Tapas tour of Malaga: must-try dishes and where to find them

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Malaga, a city celebrated for its rich culinary heritage, is a paradise for food lovers, particularly those with a penchant for tapas. The city’s bustling tapas bars and vibrant food scene offer an authentic taste of Andalusian cuisine. In this guide, we’ll explore some of the must-try dishes in Malaga and the best spots to savor them, ensuring you get a true flavor of the local gastronomy.

Anchovies in Vinegar (Boquerones en Vinagre)

Start your culinary journey with ‘boquerones en vinagre,’ a classic Malagan tapa. These fresh anchovies are marinated in vinegar, garlic, and parsley, resulting in a tangy and refreshing dish. Head to El Pimpi, a historic bodega bar in the heart of Malaga, where you can enjoy this dish alongside a view of the Alcazaba.

Fried Fish (Pescaíto Frito)

No visit to Malaga is complete without trying ‘pescaíto frito,’ a variety of small fish like anchovies, squid, and baby sole, deep-fried in olive oil. This dish is a staple along the Costa del Sol. Casa del Pescador in the beachfront neighborhood of Pedregalejo is renowned for its authentic and crispy fried fish.

Malaga-style Salad (Ensalada Malagueña)

For a lighter option, the ‘ensalada Malagueña’ is perfect. This salad mixes fresh oranges, cod, onions, and black olives, topped with a drizzle of olive oil. It’s a refreshing blend of sweet and savory. Try it at Atarazanas Market, where you can enjoy this dish directly from the source, surrounded by the bustling energy of local shoppers and vendors.

Malaga Goat Cheese (Queso de Cabra Malagueño)

The mountains around Malaga are known for producing excellent goat cheese. Enjoy a plate of ‘queso de cabra Malagueño,’ often served grilled with a drizzle of local honey. La Deriva in Soho Malaga offers a fantastic version of this dish, perfectly paired with a glass of local wine.

Iberian Ham (Jamón Ibérico)

A tour of Spanish tapas would be incomplete without ‘jamón Ibérico.’ This delicately cured ham, from the Iberian pig, is a gourmet delight. Visit Los Gatos in the historic center of Malaga, where you can sample some of the finest ham, sliced paper-thin, and perfect with a piece of crusty bread.

Almond Soup (Ajoblanco)

Ajoblanco, a traditional cold soup made from almonds, garlic, bread, and olive oil, topped with grapes or melon, is particularly refreshing during the hot summer months. El Mesón de Cervantes offers a delightful version of this classic Andalusian dish, rich in flavors and history.

These dishes are just a starting point to the diverse and rich tapas culture in Malaga. Each bar and restaurant in the city adds its own touch to these traditional recipes, making it a never-ending culinary adventure. As you hop from one tapas bar to another, you’ll not only indulge in delicious food but also immerse yourself in the local culture and the lively ambiance that makes Malaga a beloved destination for foodies worldwide.

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