Eating Out

Eating out in MaltaEating out in Malta

With a wide range of restaurants, Malta offers the gastronome an incredible choice that will make the visit memorable.

Holidays are meant to be about new experiences, immersing yourself in a new culture, seeing the sights, and meeting new people. Now this is all well and good, but really, who can say that the highlight of any trip abroad isn’t those few hours spent in a great restaurant, at a table with a breath-taking view, tasting food that you’ll never be able to taste when you get back home.  

The pampering of a waiter, the smells emanating from bustling kitchens, the sound of the waves lapping against the shore only a few metres from where you sit – that’s what memories are made of.

Malta offers the gastronome an unbelievable selection of restaurants, from breakfast to lunch, dinner to a midnight snack, every craving is catered for.

Spinola bay, located in St. Julian’s, is the go-to place for fresh seafood and incredible views. The bay is one of Malta’s most picturesque, and most restaurants in the area crowd around it in such a way as to guarantee great views. You’ll find a selection of cuisines from around the world, but by far the most popular type of restaurant is Mediterranean, specialising in fresh seafood.

Valletta’s packed with quaint eateries, most of which are housed in some of the most beautiful buildings on the island. Ancient auberges and quaint old townhouses are plentiful in this historic city. Valletta’s most popular during the day, so for a spot of people-watching, try Caffe Cordina on Republic street in the afternoon. For a more romantic meal, try a late night supper at one of the many eateries dotting the side streets – you’ll find a selection at any price-range, and inventive cuisine is the order of the day. St. George’s square opposite the Palace Armoury offers the ideal view from your al fresco table, with fountains set to music on the hour.

Apart from the many coastal destinations where fresh fish is the order of the day, such as Mellieha, St Paul’s Bay, Qawra, Bugibba, Marsaxlokk, Marsascala, and Wied iż-Żurrieq,  there’s a wealth of restaurants to explore inland too. Try Mdina for some of the most intimate and romantic restaurants on the island. In fact, the walk to your dinner through Mdina’s silent, cobbled streets, passing some of the most stunning and well preserved architecture is almost as much fun as the meal itself, almost!

And if you find yourself on Malta’s sister island Gozo, there’s an abundance of excellent dining establishments there as well. The ferry boat docks at Mgarr, where you’ll be spoilt for choice. Leisurely lunches are often taken by the locals as they wait for the next ferry boat leaving for Malta. For some of Gozo’s better known restaurants, try Victoria where the main square is surrounded by great restaurants. If you’re more of the coastal type, try Xlendi bay with its dramatic scenery and restaurants perched high above the sea; or Marsalforn, with its laid back atmosphere making it a favourite place for the locals to summer.

Did you know?

  • The famous eight-pointed Maltese Cross symbolizes the 8 obligations of the Knights of St John: Truth, faith, repent of sins, humility, justice, merciful, sincere and enduring persecution.
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