Where to Find The Best Paella in Malaga: Top 5 Restaurants

Spanish cuisine is undoubtedly delicious and diverse, however, there is one dish that you simply cannot miss out on: that is the paella. Although originating from Valencia, on the eastern coast of the country, paella is considered to be a traditional staple of Spanish cuisine. Since Malaga is situated in the port of the Costa del Sol (Sun Coast), its seafood is always fresh and delicious, as well as its vegetables, therefore it is a perfect place for trying paellas. Not only is a well-prepared paella insanely delicious but it is also a drop-dead gorgeous dish. If you have trouble with picking the best place for your special gastronomic experience, look no further because we have collected 5 amazing restaurants that serve the best paella in Malaga! Let’s embark on a wonderful gourmet tour!

Get a bit of taste of the basics

The two most popular versions of paella are Paella Valenciana and Paella de marisco. The prior classic Valencian version is an absolute must-try since it is the original and best-known paella recipe. It is made with grain rice, green beans, either rabbit or chicken, and seasoned with saffron and olive oil. The other type of paella, paella de marisco, is prepared with fresh seafood and various delicious vegetables. If you are a vegetarian, there is nothing to worry about either! There are several types of paellas that you can try which are full of tasty vegetables and spices.
This amazing one-pot dish is a perfect Sunday family meal that brings people and friends together and puts a smile on their faces. You will see that paella is not just a rice dish, it is so much more…

1. Best paella in Malaga: El Gastronauta

Best Paella in Malaga
One of the places in Malaga where to find the best paella

El Gastronauta is an exceedingly interesting place since it combines art, culture, and gastronomy. The place is known for its cozy vibe, mouth-watering dishes, good music, home-made cakes and excellent service.

This restaurant is a little gem for an authentic Spanish dining experience in the heart of Malaga. El Gastronauta is a great representative of blending classic Spanish cuisine with a modern twist. It is specialized in Mediterranean food and has a huge variety of delicious traditional Spanish dishes, including tapas and paellas. On top of that, El Gastronauta also offers vegetarian-friendly, vegan, and gluten-free options. It is the perfect choice if you have a craving for a reasonably priced, big portion, steaming fresh paella.

It is definitely a gastronomic experience to remember and you will certainly revisit it next time you are in Malaga.

Where can you find it?

Located in the heart of the historical center of Malaga, it only takes a few minutes’ walk from every famous monument of the city.

Location: Calle Echegaray No 3 Local 2, 29015 Malaga Spain

2. Best paella in Malaga: Loz Mellizos

Best Paella in Malaga

Are you looking for a restaurant which is nothing too fancy but elegant, where the food is top-notch and there are high standards? Do you want to try some famously good seafood paella? If your answer is yes, Los Mellizos is the perfect place for you!

Should you be a seafood lover, Los Mellizos is a must-visit restaurant for you since it offers an impressive selection of seafood dishes, from prawns to octopus, shellfish, and sea bass. The place puts a great emphasis on general quality and the quality of the service too.

Moreover, if you are a sweet tooth and like to have some kind of dessert at the end of your meal, Los Mellizos won’t let you down either. You can have tasty fruitcakes, cheesecakes or milhojas (a traditional dessert made with stacked layers of puff pastry) too. No matter what you order, you won’t get disappointed here!

Where can you find it?

Located in the heart of the city, Los Mellizos is only a 5-minute walk from the main port of Malaga.

Location: Calle Sancha de Lara 7, 29015 Malaga Spain

3. Best paella in Malaga: Restaurante María

Best Paella in Malaga

If you are looking for an excellent restaurant that is out of the hustle and bustle of the city, Restaurante María is for you.

It looks more like a family business which makes the place cozy and welcoming. You can taste traditional Andalusian food here with Mediterranean touches. If you want something classic but also extraordinary at the same time, we recommend the paella with prawns. It is deliciously seasoned and always cooked to perfection. The staff is very nice and welcoming, and they always deliver a professional service. Furthermore, they are very generous with the portions too!
What a fantastic place this is!

Where can you find it?

It is located in the Bellavista area of Malaga, out of the city center of Malaga. It takes to approximately 15 minutes to get there by car or it is a nice half-hour walk from the center.

Location: Avenida Pintor Joaquin Sorolla 45, 29016 Malaga Spain

4. Buenavista Gastrobar & Tapas

Buenavista Gastrobar & Tapas is a hidden jewel that you simply cannot miss. It is a charming place with a perfect location, tucked away down a back street. Therefore it is not so busy but it is still in the city center.  

The design of the restaurant is also quite unique. There are pieces of art hanging on the walls which are for sale in contribution to local artists. You can hear mellow music playing in the background which is just perfect if you have company and want to have a nice conversation with your partner. The staff is extremely friendly and very attentive. They seriously care about the well-being of every single guest. Moreover, they spoke both Spanish and English which is a big plus. Regarding the food, they prepare everything from high-quality ingredients and always respect the harmony of flavors.

Many locals choose to have a meal at Buenavista Gastrobar & Tapas, so you know it’s good! It will be love from the first bite!

Where can you find it?

Buenavista Gastrobar & Tapas is in the northern part of the historical center of Malaga. Its location is ideal since it is in the city center but it is hidden at the same time.

Location: Calle Gaona 8 Málaga Centro Historico, 29012 Malaga Spain

5. Best paella in Malaga: Pedregalejo

Our last recommendation is not a specific restaurant but a certain district of Malaga where you can find some of the most authentic restaurants.

Pedregalejo is an old fishing district in the eastern part of Malaga, full of lovely beach bars and terraces. It is almost always on the top of any list recommending restaurants and areas where you can taste some amazing paella. Well, it is for a good reason!

There are so many restaurants and beach bars here that it is difficult to recommend only a few. However, we would like to list you some: Restaurante Andrés Maricuchi, Restaurante El Caleño or Miguelito El Cariñoso Restaurante. All of these places where they cook fish over the flame are exceptional, pay attention to the quality of the service and prepare everything from fresh ingredients. So if you like fresh, delicious Mediterranean food, head to Pedregalejo!

Where can you find it?

Pedregalejo is just 10 minutes by car from the city center, however, we recommend renting a bike and cycling to the restaurant since there is a bike road zigzagging along the beautiful shore of Malaga.

Location: Paseo Marítimo el Pedregal, 47, 29017 Malaga Spain

Before you go, make sure to check the official websites of the above mentioned restaurants:

El Gastronauta (site only in Spanish)
Los Mellizos
Restaurante María (site only in Spanish)
Buenavista Gastrobar & Tapas (site only in Spanish)

Do you want to participate in a Tapas Tour with a local guide?

If you are excited to discover the local dishes but you don’t know where to start, we recommend you try out our tapas tour!