20 June 2019

The best places for food in Fuengirola

I recently shared 5 things to do in Fuengirola and thought i'd share some of the best places for food too, as eating the best local cuisine is always the top of my priorities! While we were there we struggled to find many online reviews (other than Tripadvisor) for food so I thought i'd share some of my recommendations for anyone planning a visit.

La Galeria for street food 
This little street food market is in the middle of Fuengirola near the church. It's really modern and has a range of options including Mexican, Greek and Spanish cuisines. We spotted the El Santo Nachos and couldn't resist them for lunch one day - they were huge and the chicken was also really tasty! This market is ideal if you're looking for a bite to eat, it's really clean, airy and spacious with plenty of seating and we'd definitely have visited again if we'd had the time.

Best place for nachos in Fuengirola

La Farola for local cuisine 
La Farola is a popular local restaurant set in a square with plenty of outdoor seating. We were really lucky to get a table on the night we visited so i'd recommend booking in advance to avoid being turned away. The menu is huge but everything is cooked perfectly - I had the Ricciola fish, deep fried with potatoes and vegetables and James had the chicken kebab. They say you should dine where the locals do and it was obvious that there were lots of regular visitors there when we went so this is somewhere you won't leave disappointed!

La Marmita for tapas
Described as 'Twisted Tapas', La Marmita is located on the seafront. We opted for five dishes as our main course (you can share your dietary requirements but the food is a surprise) and five desserts. The food was so good and many of the options weren't things i'd normally pick so it was great to try something different and surprise myself! My favourites were the tomato soup and the date and banana cake and we both agreed that it is somewhere we'd go back to if we visited again. This restaurant was another popular choice with every seat filled when we went so i'd recommend booking to avoid a wait.

Best place for tapas in Fuengirola
Best place for tapas in Fuengirola

Munchies Smokehouse for burgers
Top rated for burgers on TripAdvisor, we decided to try Munchies burgers one evening. You can't book so we went a bit earlier to make sure we didn't have to wait for a table. I had the Mexicana burger which had nachos, guacamole, spicy cheese and jalape├▒os and we got sweet potato fries which we just about managed to finish! The burgers were good but I think I would have preferred a chicken burger as i'm not the biggest fan of beef - the cocktail I had was huge which made up for my poor decision on the menu front!

Best place for burgers in Fuengirola

Limoncello for pasta and pizza
Newly opened when we visited, Limoncello is a modern restaurant in the heart of Fuengirola. We went really late on our first night for some much needed pizza after our flight and then visited again on our last night for pasta. The pasta was ok but i'd recommend the pizza more - we really liked the restaurant as it was easy to find, reasonably priced and had a good atmosphere on a night.

Best place for pasta in Fuengirola

Moocher's Jazz Cafe for pancakes
James had been to Moocher's about ten years ago and developed a bit of an obsession with the bolognese pancake so he insisted that we visited. Out of all the restaurants we visited Moocher's Jazz cafe had the best atmosphere in Fuengirola, with live music and a really quirky decor. I had the chicken, pepper and sweetcorn pancake with cheese which was really nice - I was just disappointed that I was too full for a sweet one for dessert! The service here was the best we had in all the places we visited and it's definitely somewhere you can stay for a few drinks after your meal too.

Best place for pancakes in Fuengirola

I hope you enjoyed a quick round-up of the best places to eat at in Fuengirola; if you looking for things to do in Fuengirola have a read of my previous post - a boat trip on Bombay Sapphire should definitely be top of the list!
22 May 2019

5 things to do in Fuengirola

With summer almost here, I wanted to share five things to do in Fuengirola as a way of documenting our little trip last year. Before we went i'd never heard of Fuengirola, which is in Malaga on the Costa del Sol, not too far from Marbella. If you're looking for an inexpensive beach holiday to relax with good weather then i'd definitely recommend it.

Five things to do in Fuengirola

Sail on Bombay Sapphire. Without a doubt the best thing we did in Fuengirola was take a two hour trip on Bombay Sapphire. Although we didn't see any dolphins we were lucky enough to get our own private trip as we were the only people who had booked at the time. Our hosts, John and Lorenzo were really welcoming and offered us drinks and snacks as we set off from Fuengirola port. They let us play our own music (Ben Howard and Jack Johnson) and lay on the sunbeds at the front of the boat. It was the first time in months i'd actually felt properly relaxed and I really didn't want it to end! If there's one thing you do in Fuengirola you need to go on this boat - John's passion for sailing means you won't leave disappointed!

Boat trips in Fuengirola - Bombay Sapphire

Stay at Hotel Casa Consistorial. We were very lucky to get a cheap room at this hotel after booking our trip really last minute and we loved staying there. It has a rooftop pool which is where we spent a lot of time - there are plenty of sunbeds and earlier in the week it is really quiet. There is also a sauna and bar up there too which made it even better! We had breakfast at the hotel which was a buffet style - it's not the best i've tried but it was ok for a short holiday. My only real complaint would be the bed which was quite hard and by the end of the week I found sleeping a bit uncomfortable! The rooms themselves were modern with nice bathrooms and the hotel is set in a square with orange trees, about a minute away from a huge Zara!

Hotels in Fuengirola - Casa Consistorial

Eat at La Galeria. A full post of my food recommendations is coming soon but thought i'd share somewhere we stumbled across and loved! La Galeria is a street food style market with lots of little stalls serving a variety of different cuisines from tapas to greek, sushi and mexican. The nachos we had were amazing but we could definitely have tried so many other things while we were there. This is an ideal place to eat if you don't want a large meal and want something quick without settling for greasy fast food.

Food at La Galeria Fuengirola - nachos

Watch the sun set. After a meal one night we decided to walk on the beach, only to get there and be met by this incredible sun set. Fuengirola isn't a luxury place by any means so it was so nice to see this in among the restaurants and bars on the seafront.

Sunset in Fuengirola

Visit Cabopino. We went to Cabopino on the recommendation of a relative and while there isn't much there we enjoyed a walk along the beach and around the marina to see the yachts. We had a meal at Albert's which is a restaurant that looks out onto the harbour - the food was traditional English style so it made sense to have fish and chips while enjoying the view!

Yachts at Cabopino Fuengirola
31 March 2019

How to spend a day in Manchester

Last week we decided to take a trip to one of our favourite cities and spent the day sticking to our rule of only exploring places that we'd never been to before. We didn't stay over as we had plans the following day but as you will have seen in my earlier blog posts, there are lots of great hotels in Manchester if you want to stay for the weekend.

It was almost lunch time when we arrived so our first stop was Rudy's where we shared a sourdough pizza. We've always said that PLY is the best place for pizza in Manchester but Rudy's is a serious contender - the tomato sauce was so good and we will definitely be visiting again!

Rudy's pizza - How to spend a day in Manchester

After hearing that Manchester Library was an interesting place to visit we decided to go and explore as it was only a short walk away from Rudy's. We were really surprised by the interior which is huge and modern as you go in but once you get to the main floor it looks a bit like something from Harry Potter!

Manchester Library - How to spend a day in Manchester

We've been wanting to go bowling for a while so I pre-booked a lane at Dog Bowl which was £18 for a game for two. I liked that there were only five lanes so it wasn't really busy and it has a unique interior with lots of great food options too. I'd love to go back with a bigger group of friends, maybe to start a night out, and it was nice to try somewhere new for bowling rather than the usual chains that are usually full of teenagers!

I've been following Home Sweet Home on Instagram for years after seeing all their amazing cakes so we finally paid a visit later in the afternoon. I got a hot chocolate which was topped with cream and melted marshmallows and we shared a huge slice of salted caramel cake which was some of the nicest cake i've ever tried! I'm already thinking of going back in September to try their afternoon tea for my birthday with the girls.

Home Sweet Home - How to spend a day in ManchesterHome Sweet Home - How to spend a day in Manchester

Next we visited Manchester Craft & Design Centre, which is in the Northern Quarter. It's ideal if you're creative and want some inspiration - there's lots to look at including some really unique homeware pieces with bold prints. There were also lots of handmade cards, jewellery and artwork and even though it was a busy Saturday afternoon it had a calm and peaceful atmosphere which was a nice escape from the busy city centre.

Craft and Design Centre - How to spend a day in Manchester

Finally to finish our day we did a bit more eating at Luck Lust Liquor & Burn which is a Mexican restaurant in the Northern Quarter. We were still a bit full from the cake so shared nachos, tacos and cauliflower bites. I enjoyed the food but wished i'd been hungrier as there was lots more on the menu i'd liked to have tried!

Mexican Food - How to spend a day in Manchester

If you're looking for more Manchester inspiration you might like:

The spending money for this post was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.