Spain’s many restaurants have become a Michelin favourite with over 200 of them listed in their guide. No matter what province you’re in, there will be always some amazing fine-dining options nearby. As of 2019, 8 restaurants in Malaga have been recognized and awarded either a star, the Michelin Plate or the Bib Gourmand. Here are four of the best restaurants we recommend to get the ultimate fine dining experience in Malaga.
José Carlos García (1 Michelin Star)
Situated opposite Muelle Uno quay with a view of the yachts and sailing boats, this fabulous tourist-friendly restaurant offers a chill-out feel and an open view of the kitchen. Enjoy innovative cuisine in it’s two tastefully decorated dining rooms. The experimental food is whimsical, with exotic takes on local favourites like red mullet in lime and vodka and sea bass with Payoyo Cheese and champagne. Our favourite was the Baba Ganoush served with artisanal bread and the highlight was the assortment of traditional macarons. The famous chef goes out of his way to welcome you or send you away with a cheery “thank you”.
Address: Puerto de Málaga, Plaza de la Capilla, 1, 29016 Málaga, Spain
Soca (Michelin Plate)
A contemporary gastro bar with a somewhat unusual culinary concept combines Mediterranean-style tapas alongside offerings from the sushi bar. They also feature an extensive wine and dessert menu. SOCA is the brainchild of Alejandro Salido and Rui Da Mata who wanted to push culinary boundaries with Joanna Coghlan (who worked at Spago, widely regarded as a pioneer for fusion cuisine and sushi) to bring a modern twist to dishes based firmly in local roots. We absolutely loved the Tataki of Iberian Presa with a fried egg and seasonal truffle and cod tempura with cream of corn. For dessert, we tried the cheesecake with raspberry ice cream and roses which stood out.
Address: Calle Carretería, 54, 29008 Málaga, Spain
La Cosmopolita (Michelin Plate)
This cosy yet lively tapas bar with white and pink interior and vintage-style decor is located in the old town’s pedestrian area. It is a favourite of locals who go to eat typical Málagan specialities like antojo (eggs, potatoes and ham), fried sardines and shrimp tartare. The emphasis is seasonal cuisine prepared with contemporary techniques. You shouldn’t miss their key lime pie, pudding and panna cotta as well as their namesake Cosmopolitan.
Address: Calle José Denis Belgrano, 3, 29015 Málaga, Spain
KGB (Michelin Plate)
A centrally located tapas bar whose name draws inspiration from Soviet spies, the initials actually stand for ‘Kuartel Gastronomic Bar’. It offers a contemporary take on Andalusian tapas, fusing Asian inspiration into their dishes. Some of their best dishes include soft bechamel croquettes, Octopus poke: rice bowl with Japanese Vinaigrette, grilled lamb, Japanese shark tataki, breaded shrimps Vietnamese rolls stuffed with the traditional Andalusian “pringá”. For dessert, we had the Tahiti vanilla pannacotta with mascarpone and strawberry jam.
Address: Calle Fresca, 12, Málaga, Spain