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6 great cafes to hang out in on a rainy day in Malta
You won't mind the rain if you're here.

Melanie Drury

Not sure what to do when the weather is playing up? How about warming up with a hot chocolate at one of these cafes? Whether you are in the company of a good friend or a good book, there’s lots to love about these places.

1. The Seaview Cafe, Mellieha

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We dare you to find a better place to weather watch! Protected from the elements behind glass yet with a spectacular view of Mellieha Bay and the green valley leading to it from the village, this iconic cafe is a rare treat on a rainy day. At the Seaview Cafe, it's like being outside while being inside. Make sure you try one of their mouth-watering, giant homemade muffins.

2. Gugar, Valletta

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Gugar is where your desire to get cosy is met with warm ambience and a laid back atmosphere akin to someone's living room. Take your laptop and watch a movie if you will - it's always better than spending the day in your room. If you're alone, you might even make new friends - the cosy vibe encourages people to interact like old friends, even if they've just met. Try one of the delicious vegan treats offered here.

3. Pure Living, Sliema

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This is another wonderful gem of a place with a rather unique concept. While stormy weather could have waves crashing onto the main road just out of Windsor Street, here you're welcomed by a welcoming space that includes beanbags. Work or play to run after run of homemade Pure juices, smoothies and vegetarian snacks, pick a book to read or join one of the classes in their Pure workout room. Always friendly faces here too.

4. Flora's, Naxxar

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Picture yourself in a doll's house eating delicious homemade cupcakes, pastel shades everywhere, and you've got Flora's. And who would not be comforted by a reminiscence of sweet little girl dreams and delightfully decorated cupcakes? No, it's not unmanly. And yes, you must try the cupcakes! Best when in company, this place is ideal for tête-à-têtes.

5. Coffee Circus, various localities

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With outlets in a several spots around the island - including in the picturesque Mosta square and their most recent outlet in Qawra, Coffee Circus is a coffee shop with a difference. Try a speciality coffee - a higher grade of coffee than you're probably used to. And have it with one of the unbelievably delicious vegan, raw sweets that have no added sugars. Or, if you're feeling frisky already, try a fair trade wine instead! With a concept actually geared towards creating community, Coffee Circus is also open until late on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

6. Birgi, Vittoriosa

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If you're in the south, take to the historic city of Birgu for yummy snacks, great views and friendly faces on a rainy day. When Birgi's reviews say that their patrons would give six stars if possible, you know you're onto something. Add to that a stunning vista of the marina at the Birgu Waterfront and the wow factor increases somewhat. Try the ftira - it has something a little extra special - and that's coming from the locals. 

I trust you'll enjoy these cafes as much as I do. Are there any more you feel should be included on this list? Tell us which ones and why!


Melanie Drury
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Melanie Drury
Melanie was born and raised in Malta and has spent a large chunk of her life travelling solo around the world. Back on the island with a new outlook, she realised just how much wealth her little island home possesses.

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