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Amazing Malaga market

If you want to taste the best seafood and fish Spain has to offer, then head to the indoor Atarazanas market in the centre of Malaga on the Costa del Sol. Just by one of the entrances is a small bar where you can eat incredible octopus in a delicious sauce, fried baby calamari, pieces of hake in batter, grilled tuna that is so meaty it could be steak, grilled prawns with a touch of pimenton, marinated anchovies, and much more.

It was no wonder that the everyone standing around the bar looked so happy. The food was sensational, as was the ice cold beer. It’s a good job I don’t live in Malaga, because I’d be there every day.

Borough Market here in London is lauded as a temple of gastronomy, but the Atarazanas knocks spots off it. On each occasion this year when I’ve eaten something from one of the stalls at Borough Market, I’ve come away hugely disappointed and with a feeling that I’ve been ripped off. The prices seem to increase by the month. The Atarazanas market is an authentic market, where locals go to buy their fish, meat, fruit, and vegetables. It’s not a touristy place. It’s an intregal part of Spanish culinary life.

About Greg Watts


Greg Watts is an author whose books include the 2018 comic novel The Man Behind the Menu and the award-winning Ole! Ole! Passion on a Plate: The Rise of Spanish Cuisine in London.  His memoir The Long Road Out of Town tells the story of how he escaped a small Midlands town in the 1970s to come to London, where he discovered his vocation to be a writer.

He has also written for numerous publications, including The Times, London’s Evening Standard, and British Journalism Review, and has worked in TV and radio.