Gastronomy Malaga

Best local tapas bars in Malaga city [2022 updated]

Looking for the best local tapas bars in Malaga? You just find your spot then!

All the clients that we receive at Solaga Holiday Apartments ask us the same question “where can we eat good, local tapas”? Those who visit the city and want to try the local cuisine and of course at the best price and the best quality. And who are the best people to answer this type of question? Locals! Down below we show you the places that, in our humble opinion, are the best local tapas bars in Malaga.

With the need to be objective, Solaga team has surveyed, between family and friends, 100 local people living and working in Malaga.

Here is our list of 8 of the best tapas bars and restaurants that have been recommended, in order of popularity. Each offers a different style and atmosphere, some are perfect for a quiet dinner, others for tapas and beers with friends.

1. Casa Lola

Casa Lola, Malaga


Casa Lola is one of those “unique” locations in central Malaga. It is decorated in a typical Spanish style “vintage” and almost always crowded. It offers simple tapas and sandwiches or Spanish classics like omelettes and croquettes. The price is quite favorable and is ideal to go with a group of friends.

Address: 29015, Street Granada, 46, 29015 Malaga.

2. Tapeo de Cervantes

El tapeo de Cervantes, Malaga

As its name implies, this tiny restaurant specializes in tapas. It noted that despite being recommended by locals, is also very popular among tourists, for one simple reason: it has been listed as number 1 in Malaga according to the website (currently it is the 6th). It is a small place decorated in a Spanish style, so booking in advance is recommended. Its specialty is traditional tapas, such as “ham and Manchego cheese”, “tortilla chips” or “chicken croquetas”. If you want a slightly more elaborate meal we recommend their sister restaurant “El Mesón de Cervantes” just around the corner in Calle Alamos.

More information here.

Address: Calle de Carcer, 8, 29012 Malaga

3. Cortijo de Pepe

Meson de Cervantes, Malaga

Very close to the famous Plaza de la Merced is this little bar which only consists of a large bar and stools to sit on; so most people will take a few beers and tapas. The restaurant has a few tables outside on the terrace for those who prefer to be more comfortable, also upstairs there are plenty of tables to dinner. Its decor is of a typical Spanish tavern and the tapas is typical Andalusian cuisine. The octopus salad is delicious!

Address: Plaza Merced, 2, 29012 Malaga

4. Mesón de Cervantes

It has the same owners of “Tapeo de Cervantes” and with the same excellent quality in food, I would say the only difference would be that the dishes are a bit more elaborate as is the menu and the space is defined for dinner or lunch quietly at a table with a more personalised service.

Address: Calle Alamos, 11, 29012 Malaga.

5. Bar La Tranca

Bar La Tranca

If you go to La Tranca You should be prepared for a little action. La Tranca is a small bar that faces the street, with a few high tables, music, friendly bartenders and a great atmosphere. Be prepared to stand and talk to everyone! Lots of people visiting La Tranca do it regularly, thus it is known and the atmosphere is very close and friendly. The “Tostas” (small toasted bread tapas) are great and perfect to accompany sweet Malaga wine.

Address: Calle Carretería, 93, 29008 Malaga

6. Las Merchanas

Taberna Las Merchanas

The theme of this bar is based on Holy Week in M?laga, so do not be alarmed to see the walls from top to bottom covered in religious images, saints and crosses everywhere. It certainly is a peculiar yet very popular restaurant with locals during these celebrations. The tapas are fairly basic and classic, but at an excellent price. Croquettes and sandwiches, are certainly among the most requested tapas. Find more information here.

Address: 29008, Calle Mosquera, 5, 29008 Malaga

7. Bar Jamones

Bar Jamones Malaga

A small modern tapas bar, open since 1970. It offers classic tapas and salad, Spanish omelette or croquettes, perfect to be accompanied by a beer or glass of wine. The Pollo al curry is worth a taste!

Address: Calle Carretería, 87, 29008 Malaga

8. Bodeguita El Gallo

Bodeguita el Gallo is a tiny hidden bar near the cathedral where you will find one of the best tapas of the city! It has a interior patio, decorated with an Andalusia style and all the dishes there are just delicious!

Address: San Agustín Street, 19, 29015 Málaga

Now you just need the time to try each one and give us your opinion!

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