June 28, 2011

Malaga restaurants, Bodegón El Pimpi

I stumbled across this wonderful old place with a friend when stolling through the narrow streets of the historic centre of Malaga and it’s well worth a visit! The place itself is magical – entrance off Calle Granada close to the Picasso museum and the Plaza de la Merced, through an old wooden door into a typically tiled Andalusian bodega with pretty patios and fountains and different areas to enjoy a drink, a tapa or a meal.

It is not the cheapest of places and the choice on the menu, if you wish to eat, is not huge, but it is all very tasty and worth trying. If it is hot outside and you are sight-seeing, it makes an ideal escape from the sun’s relentless rays, as you are swallowed up into its cool inner sanctuaries to enjoy a refreshing beer or two!

The bodegón is around 300 years old and was originally part of the Palacio Bella Vista, which incorporates the present day Picasso Museum. The name comes from one of its past owners, “El Pimpi”, who used to sell supplies at the docks to the seafairers of the sugar cane export ships. For a while it was a convent before being converted into a night club, and was then given a gentler existence as a Bodegón, as it is today.

If you enter via Calle Granada, exit the other end, to see the spectacular Roman amphitheatre just on the other side of the road.

Bodegón El Pimpi,   Calle Granada 62, Málaga.  Telephone 952 228 990

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