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Throwback alert! Do you remember Valletta’s legendary monti outside the city walls?
Today, the area is the new bus terminus.

Jillian Mallia

Back in the day, a trip to Valletta on a Sunday meant an inevitable stop at the monti for whatever new shiny thing you could haggle for. It was the perfect opportunity to run around and scan for an awesome new toy, gadget or thingymabob on the market.

market

In the comments section of a post shared to a Maltese history Facebook group, locals shared some of their many memories of Valletta’s market which used to be where the bus terminus now stands. Many people remember bits and bobs, and as we say in Maltese, a hallata ballata of things.

market

Others also remember the toys they managed to get a hold of from this market, including a bag full of Playmobils for just Lm1 (a Maltese Lira – equivalent to €2.33), cassette tapes, PlayStation games, tshirts, football kits, school copybooks. You name it!

Some locals also recall buying pets from the Valletta market ranging from goldfish and amorini to puppies. One Facebook user recalled buying a puppy for five or 10 Liri. Many people also remember going t Sunday mass, having a te fit-tazza u pastizz, heading to the monti to treat themselves to something, buying mqaret for dessert, going back home for lunch which was followed by an afternoon nap. A Sunday well spent!

market

The market has since disbanded and only lives in locals’ memories. Some question why the market was ever dissolved as it was quite the trading spot, while others question why something similar isn’t launched today, recalling fond memories of the market.

Mario Zammit via Malta Lura Fil Passat / Facebook

5th September 2021


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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