Welcome to “Central Málaga”
Do you know how to order a coffee in Malaga?
At the time of setting a date for the inauguration or creation of the Central Coffee we have not been able to determine it with precision, however, if we have a document that testifies to its existence since 1910 in which it was announced a performance in the same. Therefore it is a cafeteria that has already surpassed the hundred and that we are confident to be able to arrive to fulfill at least another century more. The current plant of the Café Central is the union of three centenary cafés, the Café Suizo, which was located on the corner of the Plaza de la Constitución with Calle Santa Maria and was very small, the Café Munich that occupied the place that today Occupies our bodeguilla in the recoleta Pasaje de Chinitas and that was contemporaneous to mythical establishment to which García Lorca dedicated his poem “In the Café Chinitas” and of which have been made multitude of sung versions. The atmosphere at the Café Munich was similar to that mentioned, with a multitude of gatherings about flamenco and bullfighting. Between them was the Central Cafe which was a narrow bar with a lounge at the end. After the Spanish Civil War (1933-1936), Don Jose Prado Crespo returned to Malaga and after a period in which he worked as a taxi driver, around 1940 he started to dedicate himself to the hotel industry and started to set up several businesses. In addition to the aforementioned were also in charge of businesses such as Bar La Viña or La Viña Chica (see photo of that time napkin). It was at that time that Don José, after renting the various places several times, was able to gradually buy the three near the “Plaza de José Antonio Primo de Rivera” (now Plaza de la Constitución) and finally join them in 1954 under the name of That by then the Central Coffee was having more success. It is in these years when D. José invents the peculiar way of ordering coffee in Malaga. Many of our elders still remember when the Central Cafe closed only an hour in the morning to clean and reopen its doors. These were times of copla, of live performances, of social gatherings … times in which the history of the Central Cafe was interspersed with that of Malaga. Later came democracy and tourism, and very recently came the new Calle Larios, Picasso Museum, Carmen Thyssen Museum, cruises, … a change that meant a change in our letters, the physiognomy of the whole Historical Center, in the tastes of those who visited us, and today is a challenge to adapt to their tastes without losing our traditions.
And this is why
Many Malaga and visitors wonder why there is so much coffee in Malaga, and not so many who know that so much denomination began only 60 years ago (in 1954). They were postwar times, in which the obtaining of certain raw materials was very complicated, was the case of the coffee which also was expensive. At that time Mr. José Prado Crespo, owner of the Central Cafe, worked without stopping behind the bar and saw that customer after customer had to either throw coffee, or another to make another to suit the tastes of them. After much thought, and as a practical man he was, he set to work to put order in the tastes of his clients. His intention was no other than to make a poster in which they identified each of the tastes that he saw behind the bar of the Central Cafe. In his attempt he completed up to 9 denominations from coffee alone to the cloud, more like they did not fit him to make a sign with two rows he was looking for one more, asking the usual customers, … until one of his employees who was a gypsy , He gave the solution that he lacked was “do not put it on”, and given that D. Jose loved the jokes decided to incorporate grace to the useful poster of the cafes.
Un desayuno con pitufos y churros, muy ricos, y en la terraza , para disfrutar del buen tiempo malagueño.
Como siempre, cuando vamos al centro, probamos suerte a ver si hay una mesita para cuatro y tomar un chocolate con churros. Los camareros son profesionales y el servicio se nota. Hasta la bandera y te sirven en un periquete. Es un “Must” en la Plaza de la Constitución.
Se puede tomar un café, almorzar o cenar en su magnifica terraza, situada en el corazón del centro histórico de la ciudad, la calidad es aceptable y sus precios por encima de la media.
Sin duda la cafetería con más solera de la ciudad. Ellos inventaron la manera de pedir café en Málaga y siguen siendo los números uno en el café 100% malagueño. Localización inmejorable y muy buen servicio. Muy recomendado.