After nearly a year of living and eating out in Fuengirola, I finally narrowed down my taste buds ‘Hall of Fame’.
Before we start, a word of warning – the culinary scene in Fuengirola is not exactly exciting. The city lives from tourism and unfortunately that’s also impacted the culinary options.
There are a few gems in between the usual tourist traps, but they are hard to find especially if your only point of reference are glowing five star reviews in Tripadvisor.
Restaurants to avoid in Fuengirola
Lets start with the worst – most of my worst food experiences involved Chiringuitos. These are the shabby looking restaurants scattered around the beaches focusing mainly on fried seafood. They all have wonderful views of the sea, but that’s where it ends. They normally have very cheap plastic furniture and service that leaves a lot to be desired.
The old advice goes ‘eat where the locals do’ – in this case it can’t be further from the truth. Yes, Chiringuitos are full of locals, but they are probably there because fried seafood is something of a staple of the local cuisine and the restaurants offer beautiful views of the sea.
The food is pretty basic, a lot of it cooked from frozen fish (which they dont tend to mark on the menu), without taste or proper seasoning. Zero presentation and complete lack of culinary imagination.
Scattered around the promenade are even more tourist traps – restaurants displayed sun drenched images of burgers with chips, best deals for English breakfast or deals on Paella. You will be happy to grab a quick sandwich to take to the beach, but anything beyond that is at your own risk.
Fuengirola even has a Michellin star restaurant which turned out to be an utter disappointment. The plates looked like something that’s served in a Chiringuito and after I returned my under-cooked salmon steak, I was told by the waiter that apparently that’s the ‘correct’ way to cook salmon (leave it raw in the middle).
Luckily after many disappointments I also found a few treasured places that we keep returning too, and they always deliver.
I have added my complete list of tested places here, and will update this article on regular basis.
Best Restaurants in Fuengirola
#1 – Namaste Indian Restaurant
Namaste was one of the first place I discovered in Fuengirola and I have been there so many times I’ve lost the count! I love a good Indian meal and at Namaste they have lots of vegetarian and vegan options that taste absolutely amazing!
The service is super fast and friendly and they are located close to the coastline too, just a short walk off the Mercadona supermarket in Los Boliches.
They make good honest Indian curry, with sauce that’s out of this world and lots of rice variations. My favorites were garlic naan bread, vegetarian Korma and Tikka Masala and they also do amazing desserts!
Best for: curry + vegetarian/vegan options
#2 – Limoncello Italian Restaurant
Limoncello is in the old part of Fuengirola, hidden away in a small busy square near the main post office building. It was a lucky chance I ended up eating there on one night out as that was the only place with a few seats left.
They do amazing pasta dishes, including freshly made pasta, and as you would expect from Italian restaurant, delicious pizza with proper crust dough.
They have a beautiful outdoor terrace with lovely decor and it’s the perfect spot for people watching, especially at the weekend.
Best for: fresh pasta & pizza
#3 – De Kroon Cafe (now Gastro Bar del Mar)
This restaurant was the first one I spotted when we first came to Fuengirola a year ago with my husband to find an apartment. The outdoor decor caught me eyes and I wanted to see if the food also lives up to the expectations.
This year, they changed the ownership and the newly renamed Gastro Bar del Mar looks even more cool than the old De Kroon Cafe. They added a lot of natural elements to the interior decor, wooden branches, quirky bamboo decor and lots and lots of plants.
The menu hasn’t changed much, which I’m pretty happy about. We tend to order one of their salads in very generous portions and they also do really nice selection of tapas (usually go for mozarella sticks, patatas bravas and prawns).
In the evening they put up the tiny fire features on the tables and even though its by the main road with busy traffic, it’s just the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine while watching the world go by.
Check out full article about this place here.
Best for: fresh salads with seaview
#4 – Vinelo Tapas Bar
This is also a recent addition to the restaurant scene in Fuengirola. Located on the main ‘bus road’, in between small shops, Vinelo really makes a statement with its concept, delicious food and decor.
It’s rare to see owners putting so much thought into how a place feels and decorating appropriately, and in this case it was executed to perfection.
I absolutely loved their tapas options, even though the menu is fairly limited, but everything is super tasty and well priced.
They have a wide selection of wines to choose from and I love the lighting that makes you feel like you’re sitting in a cozy cafe somewhere in Paris.
Best for: wine selection, tapas
#5 – La Primavera Restaurant
La Primavera restaurant is the exception to the rule. Not all restaurants on the main tourist strip are an utter disappointment. This one is located just a short walk off the Yaramar Hotel.
I was really impressed with their home made sourdough bread and the fact that they use high quality eco flour for all their pizzas and pasta. Their salads are always super fresh and delicious and feature some exotic variations, like mango & shrimp salad.
As one of the only restaurants in Fuengirola they also serve natural wines, something I’ve never been offered before.
If you’re looking for a nice Italian meal, you can’t go wrong with La Primavera.
Best for – sourdough bread, natural wines, pizza & salads
#6 – Go Green Cafe
Go Green is always my number one option for healthy breakfast or brunch – the menu caters for anything you could think off and all of it are healthy options. They have a wide selection of freshly made juices, breakfast sandwiches (Nordic favorites too) and even scrambled eggs.
Their brunch deals are a treat for the whole family (photos below) and include refreshing drinks like their ginger shot or freshly made juice.
My go to is usually the vegetarian burger or the falafel bowl. Great value fresh food – can’t go wrong with that!
Best for: healthy eating, vegetarian/vegan options
#7 – Ginos Restaurant
I first discovered Ginos Restaurant at Malaga train station, after that in Cordoba until I finally found out there is also one in Fuengirola, next to the Miramar Mall.
This Italian restaurant has an amazing decor, atmosphere and the food is to die for! I could write poems about their cheesy pasta or amazing pizza, but you better off to try it yourself.
Best for – family meals, Italian classics
More to be added and updated soon! If you have your own favorites, leave a comment below!