An ice cream to help you cool down in the 30-degree heat? A bit of cake to accompany your mid-afternoon smoothie?
These options are sure to appeal to your sweet tooth.
Heladería Chocolate is a convenient choice if you’re on your way back to the city centre from the beach and you need a quick cool-down. Located on Calle Martínez at the bottom end of Calle Larios is this small ice cream parlour which offers a wide selection of flavours (which you can try before choosing). They also have freshly squeezed orange juice if you fancy it.
La Flor Negra may describe itself as a delicatessen, but it offers a hybrid of French patisserie and Italian cuisine. Throughout the day, this open kitchen (which is a delight to watch) has something to satisfy every craving. The breakfast menu includes a coffee, a loaded toast and an orange juice, while the daytime menu serves two dishes, a drink and dessert. IF you’re not so hungry and just fancy a nibble, at the counter, there are typical French fruit […]
On the up-and-coming Calle Carretería this tapas bar and restaurant can be enjoyed at any time of day, whether for brunch, a ‘menú del día’ or even an evening drink. It may be small, but the owners of Gloria Hoyos have found creative solutions to get maximum seating space, whether through the long, beer-hall style tables, the sofas or seating at the bar. The menu consists primarily of Spanish dishes given a new and refreshing twist. For breakfast there are […]
This quirky bike shop, which doubles up as a restaurant and bar, is a big favourite in Malaga. Located on the bustling Plaza Enrique García-Herrera, Recyclo Bike Café is a convenient meeting place as it is both in the city centre and close to all the bus stops and train stations. Its outdoor terrace is fantastic on those summer evenings for a casual drink with friends but equally its air-conditioned and quirky interior is popular during the daytime, either as a spot […]
The iconic Lepanto patisserie has been a stand-out feature of Calle Larios for more than 50 years. It’s a household name among Malagueños who, for generations, have been enjoying the exquisite cakes and pastries on offer here. Just walk inside and you’ll be overwhelmed by several impressive counters boasting a wide variety of high-quality treats to satisfy any sweet tooth. You won’t fail to notice the chocolate cake, almond croissants, macarons, milhojas, éclairs, biscuits, doughnuts… the list goes on. You’ll […]
Casa Aranda is one of Malaga’s ‘churrerías’ par excellence. (Frespañol anyone?!) Established almost 100 years ago, this historic café has two branches in the historic centre, both relatively close to each other. Its exceptional quality and location, teamed with local prices, means that all these years later, Casa Aranda is still very much a favourite with local people. If you’re a beginner, a churro is a curved, fried stick of dough. In Malaga, they are typically of the ‘porra‘ type (quite […]
Malaga + ice cream = Casa Mira On a hot day, and often into the early hours of the morning, this place, especially the parlour on Calle Larios, is packed full of people looking for a sweet cool-me-down. One reason is the vast range of tasty flavours, but the other is that Casa Mira is a Malaga institution, cooling people down in hot Andalusian summers for generations. Grab your ticket, choose your flavour(s), get your ice cream or milkshake, and […]
Arabic culture is never too far away in Malaga. There are constant reminders of the city’s Moorish past, whether the Alcazaba or the Hammam. That said, you can also indulge in the flavours of Arabia at one of the many teterías (tearooms). La Tetería is the most popular. It lies in the heart of the centre, squashed between the Cathedral and the Museo Picasso, on the incredibly picturesque Calle San Agustín. They serve a wide range of teas and sweets in […]
Fancy a light bite? An after-work Aperol spritz? Or a full sit-down dinner? Whatever you fancy, Sabor a Nápoles is a worthwhile stop. This unassuming tiny eatery now has two locations, one close to Malagueta beach and another on Calle Victoria. With just a few inside tables, if you’re lucky enough to get one, soak up the Napolitan vibes and take your time to process the extensive menu or look at the open deli-style fridges to see what takes your […]
Bun and Coffee is a cosy coffee and doughnut shop that’s a must-visit for all vegans with a sweet tooth! Located between the Cathedral and the Picasso Museum, this unassuming café specialises in fluffy, vegan doughnuts made fresh every day. Among the various tempting flavours, three stand out. The Triple Biscoff doughnut, with Biscoff crumbs, glaze and filling; the Peanut Butter Jelly; and the White Chocolate Brownie doughnut with vegan white chocolate and brownie chunks. The café offers a few […]
Santa Coffee (formerly Santa Canela) struck upon a winning formula when they opened their first café in the Soho district. With Malaga life lived almost entirely outside, they converted their small indoor space just off the Alamada into a special coffee lab and roastery (where they make sure to meet the highest standards of specialty coffee) and turned the big outdoor terrace into a cosy seating area. Complete with heaters and blankets, you can continue to watch the world go […]
At Noviembre Healthy Food, the name says it all, right? Located on the bustling Calle Álamos, close to Plaza de la Merced, Noviembre is a charming restaurant with interior design inspired by the hippy havens of Bali, Ibiza and Tarifa. Its cafe-style menu is full of dishes made from fresh, healthy and natural ingredients, with no artificial colourings or flavourings, and plenty of options for vegans, vegetarians and celiacs. Open throughout the day, here you can find an uplifting breakfast, […]
For those craving something sweet after a walk by the sea in Pedregalejo, Heladería Cremades will have you covered. Boasting more than 25 different ice cream flavours to choose from across their two seafront establishments, as well as sundaes, iced juices and other desserts, Cremades has been in business since 1970, with the shop now on its third generation of ice cream vendors. The desserts are available to eat in or take away, and there are plenty of benches available […]
Just finished visiting the Cathedral? Or perhaps the Picasso Museum? Rest your feet and take a break at Café de l’Abuela, a cosy and inviting café located on the picturesque Calle San Agustín. With outdoor seating and a lovely views, this little café is popular with many city trippers looking recharge. The menu offers an elaborate choice of sandwiches, salads and tapas (including some vegetarian options), plus some delicious cakes best enjoyed with a coffee or tea.
Walking through the Entorno Thyssen, past the Church of the Sainted Martyrs, you can’t fail to notice Dulces Dreams. This ’boutique hostel and café gallery’ (as it describes itself) entices you in with a mix of colourful chairs and couches. Once inside, its menu will keep you there – with items ideal for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon treat. We particularly recommend their smoothies and milkshakes to wash down a sweet treat (the carrot cake is to die for!) Small, […]
Mia Coffee House may be small but it has plenty to offer. The pastries and cakes made by Mia herself (with gluten-free options) make a superb complement to their outstanding coffee (some say it is the best in Malaga). Located centrally in the Entorno Thyssen, take away your cup of joe and take a stroll through the narrow alleyways and take a look at the bouquet shops. Or, if you’re looking for a proper break, take a seat at one […]
Ñanduti by Dora Ortiz is a little, hidden treasure in the El Perchel area on the western side of the river in Malaga. This charming establishment, located close to the Puente del Carmen, is a mecca for lovers of pastry and anything sweet. “We only use top-quality ingredients and make our bread in-house daily,” they explain on their Facebook page. Tasty artisanal sweet treats, accompanied by creative coffees, are this business’ forte. That said, they also offer great savoury brunches, […]
This lovely little bar is exactly what it says on the tin: café con libros. (Or ‘cafe with books’… but we didn’t need to tell you that, right? 😉 ) Complete with a living room vibe and a library, this is a cozy little spot for when the temperature starts to drop. Go inside and immerse yourself in what they describe as a ‘Bohemian atmosphere’ and enjoy a cup of joe, tea or hot chocolate with a piece of cake. […]
Want to get your day started the right way? Brunchit now has three locations in Malaga city centre. As the name suggests, you can tuck into a big breakfast or brunch, choosing from a menu that includes sandwiches, pancakes, scrambled eggs, toast with charcuterie and much more. If it’s a little later in the day, order a burger, a pizza, a salad bowl… or tuck into something sweet. Enjoy a slice of cake, a pastry or a cookie with a nice […]
This little German-run café provides a surprising tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Located right in front of the Revello de Toro museum, this bar is the perfect stop-off point for a coffee and a pastel de nata, or even a slice of cake or quiche. It’s just a stone’s throw from the Museum of Malaga and the cathedral so it’s a nice pit stop for exploring the monuments. What’s more, the shady outdoor terrace […]
DESAL CAFÉ, now in its new plant-filled industrial-vibe location on Calle Ollerías, has recently extended its offering beyond just breakfast, brunch and natural juices. Grab a coffee, pastry or loaded toast with optional extras for a light breakfast, or go all out and order eggs benedict, a salad or sandwich for a yummy brunch. Come lunchtime, DESAL CAFÉ also offers a set menú del día with tasty yet healthy options. But, before you go, don’t forget dessert! We can confirm that […]
Bagels! You thought you’d seen the last of them when you came to Málaga, didn’t you? But no… Not only does La Bella Julieta do bagels, they have a delicious range of sandwiches in all kinds of bread. Add to that delicious cakes, pastries, coffee and juices, and your breakfast, brunch and lunch needs are all taken care of. Despite an impossibly long menu, the offering here is great if you know what you’re looking for. Failing that, go up to the […]
This quirkily named brand has quickly taken over Spain with its healthy and tasty yoghurt ice creams. Made with skimmed milk, and combined with quality toppings including fresh seasonal fruits, cereals and delicious sauces, llaollao claims to offer up to 11,300 possible combinations. Thanks to the fact that it is creamier, is less cold and melts much more slowly than a traditional ice cream, a llaollao is hits the spot even in the winter. Visit either the store on Calle […]
While the Malaga vegan scene is constantly expanding, finding vegan ice cream can still be a challenge. However, now there’s one place that stands out: Yummy Heladería. Located in the heart of the city centre, not only does it offer a variety of flavours for both vegans and non-vegans, but it also caters to gluten-free diets, making it a perfect destination for those with diverse dietary requirements. Conveniently situated near the Cathedral, Yummy Heladería not only offers ice cream but […]