If you’re staying in self-catering accommodation or fancy getting some picnic food, you’ll need to go food shopping in Malaga. In this post, we list the best places to buy food – fresh and cooked – in central Malaga. We’ve included what you can buy there, opening times and a useful map at the bottom locating all the venues.
Typical Malaga produce
Malaga might have changed beyond recognition over the last few years, but the city remains traditional at heart. One of the most obvious signs of tradition comes in the specialist food shops where you can buy typical Malaga produce at surprisingly competitive prices.
Our favourites in central Malaga include:
Since it first opened in 1943, this gem has maintained its reputation as one of the best shops in Malaga for local produce. Stock up here on wine (Malaga as well as Spanish), cold-cuts, cheeses, condiments and jams. Try the cold cuts and cheese before you buy.
Plaza Feliz Saenz 1. Open Monday to Friday 9.15am to 2.15pm and 5.15 to 8.45pm. Weekends 9.15am to 2.30pm.
Ultramarinos Juan de Dios Barba
The only shop we know of in southern Spain whose window display consists of rolls of air-dried cod and baskets of salted herrings. The two fish are part and parcel of many typical local dishes, but if you’re not a cod or herring fan, there’s plenty of other delicious food on sale such as cheeses, local jams and plump Malaga raisins. Ask them for tips on the best – they should know because this grocer’s store has been here since 1932.
Calle Martínez 10. Open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 2.30pm and 5 to 9pm. Saturday 9.30am to 2pm.
This tiny shop that was founded in 1956 packs in the produce. Their specialities are Iberian cold cuts and local cheeses. They also stock lots of pastries and cakes plus a worthy Malaga wine list. If you want to make sandwiches with your cold cuts, pop across the street to La Princesa where you can buy bread and rolls as well as cold drinks.
Calle Granada 65. Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 2.30pm and 5 to 9.30pm.
Even if you don’t need to go food shopping in Malaga, don’t leave the city without visiting Atarazanas Market. Not only is the building itself an architectural delight, the market comes packed with stalls bursting at the seams with Malaga produce. And most of it is fresh.
Stalls are divided into sections: meat; cold cuts and cheese; fruit and vegetables; fish and seafood; condiments; and olives and dried fruit and nuts. Several stalls at the south end of the market sell ready-cooked dishes.
Calle Atarazanas. Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 3pm.
No one really wants to spend their holiday cooking and if you’re preparing a picnic, ready-cooked meals make things so much easier. We like the following in central Malaga:
Calle Atarazanas 13. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and 5.30-9.30pm. Sunday 9.30am-4pm.
Pollos San Juan
Also next to Atarazanas, Pollos San Juan specialises in roast chicken and chips, but there’s also plenty of other choices on the menu. Pastas, meatballs, salads… and they also do set-menus and deliver anywhere in Malaga.
There are several supermarkets with central locations making them handy for food shopping in Malaga. The include:
These small convenience stores have two advantages – they’re bang in the city centre and open on Sundays.
Alameda Principal 45. Open Monday to Saturday 9am-9.30pm. Sunday 10am-3pm. Calle Especerías 7. Open Monday to Saturday 9am-10pm. Sunday 10am-10pm.
This popular Spanish supermarket has three stores in the city centre. Supersol has reasonable prices and choice of products, but doesn’t open on Sundays.
Calle Atarazanas, slightly west of Atarazanas Market. Open Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 10pm
Calle Reding 10, in the heart of La Malagueta. Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 10pm
Calle Cuarteles 49, on the way to the mainline station. Open Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 10pm
Opening hours on public holidays and at Christmas
Supermarkets don’t generally open on public holidays in Malaga (this post lists the dates for this year). Opening hours on key dates at Christmas (Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and 5 January) tend to be until 5 or 6pm.
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The map below shows you where to find all the venues mentioned in the blog post for food shopping in Malaga.