I just came back from beautiful Malaga and I can tell you that this city stole my heart.
This Spanish city in Andalusia stole my heart for several reasons. I mean the city is so beautiful. The buildings, lot’s of green and very easy to go around. Next to that the weather and the food. But most of all it was the people that I met. Coffee enthusiast with so much passion and ready to build a specialty coffee community. Looking forward to my next visit.
It’s been almost six years that I was in Malaga for the first, and last, time. I was here for a Spanish course (although I didn’t learn that much). I choose Malaga, because there was the city and the beach, like Barcelona. But I wanted to see “real” Spain and that’s why I traveled to the south to improve my Spanish. The language school was based in the mountains and I don’t know what went wrong, but I haven’t seen anything of the city. Such a pity. I also didn’t had very good memories about the city. I am happy I went back and I gave Malaga a second change.
During my visit I did lot’s of things and I visit lot’s of places, so I am going to tell you what made Malaga such a beautiful experience. My favorite places to go and the must-to-do’s on your city trip.
1. Castillo de Gibrlfaro and Alcazaba
If you think about Malaga, you might think about these two highlights. I have to admit I normally don’t pay for touristic highlights, but this is totally worth your money. We first walked up to the castle and the views from here are amazing. After this we visit Alcazaba and inside it looks amazing. You can buy a combined ticket for both the castle and the Alcazaba for only 3,55.
2. MAUS Malaga – Street Art tour
Something that really surprised me, which I didn’t know and expect, is the street art of Malaga. The artistic lively neighborhood Soho is full of street art and you can do a tour by yourself. You can download a map on the website mausmalaga.com and also check all the paintings, so you won’t miss them. It was hard to find them, but when you find them it’s amazing.
3. Day trip Ronda
If you’re staying long enough in Malaga, I can recommend to do a day trip. You find amazing things in the surrounding of this Andalusian city, like Alhambra in Granada or the beautiful city Ronda. We choose to go to Ronda, because I wanted to see some beautiful nature. It’s very easy to go here. You can go by buss or by train. 20 euro for a round trip. We spend like 4 hours in Ronda and it was just enough to walk around, have a drink, walk a bit more and have lunch. You can also visit Ronda by car, but what we noticed is that there isn’t so much parking space. If you are looking for a nice place to eat some tapas my tip is to avoid the touristic streets. We went to Casa Mateos (Calle Jerez, 6), which I can recommend.
I say Spain, you say tapas. That’s how it works and that’s fine. Maybe it’s because I already live in Spain for more than three years, but I am not a big tapas fan (anymore). It’s greasy and lot’s of the same. I had so many bravas, tortilla de patatas, croquetas and calamaris already. That doesn’t mean that I will tell you not to eat it. No, on the contrary, eat as much as you can! My first tip is to NOT go to El Pimpi. I was shocked. I actually had a some tapas here six years ago. It was still a small place with a small terrace. Now all the square it’s El Pimpi’s property. We checked the price list and it waaaay overpriced! And the service? Super rude! So, go to the small streets and eat double the amount for the same price. Here my tips:
- Eat fresh fish on the beach.
Most of the chiringuitos do have the special barbecue to grill the fresh fish for you. We ate at Chiringuito EL Cachalote during our day on the beach. The service was really good. The actually show you the fish before putting it on the barbecue. What I didn’t do, but which is a tradition, is eating sardines in Málaga. They are very big and tasty I heard. Next time I will do this for sure!
- Get out of the city centre for a nice food experience.
My friends did a bike tour and saw this restaurant out of the city. It’s called Pez Tomillo (fish thyme) and it’s located in neighborhood Pedregalejo and it takes you like 20 minutes by buss from Paseo del Parque (buss 3 or 11). It’ was actually funny to arrive here, because than I realized this was where my language school was, up in the mountains. So, I actually been on this beach six years ago. The restaurant looks amazing. Exactly what you expect from a restaurant on the beach. The food was tasty, the wine was fine and the service polite and fast. I could recommend to reserve before going, although we didn’t do that. Unfortunately I don’t have any photos, because we were too hungry and it was too dark. Everything on the menu is worth ordering.
- Brunch is the new lunch, let’s BrunchIt.
What always makes me happy is brunch time. The perfect moment for some good food. A good brunch should have something savory and something sweet, that’s why I mostly share plates with my friends (and I never can choose). A place that was on my to-visit-list was BrunchIt. They have two locations in the city and both are beautiful. The interior of this brunch place is great. Very stylish, clean and nature oriented. I felt very zen here. All the plates on the menu sound interesting, just save your caffeinated moment for later somewhere else. BrunchIt is using Lavazza coffee.
5. Take it easy, have a coffee.
Who thinks there isn’t good coffee in Malaga, has it wrong. I mean it’s still a small culture, but a very strong one. That’s what I noticed when I spend time with the passionated coffee professionals over there. Here are my three favorite places where you can get happily caffeinated.
- Mia Coffee Shop – The one and only coffeeshop in Málaga.
The place that is really focusing on coffee on they are doing pretty good. Owners Leo and Mia are putting all their effort and energy in their coffeeshop. The place is small, but you can hang out on the bar while talking with Leo and Mia or sit outside in front of the place. Mia Coffee is roasting their own coffee. Also worth trying is their cold brew. I was amazed. And caffeinated.Plaza de los Mártires Ciriaco y Paula, 4
Mo – Fr: 09.30 – 19.30
Sa: 10.00 – 18.00
- Julia Bakery – Artisan bread, yummy cakes & bloody good coffee.
This bakery was high on my list, because they are using Nømad Coffee from Barcelona and I was curious how they prepare the coffee. When entering Julia Bakery I felt home. The interior is completely my style. Minimalistic, lot’s of white, lot’s of plants, vintage furniture and amazing details like the world map on the wall. The concept works good with the bakery concept, the smell of fresh baked bread mixed with fresh ground coffee. My oat milk flat white was very good prepared by the owner Borja. I went back a couple of days later and had a well-balanced espresso.Calle Carretería, 44
Mo – Sa: 09.30 – 14.30 & 17.00 – 20.30
- Santa Canela – Crepes & Coffee.
I’ve met barista Mario at a cupping at Mia’s Coffee and that’s how I found out Santa Canela. The next day I went there to try a v60 with my friend. We enjoyed a floral and fruity Ethiopia Sidamo. The day after it was Sunday and luckily Santa Canela was open for my daily caffeine shot and to work on my blog. Mario prepared a uganda flat white with oat milk. I haven’t tried the crepes, but for sure I will do that next time. The smoothies and cakes are also worth to try, which I did. Don’t forget to look next door where you can find the tiny roaster!Calle Tomás Heredia, 5
Mo – Fr: 08.00 – 20.00
Sa – Su: 09.00 – 15.00 & 17.00 – 20.00
I hope my tips will help you to have a beautiful trip. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!