Alternative Málaga

Despite the time of year, Málaga city has more to offer than the Feria, boquerones and a dip in the sea. This new section dedicated to the city hopes to single out places, activities and people that are generally beyond the radar of conventional media. We start our journey with some of the newest spaces on the scene. Azafrán, on Calle San Juan Letrán by the Cervantes Theatre, is a cosy restaurant where you can fill your belly with typical Andalucian dishes. Those of you with a more adventurous palate should still check Azafrán out, since owner Abhijate has recycled his eco-shop to include a few exotic delicacies that you can wash down with a selection of organic drinks including spelt beer.
Blue Poison can be found nearby on Calle Dos Aceras, the perfect shop if you want to dress Camden Town style without getting on a plane. Best thing about it is that for just 10€ they’ll print your own design on your favourite t-shirt. Don’t miss María Embiz’s original artwork that adorns the shop – her exhibition called “Dream and Desire” has been on show at Cinco Anillos bookshop around the corner. If your interests tend towards oriental culture, Buddhism, Zen, Taoism, spirituality, psychology and philosophy, you can find the book shop in Calle Mariblanca 6 and explore their selection. It’s been open less than a year but their exhibition and seminar room, Espacio CA, is so popular that they’re already organising artists for March 2009. Finally, Málaga has a space for up and coming artists without the red tape or nepotism!
From a green perspective, we can recommend the activities organised by Ruedas Redondas, an association that promotes cycling as a sustainable, healthy and cheap mode of transport which is less hostile to the average citizen. Come September they’ll be back with their monthly two-wheel goings-on. Both “Enbíciate” (first Saturday of the month) and their Critical Mass (last Friday of the month) start at Plaza de la Marina. They also put together cycling routes around scenic areas in the countryside, a very cool proposition since no matter how alternative the capital is, it’s always good to get out of the city.

Restaurante Azafrán – san juan letrán 17 – 665 955 762 – -menú del día 8.95€ – L-S de 1:30 a 16:30h
Tienda alternativa Blue Poison – c/ dos aceras 28 – 952 608 196 –
Librería Cinco Anillos, en C/ Mariblanca, 6. Málaga,
Tlf. 952 22 17 48
Ruedas Redondas
c/ poeta concha méndez 3 -952 13 33 16 – 952 25 48 54
www. –
Centro de Yoga Integral Yantra // Plaza Malagueta nº 2, Edificio Horizonte, Entreplanta Torre C // 952 225 640 // www.yogayantra.netAgenda:

Friday August 1: Summer Belly Dance workshop, 19.00 to 22.00;
Friday August 1: Monthly Greenpeace meeting in Centro Civico, Avda. De los Guindos, 48; open to all; call Cristobal 606 93 2200,
Friday August 15: live Flamenco en huelin Park ‘Memorial Miguel de los Reyes;
Sunday August 31: Free monthly visit to Picasso Museum from 15.00 to 20.00;
Wednesday Sept 3: Jazz Jam of the MUMA musicians at Casa Invisible; 22.00 c/ Nosquera;
Saturday Sept 6: ‘enbiciate’ – bike ride with Ruedas Redondas; 11.00, plaza la marina;
Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 Sept: conscience and science of breth workshop with Enrique Moya; Centro de Yoga Yantra; Tel: 952 225 640,
Friday August 20: Picasso night; enjoy picasso’s works until midnight accompanied by music in Palacio de Buenavista; 22.00 – midnight, 2€;
Saturday Sept 20: cycling tour with Ruedas Redondas;
Friday Sept 26: Critical Mass, 20.00, Plaza de Marina; tour of city finishing with a festive activity.


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