We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Rafiki's - No more?

Woking, United...
Level Contributor
6,723 posts
34 reviews
Save Topic
Rafiki's - No more?

Does anyone know if this place is still open? I have heard that it's closed down already :(

My friends are from South Africa so I was keen to try it out, be such a shame if it only lasted a month or so.....

I have my list of places to try when I'm over next so any "different" places to try are welcome.

Thanks.

Torrox Costa, Spain
Destination Expert
for Torrox
Level Contributor
6,177 posts
47 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Rafiki's - No more?

It's gone!

nerjatoday.com/nerjanews/…

Woking, United...
Level Contributor
6,723 posts
34 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Rafiki's - No more?

Oh no :( Thanks for that Pav - I thought it was May time it opened... !! Oh well, will strike that one of my list then !! Hoping something opens in it's place.....

Torremolinos, Spain
Destination Expert
for Torremolinos
Level Contributor
14,609 posts
4 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Rafiki's - No more?

I really do feel for anyone trying to set up a new business in Nerja, because of all the long-established 'free' tapas places many visitors simply refuse to spend any realistic money on food. As a result the only survivors seem to be the top-of-the-market places for special meals and the endless pizza-pasta places. The latter will always do well due to the high margins available on 'Italian' food.

The gimmicks always work too of course, from flaming pigs to Japanese 'tapas'.

Woking, United...
Level Contributor
6,723 posts
34 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Rafiki's - No more?

I must admit NSG I've never been one for this Tapas culture, especially whilst on holiday - I prefer a proper meal and I prefer to pay for it and my drinks.

I guess it must suit the locals and people who just want a lil snack to keep them going through the day etc, but I can see where you're coming from - if so many places are offering free tapas with their meals (someone only mentioned on this forum the other day about free food) then the consumer has no need to spend real money in other places!

This as you say however would no doubt be at the demise of other businesses - and yup, I would think the two levels to suffer would be the higher end restaurants like 34, Bakus, Restaurant First etc and the pizzerias / take aways etc.

Would be a shame if that's how it all ended up!! Good for the tapas lover though of course.

I did see that the number 1 eaterie in Nerja according to TA rankings is a burger bar - that did surprise me.

I meant to ask, what on earth is Flaming Pigs? Is that like a Spit Roast Hog Roast thing?

Edited: 30 July 2014, 18:24
5. Re: Rafiki's - No more?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

TripAdvisor staff has removed this post because it did not meet TripAdvisor's forum guidelines with regards to off-topic chat. Please limit conversations to subject matter directly related to the host forum. For example: when in the London forum, please stick to topics that relate to travel within the London Metropolitan Area.

Off-Topic Chatter is a forum for discussions gone afield from the topic of travel. Please note that the Off-Topic Chatter forum is un-moderated -- the Forum Posting Guidelines are not enforced, with the exception of pornographic images or text, hate speech, unauthorized re-prints of copyrighted text, and messages that promote or encourage illegal activities. Each user is expected to take responsibility for his or her own conduct.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 23 August 2014, 14:25
Antrim, United...
Level Contributor
448 posts
4 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Rafiki's - No more?

The good thing about nerja is that there is choice. You can opt for a sit down meal with all budgets catered for. Or you can do the tapas trails. It is a pity many places struggle due to the current financial climate and have to close but that is unfortunately a problem all over. Good to see quite a few new businesses opening this year both of the tapas and sit down meal variety.

7. Re: Rafiki's - No more?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

TripAdvisor staff removed this post either because the author requested it, or because it did not meet TripAdvisor's forum guidelines.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 27 August 2014, 21:22
Edited: 27 August 2014, 21:22
Blackpool, United...
Level Contributor
1,419 posts
10 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Rafiki's - No more?

Tapas ,according to the History books have been going since King Alfonso X (thirteenth century) and very much a tradition of Southern Spain.Long may the culture and traditions continue,that is why I go to Spain!!.

To me a Tapas Trail and going out for a meal are two very different experiences. I enjoy both and love all the choices offered in Nerja.

Looking at the rankings for No 1 Nerja restaurants,in the TA list it listed El Avalon as top of the list.

tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g315917-Nerja_…

A lot of these are old favourites,deservedly so.

Woking, United...
Level Contributor
6,723 posts
34 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Rafiki's - No more?

Hi there Shelia

Thanks for the info behind Tapas, and the rankings currently in Nerja and surrounding areas.

The highest ranking are restaurants that have been in existence well before the current "craze" of free Tapas in Nerja (even though it's been a popular style of eating for years in Andalusia).

In most other resorts the phrase and "pastime" is banded about casually but I always get the impression that it seems such a new thing in Nerja... yet as you say it's been around for a VERY long time :)

Most of the establishments that have closed, opened, closed etc have been in the last couple of years where they try and re-invent themselves to appeal to another market, but sadly fail.

I just feel for these businesses, but with so many people chasing the freebie Tapa with their drink and the businesses meeting this demand I wonder what the future holds for the others.

Let's hope the new change for these restaurants is for the better and that people start to support with money rather than bodies :)

Level Contributor
23 posts
Save Reply
10. Re: Rafiki's - No more?

A nice theory but ultimately flawed. Alfonso X was, of course, King of Castille (Spain not being in existence at this point) and Al Andalus would still be under the control of the Moors. The two are unlikely to have cordially swapped culinary tips!

Still, I wonder if Alfonso's favourite tapa was mini hamburgers!

The Alfonso XIII story in Cádiz is more plausible.

Edited: 23 August 2014, 19:26