We spent an unexpected night away in Málaga over Christmas. The city, with its twinkling lights and bustling streets, filled with families eating and drinking, was so beguiling, we decided to stay the night.
Often overlooked – merely as a gateway to the Costa del Sol, thanks to its busy airport – the city itself is actually packed with great galleries (including a pop-up Pompidou Centre), Roman and Moorish ruins, and dozens of great tapas joints.
We’d trawled the city on the night of our stay, drinking beer and cheap glasses of fabulous wine, and eating tapa. A truly memorable night. The next morning, we were in need of carb-y sustenance but, as is Málaga’s way, nothing was open before 10am. Apart from Casa Aranda, which we stumbled across. Packed with Spanish people, the café serves coffee, hot chocolate, churros (freshly-cooked to order), shots of brandy and pan con tomate. The place clearly hasn’t changed since it opened in the 1930s. Grab a seat outside, order one of everything, and watch the waiters as they shout orders at each other and run back and forth, chatting to the locals, topping up coffee and carrying enormous trays of light, fluffy churros.
Casa Aranda, Herrería del Rey, 3, 29005 Málaga
Tel: +34 952 222 812