Shops not to miss whilst in Valletta

valletta market

Cekcik is a stunning little shop on Melita Street in Valletta. Cekcik is a Maltese word which seems to have multiple meanings, the most common of which is knick-knacks. Staying true to its name Cekcik is full of random but charming items and there is something there for everyone. A personal favourite of ours is the range of Maltese t-shirts, just perfect for you or a loved one at home. Mdina Glass was set up in the 1960s using a blend of traditional Maltese glassblowing techniques and those of the contemporary artisans of the period. The fusion of these methods along with the inspiration of the beautiful Mediterranean surroundings developed recently, as Mdina Glass primarily produces small vases, bowls and paperweights that appealed to the many tourists visiting the islands….

Read More

Why Valletta is the Ideal Shopping Destination?

Find out why you should choose Valletta as your shopping destination trip to Malta – Reason no. 1: Plenty of Shops! There are plenty of shops in Valletta, being the capital of Malta. One will find fashion shops, jewellery shops, gadget shops, makeup shops, souvenir shops, local food specialty shops, art, music… and anything else any other capital city holds.  If you keep on reading, we highlighted a few streets where most shops are located.   Reason no. 2: Plenty of safe spaces to stroll around What is great about shopping in Valletta, is that most of the main shopping streets are pedestrianised, so you can enjoy the relaxed and stress-free environment as you wander from shop to shop! Republic Street is main shopping street in the beating heart of…

Read More

Eggs Benedict or Eggs Royale? Kickstart Your Morning with a Breakfast at Risette!

Well they say breakfast like a King…. You can be certain that at Risette we will serve up a breakfast fit for royalty with our new menu. The setting is sumptuous as ever with the elegant surroundings to welcome you from your slumber over a choice of morning tea from Chamomile to Rooibos Vanilla Masala and everything else in-between. If, however you are a coffee connoisseur you will be greeted by the aroma of the finest beans to awaken your senses. The ever-attentive team from the kitchen (led by Head Chef Andrew Borg) to the front-of-house are ready to deliver whatever your breakfast of choice is with its own inimitable style and panache. We’re ready to greet early risers at 7am to those desiring a more leisurely start as breakfast…

Read More

Carnival In Malta – What To Expect?

Celebrating carnival is a yearly tradition in Malta, dating back over five centuries to the rule of the Knights of St. John. It’s a time when the streets come to life and there’s plenty to see and do. If you visit Malta between February and March, you’ll be in for a real treat of entertainment and celebration. Here’s a rundown of what to expect! ‘Carne Vale’ to Carnival – Where did Malta’s Carnival come from? Carne Vale is where the name Carnival is derived from. Celebrations started out as the final meat-eating and revelry prior to the start of Lent leading up to Easter. Historically when lent was very strictly observed, people were keen to enjoy themselves as much as possible before giving up the good things, so, it became…

Read More

Valentine’s in Valletta!

Spending Valentine’s in Valletta with your Valentine just flows perfectly. You’ll struggle to find a more romantic city than Valletta, the vibrant capital is bustling by day and certainly buzzing by night.  Valletta with its beating baroque heart is the perfect backdrop to melt the heart of your Valentine.  Here is our guide to finding romance in the city. Valletta, the city of lovers The beautiful Valletta is a fortress city, located upon a hilly peninsula snuggled in between two of the finest natural harbours in the Mediterranean with views and sunsets to die for.  Within the walls of the city the labyrinth of narrow streets and baroque architecture conjure up images of Romeo and Juliet. The cobbled streets occasionally open in to bedazzling squares lit by sun or moonlight….

Read More

Squares in Valetta – A Guide to Piazzas in Malta

Valletta city was made for walking and socialising. Valetta’s original city planners back in the 16th century ensured that the foundations of the city contained spaces within which the people could congregate outside on a hot summers’ day or night. The elegant squares of Valletta are part of the fabric of the city, part of its culture, providing residents and tourists alike space to breathe and to enjoy life in vibrant Valletta. Republic Square – Home of the cafés We’ll start in Republic Square which was originally called the Piazza dei Cavallieri, since the treasury of the Order of Saint John was originally located here. Under the rule of the British empire a statue of Queen Victoria was installed in the square to look down on the citizens of Malta,…

Read More

Celebrate Your Birthday In Style At Risette

Risette is the ideal location in Valletta to celebrate your birthday in style, whether you’d like an intimate meal for two or a joining together of all your friends and family. The stunning restaurant can seat 32 guests for a sit-down event, or 40 guests if you prefer a more relaxed stand-up function. The beautiful décor makes it an outstanding backdrop for any birthday celebration giving it that exclusive 5-star quality yet with a relaxed, casual feel.  Everyone who attends will have the most enjoyable experience and it will go down as a birthday to remember. If you want to enjoy the company of just your nearest and dearest on your special day, instead of hiring the whole venue, you can instead make use of the beautifully intimate private dining…

Read More

January Is Time For Valletta’s International Baroque Festival

There’s always something exciting taking place in Valletta no matter what time of the year it is, and that includes January, even when it’s supposed to be the most quiet time of the year Valletta is full of cheer and celebration. This January the Valletta International Baroque Festival will take place between the 11th and the 26th. The 2019 Festival is the 7th Edition. What is the International Baroque Festival? The two-week celebration of music and culture takes place in some of Valletta’s most historical and grand Baroque buildings, with Teatru Manoel as the epicentre of the festival. The sentiment behind the festival is to bring back to life the baroque period in which Valletta was built. Events will also take place in St. John’s Co- Cathedral and the Grandmaster’s…

Read More

Why you should Visit Malta in January!

January is the perfect time for a quick weekend getaway to beat the post-Christmas blues and freezing temperatures. Malta doesn’t get that extreme cold weather that our northern European cousins endure, though it does get a bit too cold to sit on the beach.  So, why should you visit Malta in January? Low-cost flights to Malta in January Thanks to the very many low-cost airlines that operate in and out of Malta such as RyanAir and AirMalta, getting to the island now is not only easy but during winter it is super affordable.  Numerous direct flights from many of our European neighbours such as the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain to name but a few means that Malta is an ideal location of a weekend break.  Add to this…

Read More

Must-Do Experiences In Malta During The Christmas Holidays

Christmas is a highly celebrated festival in Malta and Gozo. It’s a truly wonderful combination of festive merry making and religious traditions that are part of the fabric of the nation. The yuletide season is celebrated to its fullest on the Maltese Islands with a real community spirit. Nativity scenes, carol services and many other fabulously festive events are organised by local communities coming together. Everyone is welcome, so join the good people of Malta for your most Christmassy Christmas ever with some of these perfect experiences. 1.Visit the unique experience that is Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem is a truly breath-taking reproduction that takes visitors back to the time of Judea and the birth of Christ over 2000 years ago. The streets of Bethlehem come to life for a month…

Read More