Marisqueria Freiduria Salvador y Lucas
This local favourite for fish and seafood sits in the heart of El Palo, Malaga’s fishing district, and is one of the best places in town to try Mediterranean deliciousness. The owners have a stall at Atarazanas Market, so everything on the menu comes straight from there (and the sea).
Top of the menu are local delicacies such as conchas finas (clams), boquerones fritos (fried anchovies) and shrimps of all sizes, cooked any which way. You’ll also find tapas staples such as fried aubergines, croquettes and gambas pil-pil, and some good rice dishes. Catch of the day options such as skate and monkfish are also available – usually priced by weight (per 100g).
Sit inside in nautically-themed surroundings or outside on the terrace under the awnings. The restaurant is two blocks away from the seafront, so no sea views, while you eat, but you’ll notice the less touristy prices when you get your bill.
Service always comes with a smile and although it might take a while at busy periods (e.g. weekend lunchtimes), the wait is always worth it. Not for nothing is Marisqueria Freiduria Salvador y Lucas one of the recommended spots in Malaga for the best bar food in the annual Repsol Soletes awards.
Note that during the summer months (June to September), this restaurant opens every evening. Booking recommended, especially at weekends.