El Palmeral - Puerto de Málaga, El Palmeral de las Sorpresas, Muelle 2, 29001
Located right on the gorgeous El Palmeral de las Sorpresas, you can hit the Pompidou and stroll over here for some deliciousness.
I ate a lot of cod on this trip and this was my favorite. Cooked perfectly (not too done, not too raw) with a salmorejo sauce (made with puréed tomato, bread, garlic and olive oil) that I want to pour over everything.
El Pimpi - Calle Granada 62, 29015
I LOVED El Pimpi - if you can only hit one restaurant in Málaga, go here. Located inside an old 18th century mansion with an expansive patio, you have a view of the Alcazaba on one side and the bustling corner of Calle Granada on the other, with a fun crowd, impeccable service, and no fuss, high quality tapas. Frequented in the past by well-known locals like the Picasso family, Carmen Thyssen, and Antonio Banderas (of course), you're likely to spot a famous Malagueño on any given night.
Enjoying all the Clara (beer with ginger ale) on the beautiful patio.
Picadillo de tomates "huevo de Toro" de Coín... I believe is loosely translated as the balls of the bull tomatoes... :)
Pastelito pastry stuffed with apple and cabra Malagueña cheese with my fave, salmorejo sauce.
Grilled octopus, parrilla-style with potatoes in garlic and olive oil.
Mercado Central de Atarazanas - Calle Atarazanas, 10 29005 Málaga
This guy was amazing and so were his figs and almonds.
More jámon to snack on? Tempting.
Casa Aranda - Calle Herreria del Rey, 3, 29005
Outside the market is a popular local café, Casa Aranda, that specializes in churros con chocolate. When in Spain...
Mercado Merced - Plaza de la Merced
I didn't have enough time to visit Mercado Merced but am told by trusted eaters that this is a must-stop for lunch.
Hotel buffet breakfasts can be hit or miss, and when it's a hit, it's worth mentioning. First off, you've got an incredible view of Paseo del Parque and then a wide assortment of fresh cheeses, cured meats, eggs, and pastries. I chose to go with tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelette with potatoes), fruits (because don't they just always taste better in Europe?), salami and jámon (of course), and tortas de aceite with anise.
I'm hooked on these huge thin flaky biscuits and wish I bought a big box of 'em to bring home. I'm not the biggest fan of anise but it's used so subtlety that it's just enough for sweetness and flavor and not so powerful that it makes you feel like you're eating black licorice.
P.S. Here's quick little snapchat from El Pimpi: