Food and Drink

Nerja has lots of restaurants & bars. Some are great, some are not so great. Don´t waste time and money in the not so great ones, read on to find out which are the best. I´ve put them in areas, the old town means the area roughly East of the Balcon de Europa, the new town area is roughly West of the Balcon de Europa. Don´t necessarily think that where the locals go is good and where the tourists go is crap. Locals often don´t care about views or luxurious surroundings. They often want quick and cheap. Tourists usually want open air, great view and are rarely in a hurry.


Tapas can be any type of food but small portions of it. Typical tapas are Potato omelette (Tortilla de patata), pork in tomato sauce (carne con salsa de tomate) and Russian salad (ensaladilla). They´re usually free with a drink and are an excellent way to try lots of little dishes and be adventurous. The best tapas bars, in my opinion, are never fine dining but should be very simple and extremely fresh. They´re usually busy, noisy and are often brightly lit and slightly uncomfortable (they want you to drink up and move out quickly so others can take your place). I´ve grouped the old town tapas bars and the new town tapas bars so you can go from one to the other.

Old Town Area

Start at Taberna which is the first you come to from the Balcon.

La Taberna

El Pulguilla


El Redondo (Round Bar)

New Town Area

Start at La Marina which is on the corner of La Marina square

La Marina


Pepe Moles


Breakfast is a big deal in Spain, especially here in the south where workers are legally entitled to a breakfast break during their work hours. That´s why banks, post offices, town halls etc are deserted between 9 and 10am and the nearby cafés are packed. There are lots of small cafés and bars around the Balcon de Europa that are always busy with locals and tourists having breakfast. Don´t be tempted to have a British/ Irish fry up as they usually serve awful bacon and hot dogs for sausages. If you need a fry up look at the British restaurants further down the list. The Spanish breakfast usually consists of

toast with butter, jam, olive oil and grated tomato


Churros with chocolate or dipped in coffee

Sandwiches, ham, cheese, cured serrano ham

Fine dining

If you have a reason to celebrate or just like to treat yourself, these places are perfect.

Old Town Area

Fusion by Silvio Santogiacomo



Restaurante 34


Pata Negra 57

Punta Lara Area

El Avalon

Spanish (evening)

Spanish people rarely eat a big dinner in the evening, they have tapas instead. That´s why tapas bars are so numerous and Spanish restaurants are quite few and far between. You´ll also find them quite old fashioned (in a nice way) as they had their hey day in the 70´s and 80´s.

Old Town Area

Rey Alfonso

El Niño

New Town Area

Meson de Antonio

Pata Negra


Everyone loves Italian food. It´s cheap and everyone can find something they like on the menu whether it´s pizza, pasta, meat, fish or vegetarian.

Old Town Area


Little Italy

Bella Roma

La Fuente

New Town Area

La Bottega

Don Chisciotte

Spanish (lunch)

As I said before the Spanish don´t have their main meal in the evening they have a big lunch. The restaurants below are beach restaurants known as  merenderos or chiringuitos. They do fish “espeto” which means skewered on bamboo and cooked on an open fire. They also do big paellas at lunchtime and Ayo is famous for “show cooking” their huge paellas in front of the public.

Burriana beach Area

Merendero Montemar


La Barca

Chiringuito Moreno

La Torrecilla beach Area

La Torrecilla Tres

Irish Bars

Irish bar means pints of the black stuff, Irish sports, live music and craic.

Old Town Area

The Harp Bar

New Town Area


Irish Annie´s



For British food and sports.

Old Town area

The Cottage

Rack n Ruin Bar

Coach & Horses

New Town Area

Smugglers Inn


El Bosque

Burriana Beach Area

Baker`s Bar

JJ´s Cafe del Mar

Olas Bar


Some excellent Indian restaurants have opened in Nerja in recent years. Check these out.

Old Town Area



Goa Town

Taste of India



New Town Area

Curry House

Burriana Beach Area

Masala House


Oasis of Marrakesh

Sahara Lounge

The Cheapest Place to Eat

Everyone loves a bargain and the centro de Dia de Mayores (pensioners social club) calle Diputacion, offers a real bargain and some authentic local atmosphere. Every town has these places and they´re subsidised by local government as a place for retired locals to get a hot meal. Everyone is welcome and they do an incredible 3 course set menu for only 6€!

To find the restaurant go behind the church El Salvador to the Plaza Cavana. There are two streets straight in front of you. Take the right hand street (calle Diputacion) and the centro is the first place on the left. address and map