Shopping in Malta
To pour some cold water in the years of the shopping: you do not go to Malta
to shop. The Maltese themselves travel to Sicily when they need refills in the
wardrobe. With the exception of the typical souvenirs, there is little to raise
in Malta that you can't get as cheaply at home. Maybe not so strange, since most
of the stuff you buy here is imported goods.
The most common items with which tourists travel home include models of
armor-clad knights, Maltese boats, door hammers and other brass products. (And
if you could imagine your own armor, this is actually the place where you can
find it at a great price!)
Maltese lace also has a long tradition. This is made especially on Gozo, but
is sold everywhere. Some souvenir shops sell good quality knitwear at very
reasonable prices. For example, try Malta Crafts Center in Valletta.
Locally produced glassware is also available at good prices, often in
beautiful shades of blue and green. Maltese have also been making jewels for
centuries, and the island is still teeming with goldsmiths and silversmiths.
Valletta's streets in particular have many such stores.
Shop online for vintage iPhone case!
Free shipping on all orders for any of 14 subcategories of retro style iPhone case.
There are no major shopping malls in Malta, and the closest you get to a
regular shopping street is Triq-ir Republika in Valletta. To experience
true Maltese daily shopping, you should try the Sunday markets in Marsaxlokk and
The opening hours of the shops are usually from 10am. 0900 to 1900, but most
of them stay closed in the afternoon, from 10 am to 1 pm. 1300 to 1600, and on
Sundays. And don't forget that for larger purchases you can get a refund of the
VAT at the airport upon departure. Not all stores have this scheme, so feel free
to ask first, or look for the Tax Free Shopping sign at the entrance.
Eating in Malta
Malta is by no means a gourmet destination, but the food is generally both
good and reasonably priced. Maltese food is naturally dominated by the country's
island status, and you will find all kinds of seafood on most menus. Not only
fish, but also squid, shrimp, lobster and clams.
Malta is naturally inspired by England and Spain in its food path. The
proximity to Italy and Sicily has also made its mark, and pasta, pizza and
lasagna are common, albeit in slightly local varieties.
All the different nationalities that at one time or another have had dominion
over Malta have also left behind some of their food culture. An example is the
soup kusksu bil-ful, which was originally a North African couscous, which has
gradually been added to pasta, onions and beans and has become a Maltese
Malta's national dish is fenek, which consists of tender rabbit meat
fried in olive oil and often served as a pot of vegetables and red wine. Other
Maltese specialties include the lasagna-like timpana, the fish soup
aljotta and the fish pie lampuki. The image above shows a
selection of the cheese Gbejniet (Gbejna). This cheese has its Gozo traditions
and is made from goat or sheep milk. The cheese is often served as an accessory
for pasta dishes, soups or topping on the pizza.
Restaurant tips for Malta
A good starting point for choosing a restaurant is the Maltese website
Restaurants Malta, where the country's restaurants are constantly rated by the
site's users according to the criteria of food, service and atmosphere. At the
time of writing, the Phoenix Restaurant at Le Meridien Phenicia
in Valletta tops the list.
Another place to test is Caffe Cordina, also in the capital Valletta. For
almost 200 years they have had the address 244 Republic Street where
they serve the most delicious temptations in the form of cakes, coffee and
Malta also produces its own wines, mainly based on French or Italian grapes.
Meridiana is considered to be the best of these, but try Marsovin or Delicata.
There are other wines on sale, but these are often produced more on a hobby
basis, and the quality is very variable. Malta's local beer is called Cesk, and
is bright and tastes just fine.