The best way to understand a culture is to see what it puts on its plates. That isn’t scientific fact but that doesn’t matter, especially when food is as good as it is in Málaga. There are plenty of traditional dishes in the city, but these are the absolute musts.
Visiting Málaga and not sampling the deep fried fish is a sin, a sin we say. Add a sprinkling of lemon juice and you’re good to go, chomping your way through a plate of small crispy fish. You can get Fritura Malagueña from most restaurants, or just pick up a paper cone from a street food vendor.
Málaga has long been a major port city, and those fishermen can’t work on empty stomachs. Gazpachuelo is a hearty stew made of fish broth, potatoes, mayonnaise and eggs. Gazpachuelo is often eaten at funerals, but it might be best not to think about that.
Skewered sardines, what more to know? These succulent little things are about as Málaga as food gets. Known as ‘espetos’, these integral edibles of seafaring tradition have been immortalised in art, song and more.
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There is more to food in Málaga than things that come out of the sea, we promise. The Málaga Suckling Goat is a real delicacy in this part of the world, the first goat dish in Spain to be rewarded with a quality brand label. The meat is about as succulent as it gets.
Even when it comes to salad, Málaga likes to do things a little differently. The city’s eponymous salad brings together the taste of the sea with the health of the land. When someone refers to a ‘Mediterranean diet’, this is what they mean.