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From pastizzi to burgers and fries: Check out this 70s photo of Valletta’s Republic Street
Do you remember these iconic Valletta landmarks?

Kim Vella

Do you remember the time before McDonald’s became one of Valletta’s best-known landmarks? 

Facebook user Peter Galea took to Facebook group Malta Lura Fil-Passat to share an image showing what Republic Street looked like back in the 70s - and it’s safe to say that a lot has changed.

Before the iconic golden arches dominated this iconic Valletta street, its premises were instead home to the quintessential D. Buhagiar shop which apparently served the "best pastizzi way back in the 70s," one commenter said. 

Known colloquially as Dimitri’s, this shop would serve a variety of snacks and beverages, which could then be enjoyed within the establishment’s very own ‘private room’. 

After it shut down, D. Buhagiar’s premises were taken over by yet another coffee shop, known as ‘Spinella’, which eventually gave way to McDonald’s. 

For a long time, the iconic Valletta toy shop Kingsway Store was situated adjacent to McDonald’s.

Known for the delightful memories it provided to the young generations, the shop was sometimes referred to as the doll's hospital for its toy-repair services and was also the only licensed Subbuteo distributor in Malta.

Kingsway only closed its doors in 2020, making way for Tiffany's Gelateria.

The post’s comments section was flooded with contrasting statements, with some reminiscing on the good old days and others commending the fact that recent developments allowed the city’s architecture to be better enjoyed by onlookers.

Peter Galea/ Facebook

12th July 2022


Kim Vella
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Kim Vella
A highly curious explorer always looking to find her next adventure. Kim loves sharing her experiences and what's happening on the Maltese Islands. When not writing, you’ll probably find her playing around with some clay or somewhere surrounded by trees. She's always up for listening to people's stories about anything to do with nature, a passion project or issue you feel needs tending to.

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