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Robert Dunn, who opened La Plaza restaurant in the city’s elegant Plaza de la Merced in 2012, believes this trend for innovative restaurants reflects the demanding and worldly expectations that stem from both younger Malagueños and an increasingly sophisticated class of traveller. “Even in tapas bars, it is not sufficient to dish up a slice of tepid tortilla or a saucer of olives any more. Locals increasingly expect plenty of cosmopolitan, as well as traditional, choice,” Dunn said. No surprise then that La Plaza’s menu includes a Lebanese platter of hummus and falafel; pumpkin risotto; and Moroccan lamb shanks, as well as that  Andalucían classic, Serrano ham with melon.

After dark
Post-dinner or tapas, entertainment in Málaga has also witnessed a sizeable crescendo over the last few years. Discos and clubs in the coastal resorts of Torremolinos and Benalmádena Port have dipped in popularity as revellers now opt for the urban-chic sheen of the big city. 

For a night out, do not miss Liceo, a rambling club housed in a sumptuous historical building with original tile-work and dusty chandeliers. A venue for live flamenco during the week, it morphs into a rollicking disco playing everything from house to salsa from Thursday to Saturday.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified Francisco de Zurbarán as a 19th-century painter. This has been corrected.

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