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Feb 24, 2011 05:22 PM

3 Days in Malaga, Spain before a cruise

My husband and I will be staying in Malaga for three days before a RCCL cruise. We love seafood or anything else and would like any comments or suggestions regarding restaurants in that city or any surrounding towns etc. Also, is there a marketplace in this city or nearby? We love to spend time in the markets as much as museums. We will be there the beginning of August.

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  1. We spent a few days in Malaga last fall. Our best meal was at Cafe de Paris, which has a Michelin star and which I would describe as contemporary regional cooking. Not inexpensive but good value. We spent about $100 per person for a multi-course dinner. A not-to-be-missed tapas bar is La Moraga. The food is very creative and modern. Great ambience. Be careful not to order too much, as tapas in Andalusia are surprisingly large. Try a couple of plates and then see how much more you want to order. I don't know about markets, as we were out of the city during the day and returned in the evenings. Malaga is a lovely city for strolling, but be aware that the center is not very large, so if you have time, you might want to look into renting a car and visiting Ronda and/or Granada as day trips.

    1. Mark these addresses on a Google map to make your own guide.

      La Reserva XII Vinoteca at Calle La Bolsa 12. Tapas bar on the ground floor and restaurant upstairs.
      La Moraga at Calle Fresca 12. Creative cuisine. Try the 'porra antequerana'.
      Lechuga at Plaza de la Merced 1 specializes in salads.

      Rincon de El Trillo. Two branches, at Calle Don Juan Diaz 4 and Calle Esparteros 8. Vintage decor.
      El Pimpi at Calle Granada 62. This is a historic bar not to miss.
      La Campana at Calle Granada 35. Seafood tapas.
      Gorki at Calle Strachan 6. Jamón (cured ham).
      El Tapeo de Cervantes at Calle Carcer 8.

      Atmospheric venues:
      Antigua Casa de Guardia at La Alameda 18. Traditional tavern for having the sweet wine of Malaga.
      Quitapenas at Calle Marin Garcia 4. Traditional tavern.
      Casa Aranda at Calle Herreria del Rey 3. Have a typical breakfast: hot chocolate and churros (fried dough).
      Café Central at Plaza Constitución 11. Coffee with milk for all tastes.
      El Tintero II Restaurant at El Palo, Playa del Dedo (Dedo Beach). Read this report:

      Mercado de las Atarazanas at Calle Atarazanas 10.

      Other recs:
      Picasso Museum at Calle San Agustin 8.
      Museo del Vino. Malaga Wine Museum at Plaza Los Viñeros 1.