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. However, the company has taken its history forward and is now innovating within the interior décor market. The Mdina Glass shop on the Waterfront of Valletta is full of beautiful intricate glassware and is not to be missed.
The Silversmiths Shop on Republic Street provides you with an insight into one of Malta’s finest artisan traditions with the fine filigree jewellery work that has been carried out in this traditional workshop since 1972. Matthew Borg, the current artisan in chief, is the son of the original owner and you will often still see him at work when you visit the shop.
Charles & Ron is Malta’s leading international couture house, with their collections showcased at several international fashion weeks and endorsed by many a celebrity too. Their store on Republic Street in Valletta is a must for all fashionistas.
Whilst dreaming of couture you must also visit the famous high street names that Valletta’s shopping streets are throbbing with from brands like Stradivarius, Yamamay, Next, Marks & Spencer’s, Primark and Miss Selfridge to name but a few.
D’Amato on St John’s Street in the capital has staked its claim to be the oldest record shop in the world. With ‘Est. 1885’ firmly etched into the floor of the entrance to the store you will find the record shop enjoying the worldwide renaissance in vinyl. Whether or not it be true this still fully operational shop has weathered the technical storm from cassettes, to CDs through to iTunes and Spotify and must be a piece of social history in the making.
Take a trip to the Sunday Market known as Il-Monti (The Stalls). The largest and most popular street market on the island. The choice of items to buy is seemingly endless with stall after stall of clothes, shoes, tourist souvenirs, traditional Maltese foods and specialities, bric-a-brac and even the odd antique or two. There are smaller markets to experience during the week along Merchants’ Street, but the Sunday one is really the day to pick up a bargain.
And of course, last but not least, we recommend stopping for lunch or dinner at Risette Restaurant, located on Old Theatre Street, where you can try out some innovative exciting dishes.
At Risette you will find unique menu items you will not find anywhere else – New Zealand rib eye of beef with fermented & roasted heritage beetroot, or Wagyu beef from Uruguay, or Guinea fowl with charred onion, chicory & pear. There is also a lunch set menu which consists of a three course meal, depending on the local seasonal produce. The menu changes weekly if not daily – so do keep an eye on the website for any updates.
Valletta is truly a shopper’s paradise, just make sure you have room in your case to take it all home with you.