Food & drink
8 cult eateries only the Maltese know about
They’ll definitely have you drooling!

Jillian Mallia

1. Straws in Sliema

Regulars say that the pasta here is LIFE. Straws offers both dine-in and take-away options. They’re also famous for their traditional tuna ftiras, freshly made every day! #yummers

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2. Tony’s Snack Bar in St Julian’s

Tony’s Snack Bar has been described as “the best local snack bar in the area,” and we can totally see why! The “legendary” eatery treats its customers like family and serves up some serious dishes for your taste buds to try! Dig into their famous breakfast options, toasties and ftiras. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

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3. Buchman’s in Gzira

Want to know what a true Maltese ftira tastes like? Head over to Buchman’s to indulge in their renowned Maltese bread. Go full-local and complement your ftira with a te fit-tazza (tea in a glass). True Maltese behaviour right there. #GodBlessRuħi

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4. Olympic Bar (Xufi) in Mosta

Olympic Bar in Mosta, locally known as ‘Xufi’, serves up some delish traditional dishes. Apart from their absolutely-to-die-for ftira, Xufi also offers tasty local cuisine such as stuffat (meat stew), għagin bil-fenek (pasta with rabbit) and raving ravioli! Pop in, take a seat and just stuff your face with these scrumptious meals! And, don’t forget to order a bottle of Kinnie!

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5. The Old Smuggler's in Balzan

An empty stomach is a must at The Old Smuggler's! Big portions at small prices is just one reason for you to try this local cult eatery. With delicious and freshly prepared food, Smugglers will definitely satisfy your cravings! Try their selection of burgers – they’re DIVINE!

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6. Żmerċ Pub in Balzan

Just a two-minute walk away from the prestigious San Anton Gardens - the presidential palace grounds - Żmerċ Pub is the place to be to get, well, smashed. Constantly giving out FREE (yes, free!) delicious appetizers, this pub is the ideal place for the ultimate beer night! But, be warned: you might be waddling home after an evening out in this pub!

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7. City of London in St Julian’s

Overlooking the picturesque Balluta Bay, City of London has been around since 1914 and is one of the oldest bars in Malta. Sip on a range of local beer and soak up the gorgeous sun as you bask in the outside seating area during the day. This place is a favourite with sports fans and quiz lovers - and this is no surprise since you're guaranteed a fantastic time full of laughter, booze, and tasty food!

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8. Andrew’s Snack Bar in Birkirkara

Need a quick bite? This is THE place for you! Serving up some serious ħobż biż-żejt, Andrew’s Snack Bar will have your taste buds tingling. Guaranteed!

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Delicious, right?!


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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