5 days in Malta: where to eat, drink and play

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With the incredibly affordable prices in Malta, we visited a lot of the bars, cafes and restaurants around Sliema and Valletta. Below are our notable mentions from the week.

Pastaus - Valletta

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A great spot to grab pasta after you’ve walked around Valletta for hours. There are about 8 types of pasta made fresh in store daily. Grab a table, walk inside to pick your sauce and pasta and wait for your deliciously fresh meal to arrive. I’m vegetarian so I didn’t sample Rich’s pasta, but he loved my basil pesto pasta as much as his spaghetti!

Theobroma - Valletta

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Trust me to visit Malta and find a raw cacao treats shop for post-lunch treats. This place had all the usual sweet treats you would expect from a vegan treats shop — raw peanut butter cups, mint slice, protein balls and chia puddings. The hardest part about visiting this place is picking just one treat. I had a raw peanut butter cup and it was delicious!

Giorgios Caffeteria - Sliema

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Giorgios Caffeteria is located on the corner of Triq Bisazza and the Tigné Seafront overlooking Sliema Harbour. We loved this place so much, we visited 3 times during our stay in Sliema. We had a late lunch of pasta twice and breakfast one day. The gozo ravioli was fresh, flavoursome and a generous serve while Rich’s carbonara looked and smelt delicious. We also had the garlic bread, complete with fresh garlic, a healthy serving of butter and parsley — you should probably grab some gum or mints after eating this! A lot of locals were also eating at Giorgios which is always a good sign for a restaurant in any destination. The food was fresh, reasonably priced and offered particularly good people watching from the outside tables.

Ta’Kris - Sliema

Ta’Kris had a lively and warm atmosphere. The restaurant has traditional Maltese appetisers and main dishes and had several tempting specials — think stuffed artichokes or marrow (if you’re game). The love of Malta and Maltese food was clear from the staff who were incredibly helpful and friendly. Don’t feel like you need to rug up if you’re visiting in winter, the cosy setting and busy atmosphere make for a warm and home-style dining environment. For fellow vegetarians, there were plenty of options to pick from.

Ferrari - Sliema

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Looking for pastries and coffee with the locals? Look no further! Another regular for us in Malta, Ferrari was the perfect place for mid-morning espresso and a pastry. Rich and I ordered 2 pastries and an espresso one morning for €5 — a true example of how affordable Malta is. Ferrari is located on the corner of Triq Tigné and Triq It –Torri.

The Black Sheep - Sliema

The Black Sheep was a regular watering hole for us while we stayed in Malta. Happy hour runs from 3pm-7pm offering 2-for-1 cocktails while the beer and wine are highly affordable at all hours. Even outside happy hour, the Black Sheep had a lively atmosphere and live music late into the night. The fries with fresh garlic and salt were a much-needed snack while we enjoyed a few drinks on a grey and rainy day.

Hole in the Wall - Sliema

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We discovered Hole in the Wall one day while exploring the back streets of Sliema, about 600 metres from the main harbour front street. Like the rest of Malta, drinks here were affordable and plenty of options were available. Hole in the Wall was very quiet during the day with Rich and I having the place to ourselves for an afternoon drink. At night time, however, it was busy, cosy and a nice change from the larger bars located on the harbour front. This was a great spot to enjoy a late-night drink, and again several locals frequented this place making us feel like we’d discovered a hidden gem.

Got any other recommendations for Malta? I'd love to hear them because we'll certainly be visiting again!