Food & Wine
Savouring local food and wine on holiday is one of life’s pleasures and here in Malta you won’t be disappointed. There’s a strong tradition of typical Maltese food but like its diverse history you’ll find influence of Sicily and the Middle East.
Aside from this, Malta is also renowned for its Michelin-starred restaurants – there are five currently listed on the island and 31 Michelin-mentioned restaurants.
Our first evening we dined at a typical Maltese restaurant in Valletta; its diminutive size belied the exquisite dishes of food that came out from its tasting menu, plate after plate from the kitchen based on local ingredients available in the market that day. From octopus in garlic, mussels, rabbit stew ‘Stuffat tal-Fenek’ to olive tapenade and cheese platters matched with local wine, it was a gastronomic delight.
We also had the privilege of eating lunch with a famous Maltese chef and resident, Pippa Mattei who treated us to an exclusive culinary experience set in the courtyard garden of her home. She also offers cookery classes on a bespoke basis to learn all about Maltese cuisine.
A mention must go to Maltese wine – which was surprisingly excellent – everywhere we dined on the island the wine was delectable. A highlight of my trip was wine tasting at Ta’Betta Wine Estate where you can tour the estate and cellar then try some robust reds and complex whites on the sunny terrace, paired with local meat and cheese platters.
Where to Stay
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There are lots of options for stylish stays in Valetta from the smart townhouse, the boutique bolthole to the historic hotel.
For this trip, my accommodation was AX Rosselli, which has a lovely location in central Valletta with a beautiful setting for breakfast in their café on the ancient, cobbled street. The rooftop bar and lounge has fantastic views over Valletta, and Rosselli is also renowned for its Michelin-starred restaurant Under Grain, achieved in 2020.
We would also recommend Iniala, four immaculately renovated Maltese townhouses that are decorated in an ornate Baroque style. The hotel also has a rooftop Michelin-star restaurant ION – The Harbour, a spa in the vaults and rooms with terraces overlooking the Grand Harbour.