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Remember the most important advice when going out for tapas: do not stick to one place. Hopping from one place to the other is the way to do it.
Recommended by Kazza36
Canas y Tapas
Off Calle Molina Larios
Very popular and very reasonable Tapas Bar serving different kinds of tapas at the bar prices range from 3 euro to 8 euro, try the gambus pil pil, and there Alibondigas are beautiful. go back every year whilst on day trip to malaga.Staff are friendly,but speak very little english take a phrase book with you, speak a Little and does help.the location is near to the catherdral and larios street.they also have a main menu in the restaurant section.
These are recommended by Malaga expert MACPollo:
1. Rincon de El Trillo
Calle Don Juan Díaz, 4
This restaurant has been around for more than 30 years and is quite successful. The inside of the restaurant looks like a typical meson, with wine bottles and old photographs being displayed. The menu is traditional Spanish and the food is very delicious, served on beautiful plates. Service is also very attentive and very good. A good place to eat and enjoy. Moderate prices.
2. Rincon de El Trillo
Calle Esparteros, 8
Calle Strachan, 6
Calle Strachan, 9 - 11
5. La Rebana
Molina Lario, 4
This restaurant serves small open faced sandwiches of many different varieties. The wines served are very good.
6. La Campana
Calle Granada, 35
7. Mariano Restaurante
(Sit at the counter).
Plaza del Carbón, 2
This restaurant is very big, with a first floor dining room that has a no-smoking section. One of the best in Malaga.
8. El Pimpi
Calle Granada, 62
Tel: 952- 228-990
Hours: Noon to 2 am.
A famous restaurant that many times has guitar music. This is a historic bar and is decorated with big posters of bullfights and Malaga scenes. At one corner of the restaurant is a collection of wine barrels and each one is signed by celebrities, such as the Duchess of Alba and Paloma Picasso. One has a wide choice of what to drink, and the menu lists all the choices. If one wants to eat, the porra (thick tomato soup from Antequera) is very good. There is also a plato combinado with tortilla, pimiento asados, and carne a la sal.
9. La Bodega Malagueña
Calle Luis de Velazquez, 2
Very good fish tapas.
10. La Reserva XII Vinoteca
Calle La Bolsa, 12
This is a great restaurant in the center of Malaga. There is a gorgeous (and rather expensive) restaurant upstairs, but one can sample some of the best tapas in town downstairs. These are not cheap either, but the experience is worth it. It is very traditional. As its name suggests, the wine cellar is great.
11. La Barra
Calle La Bolsa, 8
The croquetas de jamón are to die for. More modern also. It does always get packed so be prepared to wait if you arrive at Spanish hours.
12. La Moraga
This is a new chain opened by the Michelin star awarded chef Dani Garcia. They have also opened a branch at El Corte Ingles (sixth floor) and will operate a place at the new Terminal 3 at the airport. Creative cuisine with deep local roots. The cherry gazpacho is great, as is the ox tail hamburger. They also own a branch in Puerto Banús named La Moraga Ibérica that, as one can imagine, focuses on Iberian products. The branch at El Corte Ingles is big and full of light, with a modern decor that is pleasing to the eye.
13. El Tapeo de Cervantes
Calle de Carcer, 8
This place is run by a lovely Argentinian couple and offer creative tapas. The food is delicious. Try the pumpkin risotto. It is already very popular among visitors, although it is becoming also popular among locals. It is a tiny place, which means that is almost always packed, especially at nights.
14. Pitta Bar
Calle Echegaray, 8
This bar serves the best Middle East cuisine. The Mutabal (aubergine cream) and Hummus (chickpea cream) are great.
Suggestions from BennyMalaga:15. Cafe & Tapas
Alameda Principal, 17 (near the corner of Calle Cordoba)
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 08:00 to 22:30H.
This tapas restaurant is brand new, with new furniture. The restaurant is elegant and has plenty of light, with modern paintings and decoration. The location could not be better. The chef has studied at a professional cooking academy. The menu has a large variety of tapas. The presentation of the tapas could not be better. They are served on square white plates or in small metal casseroles with a cover. The taste of the tapas is wonderful. One of the waiters is Jose, who is also one of the owners of the restaurant. He is very friendly and bilingual in English, so one can be easily understood. He is very open to suggestions or comments because he wants his restaurant to be successful and he understands that feedback from customers is very important. Once you try the wonderful tapas, you will go back again to this place. One can have breakfast, lunch, or dinner at this place.
16. Meson Lo Gueno
Calle Martin Garcia, 9
This meson is located near Calle Larios and is small but the food is good, with moderate prices. It has an extensive tapas menu besides the regular menu, so one can make a meal by ordering several tapas. The bar of the restaurant is across the narrow street and is usually very busy.
17. Taberna El Piyayo
Calle Granada, 36
This restaurant has very good fish dishes and tapas. The service is fast and the restaurant opens at 12:30 pm., so one can have an early lunch. The decoration of the restaurant is done with beautiful ceramic wall tiles with the figures of two peacocks. The ceiling has exposed wood beams and there is plenty of red brick on the pillars and walls.
18. La Cueva de 1900
Calle Martinez, 9
This is a good place to try hams, chorizo, and other pork products. Very near Calle Larios.
19. Mamalena Tapas
Calle Alcazabilla, 12
There are 25 different tapas on the menu and most cost 2.00€ each.
20. Garum Casual Restaurante
Alcazabilla, 1 (Across the entrance to the Alcazaba)
Hours: Sunday to Thursday - 10H to 17H; Friday and Saturday - 12H to 17H, 20H to 24H; Closed Monday.
Garum is a restaurant with modern decor and is quite spacious. There is seating in front of the restaurant. There is a tapa dish that contains 10 different tapas and this costs 7.50€. Another tapa dish contains 6 pinchos and costs 10.50€. Each of these dishes is a meal in itself. The food is very delicious and the presentation is marvelous. The service is very friendly and the restaurant is run by a family, and father and son are called Angel. Besides the tapas, there are regular dishes too. The location in front of the Alcazaba and the Roman theater is very convenient to tourists who have visited these sights. Take a look at their website.
21. Uvedoble Taberna
Calle Cister, 15
Uvedoble Taberna is located on the street where the entrance to the Cathedral is. It is a small restaurant but has a wide variety of tapas. Look at their website and see the list and the prices. Service is very friendly.22. Bodegas Quitapenas
Calle Angel, 1
Bodegas Quitapenas is a famous wine maker that was founded in 1880 and is famous for its sweet Malaga wine. It is also famous for its fish tapas that are served in several Malaga restaurants that it owns. This new one is conveniently located downtown and is a very pleasant place to eat. The walls of the restaurant are decorated with scenes of the countryside wineries. The fish tapas are very delicious and each plate costs between 4 and 5 euros. The wine served is inexpensively priced. One can make a lunch meal by ordering two tapas. There is a very good seafood salad and a very wide selection of fish. Service is very friendly.
Sanchez Pastor, 4
Walk up Marques de Larios or Molina Larios to Calle Santa Maria, and Sanchez Pastor is off Santa Maria. As BennyMalaga writes, the service is good, and cheerful. The tinto seco de la casa and the blanco seco de la casa are "rico".
23. El Despachito de Gloria
Calle Huescar, 4
(Close to El Corte Ingles)
This tapas place has fish tapas at a very inexpensive price. There is a very wide variety of fish that one can order. Most plates cost 5 euros. Service is very friendly. Try the Malaga champagne cocktail.
24. Almacen del Indiano
Calle Cisneros, 7
This deli serves delicious ham tapas, with ham from Salamanca and serves many wines from Malaga. The place is decorated with old and colorful Andalusian posters. Try the wine of Bodegas Jose Molina, made in Colmenar, and which is very good.
Suggestions from Superb12 from Newcastle:
25. Meson Iberico
Calle San Lorenzo, 27
Situated at the corner of Calle San Lorenzo, a short walk from Alameda Principal, this bar can get quite busy, which is a good sign, and apart from the bar there is a small restaurant inside also. The food is very good with the usual selection of shellfish, meats, cheese and wine. The bar staff are very friendly and helpful and this is one of the few bars that when one orders the first drink gives a free tapa.
26. Cafeteria Axarquia
Alameda Principal, 36
This is on a corner not far from the Tetuan Bridge crossing the Guadalmedina River. This bar, although having half its area dedicated to slot machines, has a bar area at the front which has some tables and seating at the bar. The tapas are good and the drinks are the cheapest. Good value.
27. Meson La Alcazaba
Avenida Manuel Agustin Heredia, 20
This restaurant has seating inside and out and is a popular lunchtime destination for locals. This is another bar that gives a free tapa with drinks purchased. It also does a reasonable Menu of the Day for 8 Euros.
28. Pepa y Pepe
Calle Caldereria, 9
This bar is on a corner in Calle de la Calderería fairly central in the old town nice bar with seating inside as well as a number of barrels with seats around outside. This bar has a good selection of tapas and the drinks are reasonable, the staff are helpful and quick to serve. As this is situated on a busy street one can enjoy the food while watching the hustle and bustle of Malaga.
29. Il Laboratorio Trattoria
This bar and restaurant is a bit of an upmarket student bar, and it has a large bar area as well as a restaurant area. There is a large outside seating area and the atmosphere is good. The tapas and drinks are reasonably priced and worth a visit.
30. Bar La Tranca
Calle Carretería, corner with Calle Ollerías
If one wants local atmosphere and is feeling adventurous, La Tranca is small, dark and full of locals. The beer and wine are good and reasonably priced. The other clientele seem to enjoy the food.
31. Bodegas Quitapenas
Carretera de Guadalmar, 12
Nice atmosphere, large seating area inside barrels and chairs outside. Usually busy, as always a good sign, good selection of tapas, nice beer and wine and the staff are always friendly and the prices reasonable, what more would you want.
Suggestions from CathyDM from Hermosa Beach:
32. Antigua Casa De Guardia
Alameda Principal, 18
This is a classic Malaga wine bodega. This is a really old bar with large wine barrels against the wall. The bar is long and narrow and when one orders a drink the barman chalks the price on the bar in front of the customer, and at the end the barman adds up the total and one pays and the chalk rubbed off. There is a small selection of seafood one can purchase and the wines are really nice and most cost between 1 and 1.20 Euros a glass. This place has been around since the 1800’s and was supposedly a haunt of Picasso’s. It has a lot of atmosphere and character where one is served wine/sherry straight from the huge barrels behind the bar. The crowd is quite mixed – from businessmen to bums. But it is a must just to go for the ambiance – particularly if one wants a real, local place. It is also quite cheap. They have plates of super fresh langostinos (large prawns) that go great with a glass of fino.
33. Bar Orellana
Moreno Monroy, 5
This place is across the street from Restaurante El Chinitas (good restaurant also).
Great atmosphere, small, crowded, - push your way in and you will love this place!
Suggestion From Farsante2
Easily found if you walk up Pastora, the side street by Casa Antigua de la Guardia. It is a new version of Casa Antigua with reasonable prices ( posted on the wall to the right of the bar) and fresh seafood tapas. For example: Anejo Seco: Euro 1.20, Vermut Con Gas: Euro 1.50. Spanish clientele -- the tourists are at Casa Antigua these days it seems.
List of Common Tapas - Courtesy of PaulCostas:
aceitunas = olives
albóndigas = meatballs
alitas de pollo - chicken wings
almendras: fried almonds
anchoas = anchovies
boquerones fritos: deep-fried anchovies
boquerones = anchovies
berberechos = cockles
bombas: fried meat and potato ball
cabrillas = large snails with tomato
calamares = squid
callos = tripe
caracoles = snails
carne en salsa = meat in tomato sauce
champiñones = mushrooms fried in garlic
chiperones: fried whole baby squid
chocos = deep fried cuttlefish
chorizo = spicy sausage
cocido = stew
croquetas de… = crispy-fried croquettes with...
empanadas: pies filled with meat or seafood
empanadilla = fish/meat pasty
ensaladilla rusa = russian salad
escalibada = aubergine (eggplant) and pepper salad
garbanzos = chick peas
gambas = prawns
gambas pil-pil: prawns in garlic and chilli
gazpacho: cold garlic and/or tomato soup
habas = broad beans
habas con jamón = broad beans with ham
hígado = liver
huevo cocido = hard-boiled egg
jamón serrano = dried ham (like parma ham)
lomo: cured pork loin
mejillones = mussels
Muslitos cangrejos - Little crab thighs.
navajas = razor clams
patatas alioli = potatoes in garlic mayonnaise
patatas bravas = spicy fried potatoes
pimientos = peppers
Pinchitos kebabs on skewer
pisto = ratatouille
pulpo = octopus
rabo de toro: oxtail stew
revuelto de…: scrambled eggs with…
riñones al jerez = kidneys in sherry
sardinas: fresh sardines
salchicha = sausage
sepia = cuttlefish
tortilla española = potato omelette
tapas: snack-size portions
raciónes: larger meal-size portions
media ración: half a meal-size portion
queso manchego: sheep cheese
tabla serrana: a plate of cured meat and cheese.
A comment and one suggestion by Ati:
Uvedoble Taberna (Benny's #20 suggestion) is absolutely FABULOUS. The "black noodles" with little squids are superb. The oxtail balls, a work of art. Not cheap, but it is really worth it. The waiters are very, very nice, too.
32. Casa Vicente
Calle Comisario, 2. (Alameda Principal area) Fresh fish, good prices, friendly staff and very typical-funny atmosphere.