Spending time in Valletta and need to refuel? Malta’s capital city has a lot to offer, but what might be missed at first glance are the number of exceptional eateries and restaurants.
Foodies have a lot to revel in: visiting all the restaurants will only take up most of the year, so we have picked out some special places for you to visit and try out!
Traditional Maltese Foodie
There is no doubt Maltese love to eat, and nobody feeds better than the foodie him/her-self. The go-to traditional Maltese food eatery is Nenu the Artisan Baker, on St Dominic Street. Situated in an old Valletta bakery, the restaurant serves traditional food around a concept of traditional bread-making, while serving local staples like Aljotta (fish soup) and Braġjoli (meat rolls).
With the rise of more conscious consumption, Valletta has various outlets offering vegan food alternatives. The first to deserve a mention is Soul Food, a highly well-reviewed restaurant on Merchant’s Street. Its concept centres around healthy eating, and it produces Italian food with a twist: made from scratch and altered to suit Vegans and Vegetarians.
Some streets away, you can visit Theobroma for delicious desserts. Theobroma is a Raw Cacao Collective, specialising in making non-gluten, vegan treats that are healthy and guilt-free. From little treats to nut butters to cakes and more, this delectable nook in the city is definitely worth a visit.
Pasta is delicious and you know it, and there’s nowhere better to indulge than Pastaus. What is essentially a Pasta bar—pick the homemade pasta, pick the fresh sauce and enjoy the goodness—offers a wealth of options for what will be a superb dish. Vegan, Vegetarians and Celiac friendly, Pastaus will become your favourite go-to place.
Pizza, per favore!
Let’s go back to the basics and tell you a little bit about everyone’s favourite food. Valletta offers a myriad of options for pizza, but we went for the more authentic experiences.
First, the pizza al taglio, square-cut goodness that you can grab for a quick bite from Pasta Pizza Doc, right next door to the Merchant Street Market.
If you want more filling options, head over to either (or both!) of two of Valletta’s staples. Sotto Pizzeria, in South Street, pulls some seriously mouth-watering pizza out of the oven. Highly recommended to book, as this is one of the busiest places in the city!
Equally mouth-watering pizza comes out of La Vecchia Taranto in St Paul’s Street, with the promise of all the authenticity of a pizza from southern Italy.
The light-bite foodie
To our best of knowledge, light-bite foodies like to mix a nice cold drink with their food, so we’re suggesting two great places to do just that.
Ġugar is a quirky place down Republic Street, with a little menu of tasty bites, along with a full bar, and an especially good selection of local beer.
Salumeria is a new neighbour to be found on a corner between St John and Strait Street. Built along the concept of a wine bar, this cosy drinking spot serves the best food to go with any chosen drink.
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