17 Best food & drink spots in Málaga

All hotspots are tipped by locals 😉 Danique’s sister and her boyfriend live in Málaga for a while and let us taste the best things. Ohhhh and now we can’t wait to share these hotspots with you!

La vida de la Gente

Just outside the city center you will find La vida de la Gente. An atmospheric restaurant, where you can order tastiest cocktails. The choices on the menu are endless! Tip: Be there during Happy Hour. You order a cocktail for only €7,- and you receive a plate with delicious snacks. La vida de la Gente is the perfect place for a fun night out.

El Gastronauta

For delicious and special tapas you can have dinner at El Gastronauta. This tasty hotspot can be found in a cozy street in the center of Málaga. Book a table on time, because more people know that you can order delicious food here. What we really liked is that the tapas were not all served at the same time. This way you can enjoy every dish and you won’t be full too quickly.

Mimo Vegan Bistro

Mimo Vegan Bistro offers a variety of delicious and organic vegan food. All the dishes on the menu are made with local seasonal products, vegetables and fruits. Eating here was a whole new experience for us. They make combinations with food that you have probably never tasted before. And the attention to detail is insane, the food looks like art! They not only have tasty main courses but also try the delicious starters and desserts. The staff is super nice and tells you enthusiastically about the food, preparations and the ingredients.

Sabor a Nápoles

A few minutes from the beach you will find the cozy little Sabor a Nápoles. Here you can eat the tastiest Italian focaccias. Choose a spot outside and enjoy! The service is top notch, the location is cute and the people are very kind. Extra plus: We had the choice out of any focaccia! Tell them you are vegetarian and they will think along with you and replace the meat with, for example, extra vegetables. Oh and if you want a nice drink; we definitely recommend the Limoncello Spritz.

Speakeasy ‘The Pharmacy

Speakeasy ‘The pharmacy’ is a hidden cocktail bar where you step into a totally different vibe. They offer exclusive cocktails served in unique glasses. They have implemented their iconic style in everything, such as the design of the menu, the outfits of the staff, the interior and the music. If you visit Málaga, go get yourself a cocktail at this atmospheric place!

Restaurante El Huesca

El Huesca is a restaurant right in front of the Málaga Cathedral! In addition to the beautiful view, you can enjoy unique tapas and there is also plenty of choice for vegetarians. Ignacio is happy to think along with you about the possibilities. The staff is always in for a chat and the atmosphere is great!

IlMuseo Pizzeria

For the best pizzas you have to make a reservation at IlMuseo Pizzeria. The quality is very good and you can taste the attention that has been put into the preparation. Tip: order the cheese fondue with provolone, tomato sauce and oregano as a starter and dip the delicious crispy dough into it. You will love it!!


You eat delicious tapas at D’Platos and these are also very cheap. You have many vegetarian options. It is a cozy place to sit and there is plenty of space on the terrace.

Rooftop bar La Terraza La Alcazaba

There are many nice rooftop bars with spectacular views of Málaga, like the San Juan Terrace, the rooftop of the AC Hotel and the rooftop of the Only YOU Hotel. But our favorite is La Terraza la Alcazaba, from here you have a beautiful view of the city, the cute roof terraces and you can see the Alcazaba turn gold during the sunset.


Want to eat burgers for dinner? You have to go to Goiko for that! We ordered the food here and ate it at home, so we can’t share our experience of what it is like to eat in the restaurant. But at least the food is top notch! You can choose the vegetarian option with every burger and you can choose from different types of fries and sauces. The quality of the burger and the toppings is good.


At Sylvia’s you discover tasteful dishes from the Mexican kitchen. This Mexican street food is definitely the best in town! There are plenty of vegetarian options on the menu. Take a seat on the lively terrace. It is necessary to reserve a spot in advance because it fills up quickly!

Tarta de la madre de Cris

Ohhh do you love sweets and cheesecake in particular? Be sure to taste the homemade cakes at Tarta de la madre de Cris. And the cute interior makes your visit even more fun! Tip: the cake is quite big, so it is more like a lunch or dinner haha.

Restaurante Gutiérrez Puerto

Restaurant Gutiérrez Puerto is located at the boulevard of Málaga. From the sunny terrace you have a beautiful view over the harbor and the boats. Do you need some refreshing? Then order the summer drink Tinto de Verano. No, this is not a sangria, but a mix of bitter lemon and red wine; the perfect combo!

Cafe de Estraperlo

Opposite the tropical green city parks you will find cafe de Estraperlo. If you want to order a nice drink, this is the place for you. How about an Aperol Spritz or una cervezas? The atmosphere is laid back and the bartenders are super friendly. What else do you need?!


Noviembre is the spot for a perfect lunch. There are plenty of choices on the menu. We ate a delicious sandwich that you can customize the way you like it. The quality of the food is great and the staff is friendly and attentive.

Cosa Fina

Are patatas bravas your favorite tapas? Then you should definitely try the variant of Cosa Fina! I would book a one-way ticket to Málaga for that reason alone ;). This hidden gem is located in a cozy courtyard just outside the busy streets of the city center.

Empanadas Las Muns

Looking for a tasty snack? Or want to eat something ideal for on the go? Then get a fresh homemade empanada at Las Muns. This take-away has a diverse choice of finger-licking empanadas!