too, are participating in the Malta makeover, with their
horizons broadening and menus becoming increasingly
adventurous. Popular with bright young things is Da
Pippo in Valletta's Melita Street, a trattoria that
serves a blend of Italian, Sicilian and Maltese food.
A little more formal, and favoured by the movers and
shakers, is Rubino - with its well-stocked cellar -
in Old Bakery Street. But Fusion 4 in St John's Cavalier
Street is the place for dinner. Set into the 400-year-old
city bastions of Valletta, and offering local and international
dishes, it symbolises the new scope and ambition in
the island's kitchens.
...Walk down Strait Street - once the capital's
red-light district - and nightlife is plainly thriving.
Popular among the cognoscenti are Trabuxu - which occasionally
hosts live bands and art events - and the larger and
cooler Labyrinth. If not exactly swinging, the capital
is definitely beginning to sway."
La Vita de la Valette
Pinto Wharf vaults, Valletta Waterfront.The
brasserie caters for 300 people with seating capacity
for 100 inside and 200 covers outside enjoying the spectacular
atmosphere of the Grand Harbour.The cuisine caters for
the different times of the day - breakfast, brunch,
lunch, dinner or all the times in between.
1 Strait Street, Valletta. Tel: 21 223 036. Wine
bar with great selection of over 200 quality wines.
Attracts a crowd of the city's business and legal professionals,
actors and musicians. Mouth watering nibbles to complement
119, St.Lucy Street, Valletta. Tel 21 221 699. Chill
out Cafe Bar situated one corner away from the Manoel
Theatre. Dishes ranging from lamb casserole to fine
French cheese platters..
Vault 16, Valletta Waterfront. Tel: 21 242 400.
American diner offering a mix of American sandwiches
and burgers, grills, fish, salads and risottos. At midnight
our Cinderella turns into a bar/club with resident DJ's.)
Old Bakery Street, Valletta. Tel: 21 224 656. 100
year old gastronomic institution. Little-known local
dishes depending on the seasonal fresh produce. Renowned
for its cannoli di ricotta and Sicilian cassata.
A contemporary space within the historical
walls of Valletta. Great atmosphere gay bar and restaurant in
an ultra fashionable venue (Must admit that I preferred its original minimalist look). 222 Great Siege Road, Valletta.
(12 minutes walk from Valletta G-House) More Info
75-76 Republic Street, Valletta. Tel 21 232 505.
Situated within the Casa Rocca Piccola, brings the gastronomic
traditions of the Campania to Malta.
Trattoria da Pippo
136 Melita Street, Valletta. Tel: 21 248 029. Open
for lunch between 12.00 and 15.00 hrs, serves fresh
fish and Italian veal, pasta dishes and desserts.
92 Old Bakery Street, Valletta. Tel: 21 248 029.
Slavonic specialities in this Eastern Europe restaurant.
Open for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday from 19:30
to 23:00 hrs (last orders)
64 Republic Street, Valletta. Mob: 9928 2264. Cafe
and wine bar, serves baguettes, ftajjar, dips, salads,
bruschettas to a selection of platters from Gozo, Malta
and Italy. Also delivers food around Valletta. Open
Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 16:00 hrs, from Wednesday
to Saturday from 19:00 till late.
Marsamxett Wharf, Valletta. Tel: 21 236 065. Excellent
views, specialising in fresh fish and pasta. In winter
open for lunch from Monday to Sunday between noon and
15:00 hrs and for dinner on Saturdays from 17:30 to
Palace Square, Valletta. Excellent Maltese and Southern
Italian menu where you are bound to meet politicians
having their lunch. Ravjul (Maltese Ravioli) and fish
are favourate dishes.
La Sicilia Bar and Tavola Calda
At the bottom of St John’s Street. Tables
on a tiny square overlooking the Grand Harbour on one
side and surrounded by grandiose Valletta architecture
on the other make for a great setting. Try Spaghetti
alle Seppie Nere washed down with some good Maltese
Wine and followed by Mandorle and coffee.
244-45 Republic Street. On the ground floor of the
original treasury of the Knights, Valletta's oldest
café. Since 1837, this ornate, vaulted confectionery
has produced hot, savory breakfast pastries and qaghaq
ta' l-ghasel (honey rings)
22/5 Valletta Buildings, South St. Phone: 21 247828.
Window tables have splendid views. Reservations essential.
Jacket and tie. Closed Sun.-Mon. No dinner Tues.-Wed.
No lunch Sat.
23 Windmill Street. Phone 21 237121. Among the city’s
most reserved and elegant restaurants. Haute Maltese-Italian
cuisine. Lounge downstairs, restaurant on fifth floor.
Reservations essential. No dinner Sundays to Thursdays.
No lunch on weekends.
20 Sappers Street. Phone 21 237521. Eighteenth century
town house on Valletta’s western heights with
traditional Maltese food. Closed Sundays.
43 Old Theatre Street. Phone 21 226611. A limestone
cellar beneath the city’s public library. Maltese-Italian
cuisine. Reservations essential. Closed on Sundays.
Archbishop Street. Phone 21 230636. Simple trattoria,
Modestly priced. Great service.
33 Archbishop Street. Phone 21 238120. Only does
salad, pizza and pasta. Modestly priced.
61, Bakery Street. Phone 21 225 329. (close to Manoel
Theatre) Nice quiet little restaurant. Excellent food.
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