In a world where city centres, like London, Rome, Paris and Milan, are becoming indistinguishable,
Valletta still offers an experience that is different and unique.
Our selected cafes and restaurants in Valletta.
a small family-run coffee shop. Original 1960s décor. Maltese-style coffee.
58 South Street
strong coffee at the counter.
244 Republic Street
St John’s Street, corner with Republic Street
One of the oldest alcohol importers on the island. A wide selection of spirits and wines, tobacco and perfumes.
This small eatery is best for freshly prepared breads.
You can also choose your own filling.
St John’s Street, corner with Republic Street
DOLCERIA CROCE BONACI
One of the oldest confectioneries on the island.
Best for local pastries and a variety of sweets.
153/155 St Lucia Street
Vast selection of local and imported sweets and pastries.
one of the oldest coffee shops in Valletta. Imposing 18th century décor.
Best for ambiance and freshly baked pastizzi (local pastries).
The new extension ‘Dolce’ offers a more contemporary ambiance.
244 Republic Street
Freshly baked pasteries (try one of their large Qassatat (pies).
24 Melita Street
Small and cozy. Offers a wide selection of wines.
1 Strait Street
Wine & Spirits. Excellent location overlooking Victoria gate.
St Ursula Street
Breathtaking view of Marsamxett Harbour.
Great Siege Road
Eclectic decor in one of infamous streets of Valletta.
An elegant setting, family run.
Continental cuisine. Located in ‘tunnels’ within the bastions.
St John’s Cavallier Street
Maltese rustic decor and traditional dishes.
6 St Christopher Street
Worth a visit for it’s facade (don’t be mislead since it says Confectionery).
Local dishes, including rabbit.
53 Old Bakery Street
An intimate setting in the Main Square. Jazz nights on selected nights.
Ask for the owner Mona.
A favourite with the locals and serves a variety of Maltese and Sicialian dishes.
A small place with few tables. Genuine food.
One of Brad Pitt’s favourite spots in Valletta.
136 Melita Street, Valletta.
More of a casual diner.
Try ravjul (filled pasta pockets with Gozo cheese).
125 St Lucia Street
Varied menu. Freshly prepared.
22 Old Bakery Street
Run by an Italian chef.
72 Old Bakery Street (Below the Manoel Theatre)
The best view in Valletta.
Casual and laidback.
1 St John’s Street (at the very bottom of street)
Fresh fish al-fresco.
Underground cellar with a variety of pizzas.
Castille Square (corner with St Paul’s Street)
Pizza and other dishes
33 Archbishop Street
Book the most expensive pizza on the island (contains truffles and 24k gold).
63 Republic Street
The place for Mediterranean tapas. Ask for Chris (the owner).
119 St Lucia Street
Chinese cuisine. Tastefully decorated.
59 Republic Street, Valletta
Fuses Mediterranean, Indian, Arabian and Maltese.
174 Merchant Street
FILIGREE & GOLDSMITH
One of the few remaining silversmiths who still creates delicate filigree pieces by hand.
51 St Paul’s street
Hand-made plaster and clay statues of Saints.
Some highly decorated with gold leaf.
282A St Paul’s Street (corner with St Lucia Street)
IL-BOTTEGIN TA’ SAN MARTIN
The artist works inside his shop – painting and sculpting in wood.
Meet him and enjoy his artworks and stories.
185 Old Bakery Street
GALEA’S ART STUDIO
One of the last remaining watercolourist from a generation of painters.
MAPS & ENGRAVINGS
Genuine collector’s items for sale, including old maps of Malta,
engravings of the Grandmasters and memorabilia.
122 Archbishop Street
Charming French-style prints of various sizes, art supplies and statues.
56 St Lucia Street
The Maltese Cross is available in various shapes and sizes. Gold/Silver.
Check out St Lucia Street or Sterling Jewellers Est.1896
MOUTH BLOWN GLASS
Maltese glass items are available in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Try Mdina Glass in Valletta and Mdina or Phoenician Glass in Ta’ Qali (Crafts Village)
Luxury timepieces and jewellery in Republic Street.
Check out Sterling Jewellers for Bulgari, Gucci and Dunhill.
Check out St Lucia Street (The area touching the law courts)
for selected shoe shops.
Vintage and vintage inspired.
DESIGNER & HIGH STREET
High-street fashion stores in Republic Street and Mechants Street.
Designer labels: visit REBELLI or SARTO in PORTOMASO (out of Valletta).
ACQUA DI PARMA and SANTA MARIA NOVELLA perfumes
are available at CAMILLERIPARISMODE.
Merchant Street, Valletta
CREAMS & LOTIONS
Branded beauty available at FRANKS and CHEMIMART.
Our Must-See in Valletta.
The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist is the only signed painting by Caravaggio.
This painting is rarely out of the island. Also look out for the smaller painting depicting St Jerome.
St John’s Co Cathedral Museum, Republic Street
(Visit St John’s Co Cathedral for the magnificent baroque interiors and marble tomb stones)
Gobelins tapestries woven in France for Grand Master Ramon Perellos.
An intact collection that has remained so for more than 300 years.
The Grand Master’s Palace, Republic Street.
The MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS contains a large collection of old masters’ paintings, including Ribera, Mattia Preti and Favray.
One of the world’s greatest arms collections is located in this original building. Dating back to 1604.
The Grand Master’s Palace, Republic Street, Valletta.
CASA ROCCA PICCOLA is a Maltese nobleman’s house with over 50 rooms.
A unique peep into the life and times of Maltese nobility.
More than 400 years of history.
74 Republic Street
The entire archives of the Knights from the Crusades (11th century until 1798) are contained here.
Take your ID or passport for identification.
The National Library, 36 Old Treasury Street (Opposite Caffe Cordina).
Visit this one-of-a-kind public toilet designed by a leading Maltese architect and local contemporary artist.
Inspired by the life in Red Light district. (Watch out for the old bar signs in Strait Street).
Strait Street (corner with Old Theatre Street).
From outside the city gate or call a private cab company.
Valletta is not a flat city.
Figure out the roads that are best to roll down and the more leveled ones to walk back.
You’ll save time and energy, unless you want to burn more calories!
There are many cars on the island, and parking in Valletta can be tricky.
Park in the white lines any time, blue lines during the day, green and yellow lines: never.
Malta International Airport (the only one) is a 20-minute drive to Valletta.
FERRY TO SLIEMA
A ferry operates daily (unless it’s bad weather) and crosses over from Marsamxett Harbour in Valletta to Sliema.
Convenient if you want a quick crossover and want to avoid traffic.
FERRY TO GOZO
The ferry leaves from Mgarr, north of Malta.
Take the bus (around 1hr) or taxi, then catch the ferry (20min).
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