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Alternative must-visit restaurants in Marbella, Spain. Food treasures on the golden mile.

It's not hard to find good places to eat in Spain, with almost every local tapas bar and restaurant serving fresh, delicious local dishes. But when your done with paellas, fried fish, the usual round up of tapas and crowds of tourists, retreating to one of these relaxing restaurants serving amazing dishes with a difference is a great idea. We have rounded up our favourite foodie treasures on the golden mile. Delicious fresh food, coupled up with the coolest crowds and surroundings, these are our top pics.

Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa is located at the heart of Marbella's Golden Mile, where the Mediterranean Sea bathes its beaches and Sierra Blanca safeguards the city's unique microclimate. The resort hosts a great string of restaurants and cafes including the recently opened Nobu, the first Nobu to open in Spain. The Puente Romano crowd is cool, rich and sophisticated, the resort caters perfectly to its customers with this top selection of hot spots. If good food, people watching and amazing surroundings is your thing, this is the place to visit.

Rachel's Kitchen: The health and well-being proposal of Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa Marbella that features a unique concept: being able to enjoy natural products in a very special venue.

The original decor creates a warm ambience, where the details shine through. A carefully selected menu offering natural juices, salads from the home grown vegetable patch, pasta & rice.

Situated next to one of the resort’s pools, Rachel’s is a tranquil space surrounded by gardens allowing you to fully enjoy a delicious meal and to finish off the day enjoy a delicious cocktail made with the most natural fruits and vegetables.

One of our favourites, Celicioso – Gluten Free – Bakery, Food and Drinks Marbella, offers a wide range of pastries, savoury items, fruit juices and gluten-free beers. The menu also lists sugar-free and/or lactose-free options as well as recipes for vegans.

Perched atop the Plaza Village is Marbella’s first 100% GLUTEN-FREE restaurant. A fledgling restaurant boasting an irrepressible setting where you can enjoy all-day meals or simply chill out with a glass of champagne.

Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

Gioia Plant based restaurant extraordinary meals will make you feel happy and inspired with its carefully composed delicious dishes made with love in its beautiful surroundings. Vegan or not this place is a must visit. Gioia serves lunch, dinner, sweets, fresh juices and smoothies. Chatting with with Carlo, the chef and artist behind Gioia, I learned about his passion for plant based, freshly made food. Carlo's love for food and his commitment goes into every dish he serves. My all time favourite are their bean burgers with cashew nut mayo and sundried tomato ketchup, and my new obsession banana cacao smoothie.

Calle Velázquez, 1, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

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