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Malaga:  Be alive with the city's possibilities

Malaga City: If you haven’t been for a while, you’ll be amazed at how it has been spruced up. Chic boutiques, gastrobars and cool cafés have sprung up alongside the traditional taverns in the winding lanes in the heart of the city, while the waterfront  has been developed with a promenade, bars, restaurants and shops. Although there is plenty to see and do, Malaga is really a place to kick back and just enjoy the laidback Mediterranean vibe.

EAT

Along the coast there are dozens of restaurants and chiringuitos (beach restaurants) where you can have fish, seafood, paella, sangria, etc. One of the most famous chiringuitos is El Tintero, at the east end, where there is no menu: the waiters sing out what they are carrying and they leave you a plate at your signal. From time to time, one of them offers to give you the bill.

The most typical thing to eat in Malaga is espetos, sardines squewered on a bamboo stick and grilled over a fire (typically driftwood); and pescaíto frito: all types of deep-fried fish from anchovies to squid. A speciality of Andalucia is fish (most commonly dogfish "cazon", although sometimes other fish such as tuna, "atun") marinated in a garlic and vinegar preparation - look on the menu for "Cazon en adobo". Try also the coquinas (small clams cooked in white wine). Simply delicious! Jamon is a regional specialty, and is an aged, salted ham, from acorn-fed pork, similar to prosciutto.

Famous sweet Malaga wine can be tasted in popular pubs in the city center, like the famous old La Casa del Guardia (Avenue Alameda Principal) or the very typical El Pimpi where everyone, from celebrities to local teens meet.

- Bodeguita El Gallo, Calle San Agustin (Opposite to Picasso's museum's door). Typical andalusian tavern evironment, Sweet Malaga wines and the most traditional tapas.  edit

Iberian ham & cheese at Bodeguita El Gallo.

- Cafetería Córdoba 7, Situated in street Córdoba, nº 7 in Málaga center, between the Port and Alameda Principal. Offers traditional and typical andalucian dishes, including soups, salads, meats and fishes or sandwiches, cakes, croissants or baguettes. Star dishes include: Gazpacho andaluz, Paella, Porra Antequerana, Rabo de Toro, Croquetas caseras, and many more. Breakfasts and meals with inexpensive prices.

- Restaurante Gallego Candamil. Cuarteles 15. Tel.:+34 95 232-3907. On the street leading from the train station to the centre, this Galician restaurant is very popular with the locals. This is understandable when you see the great range of quality tapas at fantastic prices, e.g. tapa of empanada €1.25, glass of cider €1.15.

- A Casa Gallega. Fernán Núñez 2. Tel.: +34 95 204-2332. Another Galician haunt a little further towards, although still outside, the center, this one does not have any menu but relies on the clientele knowing what they want. Good empanada, pimientos de Padrón. Atmospheric.

- Las Garrafas. Calle Méndez Núñez 6. Tel.: +34 95 222-3589. Winery and "taperia". Typical Málaga cuisine in a large and clean locale. Delicious and reasonably-priced food. Especially recommended are the mouth-watering "albondigones," large meatballs served alongside french fries.

- Loving Hut. Calle Peregrino No.2. Tel.: +34 95 235-1521. Chinese vegetarian food, EUR7.95 Buffett open 13:00 - 16:00 & 20:30 - 23:00 near Malaga Centro underground metro station.

DRINK

Malaga has a typically sweet wine called Mosto made from muscat grapes.

Malaga nightlife will make you think that nobody sleeps in this town even during the work week! However, it is especially busy from Thursday to Sunday, where people buy their drinks in the supermarkets and have them at night in controlled areas known as "botellodromos" in the city center, before going into the clubs:

    Metropol, Cosa Nostra, Vaticano, Andén (big busy Latin club)

    Velvet Club (aka Sonic, plays metal, hardcore, punk) [not open Sundays]

    Nyx, Urbano, Village Green (Rock, Indie, etc).

    White, Abyssinia, Bar El Sound (Rap, Hip Hop, R&B)

    Paradise/Punto G, Warhol (gay)

    ChillHouse (house-dance music)

    El Pimpi, Calle Granada (Around the corner from the Picasso Museum). Famous for its sweet yet strong local wine. Tapas and other bites.

There are several nice Moroccan-style tea houses in town, serving an amazing variety of teas in addition to other interesting non-alcoholic drinks.

Malaga: Nightlife

There's plenty of nightlife to be had in Malaga. Whether you just want to wander around the streets exploring or stop at every tasca and have a drink, you certainly won't be bored. Year-round there are plenty of things to do and see. If it's a traditional flamenco performance or some house music you crave, you'll find it here.

The nightlife is both varied and exclusive, and many of the city´s night clubs and music bars are among the best in Spain.

In the  general area on and around around Calle Larios, Plaza de la Constitucion, Calle Granada and Plaza de la Merced  Malaga comes alive at night when some of the most popular music bars and clubs open their doors.