There are a wide variety of restaurants in Frigiliana where visitors will be able to try the typical gastronomy of the area and the more innovative cuisine of local chefs, working their way through this white town, from mouthful to mouthful.
Just a few minutes from Nerja, this town is nestled in the mountains and its particular beauty has turned it into one of the major points of tourist interest in the province of Malaga. The best option for visitors wanting to discover Frigiliana is to travel the kilometres that separate the coast of Nerja by hire car, to enjoy the best of both neighbouring towns in one trip, from its landscape to its gastronomy.
Reasons to visit Frigiliana
Frigiliana is an essential destination for travellers visiting Malaga for a variety of reasons. Firstly, this white town in Malaga is one of the most attractive in the province, with its white houses, blue wooden doors, cobbled streets and walls brimming with colourful flowers.
Nestled in the mountain and with some stunning views of the sea, Frigiliana is not just a photogenic location. The most self-indulgent travellers will enjoy its rich gastronomy protagonised by typical products such as cane honey, Axarquia avocado, virgin olive oil and moscatel wine, the bases for some of the best dishes in Frigiliana’s variety of restaurants. The list below contains a selection of the must-visit bars and restaurants that this town has to offer.
Best restaurants in Frigiliana
Frigililana’s restaurants boast a diverse culinary offer, but some stand out more than others. This is a selection of some of the best restaurants in Frigiliana.
Gloria Bendita | Mediterranean and Asian in the heart of the mountains
Gloria Bendita blends together all of the ingredients to be one of the best restaurants in Frigiliana: a welcoming atmosphere, a terrace with views and, most important of all, creative, innovative and flavoursome dishes. Additionally, its menu offers a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
With quality ingredients and some native products standing out on its menu, this restaurant fuses Mediterranean and oriental cuisine. Its star dishes include aubergine in tempura with cane honey and cheese fondue, bao bun with duck and mustard or slow cooked Iberian shoulder.
Restaurante Bar Virtudes | Flavours of Andalusia
For travellers seeking a more typical bar in Frigiliana, Bar Virtudes is, without a doubt, the bar for them. With a varied menu which includes the children’s menu, meat, fish or paella, this restaurant offers delicious typical dishes of Andalusian cuisine, including salmorejo, caramelised black pudding with crunchy apple and a long list of Spanish omelettes (tortillas) which include traditional potato omelette or boletus mushroom omelette. One of the outstanding dishes is also the black noodles.
Las Chinas | Traditional cuisine with no frills
Las Chinas is in the top 3 of Frigiliana’s restaurants, although it doesn’t stand out for its designer dishes. This establishment opts for traditional, no frills cuisine, with generous portions and good value for money. The service at Las Chinas is one of its main attractions, in addition to its star dishes, such as the squid, seafood stew (zarzuela de marisco) or the tender shoulder of suckling lamb.
Restaurants with views in Frigiliana
If Frigiliana is characterised for anything, it has to be its views, which combine sea and mountain with a blanket of white houses as far as the eye can see. This is why choosing where to eat in Frigiliana depending on its views is a fantastic option to enjoy a meal that has nothing to envy of the restaurants on the Costa del Sol.
Restaurante El Mirador | Ancient Arab fortress with views
Fancy a meal while the sun sets over the coast, leaving red hues over the sea and the white houses of Frigiliana? This is possible at Restaurante El Mirador, an idyllic corner of this town where visitors will be able to enjoy flavoursome dishes.
Situated in an ancient Muslim ribat, this restaurant offers various tapas to pick at and dishes full of flavour, such as duck magret or Iberian skewers. It also offers vegetarian options and an extensive list of cocktails to delight the palate and the eyes.
El Boquetillo | Secret street food corner
In a hidden corner that most people would never know exists, you can find El Boquetillo, a restaurant offering dishes from around the world in surroundings with some incredible views of the town. With vegetarian options, its menu features burgers, tacos and lamb koftas.
On its charming interior terrace, visitors will be able to enjoy the music and variety of dishes that El Boquetillo offers, which have led it to be chosen as the winner of the tapa route for two years running. It also boasts an extensive beer menu to suit all palates.
El Casino | Indulgence for the senses
Although this could fit into the category of Frigiliana’s best restaurants, El Casino is also famous for its terrace with sea views. Highlights on its menu are high quality and local products, such as goat’s cheese with honey from Frigiliana, Nasrid style preso shoulder cut Iberian pork and fresh fish, thanks to its proximity to the coast. You simply must try the homemade desserts and extensive menu of local wines.
Charming restaurants in Frigiliana
For those looking for an intimate spot to eat in Frigiliana, there are several options that are characterised for their welcoming atmosphere or for their typical local dishes, which are usually the most popular and also difficult to find for tourists.
Restaurante La Bodeguilla | Homemade and authentic
Travellers looking for restaurants in Frigiliana where they can try the most authentic gastronomy will find La Bodeguilla is the ideal place. Its menu features traditional dishes like migas (literally meaning breadcrumbs and usually with chorizo and paprika), ajoblanco cold soup, gazpacho cold tomato soup, black pudding or the hearty combined dish. All of these dishes, combined with a terrace with views and affordable prices, make this a place to remember for guests.
La Tapería | 100% photogenic romantic spot
La Taperia’s tapas boards with an explosion of colour and its welcoming front courtyard make this the perfect spot for a romantic date. Homemade food made with love by a Danish couple, offering varied boards with vegan and vegetarian options, with highlights being local products such as cheese, olives, vegetables or beetroot, chickpea and tomato sauces. A dreamy ambience with seasonal dishes
Cheap restaurants in Frigiliana
To complete this list of the best restaurants in Frigiliana, there simply has to be some more affordable options offering tasty dishes to suit all budgets.
El Picoteo | Tapas, menu and Andalusian soups and stews
For travellers looking for the best views, typical cuisine and reasonable prices, El Picoteo is the best option. With varied tapas and combined dishes, this restaurant offers typical cuisine from the local area, boasting a simple menu of the day where you can try all of the most typical soups and stews in generous portions. Perfect for those wanting to try local products at the best prices.
La Tahona del Zacatín
Another place with a welcoming terrace with views and the best value for money is La Tahona del Zacatín. With a small but delicious menu, visitors will be able to start their meal with a board of varied tapas, making sure they try the homemade croquettes and meatballs. A restaurant with a special charm where you can end the day with a cocktail or a cool beer, enjoying the sunset.
Map of where to eat in Frigiliana
Frigiliana’s restaurants boast a diverse variety to amaze visitors, from the most authentic traditional dishes to the most creative. For those wanting to eat in this white village in ten mouthfuls, this map contains the ten restaurants of this selection.