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Discover the Unapologetic Transformation: Marbella’s South Ricardo Soriano District Emerges as the New Foodie Paradise

December 31, 2023
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Marbella’s Ricardo Soriano District: A Foodie’s Paradise

The small area of SORI (South of Ricardo Soriano) in Marbella, Spain, is a gastronomic delight. Despite its size, it boasts over half of Marbella’s top eateries. From award-winning sandwiches at a park pop-up to the finest Japanese cuisine on the coast, SORI is a must-visit for food enthusiasts.

Emerging as a Culinary Hub

Located south of the bustling Avenida Ricardo Soriano and bounded by the Alameda and Calle Gregorio Maranon, SORI is fast becoming a culinary hotspot. Restaurateurs are increasingly choosing this area over the old town to cater to the year-round local trade. Emma Tremlett, who recently opened a shop, Alma Essentials, in the area, describes it as “up and coming” and “growing really fast.”

El Albero: A Charming Spot

El Albero, with its lovely terrace, is one of the many attractions in SORI. The area is gaining a personality and is sometimes referred to as ‘Downtown’ or ‘Little Soho’. With the continual growth of full-time residents, new restaurants and shops are opening almost every month. Among them, Ta-kumi, Kava, and Backi have earned Michelin recommendations.

Gaspar: The Dining Secret of SORI

Gaspar, a family-run Spanish restaurant, has been serving soul-cooking for 25 years. It is the true godmother of the SORI area. The restaurant offers a daily menu based on what the team feels like cooking, making it a unique dining experience in Marbella.

Sauvage: The New Hotspot

Sauvage, a stylish and attractive restaurant, has been open for nine months. It offers a fusion of dishes with an Asiatic flavor, created by young, well-traveled chefs, Daniel Ortega and Nacho Espana.

El Albero: Traditional Spanish Fare

For those craving traditional Spanish fare, El Albero is the place to go. Run by Luis and his wife Marta, the restaurant offers top-quality traditional Spanish classics.

Timonel: The New Kid on the Block

Timonel, a newly opened restaurant, offers an interesting, minimal menu in an elegant decor. It is open all day, making it a convenient dining option in SORI.

Ricardo Soriano District
Ricardo Soriano District

Gourmet Burger Room: For Burger Lovers

The Gourmet Burger Room, run by a Frenchman Franck, offers a wide variety of burgers, including vegetarian and vegan options.

Takumi: The Best Japanese Food in Spain

Takumi, a minimalist restaurant, offers the best traditional Japanese food in Spain. It is a favorite of footballer Ronaldo when he is in town. Ricardo Soriano District

Kava: Remarkable Things Happening

Kava, run by local Marbella man Fernando Alcala, is another restaurant to look out for. Alcala left a high-flying job as a lawyer in Switzerland to teach himself cooking and open this stylish joint.

Other Noteworthy Places

Other places worth visiting in SORI include the Parque de la Milla pop-up in Parque de la Constitucion, De Juan, a stylish place on Calle Antonio Belon, and the Argentinian bakery Maleva.

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