Looking for a great (and covid-friendly) lunch in Mijas? Check out my six favourites of local bars and restaurants that are open for business!
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What’s the best lunch in Mijas?
- Vinoteca Pura Cepa (La Cala de Mijas)
- Olivia’s (La Cala de Mijas)
- Steve’s Bar (Torrenueva)
- The Times (La Cala de Mijas)
- Utopia (La Cala de Mijas)
- Scanalds (Calahonda)
I haven’t lived in Spain for too long yet, but I have already enjoyed some great meals around the area of Mijas, Marbella and Málaga. With Covid-19 rules and restrictions, there are limitations as to where we can go (and not) and how long businesses can keep open. But that does not mean we have to stay inside all day!
While it is still allowed, I think it is important to head out whenever possible, to support the local businesses. My social media has been filled with updated opening hours of the bars and restaurants I follow, so I wanted to compile a list of some of my favourites.
At the following bars and restaurants, you can enjoy lunch in Mijas or the surrounding areas. All while helping support some local businesses that are struggling to stay open!
Also check out my list of the 3 best lunch restaurants in Marbella, Spain.
The Best Lunch Spots in (La Cala de) Mijas
Mijas has a lot of restaurants and shops and I have especially found La Cala de Mijas to be a great place for a meal or drink out. The following restaurants are all around La Cala de Mijas, well within the Mijas border.
PS: If you find it difficult to understand where the border of Mijas goes, I recommend checking this map.
1. Vinoteca Pura Cepa
Boulevard de la Cala, 49, 29649 La Cala de Mijas, Málaga
I don’t remember how I stumbled across Vinoteca Pura Cepa, but I am so glad that I did. It has quickly become one of my favourite places in the area, either for a quick drink or full Sunday brunch. The staff is so friendly and helpful and we have discovered so many great local wines from their recommendations.
While you might think that a Vinoteca is best enjoyed at night, it is actually the perfect daytime-spot. With the current opening hours from 11 am to 6 pm, Pura Cepa offers daily offerings including wine tastings and brunch on both Saturday and Sunday.
If you can’t or don’t want to sit down for a drink, head into the shop and bring home some local wine. Though you will probably want to stay for at least one glass…
Read my full review of Vinoteca Pura Cepa.
2. Olivia’s La Cala
Calle Torreón, 13, 29649 La Cala de Mijas, Málaga
Olivia’s is definitely a local favourite around here. The restaurant serves up a great lunch offer from 12 to 5 pm. For only €14.95 you will be served a delicious three-course lunch in Mijas.
Olivia’s restaurant is set on a large terrace, overlooking the ocean, where you can enjoy the sunshine and light breeze. They also offer live music events on weekends and a grand cocktail menu.
Read my full review of Olivia’s.
3. Mike and Julie at Steve’s Bar
Av. de Jerez, 29649 Las Lagunas de Mijas, Málaga
Not too far from the La Cala de Mijas city centre, you will find Steve’s Bar – or what is now known as Mike and Julie at Steve’s Bar. Owned and run by the lovely couple Mike and Julie, and with a proper Italian chef on the team, this is yet another local favourite.
At this bar, there’s a sunny beer garden, a pool table, football on the telly, good music playing and good vibes all over. Both two-legged and four-legged guests are welcome!
Due to the current restrictions, the bar is currently open from 1 pm to 6 pm every day (and serving food all day). Head there for lunch or a quick pint – though I don’t recommend you leaving without trying their pizza. It might just be the best pizza I have tried in Spain!
Read my full review of Mike and Julie at Steve’s Bar!
4. The Times
Calle Cartama, 47, 29649 Las Lagunas de Mijas, Málaga
The Times Sports Bar & Grill is a wonderful bar and restaurant with a lot of deliciousness on the menu. The bar actually has two food menus: some traditional lunch and dinner dishes (international/British) and a Mexican menu. All I can say is, you’ll find it difficult to choose what to order!
The Times in many ways reminds me of Steve’s Bar. The staff is so friendly and attentive. There’s a lovely beer garden where you can soak some sun and a pool table for relaxing inside.
Colin and Lisa who run The Times are doing what they can to keep up with the times (get it?) and currently offer some different opening hours. The bar is closed on Tuesday, but every other day you can visit from 9 am to 6 pm. Go for breakfast, lunch, a drink or dinner!
Calle Fuengirola, S/N, LOCAL 8, 29649 La Cala de Mijas, Málaga
Utopia is a beautiful bar and restaurant located in La Cala de Mijas. The hidden back garden is fully transformed into a chic yet casual spot where you can enjoy the sun and the smell of fresh burgers on the BBQ.
Order some food (I recommend a burger!) or just go for some drinks. The menu is full of delicious lunch dishes as well as local and foreign beers and wines. Dogs are welcome to join too, so come on down!
Read my full review of Utopia!
Av de España, 22, 29649 Calahonda, Málaga
Scandals Bar Lounge & Restaurant is the only restaurant on this list I have not have the pleasure to visit yet, but I still wanted to mention it. With live music on Wednesdays and Sundays and a grand tapas menu, it seems like the perfect spot.
Sit inside or on the sunny terrace, and enjoy freshly cooked food from the Michelin award-winning chef. Check out this season’s specials and share some dishes. The bar is located in Calahonda. I will have to visit soon, and hopefully, you’ll do the same!
Enjoy a Lunch in Mijas and Support Local!
And there you have my list of 6 restaurants in Mijas waiting for your support. Try out one of my favourites or another local business this week. Enjoy a great lunch and stay safe!
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