14 Places to Have Breakfast in Malaga

25 May
Last update: 20 January, 2020

To have breakfast in Malaga is one of the most authentic cuisine-related experiences you can have while on the Costa del Sol.

Thanks to this list of the places where you should have at least one breakfast while visiting the capital city of the Costa del Sol, choosing where to have breakfast will be a piece of cake.

But, first things first, you’ll need to know how to ask for a coffee in Malaga:

Remember that coffee in Malaga (except for “solo”) come with a percentage of milk (leche) inversely proportional to that of coffee. Have a look at the video below to clear your mind.
  • Solo (black). It’s served in a small glass and with no milk
  • Largo (extra strong). It has the double amount of caffeine which conveys a robust flavour.
  • Semilargo (strong). It has half the caffeine of “largo” but it still maintains the same flavour
  • Solo corto (espresso). The classic Italian espresso
  • Mitad (half and half). Half a glass of black coffee
  • Entrecorto (semi-short). Half of “solo corto”
  • Corto (short). Almost like a shot of coffee
  • Sombra (shadow).  A small quantity of coffee
  • Nube (cloud). Almost no coffee
  • No me lo ponga (don’t bother). No coffee

Video by Café Central Málaga

The rest of breakfast is usually sweet or, more commonly, salty, with French toasts, and the typical “pitufo” (literally, the Smurf, a small bread roll which you can have with butter, jam, or cold meat) served with orange juice.

Where to have breakfast in Malaga

When asking a person from Malaga where you should have breakfast while in the city, they would probably answer with the following bars

1. Café Central

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It’s believed that the date of inauguration of the oldest cafeteria in Malaga, which is actually the union of three smaller bars (Café Suizo, Café Múnich and Café Central), is around 1910. This famous bar is a must-stop if you’re in the city, thanks to both the quality of its coffee and because it’s here where the peculiar way of asking for coffee was invented.

You can either ask for classic coffee, hot chocolate with churros, pastries and French toasts. The three-storey bar lies in the central Plaza de la Constitución, at the end of Malaga’s most famous streets, calle Larios.

Medium price: €4/person

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 8 am – 12 am

Address: 1, Plaza de la Constitución

2. Santa Canela

In the district of Soho, near the Alameda Principal, you’ll find a recently-opened bar that offers teas, home-made toasted coffee, home-made pastries and yoghurts, daily-made sandwiches, and natural smoothies made of fruits in season. Gluten-free muffins are available. 

Another “Santa Canela” cafeteria has recently been opened in the renovated Plaza de Camas, in the Old Town of Malaga city centre.

Medium price: €4/person

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 9 am – 8 pm


  • 5, Tomás de Heredia street
  • 6, Fernán Gonzáles street

3. La Bella Julieta

There are four Bella Julieta’s in Malaga: one near the Atarazanas market, in Puerta del Mar street, one in Santa Lucía street, one near Museo Picasso, and one in the Soho district. Bagels, sandwiches, focaccias, cakes and desserts, as well as delicious teas, coffees and hot chocolates proceeding from different countries,  are the Bella Julieta’s must-try. Natural juices, milkshakes and the cheesecake are also a good choice. And here, you can even ask for a gluten-free sandwich (€4).

Medium price: €5/person

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 8 am – 9 pm


  • 20, Puerta del Mar street
  • 9, Santa Lucía street
  • 15, Trinidad Grund street
  • 8, San Agustín street

4. Casa Aranda

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This traditional 1932 “churrería” offers what people state to be “the best churros in the city”. Here, you can have your breakfast with coffee, chocolate and churros, as well as pitufos. As this bar gets extremely crowded during Christmas, the Holy Week, the Feria de Malaga, and basically all the festive days, you’d better show up early to ensure you have breakfast here.

However, if you don’t find a place in Casa Aranda near the Atarazanas market (the most famous), know that there are four Casa Aranda spread in the historic centre of Malaga.

Medium price: €3.50/coffee and three churros

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday: 8.30 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday: 8 am – 12 pm

Address: 3, Herrería street

Malaga is filled with places to have breakfast with churros. Among them, don’t miss out on the Cafetería Los Pastores, located near Carretería street, which was completely renovated while maintaining the tradition of tasty coffee. Other places where you can have breakfast with churros in the historic centre of Malaga are:

  • Tejeringos Coffee, located in Plaza Uncibay
  • Cafetería Framil, where you can have churros for €0.30/churro
  • Café Madrid, a typical bar in Malaga offering churros and delicious hot chocolate
  • Los Valle in Cuarteles street (towards the Train Station).

5. Noviembre Healthy Food

As the name suggests, this bar near the Museum of Picasso bets on a healthy way of eating. You can choose the type of bread, milk, and among a wide variety of natural juices and infusions, to create your own personal version of breakfast. Besides, it offers sandwiches, French toast and delicious sweets and cakes.

Medium price: between €3.7 and €6.90/person

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 9 am – 2 am

Address: 18, Álamos street

6. El último mono

With the slogan “Quédate en la cama, madrugamos nosotros” (Stay in bed, we are the ones that wake up at dawn), you can imagine what kind of atmosphere you’ll soak up while having breakfast here. This modern-style bar offers milkshakes, coffees and smoothies, as well as home-made pastries, brownies and cakes in a modern environment attended mainly by young people.  

Medium price: €5/person

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 9 am – 9 pm

Address: 9, Santa María street

7. Dulces Dreams

They offer a rich menu of coffees and infusions, as well as their famous home-made cakes served in interesting portions. Their high-quality bread is always recently made, which will allow you to enjoy a mouth-watering French toast or sandwich in one of the liveliest spots in Malaga.

Medium price: €6/person

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 8 am – 9 pm

Address: 6, Plaza de los Mártires Ciriaco y Paula

8. Julia Bakery

This bakery with a cafeteria is the best place to find British and American features that mix with the atmosphere of one of the most authentic areas of Malaga, calle Carretería. The modern decoration of the bar harmoniously combines with the constant strive to convert each product in an innovative example of cuisine. Bread is made every day with sourdough, and the high-quality coffee and a rich variety of cupcakes, cakes, and sweets will satisfy even the most exigent palates.

Medium price: €5/person

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 9.30 am – 2.30 pm, and 5 pm – 8.30 pm

Address: 44, Carretería street

And if you fancy the different vibes, spend a morning in the Café Berlín (behind the Cathedral of Malaga) and Galopain de Paris (near the Plaza de Toros). These two bars, which are soaked in the German and French culture respectively, offer delicious breakfasts, composed of high-quality coffees, home-made sweets, natural juices and the atmosphere you are looking forward to finding if you’re into the French and German vibes.

9. Mia Coffee Shop

This bar stands out mainly for the undeniable quality of the coffee it serves. Moreover, it offers home-made and vegan cakes, pastries and high-quality bread and sandwiches. And if you like to replicate the experience at home, you can take some toasted coffee away.

Medium price: €5/person

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 9.30 am – 7.30 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
  • Closed on Sunday

Address: 4, Plaza de los Mártires Ciriaco y Paula

10. Café de l’Abuela

This modern-style cafeteria offers good-quality coffee, traditional breakfast and a relaxing atmosphere. You can rejoice in natural juices, infusions, milkshakes and all kind of sandwiches and toasts, to convert your breakfast in the best start to the day.

Medium price: €5/person

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 8 am – 10 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 8 am – 1 am
  • Sunday: 9 am – 10 pm

Address: 9, Echegaray street

11. La Recova

If you want to have breakfast in this picturesque bar, be sure to show up as soon as it opens, as it gets crowded rapidly. The peculiarity of this bar resides in the nearby shop selling artisanal furniture, decoration and clothes, owned by the same couple.

The breakfast is a huge toasted slice of bread accompanied by small bowls containing zurrapa (paté made of pork), pork scratching, Majorcan sausage, home-made jams, fruit and a drink. Vegan breakfast is available, too.

Medium price: €2.50/person

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 8.30 am – 4 pm
  • Saturday: 8.30 am – 12.30 pm

Address: 5, Pasaje Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de San Juan

12. Pastelería Ñanduti by Dora Ortiz

You can ask for breakfast to be brought to you, or you can choose to visit this small but coquettish pastry shop near the city centre of Malaga. Chef Dora Ortiz will surprise you with delicious home-made cookies and cakes, as well as delicious coffee to taste surrounded by a modern atmosphere.

Medium price: €6/person

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 2 pm
  • Closed on Sunday

Address: 3, Canales street

13. Soho Café and Lounge

A piece of New York in Malaga: that’s what Soho Café and Lounge is. You can have breakfast here from Monday to Saturday. A tip: on Friday night, you can eat at the sound of live music.

Medium price: €3/person

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday: 8 am – 12 am
  • Sunday: 4 pm – 12 am

Address: 9, Salitre street

14. La Canasta

This franchise has lots of bars spread all over Malaga. You can have your breakfast while comfortably sitting in the Plaza de la Constitución or facing the Atarazanas market, among others. Delicious coffee and home-made cakes will sweeten even the roughest day. You can check all the cafeterias “La Canasta” by clicking here.

More places to have breakfast
Other picturesque places to have breakfast are located in the Plaza de la Merced. Café con Libros, a quaint place where you can read newspapers or books, and enjoy gluten-free delicacies for breakfast, and various spots in the renewed Mercado de la Merced. Here, you can choose among the places that draw your attention, and have breakfast near the Casa Natal de Picasso.

Places to stay in Malaga

A great option to discover the surroundings of Malaga is to book a holiday villa near the city. This way, you can make yourself the same breakfast you’ll have previously tried in these cafeterias. Take a look at the best places to sleep while on the Costa del Sol by clicking on the button below!

You have no excuses to not start the day off in the right way. Now that you know how to ask for a coffee in Malaga, and which the best places to have breakfast are in Malaga, you are ready to take the city by storm. And if you’ve been to any other places and would like them to appear on this list, leave a comment below 🙂

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