Discover the Delights: The Best Tapas in Malaga

Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure through the vibrant tapas scene of this coastal city. Join us on a flavorful journey through the best tapas in Malaga.

When choosing a destination, gastronomy is undoubtedly a determining factor in our final decision. More and more people are taking part in gastronomic tourism as a way of understanding the culture and idiosyncrasies of a tourist destination. If you are thinking of travelling to Malaga and you consider yourself a «foodie», you are in luck! In this article we would like to show you a selection of the best tapas in Malaga, so that you return to your city with a full and triumphant belly.

This post you are about to read, is just a small example of the gastronomy of Malaga, but if you want to continue discovering delicious dishes, you can come to the guided tour of the essential Malaga, where in addition to talk about history, architecture, monuments, curiosities and traditions, we give you a masterclass of the most popular dishes of Malaga.

1. Boquerones en Vinagre: the star of seafood tapas

Boquerones en vinagre (anchovies in vinegar) are the quintessential Malaga tapa that will delight fish lovers. The recipe is very simple: clean anchovies marinated for a while in vinegar, garlic, parsley and salt. This Malaga sushi is usually accompanied by a slice of bread and extra virgin olive oil. The perfect place to try boquerones en vinagre would be at a local market such as the Mercado de Málaga, also known as Mercado de Atarazanas.

2. Ensalada Malagueña: an unknown of the best tapas in Malaga

Another typical tapa of Malaga is the «ensalada malagueña» (Málaga salad). This healthy salad is a must in the homes of all locals during the summer months. The ensalada malagueña is a perfect blend of flavours and textures, reflecting the richness and diversity of the local produce. Its main ingredients are boiled potato, orange, raw cod, olives, boiled egg, sweet onion and extra virgin olive oil. These ingredients come together to create an explosion of flavours in every mouthful and the orange gives it a super refreshing touch that will captivate you.

3. Espetos de Sardinas: the most famous of the best tapas in Malaga

One thing you have to do if you visit Malaga is to go to the beach and eat an espeto de sardinas. We are sure that this experience will take you to another level. What is an espeto? It is fresh sardines that are skewered on a kind of stick and cooked on the grill with salt. Sounds good, doesn’t it? You can enjoy the
best espetos in El Palo or Pedregalejo Beach.

4. Porra Antequerana: the tapa that all Malaga people eat at home

Porra antequerana is another classic of Malaga cuisine that you will decide to replicate at home. It is a cold tomato cream done with garlic, vinegar, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, bread, green pepper, salt, and a little bit of Serrano ham, tuna and boiled egg as a topping. If you like gazpacho you will also love porra antequerana.

5. Berenjenas Fritas con Miel de Caña: the finest contrast of the best tapas of Malaga

This unusual tapa of fried aubergines (eggplants) with sugarcane honey from Malaga combines Mediterranean tradition with Muslim influence. After frying the aubergines in olive oil, they are accompanied with this type of honey, which is traditional in the province, as the village of Frigiliana, near Malaga, is home to the last sugar cane honey factory in Europe. The mixture of the crunchy texture of the aubergines, the sweetness of the sugar cane honey and the Mediterranean flavour of the olive oil make this dish one of the best tapas in Malaga.

One of the best tapas in Malaga: Espeto de sardinas
Ensalada Malagueña: best tapas of Malaga
Berenjenas Fritas con miel de caña