This blog post was originally posted on April 4, 2016 and was updated on May 18, 2017
When you visit a new city, do you immediately try and find out is what the best local dish is? If so, you might be a foodie.
Malaga food lovers agree that this is a city that is full of unique flavors, sweet wines, delicious tapas and fresh fish. You might not have heard of some of the local dishes, but they’re well worth trying. These five foodie things to do in Malaga are sure to please your taste buds.
5 Delicious Foodie Things to Do in Malaga
1. Explore Atarazanas Market
It’s always worth it to explore local markets for the atmosphere and the hustle and bustle of people buying fruits, veggies and meats. Atarazanas is one of the best foodie things to do in Malaga, not only for the atmosphere of the historic market, but also because there are bars inside where you can enjoy a tapa! Head to the Bar Mercado Atarazanas and ask for the shrimp skewer—it’s the unofficial first stop for food lovers visiting Malaga.
See Also: The complete guide to the best markets in Malaga
2. Indulge in churros and chocolate at Casa Aranda
You can’t come to Spain without trying churros and chocolate, and Malaga is no different. These sweet treats are well known around the world, but that doesn’t mean you can just get any churros! Every city has its own go-to spots, and in Malaga, that would be Casa Aranda (Herrería del Rey, 3). They’ve been around for more than 100 years, so it’s safe to say they know their stuff.
Still hungry? Learn more about where to find great churros in Malaga
3. Try an espeto by the beach
Malaga is known for its sardine skewers known as espetos. The name comes from the Spanish verb espetar, which means “to skewer.” These delicious little fish are skewered and then cooked over a pit of coals on the beach. The only seasoning is simply a little bit of olive oil and some salt. The result is delicious, and if you fancy yourself a food lover, you can’t pass up an espeto (or several) while in Malaga!
4. Flag down your food at El Tintero
This is by far one of the most unique foodie things to do in Malaga. El Tintero (Calle Playa del Chanquete, 99) is a restaurant in the area near El Palo Beach Its huge seating area is less than fancy; however, that’s part of the charm. But why should you go?
Because the waiters don’t take your orders; instead, they walk around with plates of the day’s fresh catch cooked any way you can imagine (fried, grilled, in a salad) and they shout the name of the dish. If you want a portion, you just flag them down. When you’ve finished, flag down the one yelling “Mira, mira, y YO COBRO.” They will count the plates and tell you what you owe. Fun, chaotic and delicious all in one!
5. Taste different Malaga wines
You’re probably familiar with the wines from Rioja in the north, or sherry from Jerez. But you may not have heard of Malaga wine. It’s a sweet fortified wine made from a special kind of grape called moscatel. The wine might seem too sweet at first, but when paired with a delicious cheese or salty fried almonds, it’s the perfect match.
So where can you try these wines? Head to one of two places: Casa Antigua de Guardia (Alameda Principal, 18) and the Odisea Vinos de Malaga (Subida Coracha, 1). If you’re a wine drinker, this is something not to miss while visiting Malaga.
See Also: The ultimate guide to Malaga’s best wine bars