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One of the most important Spanish-language film festivals is kicking off: the Malaga Film Festival. From the 10th to the 19th of March, the best of the big screen will be on show, with a programme of more than 200 films and a host of parallel activities related to the film industry. This year’s candidates for the Golden Biznaga include titles such as ‘Bajo terapia’ by Gerardo Herrero, ‘El fantástico caso del Golem’ by Juan González and Nando Martínez, ‘Els Encantats’ by Elena Trapé and ‘Las buenas compañías’ by Sílvia Munt. In addition, Blanca Portillo will receive the Malaga Award for her career and director Alberto Rodríguez will receive the Retrospective Award. The Malaga Festival will also pay tribute to Carlos Saura with the screening of the documentary ‘Las paredes hablan’.

It will be 10 days in which Malaga will be full of people to enjoy the cinema. It is estimated that there will be more than 90% occupancy in the city. If this year you are one of the lucky ones attending the festival, we have selected some of the best restaurants in Malaga so that you can also live a gastronomic experience of cinema. Besides, it looks like the weather is going to be good, so it’s time to start enjoying the terraces of Malaga. Take note!


A restaurant with a large, airy and sunny terrace in the heart of Plaza de Las Flores, just a stone’s throw from Calle Larios. What more could you ask for? Good food perhaps? Well, it’s excellent, and it’s on the menu and in the form of a tasting menu, where its chef-owner, Diego René, offers his meridian cuisine: southern, sunny, Levantine and Malaga, very much of the sea – Mediterranean, of course – clean and transparent, tasty. Andrea Martos will make sure that you spend a happy time with the kind of service that every diner deserves.

By Fernando Huidobro

Málaga. Plaza de las Flores, 3
952 21 42 53
Tasting Menu: €55 y 75. Carta: €45
Mediterránea / Alta cocina

Mi Niña Lola

The restaurant is an open terrace overlooking the city of Malaga and under its Alcazaba and Gibralfaro. Its cuisine is equally open, cosmopolitan, receptive, young in spirit, accustomed to the foreign and absorbed with what comes from outside. Very careful and perfectionist. A privileged place where you can feel at ease and let yourself be carried away by the five senses, even your hearing, because the hustle and bustle is far away down there.

By Fernando Huidobro

Málaga. Campos Elíseos, s/n
951 31 27 10
Carta: €45
Elaborada / Tradicional

La Cosmo

Dani Carnero has opened his new establishment in Malaga under the sign of the gastrobars of elaborate cuisine, very well prepared, and well cared for in an atmosphere of cordiality, casualness and normality of treatment and dishes, also of ‘silver’ because the prices are in line with an average pocket. The offer is more than recognisable, traditional, but with that extra touch that good chefs know how to give to culinary customs to bring them up to date and make them taste better than ever. With a bar, tables and an open terrace next to the cathedral. Sharing a meal with a snack and conviviality is for wise Andalusians. Here you can try to be one.

By Fernando Huidobro

Málaga. Calle Cister, 11
630 91 73 96
Carta: €35-40
Elaborada / Gastrobar

José Carlos García

The fact that one is in one of the most special places in the city, the port of Malaga, adds value to the excellent cuisine offered in this restaurant. José Carlos García offers the client a recital of zero-kilometre products to turn the visit into a unique gastronomic experience, which highlights the subtlety in terms of technique and the flavour of the traditional recipes. It is still the only starred restaurant in the capital of the Costa del Sol.

By Fernando Huidobro

Málaga. Plaza de la Capilla, 10.
952 00 35 88
Menú degustación: €126
Elaborada / Creativa


David Olivas’ cuisine has already reached maturity and it shows in the work he develops at Back. His proposal is based on small bites that do not go unnoticed because of their flavour and the technique they ooze; the tuna bolognese with wine pasta or the duck royal are a reflection of this. The service is friendly and efficient.

By Fernando Huidobro

Málaga. Calle Pablo Casals, 8.
951 55 00 45
Menú degustación: €90. Carta: €45-55
Elaborada / Creativa

Restaurante El Candado Golf

It is one of the best places in Andalusia for rice and fideuà. However, Javier Hernández’s cuisine goes much further and is very attached to the traditional recipe book, although with modern touches, such as gazpachuelo. His award-winning ensaladilla rusa deserves a special mention. It is highly recommended to occupy one of the tables on the terrace overlooking the golf course and a variety of vegetation.

By Fernando Huidobro

Málaga. Club de Golf El Candado
952 29 93 41
Carta: €40-50

Marisquería Godoy

Its nickname of seafood restaurant does not say it all, because Godoy is not only the place in Malaga where the best seafood and fish has been eaten for decades, but it is much more than that. It is the triumph of a family dedicated to eating the best of the Mediterranean and Andalusian sea, always cooking in the most Malaga and Paleño style possible. This is a house of good food and stew – you must try the monkfish and seafood zarzuela – the heirs to the old seafood taverns. There three women, Teresa, Patricia and Natalia, are also successors of the unforgettable Juan Godoy, with whom we have eaten and learned. This is an essential address.

Por Fernando Huidobro

Málaga. Paseo del Muelle Uno. Puerto de Málaga.
952 29 03 12
Carta: €45-50
De producto / Marisquería


An elegant and exclusive Japanese restaurant with 12 seats at the omakase bar, where divine patience and the extreme quality of the fresh produce are used to produce high quality sushi. An important wine and sake list with which to harmonise the two menus, which change according to the market and the chef’s inspiration. Balance in every aspect is the objective.

By Fernando Huidobro

Marbella. Ramón Gómez de la Serna, 18b
952 60 89 66
Menú degustación: €125 y 155


It has been Dani García’s big gamble, after deciding to put aside -we don’t know if it’s for good- his time in haute cuisine. In fact, Leña is located in the same place where the renowned chef from Marbella achieved three Michelin stars, although the current concept is quite different. It is an ode to the embers, a steakhouse with a select and singular ambience, with an impressive kitchen on view. The best and most representative of the place is the mini picaña burger, the preparation of which begins in front of the diner.

By Fernando Huidobro

Marbella. Hotel Puente Romano. Avda. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe s/n
952 76 42 52
Carta: €55-70
International / Steak

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