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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Malaga is complete without tasting the traditional Malaga food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Malaga to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.



  • Ajoblanco: soup made of bread, crushed almonds, garlic, water, olive oil, salt and sometimes vinegar.
  • Gazpacho: cold Spanish tomato-based raw vegetable soup.
  • Gazpachuelo: soup originating in Malaga, consisting of a fish stock and a base of a kind of garlic mayonnaise, egg yolk and olive oil.
  • Salmorejo: cream consisting of tomato, bread, oil, garlic and vinegar.


Main courses


  • Alfajor: two layers of cake, and a filling in between.
  • Baked Apples: baked apples.
  • Bizcocho: buttery flaky pastry and some cookies.
  • Crème brûlée: Spanish version of crème brûlee.
  • Dulce de membrillo: sweet spread or a dessert (quince paste, quince jelly, quince candy or quince meat).
  • Macaron: a form of almond macaroons.
  • Pestiños: deep-fried pastry bathed in honey.
  • Picatostes: Slices of fried bread sweetened with granules of refined sugar.
  • Piononos: small pastries consists of thin layer of pastry rolled into a cylinder, crowned with toasted cream.
  • Polvorón: type of heavy, soft and very crumbly Spanish shortbread.
  • Tocino de cielo: this dessert is usually called Spanish Heavenly Custard.
  • Torrijas: delicious Spanish bread-based sweet.
  • Yemas de San Leandro: egg yolk cakes.

Fast food

  • Bocadillo: sandwich made with Spanish bread cut lengthwise.
  • Churro: fried-dough pastry-based snacks, sometimes made from potato dough.
  • Mollete: round white bread, usually served lightly toasted with olive oil and raw garlic or spread with lard.
  • Tortilla de patatas: an egg and potato omelette.

Street food

  • Espetos: sardines squewered on a bamboo stick and grilled over a fire.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Aguas frescas: fruit drinks and other non-alcoholic flavored coolers.
  • Horchata (orxata): made of ground almonds, sesame seeds, rice, barley, or tigernuts (chufas).
  • Rosa de Jamaica: hibiscus tea.
  • Smoothie: blended, chilled, sometimes sweetened beverage made from fresh fruit and in special cases can contain chocolate or peanut butter.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

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