All of Valletta is very accessible on foot. You can probably walk all around the peninsula’s ring road in less than an hour. We suggest you have a walk around on a Sunday or in the evenings, when all the hustle & bustle dies down, and get lost in its many steps & alleys, bastions & shores and enchanting architectural detailing.
OUR FAVOURITE HANG-OUTS IN VALLETTA
Upper Baraka Gardens - amazing view, midday gun salute, recently completed lift to the harbour below
Lower Baraka Gardens - we love it at sunset
St. Barbara Bastions - watching the big boats enter harbour
Coastline around Fort St Elmo - raw nature around a mega-fortress
St John’s Co-Cathedral - unique church, grand Caravaggio
The new City Gate & parliament building - the recent contemporary addition to the city by Renzo Piano
MUZA – recently opened museum of fine arts
Valletta Contemporary – private gallery
BLITZ - private pop-up gallery & art spot
Manoel Theatre - classical and contemporary shows and music
Spazju Kreattiv - left field movies and art exhibitions
MITP - contemporary theatre
VALLETTA’S 300 OR SO RESTAURANTS RANGE FROM YOUR TYPICAL TOURIST TRAP TO HIGH QUALITY, MOST OF THEM RELATIVELY WELL PRICED AND LOCATED A FEW MINUTES’ WALK AWAY. WE OFTEN GO TO THE FOLLOWING.
...if you’re not too hungry, you will probably enjoy a drink & small bites at:
Lot Sixty One – excellent hot and cold drinks. They know their coffees!
Trabuxu - one of the oldest local wine bars serving French cheeses and oysters
Prego - authentic retro bar
Amorino – great variety of ice creams
Theobroma – top quality sweets made from raw and organic ingredients
Sundays in Scotland – chocolate indulgence
Or join the livelier bars, most of them open till late in the weekends:
Yard 32 – a must for all Gin lovers
Café Society – good crowd & music
Salumeria - platters, burgers and best fries in town!
Mezzodi - Italian restaurant with bistro feel, set within an old palazzo
The Harbour Club - unique view, good food & ambience
Grain - newly opened eatery offering small plates to share
Izakaya N - authentic Japanese bistro in Strait Street
Tap Room - quality brassiere with friendly service
Sciacca Grill - for the meat lovers – best cuts in town
La Mere - Indian and North African cuisine
No.43 - quick and healthy lunch
Rubino - one of the oldest & authentic restaurants
Our favourite restaurants outside Valletta:
Hammett’s Macina (Senglea) -located in the neighbouring town, you will enjoy small and refined plates perfect for sharing or for a great romantic meal.
Ali Baba (Gzira) - superb Lebanese restaurant
Terrone (Marsaxlokk) - a great fish restaurant in the South
If you need to leave Valletta, you can walk up to the main bus terminus at the city’s main entrance at the end of Republic Street. Alternatively, you can go to Birgu and visit “The Three Cities” with a ferry or a unique Maltese luzzu, located in front of Upper Barraka Garden lift, which is quick, cheap and cheerful. You can also take the ferry to Sliema - if you have a sudden urge for shopping or posing – located on Marsamxetto jetty.
If you prefer a taxi, we like using Bolt as they are well priced and quick or COOL - ride-pooling. To rent a car, we like GoTo - affordable, convenient and sustainable way to move around the island. When parking in Valletta, use white spaces anytime, or blue ones between and 7am and 7pm; green is only for residents. We normally don’t recommend riding scooters but if you wish to, check out IOSCOOT.
Shops & grocery stores are typically open from 7am till 1pm, and open again at 4pm till 7pm. For a good selection of fruits and vegetables, you should try the open-air greengrocer in Zachary Street. Located on the smallest street between Teatru Rjal and St. John Cathedral, it is only 10 minutes walk uphill.
For more general shopping, we recommend to head to, the newly renovated Old Market which is also open on Sundays till 10pm. There you can also have a quick lunch or dinner at one (or more) of the stalls.
For a nice bottle of wine, we suggest you have a look at Ellul Confectionery in St.Lucy Street, where you will also find delicious Maltese wine of San Niklaw and ILLY pods should you need more than one-a-day.
Going up St. Paul street towards Castille, you can find laundromat, in case you will be searching for washing options.