant in the list is Casa Lola, famous for serving typical Spanish food. It is a good restaurant to enjoy the local atmosphere.

I have been to Casa Lola several times, for breakfast and for dinner too and I can tell you that the quality-price ratio is very good. The food is amazing and quite cheap.

Besides of all the pinchos (bread with different toppings) that they have, I recommend you to taste the hamburgers, the patatas bravas and the revuelto with mushroom. Plus, Casa Lola is perfect if you want to taste sweet wine or vermouth. 

Since it is one of the most famous restaurants in the city, if you don’t go early, you will find a big line to get a table. The good thing is that now there are three in the city, so you can always try to go to another one. 

The three restaurants are all in the old town of Malaga: one is in Calle Granada, another one is Calle Strachan near the Cathedral of Malaga and the newest in in Plaza Uncibay.

So, you have just to pick one! 😛


Calle Granada 46, 29015 Málaga España

Calle Strachan 11, 29015 Málaga España

Plaza Uncibay 3-5, 29008 Málaga España

8. Antigua Casa del Guardia

malaga restaurants old town

Antigua Casa del Guardia is a very special place in our list of typical restaurants in Malaga. More than a restaurant, it is a tavern very famous for serving different varieties of sweet wine

The bar was founded in 1840 by a malagueñan winemaker, Don José de Guardia. Inside you will  find several barrels of wine with all the different names written on them. Plus, to don’t forget what are you drinking, the waiters usually write on the table with the chalk…very particular!

Besides of the wines, you can taste here some delicious tapas, the majority made with fresh fish and seafood. 

The quality-price ratio is really good. 

In my opinion, it is a place to add in your list when you visit Malaga;  the visit and experience is really worth.

Opening hours:

  • From Monday to Thursday: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00 – 22:45
  • Sunday: 11:00 – 15:00

Address: Alameda Principal, 18, 29005 Málaga España

website: https://antiguacasadeguardia.com/

Here it finishes our post dedicated to Restaurants in Malaga. If I forgot your favourite or you want to share your experience with us, just comment below!

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