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Monday, 26 September 2016

Malaga: where to eat and drink

A great choice of independent cafés, bars and restaurants, talented chefs, a sunny climate, great produce and a maritime location have all helped to give Malaga its well deserved reputation for food and drink. Here are a few places we visited (and some we didn’t), starting with one which was less than two minutes walk from the hotel.

El Rincón del Cervecero is one of the big names of the craft beer movement in Malaga, the genial owners offering 257 different beers, eight of them on tap. There was always plenty of people sitting outside in the evenings, savouring the beers and the limited menu (sheep’s cheese, and cured meats from Leon included).

At Cafeteria Framil we had the churros, dipped in hot chocolate and at Taberna Uvedoble loved the new take on tapas (thinly sliced swordfish in pork fat; homemade Iberian ham and cheese croquettes for instance), served by the smiley waiters. We felt equally welcome at nearby Café Berlin (pic) where, for breakfast, we sampled the toasted muffin, olive oil and chopped tomatoes. Simple but very tasty. Not forgetting lunch at Bar Mercado Atarazanas in the food market (see above).

A very generous portion of wine and a beer at Taberna Cofrade Las Merchanas in Calle Mosquera was altogether a different experience in that the bar is decorated with religious pictures and memorabilia, linked to Malaga’s Easter Holy Week or Semana Santa. There’s a restaurant here too.

We tried to get a table at Mesón Ibérico, near our hotel, one evening but it was far too busy. Mamuchis is even closer to the hotel.

Other places on our list for next time include El Refectorium Catedral, Gorki (various places), Cortijo de Pepe, Lepanto Café, Oleo, Bodega Bar El Pimpi, Los Patios de Beatas, KGB, El Mesón de Cervantes, Casa Aranda, Antigua Casa de Guardia and Jose Carlos Garcia.

Grilled sardines, anchovies, the olive oils, the almonds and sweet wines are all things that Malaga and its area are known for. Sardines are often grilled on sticks over a fire on the beach. And, of course, there’s a big range of tapas bars.

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