Collected by Paulette Hurdlik
Get off the touristy streets and wander around the neighborhoods of the old town of Valletta. Take in the beautiful wooden balconies that stretch around corners and cross over cobblestone streets. But be prepared for some hill work—this old city...
133, Triq Spinola, St Julian's, Malta
Set on the edge of scenic Spinola Bay, friendly Gululu serves up simple, traditional Maltese dishes to an always-buzzing crowd of tourists and locals alike. You can take a seat at one of the outside tables that spill out toward the water's edge,...
Dragonara Road St. Julian's STJ, St Julian's 3143, Malta
While in St. Julian's, make time for tea on Sunday in ORVM's sophisticated space. Here you'll enjoy a large selection of pastries, cakes, scones, cheese, sandwiches, and tea (of course). Executive Pastry Chef David Calleja's beautifully prepared...
244 Republic, Il-Belt Valletta VLT 1114, Malta
Stop in for an espresso or cappuccino at the opulent Café Cordina (a local and tourist hangout near the Cathedral on Republica Street). I suggest you pass by all of the tourists sitting outside and instead have your coffee the local way: standing...
8, Triq il-Bajja, Ballutta Bay, San Giljan, Malta
Located in an old town house, Peperoncino offers a warm, cozy atmosphere in its limestone walled dining room and boasts views across Balluta Bay from its terrace. The menu features dishes with Maltese, Sicilian, and Italian influences. The...
58 South St, Valletta, Malta
The coffee is good, but it is Prego's design that will capture you. Furnished in 1964 and left intact since, the shop provides a beautifully simple, warm feeling when you walk in. You can stand and have a coffee at the bar or take a seat at the...
143 St Domnic Street, Valletta VLT 1605, Malta
Wander off the main street, lose the tourists, and head up the hilly side streets to find Nenu. This artisan bakery is downstairs in a restored, classic bakery that was refurbished to preserve the art of Maltese baking. I enjoyed the the Ftira...
65 San Duminku, Tas-Sliema, Malta
Soap Cafe's handmade soap, lotions, balms, and scrubs are all toxin-free. Owner Charlene's handmade skincare products include Chamomile & Lavender and Honey & Goat's milk soaps and Shea Bath Bombs, all created using natural ingredients found along...
The Mall, FRN1478, Floriana, Malta
The bus system that ran around the island of Malta operated using vintage buses from all over the world. They were individually decorated and named (all orange and yellow so as to be recognized as the local bus service). You could take them...
74 Republic St, Valletta, Malta
Take a look inside one of the old Maltese houses and tour the Casa Rocca Piccola. In this 16th-century palace of a noble family, you are led through with a docent and learn how these houses operated and how the families lived. It’s an hour-long...
91, Triq Manwel Dimech, Sliema SLM 1055, Malta
The Sliema Stamp Shop caters to a classic traveler's tradition: collecting stamps. With a collection of local postage and historical information, this specialty shop is more than a destination for the niche collector. Find your way here and you'll...
36 Old Treasury Street,, Valletta, Malta
As one of the last pieces of architecture commissioned by the Knights of Malta before fleeing, the National Library, or Bibliotheca, is a reference library containing old manuscripts, historical documents, newspapers, and rare bound books. Bring...
Exchange Buildings, Triq Ir-Repubblika, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta
Who knew Malta was so pretty? Well, I suppose the people who live there knew. I didn't. There was, to be fair, a lot I didn't know about Malta, including that the national language is actually Maltese, which sounds like no Mediterranean language...
Triq id-dwejra, San Lawrenz, Malta
Gozo is a fantastic island just north of Malta. It is easy to get there by boat from Cirkewwa/Malta. The boat leaves more or less every hour. Best way to get around Gozo is the public transport, allthough you do need a bit of patience as some...
292 Triq Sant' Orsla, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta
Head to the Upper Barrakka Gardens for sweeping panoramic views of the Grand Harbour. From this vantage point you can also spot the old towns of Senglea and Vittoriosa, and the shipyards below. You'll encounter the Saluting Battery, where daily...
Triq Ic Cimiterju, Raħal Ġdid PLA 1116, Malta
If you’re planning a trip to Malta and fancy visiting the oldest prehistoric temple in the world that is completely underground, I would highly recommend a visit to the Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni in the southern part of the island.
Upper Barrakka, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta
My husband and I eloped in Valletta, Malta. We were in the middle of a 12-day cruise, and had to find our way to our ceremony building from the waterfront where our ship docked. This was the fist step on the way to our wedding! Definitely...
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