Trvlinspirator has discovered the city with the help from reliable local friends who where a real inspiration for us. We hope to inspire you with their knowledge of Malaga and our needs for the perfect experience.
Malaga city is 15 km. from the airport and 50 minutes by car from Marbella. Cars are not allowed in their historical centre. Malaga is building a subway and for that reason there are a lot of roadblocks, we definitely advise to park as soon as you arrive in the centre to avoid stressful moments.
When you decide to visit Malaga in low season we want you to know that the evenings are more alive. During the typical Spanish siesta time, the shops will be closed from 2pm till 5pm. The bars and cafe’s open their doors mostly from 7.30/8pm. In high season it’s always more lively in the city because of vacations.
Lately Malaga is becoming a trendier city with a certain “cosmopolitan” atmosphere, where people or elements and different spheres from all parts of the world come together. We think that this city is perfect to go shopping, visit the modernized port, have tapas and finish your day on one of the rooftop terraces.
For 10€ per adult you can make 3 rounds in one of Europe’s biggest Ferris wheels. TRVLinspirator tried this during daytime but we are going back to do it again by night.
We started our beautiful sunny day with a visit to Malaga’s central food market “Atarazanas”. TRVLinspirator was impressed by the amount of fresh fish, meat, fruit, spices, herbs and vegetables. You can actually feel that the friendly sellers on the market are doing their best to give you the right experience. You will see a lot of tourist people but also the locals start their day here. It’s not just a market (open from 08.00-14.00h), it’s also perfect to have your breakfast here. We had a delicious mango-pineapple juice and one with strawberry, perfect to start the day full of energy!
In one of the main streets in Malaga you can find shops as H&M, Zara, Fnac, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti etc. We really enjoyed the big “Natura” and “Tiger” shops; here you get great ideas and enough inspiration for special presents. When you go a little bit more into the small streets you will find for instance a Hammam and trendy other little shops.
Restaurant and bar recommendations from your TRVLinspirator:
Julia Bakery: charming bakery ideal for breakfast and their famous cupcakes, home baked cakes and organic bread. We simply couldn’t choose, everything looks incredible tasty and TRVLinspirator is going back for sure! Open from 10.00-14.30h / 17.00-20.30h.
Bodega Bar El Pimpi: “Place to be in the heart of Malaga” known by many tourists and local people for quality food and very good wines. Always busy, big terrace, we prefer to have lunch or dinner inside (left corner) because the atmosphere and ambiance is a better memory to Malaga. We suggest ordering different tapas to share (always media racion/ half a portion), the service is fast and friendly, prices are comparing to other tapas restaurant more expensive. Open 7 days a week from 10.00-02.00h and weekend days open till 03.00h.
Las Merchanas: traditional Spanish interior and service, very tasty, simple and cheap tapas, go for dinner in the evening.
El Farolito: Argentinian cuisine, best time to visit this restaurant is for dinnertime, order the Provoletta, tomato salad, entrana meat and a good bottle of red wine. Hidden in one of the cosy small streets of Malaga close to the shops and other historical places of interest.
Fonzo bar de tapas: It’s a young Belgium couple who ons this little new tapas bar and we really wanted to order everything after trying 5 of their tapas to share. These tapas are special and unique, the service is super friendly and they truly inspired us. Cheap and cheerful, must visit if you are in malaga. Open for lunch and dinner.
Tapeo de cervantes: famous for all our members by now and we can recommend this tapas bar to everybody. Make sure you go on time or book your table because there is not a lot of space. TRVLinspirator like to order from the suggestions menu and they have an interesting wine list too, especially red wines! Open for lunch and dinner.
AC Hotel Malaga Palacio > ROOFTOP BAR. Every big city has its own unique rooftop bars and Malaga too! If you want to enter this rooftop bar you have to pay 8€ per person entrance fee but you can use this entrance ticket to get a cocktail or any other drink once you are on the highest level of this hotel. Spectacular views over the city, the harbor and the cathedral, also very insta & picture proof!
Restaurant and sushi bar Asako: Japanese fusion, very good sushi but don’t forget to ask for their specials. The fish is melting in your mouth and the service is very professional. Open from 13.30-16.30h. / 20.30-00.00h.
El Vegetariano de Alcazabilla: If you want to fancy some real Spanish vegetarian food this is definitely the best place to go! You can find the restaurant in a corner in the middle of Malaga and how different is it to order Mushroom Pil Pil instead of the famous gamba pil pil… Opening times are Monday-Thursday: 13.00-16.00h/ 19.00-22.00h, Friday/ Saturday: 19.00-23.30h and Sunday 13.00-16.00h.
Tepito Tacos y Tequila: Mexican street food, we advise to visit this restaurant in the evening. Our friends are coming here most of the time for the great Mexican food and the location is very romantic by night (in the same street you can find a Hammam).
Central beers: nice bar for a drink with different beers from over the whole world. They serve a simple menu for a quick bite with nachos, hamburguesas, salads, jamon and cheese. Open Monday – Thursday 16.00-02.00h and Friday/ Saturday 13.00-03.00h. Sunday closed
Hotel Larios, Hotel Malaga Palacio and AC Hotel Malaga: all these Hotels are famous for their rooftop terrace bars. After dinner the perfect place to enjoy a good glass of wine or one of the cocktails. The view from every rooftop is amazing and worth to give it a try! Only open in the evening, during daytime closed.