Alternative Malaga: The Best Plans to Enjoy a Different Malaga

2018-07-11, Premium Hostel

Alternative Malaga: The Best Plans to Enjoy a Different Malaga

Would you like to get to know the alternative Malaga? Are you tired of always doing the same thing? Don't miss out on these plans and try something different in to discover the hidden Malaga and do something out of the ordinary. A city where there is no room for boredom, especially now that Summer is approaching. No wonder it’s one of the most popular cities in Spain... At Alcazaba Premium Hostel we want you to discover what to do in Malaga in a new and exciting way, so we are going to offer you an exclusive guide on unique and different Malaga activities.

Pay attention! Our guide includes big doses of art, fashion, music, theatre and much more.

1. Artsenal
2. La Fábrica
3. Flamingos Vintage Kilo
4. Microteatro Málaga
5. Las Lagunillas
6. Yubá
7. La Brecha
8. Albéniz Cinema
9. Península
10. La Térmica
11. La Cochera Cabaret
12. Cultopia Tourist Routes
13. Contenedor Cultural - University of Malaga
14. Srta. White Shop

1: The Alternative Malaga Hides a Cultural “Artsenal” with Sea Views

A few steps away from our hostel, you’ll find Artsenal: a 1700 square-meter alternative space used as an open platform for national and international artists of all sorts.

The perfect spot to discover an alternative Malaga in a pleasant atmosphere. It’s located next to Centre Pompidou in Muelle Uno, the city’s new quayside and already a popular cultural place among the locals.

Artsenal is an open space fully integrated with the environment that includes contemporary artworks of all disciplines. If you’re wondering about what to do in Malaga, as an alternative to traditional museums, this is undoubtedly the perfect plan! This amazing space includes a graffiti wall, an audio-visual area for short films, an art gallery area with paintings and photographs, a co-working area, an events and concerts area, a bar and everything you can imagine that fits into this alternative cultural space (fashion design, poetry recitals, books presentations, etc.). Unquestionably, it offers a unique cultural guide, that also includes periodic children's activities, flamenco workshops and language exchanges: the perfect activities if you are looking for a meeting point to get to know new people and learn or practice other languages.

If you don’t know this particular place of the alternative Malaga yet, have a look at their agenda and make sure you include Artsenal among your new Malaga activities.

2: La Fábrica: Unique Craft Beer in the Very Heart of El Soho

In the mood for some good music paired with craft local beer? Another great option to taste a wide variety of beers and homemade food is visiting La Fábrica microbrewery in Malaga’s Soho: a place filled with urban and industrial design, and surrounded by striking street art!

La Fábrica is a 1200-square-meter surface area, with capacity for 450 people, where you can taste up to7 different craft beers, choose from an amazing gastronomic offer and enjoy excellent live music. The perfect plan to break away from everyday routine!

La Fábrica’s two master brewers know how to create a unique flavour, inspired by El Soho, that will captivate you from the first sip. Its master chef, Mario Rosado, gives his all to offer you a flavour explosion that will make your mouth water just by looking at his unique and delicious creations. And all of this accompanied by great live music to explore alternative Malaga artists and get a local cultural outlook. We assure you that visiting La Fábrica will be one your favourite Malaga activities.

3: Flamingos Malaga by Vintage Kilo: Vintage Clothes Sold by Weight

If you are fond of shopping, we have the perfect alternative plan for you. A special and different Malaga store: Flamingos.

It's was about time we had a new concept of selling clothes: sale by weight. Vintage Kilo is an original and bourgeoning clothes company with more than 24 shops in Spain’s most cosmopolitan cities. Their slogan “tanto pesa, tanto vale”means that you’ll pay for the clothes according to their weight.

Flamingos Malaga is located in the very heart of the city centre, in calle Ollerias. A shop where you’ll find uncommon vintage clothes from North America sold by weight. Tempting, right?

Headquartered in Texas, its team has been working for years to find unique pieces of clothing in cities like New York or L.A. and sell them at the best price. They have three different rates: 13, 24 and 39 euros per kilogram. You can buy a kilo of original vintage clothes brought directly from USA like if you’re buying a kilo of salmon or almonds. Easy-peasy! You’ll find Flamingos in calle Ollerias, 27, from 10am to 2pm and 4.30pm to 9.30pm (Monday to Saturday). A different activity for a different Malaga!

4: Microteatro: Theatre for Everyone!

If you cannot live without culture, don’t miss out on this plan. The perfect activity if you want to discover the hipster side of Malaga. Microteatro is such a cosy place that offers you the possibility of meeting your friends, tasting a delicious dinner, attending literary workshops, enjoying art exhibitions and joining a book club. But, without a doubt, the activity that gives it its name is the most popular: micro theatre in its original basement performance halls.

If you are a fan of short films and you are looking for peculiar Malaga activities, you better give this plan a try! Every week, a 15-square-meter theatre holds 15-minute plays for an audience of 15 people. Just be sure to visit it from 8.30pm to 1.20am: one of its four basement halls will be waiting for you. A really special, intimate experience you will never forget!

Moreover, if you are looking for a plan to make with kids, Microteatro has got your back: they have plays for children on weekend mornings.

5: Las Lagunillas: One of the Plans in Malaga with More Street Art

More plans in Malaga to enjoy the real local art? No doubts: Las Lagunillas neighbourhood. A humble neighbourhood that was hit by administrative errors, and reinvented itself thanks to its neighbours creativity and initiative. The spontaneous and genuine Soho in Malaga.

Although it does not have much visibility, it is located in the heart of the city centre, just behind Plaza de La Merced and very close to Malaga cultural icons such as the house where Picasso was born or Teatro Cervantes, the city theatre. This forgotten neighbourhood is the birthplace of important personalities such as the lawyer and politician Victoria Kent and the sculptor Francisco Palma Burgos.

Las Lagunillas neighbourhood suffered its great decline when, at the end of the 20th century, the Administration had the "brilliant idea" of demolishing houses and building residential blocks to create a modern area more attractive to tourists. After the expropriation and demolition of most of the area buildings, the project never came to an end and left the authentic residential Malaga neighbourhood, with its characteristic taverns, shops and low storied houses, full of plots and abandoned houses. This led to the gradual area impoverishment and the real protagonists of the neighbourhood history appearance: its neighbours. They reacted with the best they had: their art, their creativity and their concern to make Las Lagunillas a place full of authentic local art. On each corner you will find walls with murals and graffiti full of references to the most emblematic city characters and the neighbours’ concerns and feelings.

Thus, for example, the Fantasía in Lagunillas (Fantasy in Lagunillas) association emerged, created by Miguel Ángel Chamorro, an artist from the neighbourhood who realized that children and young people needed to get in touch with culture and raise greater concerns than watching the most recent trendy reality show. Young people needed to learn how to dream. Thanks to the workshops this association organizes with youngsters from the neighbourhood, street art flourishes in every corner, such as the well-known Plaza Esperanza, a parking lot transformed into a basketball court and a meeting place for the youth, or Calle Pinillos mural, with works by the neighbourhood's children.

Another creative initiative was the creation of an urban “black-board” on which to write daily motivational phrases for neighbours. Dita Segura, a local artist, joined Concha Rodríguez’s idea, also an artist, and together they developed El futuro está muy Grease (The Future is Really ‘Grease’) association. They attracted local graffiti artists to turn the neighbourhood's demands into authentic street art. This way one of the neighbourhood’s icon was born, made by the graffiti artist Doger: El Cristo de los Solares y La Virgen del Descampao (The Christ of the Lots and the Virgin of the Wasteland).

This unknown alternative hood in the hidden Malaga is brimming with art, an art that reminds us of the most charismatic and emblematic characters in the city: Picasso’s Guernica replicas on the very street, tributes to characters such as the flamenco singer La Cañeta, the dancer Pepito Vargas (who accompanied widely recognised flamenco artists such as Camarón, Lola Flores and Concha Piquer), the street singer "El Chamorra", who was forced to beg for money singing in bars and hotels due to his addiction problems (everyone in Malaga has enjoyed his torn voice singing “Cantinero de Cuba”). There are also numerous nameless murals devoted to anonymous faces, landscapes and freedom mottos that captivate the visitor on a walk through the streets.

But not all the charm in the neighbourhood is found outdoors. For example, in La Caverna de Amores hides a creation, exhibition and learning centre where music and acting collectives meet. It offers photography or dance courses and also organises exhibitions. You can also visit the social bicycle workshop La Bici Guapa or the creative coworking studio El Cosmonauta. Nearby, we also find La Polivalente, which aims to host future generations by means of art, theatre and dance.

In addition, in Las Lagunillas you can enjoy the taste of the alternative Malaga if you visit their more traditional stores. They offer wines, beers and other local products. A must for a night in Malaga: Las Camborias bar, where you can explore the most authentic art on the neighbourhood.

This natural and spontaneous Soho, with an unlimited source of outdoor canvases, is an ideal haven to get to know the authentic urban art in an alternative Malaga. We are also lucky to have it just a few metres away from Alcazaba Premium Hostel. There is no excuse to enjoy the murals that are still used as a loudspeaker for the social movement in this neighbourhood.

6: Yubá, the Taste of the First and Only Gastro-Hotel in Malaga

If you are looking for plans in Malaga or an alternative to the regular restaurants, Yubá does not leave anyone indifferent. From its vegetation-filled decoration to its meticulously set lighting, all its elements transport you to a very exotic colonial atmosphere. But, if there is one thing that stands out about Yubá, that is its menu, which brings together culinary creations from some 15 countries. You would not expect less from a restaurant on the first and only gastro-hotel in the city.

Located on Malaga Premium Hotel’s first floor, visitors will be able to travel through Africa, Asia, Europe and America with a unique gastronomic offer. A Mediterranean and international cuisine fusion that makes this restaurant in Malaga the perfect alternative for the most demanding foodies. Besides, if you are looking for plans in Malaga for a different cocktail night, there is an extensive and delicious menu with first class mixes. Let yourself be impressed by its bartenders acrobatics!

7: La Brecha: The Hand-Crafted Alternative Malaga

La Brecha is an alternative shopping mall located in a small square between Calle Nosquera and Calle Andrés Pérez with several businesses dedicated to craftsmanship, which also hosts events and exhibitions.

Among the stores at this pioneering project in Malaga, we find the legendary record store Candilejas, which reappeared at this space with its original spirit after its first premises shutdown. Candilejas dedicates an important space to local artists, flamenco and Spanish classics. As it did before, Candilejas will also serve as a ticket office for small concerts. Always betting on local culture.

Besides, the rest of the premises are home to a wide variety of businesses. From musical instruments manufacturers and restorers to minimalist style furniture designers and potters. We can also find a space for handicrafts with leather and paper: a place for scrapbooking that will have a hotspot in La Brecha, in the very heart of Malaga.

8: Albéniz Cinema Guarantees a Cinematic Plan in Malaga

The Albéniz Cinema is one of the most emblematic cinemas in Malaga, not only for its beautiful building and its original cinema rooms, but also for the kind of films, shorts and documentaries it offers.

The old rooms in the building, built in 1945, were reminiscent of Californian cinemas. At the beginning, they screened operettas, but soon enough they introduced cinema into his cultural offer. Thanks to this, it became a popular meeting point for locals. In 2008, after Malaga City Council bought it, Albéniz underwent a major restoration process and, since then, it has played a very important role in the city's Film Festival, as numerous nominated films are screened and released here.

If you love films in original version and you are looking for what to do in Malaga, write this plan down. The Albéniz billboard features Spanish, European, Latin American and children's films, but its hallmark is that they are all screened in original version with subtitles. You can watch films in English, French or even in Basque, a real luxury! We can't deny that listening to the actors’ original voices has a nice ring to it...

And if you're one of the most traditional ones, don't worry, in its biggest room, there are also mainstream movies, live operas and concerts, and it's equipped to offer great theatrical shows. If you are also staying at Alcazaba Premium Hostel, please check for discounts and special offers for the Albéniz Cinema at our reception desk. Will you miss it? Get your tickets now and... don't run out of plans in Malaga!

9. Follow Malaga Hipster Fashion Trends with Peninsula Club Vintage

If you still need to get some ideas to improve your outfit for your Malaga weekend plans, come to Peninsula Club Vintage in Calle Martires and discover this place with unique creations. You could choose from a wide range of vintage clothing, as well as customised clothing and designs created from selected workshops fabrics. If you are looking for Malaga activities, go shopping and find out how this centric shop becomes your best ally when it comes to dressing up.

Classic blouses, skirts and t-shirts that will bring you back to the 80s with the best styling and brands. Moreover, if you really appreciate original clothing and want something unique: Peninsula Club Vintage designs its own clothes, so come to discover them to its shop in the very heart of Malaga from 10:30 to 14:30 and from 17:00 to 21:00. It also participates in street markets and events. So you have no excuse to always look cool and have a personal style. Discover Malaga hipster wardrobe.

10. La Térmica: Malaga Activities in a Multidisciplinary Space

Since its opening five years ago, La Térmica has managed to become a reference point for culture in Malaga. Its strong point is its historical memory and its ability to look beyond and to be accessible to all. This contemporary centre of creation, production and training is based on a modern, global and open-minded idea, whose aim is to develop an alternative Malaga through culture and the citizens’ initiative. Take a look to their varied schedule full of unique and interesting events and find out the plan that suits you best. Say goodbye to boredom because you have plenty of activities to do in Malaga.

At La Térmica there is a place for all forms of artistic expression: performing arts, fashion, films, plastic arts, music, design or architecture among many other arts.

In addition, La Térmica has another unique charm that makes it special among other Malaga activities. Its space, finished in 1912, is a huge building from the early 20th century. Since its construction, it has served as a centre for local and province children. Over time, this reception centre became the educational centre where these children received their school education.

During this new formative and cultural period, it became the central office of various workshops, such as the printing one, from which the Boletin Oficial de la Provincia was delivered. This was the beginning of La Térmica's relationship with graphic arts.

This place, which was also the city’s Civic Centre, became La Térmica on January 18th, 2013. It was an epic opening with an unprecedented exhibition in Spain of Christopher Makos about Andy Warhol.

That’s how all started and La Térmica became the main centre of cultural information in the province. There are few areas of culture, thinking and leisure that are not represented in the quarterly calendar of La Térmica. It offers a lot of Malaga activities thanks to different seasons, classes and workshops, special events or exhibitions. The perfect alternative to enjoy culture from a different perspective.

But that’s not all. La Térmica, faithful to its origins, has increased the presence of training and recreational activities for children. La Térmica Mini organizes robotics or architecture workshops, art, photography, films and theatre classes and even holiday camps.

Don’t forget that all Malaga activities are not concentrated in the city centre. Go west and discover an alternative Malaga culture.

11. La Cochera Cabaret: An Alternative Malaga Plan to Enjoy Theatre

If you like theatre, music and humour and magic shows, La Cochera Cabaret offers all this and much more in a relaxed atmosphere and with many different options. Don’t wait any longer and enjoy this new Malaga activity.

This project was born in Malaga city centre with one main objective: to create an alternative offer in which art and fun go together. It's not surprising that this idea was well received, so its creators decided that they have to increase their capacity. That’s how La Cochera Cabaret is set up in its current location, few steps away from La Térmica. In this new space, the spirit remains the same, a place where friends, artists and anyone who wants to tell or exhibit something has the stage at their disposal.

Take a look to its schedule to find out music, theatre, monologues and magic shows... All on the same day. Can you imagine a better way to enjoy the alternative Malaga? And all this without compromising quality. Its professional team works hard to ensure that both artists and spectators have the best experience possible.

But La Cochera Cabaret experience goes beyond the stage. Without forgetting plastic arts, as the hall design shows, this place has a space for local artists’ exhibitions. And their commitment to culture does not end there, they also teach courses with top-level teachers for professionals and amateurs fond of performing arts.

The luxury of theatre accessible to all and for all tastes. Get into the alternative Málaga from the stage of La Cochera Cabaret.

12. The Alternative Malaga Tourist Routes Are Offered by Cultopía

Cultopía is a company that clears up any doubts to those who still do not know what to do in Malaga to enjoy its history and culture. They unveil the hidden Malaga cultural heritage to young and old people alike in a very close and fresh way.

Its proposals are adapted to the needs of each public. They have guided tours and walks for any type of group and also have a special offer for schools. Who said that the cultural heritage of the hidden Malaga could not be playful, enjoyable and full of curiosities?

Although they appeared recently in the cultural panorama of the capital of the Costa del Sol, Cultopía and its thematic routes are endorsed by the Spin-Off 2011 prize by the University of Málaga, besides being a finalist project in the XI JUNIOR Prize by the city council.

And this is how this project offering thematic sightseeing tours was born. Discovering places as emblematic as the Cemetery of San Miguel, the Alcazaba (just one step away from our hostel), the Cathedral, the Carmen Thyssen Museum... All of them show a unique side of the monument. Discover and experience ten centuries of history and cultural mixture in the city, visiting the Cemetery of San Miguel at night or meeting the "Best Mayor in Malaga", Cánovas del Castillo, on the 150th anniversary of his death. Enjoy the city’s less visible stories with a didactic and entertaining approach.

13. Contenedor Cultural at the University of Malaga: A Cinematic Alternative

The Contenedor Cultural (Cultural Container) is an entity dependent on the University of Malaga vice-chancellorship of Culture and Sport. The alternative design makes its character clear: the headquarters is made up of goods transport containers that can accommodate a wide variety of cultural activities.

The University's Cultural Service team only coordinates the space, since its function is to serve the students and that they become masters of its cultural offer: they are not only the audience but also the actors.

A space that "contains" music, dance, films, contemporary art, exhibitions, workshops and all the projects that the student community proposes. The building is divided into several rooms such as the Mirror Room, a large workshop room and an assembly hall, equipped with projectors, blackboards, audio and video systems and, of course, a stage.

If this whole offer does not captivate you... How about the FANCINE? The Fantastic Film Festival organised entirely by the University of Malaga was born in the Contenedor Cultural. More plans in Malaga to enjoy cinema! Besides, FANCINE is a member of the European Federation of Fantastic Film Festivals and, for that reason, a short film will be selected for the Golden Méliès Award in this category from among the contestants in the city's festival. Will you miss it?

14. Srta. White Shop: Dress Up for Your Plans in Malaga

Within the hidden Malaga alleys and next to the Thyssen Museum is the shop (or the little house, as she prefers we call it) of the Srta. White Shop. An amiable space for fashion, art, illustrations and, in short, to our emerging Spanish designers and brands. A space to get dress up differently and funnier, to get the most out of your plans in Malaga.

You want to see a dress with tomatoes? Well, they have it... Crabs in overalls, well... That too. They offer mermaid T-shirts, shirts with cats and multi-striped skirts, shorts with hearts and tropical shirts... They love different prints, the classic (but risky at the same time) shapes and the colourful styles that always raise the spirit.

At the Srta. White Shop you can breathe joy and colour.... And, yes, paying us a visit is to come out with a smile on your face because it's inspiring and, as they say, "we have cool music".

The brands travel from Barcelona (Béhulah and Maggie sweet) or Madrid (Compañía Fantástica), passing through Albacete (Minueto), Priego de Cordoba (our beloved Juanita Banana independent and groundbreaking design) and stopping in Mallorca (Now or never) for a dip in Malaga (together with Pepa loves).

Its owner Menchu Picarzo, passionate about fashion and styling, is always looking for and listening to customers to bring new brands and ideas to place Malaga as an alternative reference and make dressing a pleasure at any time of day.

Without a doubt, the alternative Malaga has many plans for you, so don’t wait until they tell you all about it and discover them first hand. And remember, this is just a small sample… Our proposal is constantly being updated. Stay tuned and check out our news section on our website and discover the next update for the best alternative plans in Malaga.

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