When it comes to food in Malta, you’ll certainly be experiencing a unique and delicious experience and you won’t find anything else quite like it elsewhere. Maltese food has been influenced by the many empires it was conquered by throughout the centuries, as well as the fact that it is an island nation (technically an archipelago, for those geologically inclined) in the Mediterranean Sea. Here are some spots you should absolutely not miss if you’ll be visiting Malta.
Fontanella Tea Garden
Located in Mdina, a medieval town, Fontanella offers stunning views of the the island since it’s located on the high bastions of the city. Enjoy the outdoor seating that’s surrounded by geraniums, palm trees, and lush green ferns. You cannot skip out on enjoying something sweet to eat here, as they are well known for their desserts.
Coffee lovers should look no further than Caffer Berry, which is located on Sliema’s waterfront and has got a classic hipstery cafe feel to it. Here you can enjoy homemade desserts, fresh juices, and of course, great coffee. They are known for their caffeinated drinks that they painstakingly craft. There are also sometimes specialty drinks and yogurts available.
King’s Own Band Club Bar and Restaurant
If you’re looking for a great place for traditional Maltese food, this is the place. Located in Valletta on the bustling Republic Street, King’s Own manages to have a relaxed atmosphere despite being situated in one of the busiest areas of the city. The dish you must try here is that stuffat tal-fenek, or traditional rabbit stew with a rich red wine gravy. The veal is also fantastic and comes with a lemon sauce. You’ll also get plenty of sides with your meal. Make sure you leave room for dessert!
Caffe Cordina opened in 1837 and is known to be one of the nicest cafes in Europe. Of course everything you try there will be good, but where they truly shine is with their pastries. You can try the kannol ricotta, the Maltese take on cannoli as well as a delicious cup of coffee. Cordina is located on Republic Street in Valletta, opposite the National Library of Malta and in a historic palazzo that you shouldn’t miss.
Ambrosia is a lovely spot that serves delicious comfort food that’s homemade and with ingredients that are soured locally. You can dine on dishes that range from vegetable soup, mac and cheese, salads, and of course, plenty of local and traditional Maltese dishes. As many point out, you cannot leave this restaurant without trying the cheesecake. Ambrosia is also gluten free and vegetarian friendly.