5 top-rated restaurants in Málaga, southern Spain

Malaga is a port city on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain with many great restaurants. [Image Pixabay]
Malaga is a port city on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain with many great restaurants. [Image Pixabay]

Málaga is a sprawling city, with many dining establishments, but your choice is made easier with this selection of restaurants with varying cuisine.

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Málaga is a large city, nestled on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain. The port city is well-known for its high-rise hotels lining the city’s famous beaches. It is also known for two Moorish hilltop citadels, the Gibralfaro Castle and the Alcazaba and a beautiful Renaissance cathedral named “La Manquita” (the one-armed lady) due to one tower curiously being left unconstructed. Its main, pedestrian shopping street, Calle Marqués de Larios, is renowned for high fashion boutiques and jewellery stores.

The city is the hub for reaching many other Costa del Sol resorts along the coastline and is a dining mecca, with all types of cuisine available, including traditional and reimagined Spanish cuisine, Italian, French, Chinese, Japanese and more dining establishments to choose from. Besides the traditional Spanish and Malagueñan restaurants, there are cafes, tapas bars and chiringuitos (beach restaurants) to choose from.

To make your choice easier, especially if on a quick stop in Málaga before journeying to your further destination, five highly recommended and Tripadvisor-reviewed restaurants are listed below.

For your dining pleasure, we have a traditional Spanish fish restaurant, a fine dining restaurant, an Italian Trattoria, a restaurant that serves sushi, Spanish style and a tiny, hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant in the heart of Málaga.

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Marisqueria La Mayor - Avenida de Sor Teresa Prat, 82, Malaga, Spain

With Málaga being a port city, you are almost guaranteed to get the freshest catch of the day wherever you dine. None more so than at Marisqueria La Mayor. Enjoy the best fish and seafood in a bright, modern environment cooked to perfection in a true Spanish style. Starters include gazpacho (cold tomato soup), berenjenas con miel (eggplant fried with honey) or Jamón Ibérico, mains fish and seafood dishes, paella, salads on the side and a small variety of meat dishes and desserts.

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La Barra de Zapata - Calle Salinas 10, Local 1, Málaga, Spain

La Barra de Zapata is described as a haut-cuisine, fine dining restaurant with creative cuisine and decadent desserts. One reviewer said the presentation of the food was so exquisite, you are tempted to frame the dish rather than eat it, but they did add, not for long! There is a limited menu, but everything is prepared fresh, the cuisine is reimagined Spanish and there is an excellent wine list to choose from. According to reviewers the staff is friendly and the service is great.

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