Food & Drink


Where to eat tapas in Marbella

Tapas is, as you would expect, extremely popular in Marbella and throughout Spain. Here, we point you in the direction of some of the places in central Marbella where you can get good tapas.

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Where to enjoy entertainment when dining out in Marbella

There are so many places to enjoy a good meal in Marbella. But, sometimes we want a little entertainment while we are dining out to make the evening even more special. Here, we tell you about some of the venues offering regular entertainment while you eat.

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Where to enjoy a traditional Sunday lunch in Marbella

If you are visiting Marbella or you are living here, everyone enjoys a traditional Sunday lunch. Well, why bother going to all the trouble of cooking it yourself when you can go to one of the many restaurants in Marbella offering a traditional Sunday lunch.

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An evening at Jacks Smokehouse in Puerto Banús

Many people will no doubt be aware of Jacks restaurant in Puerto Banús. Previously known as Jacks American Brasserie, it first opened its doors back in 1999 and soon became a firm favourite with locals and visitors to Marbella.

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Juan José Carmona – new chef at El Lago

This year, the El Lago restaurant in Marbella is celebrating its seventeenth year. It has held a Michelin star since 2005 and the new chef Juan José Carmona has introduced a new winter menu.

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La Sala Banús re-opens with new look

MarbellaAzul.com were delighted to receive an invitation to La Sala Banús’s re-opening party on Monday 5 December, following the popular restaurant’s complete transformation, to bring you the ultimate social and dining experience.

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Michelin Stars shine at the Kempinski

On the 7th and 8th of September, three renowned Michelin starred chefs cooked together to create a 12 course culinary extravaganza at the 5* Kempinski Hotel Bahia Estepona.

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Oak Garden & Grill in Puerto Banús

The La Sala Group is opening a new garden restaurant in Nueva Andalucia adjacent to La Sala Banús on Friday June 10 2016. The Oak Garden & Grill will offer charm and elegance for Marbella’s more discerning diners.

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The Orange Tree Restaurant

The Orange Tree Restaurant in Marbella’s Casco Antiguo (Old Town) has become a firm favourite with residents and visitors, returning time after time for this amazing fine dining experience.

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The Playwright Restaurant

The Playwright opened its doors in February 2011 following the success of its sister restaurant Beckitts in the centre of Marbella. The owners of this restaurant offer a unique experience with fine food and regular entertainment. Judging by its popularity, they have clearly succeeded in both.

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Becketts Restaurant

Becketts is a well established restaurant in the centre of Marbella and a dining venue popular with both residents and visitors. Opened in 2004, it has recently celebrated its 11th anniversary. In 2014, Becketts received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.

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Peperoncino Restaurant

Peperoncino is one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in Marbella. We love it and we have been there several times. Daniella, Fabrizio and their staff will welcome you warmly and they are all extremely attentive. They will ensure your visit is one to remember.

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L’Angolino Restaurant

L´Angolino is one of our favourite restaurants at any time of the year. The owner has decorated it in a very individual way. Apparently, her favourite colour is purple and it features throughout the restaurant. The tables inside and out are all beautifully laid out.

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How to read a Spanish menu

Spanish restaurants and tapas bars can be an absolute delight. Some of the best restaurants in Europe can be found in Spain and they are usually in the major cities or in tourist areas.

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Popular Cocktails

A cocktail is an alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit or spirits (typically vodka, gin, rum, whiskey or brandy) mixed with other ingredients such as vermouth or a fruit juice. However, these days almost any mixed drink can be referred to as a cocktail.

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Carajillo

A carajillo is a Spanish drink that combines coffee with brandy or rum. It is thought to date back to the Spanish occupation of Cuba in the 16th Century when conquistadors combined coffee with rum to give them courage before going into battle – the Spanish word for courage is “coraje”.

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Spain’s coffee culture

You can experience the coffee culture in Marbella in so many ways. Spanish people will typically have a coffee first thing in the morning with their breakfast to get them started. Then, at about 11.00 am, they will stop for a short break and have a coffee with a light snack – perhaps a pitufo or a bocadillo.

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History of Spanish coffee

Coffee was discovered in the area now known as Ethiopia in north east Africa about a thousand years ago and it arrived in Europe in the early 17th century. Coffee houses became popular meeting places in many European cities and over the last 400 years it has become an integral part of our culture.

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