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Food Lover's Guide to Malaga

By Viator, February 2018

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Andalusian cuisine is rich in garlic-laden soups, fried fish and hearty stews and there is no shortage of restaurants around Málaga in which to indulge, but the city is best known for its startling array of tapas.

Originally an Andalusian ritual enjoyed most evenings when crowds gather in local cafés and bars to gossip and discuss their days, tapas has evolved over the years from a few olives served with a glass of dry sherry into a serious culinary art form. Traditional tapas include albóndigas (spicy meatballs in tomato sauce); jamón (cured ham); cheeses, tortilla (a thick, scrummy omelet) and potato served as croquettes or patatas bravas fried with chili and garlic. With Málaga being a coastal town, tiny sardines, luscious prawns, crispy calamari squid rings, boquerones (anchovies) and mussels also feature on most tapas menus.

Even the tiniest neighborhood zinc bar offers at least plate of dripping garlic mushrooms along with your nightly aperitif and half the pleasure of feasting on tapas is the bar hopping from one establishment to the next, sampling the plates on offer as you drink. At the other end of the scale, city-center venues dripping with sophistication come up with increasingly inventive tapas combinations, including stuffed tomatoes, artichoke rice cakes and asparagus with salmon.

The ordering ritual is easy: grab the attention of the waiter, choose your tapas from behind the glass counter and pay when you have eaten your fill. Whereas tapas come in tiny portions to serve one person, racíones can either be a complete meal or shared among several people. Basque-style pinchos, simple open sandwiches with various toppings and spiked with a toothpick, have become popular on the south coast, while bocadillos are rolls filled with cheese, ham or shrimp and most often eaten at lunchtime. It’s cheaper to eat standing or perching at the bar, and tapas should be accompanied with either a glass of the local sweet muscatel wine or sparkling cava, a beer or even a chilled glass of Andalusian dry sherry.

To sample three of Málaga’s best tapas bars, take a guided tour led by a local expert; you’ll discover local beers, sweet dessert wines and sherries as well as tasting many different types of delicious tapas finger food.

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Malaga Tapas Tour with Flamenco Show, Malaga, null
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Malaga Tapas Tour with Flamenco Show

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Stroll through the beautiful streets of Malaga and try some of the best local wines. The friendly waiters and managers of bars, taverns and restaurants will ...  Read more

Location: Málaga, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.47
Malaga Tapas and Wine Tour, Malaga, Flamenco
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Malaga Tapas and Wine Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 53 Reviews

Visit three of Malaga’s tapas institutions on a 3-hour food tour and sample up to 15 plates of tapas alongside glasses of wine and beer. With a local guide, ...  Read more

Location: Malaga, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.47
Malaga Tapas Walking Tour, Malaga, Food Tours
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Malaga Tapas Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

In this half-day activity, food lovers will discover the traditional products, dishes and hidden treasures of Malaga. During the tour, learn about the history ...  Read more

Location: Málaga, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.26
Paella Cooking Class in Malaga, Malaga, Food Tours
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Paella Cooking Class in Malaga

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Learn with how to cook Spain’s most famous dish in Malaga from a chef on this 3.5-hour hands-on cooking class. Meet your chef guide and head to Malaga’s finest ...  Read more

Location: Málaga, Spain
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $94.73
Malaga Tapas Cooking Class, Malaga, Cooking Classes
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Malaga Tapas Cooking Class

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Our team will teach you in a didactic, enthusiastic and participative way how to prepare traditional recipes, “classics” of our gastronomy, to enjoy as well ...  Read more

Location: Málaga, Spain
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $94.73
Wine and Tapas Bike Tour, Malaga, Food Tours
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Wine and Tapas Bike Tour

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Embark on a guided tapas and wine tour of Malaga by bike. In this 3 hours and 30 minutes (approx.) biking tour, try mouth-watering local delicacies and the ...  Read more

Location: Málaga, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.21
Malaga Evening Wine and Tapas Tour, Malaga, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Malaga Evening Wine and Tapas Tour

Taste your way through Malaga on this 3.5-hour guided evening wine and tapas tour. See why Malaga has become one of Spain’s top dining destinations. Stroll ...  Read more

Location: Málaga, Spain
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $82.10
Malaga Tapas Tour with Visit Atarazanas Market, Malaga, Food Tours
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Malaga Tapas Tour with Visit Atarazanas Market

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Enjoy a relaxed route where you can experience the most unusual and traditional places, all located in the historic center of Malaga. Enjoy its people and ...  Read more

Location: Málaga, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.15
Cooking Day at the farmhouse in Malaga, Malaga, Food Tours
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Cooking Day at the farmhouse in Malaga

Live an extraordinary culinary experience in a farmhouse in Malaga. Learn to cook Mediterrean and Spanish recipes with the freshest ingredients. Learn all ...  Read more

Location: Málaga, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.56
Malaga Tapas and Jazz Show Evening Tour, Malaga, Food Tours
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Malaga Tapas and Jazz Show Evening Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Do you want to do different things? Do you want to know Málaga gastronomy with your friends? Or Do you want to surprise your partner with a romantic tapas ...  Read more

Location: Málaga, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.47

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