Cortijo de Pepe

by Neil Morris - 03 June 2013

cortijo-de-pepeCortijo de Pepe
Plaza de la Mercad 2,
29012 Malaga,


When visiting Malaga you will no doubt walk onto the Plaza de la Mercad and be tempted to stop for something to eat at one of the numerous bars lining the edge of this popular square. But which one? Having visited many of these bars, I can confirm that that quality of food and service is fairly standard for a popular tourist spot and you can eat well for a reasonable price in most of them.

If you want an really authentic experience however, then my advice would be to walk across the square from the main group of terraced bars and seek out Cortijo de Pepe. This traditional bar/restaurant is one of the most popular with the locals and is a great place to eat and drink.cortijo-de-pepe

For tapas, just take a seat at the bar or, if you prefer, head for the seats outside and order some of the traditional local offerings from the menu. On a recent visit, my partner and I ordered Pimienton del Piquillo, Habas con Jamon, Langostinos al Ajopimenton, Porra Antequera and Ensalladilla Rusa. We paid about €2 for each dish and the quality was excellent. The bar has a great atmosphere and gets really busy during the late evening and there is also an upstairs restaurant with a decent choice of large plate options.cortijo-de-pepe-jamon

Its probably a good sign that the restaurant has been in existence since 1971 and is still as popular as ever. The food is authentic Andalucian, the service is friendly and the place has the feel of somewhere that has developed to match the needs of its customers and as a result, has become part of the social fabric.

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