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A November 2010 trip to Valletta by Liam Hetherington

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Quote: Malta's tiny capital used to have the reputation of closing down at dusk. Not any more. I found a surprisingly thriving dining scene - though the accommodation left something to be desired...

Eating Well

Cafe Jubilee

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Restaurant | "Montmartre in Malta"

Cafe Jubilee Photo, Valletta, Malta
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Café Jubilee easily became our favourite haunt in Valletta. We visited three times in total – though admittedly all for brunch. It is a long narrow Montmatre-style bar, all polished brass, walls groaning with framed interwar posters, and a 1920s chanteuse-heavy soundtrackOn our first visit we found a vacant table in a shielded nook and flicked through a newspaper as we waited to have our order taken. We started off with actual Maltese specialities. Rebecca ordered two ricotta pastizzi. Pastizzi are the local pastries and are probably the cheapest staple on the island – two of them filled Rebecca up and they were only 45 cents each. Pastizzi can be stuffed with anything really...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2011

Cafe Jubilee
125 Sta Lucia Street
Valletta, Malta
(0) 2125 2332

C. Camilleri & Sons Ltd. Confectioners

Restaurant | "More Sweets Than Just Maltesers"

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Since our first trip abroad together (to Lisbon) Rebecca and I have made real efforts to find places places selling whatever the local ‘sweeties’ are. Happily there was a good place right in the middle of Valletta on the main pedestrianised Triq Il-Merkanti that fit the bill perfectly: C Camilleri & Sons.Camilleri & Sons is a glitteringly clean and bright confectioners with a mouth-watering central display of fresh cakes, tarts and pastries. Prices ranged from half a Euro to a couple of Euro or so. The shelves around the exterior of the room were laden wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2011

C. Camilleri & Sons Ltd. Confectioners
49-51 Merchants Street
Valletta, Malta
356 2124 1642

Capistrano

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Restaurant | "Presentation Over Taste"

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Capistrano is a snazzy little place on Triq I-Ifran (Old Bakery Street) where we had our first evening’s meal in Malta. It had excellent presentation and service. Only three diners were already in place when we arrived just after 7.30, but by about 8 o’clock it had filled up – and this in a town that is supposedly dead at night!The menu was fairly fancy; on top of that they also had a trolley of some lovely fresh fish to choose from. Sadly having only just arrived we didn’t want anything too sizeable to eat, so we just ordered pasta. That didn’t stop the chap running the place bringing us free starters however – an espresso cup filled with cream of vegetable soup and two tiny brusch...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 25, 2011

Capistrano
61 Old Bakery Street
Valletta, Malta
356 2122 5329

Rampila Restaurant and Wine Bar

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Restaurant | "Well Worth Finding the Secret Terrace"

Rampila Restaurant and Wine Bar Photo, Valletta, Malta
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Our most memorable meal in Valletta was not at all the most expensive. It was in a little hide-away called Rampila. In fact we found out that when we visited it had only been open eight days!Rampila is located at (or, rather, under) the junction of Pope Pius V Street (the one that runs over the top of City Gate) and St John’s Cavlier Street, a short road that slopes upward to meet the other by Hastings Gardens. At the junction stairs led down to a doorway, which in turn opened up into a long low arched vault. We were encouraged, however, to continue through the vault out to their terrace.The terrace was truly outstanding. This was once an actual gun emplacement...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2011

Rampila Restaurant and Wine Bar
Opposite St. John's Cavalier
Valletta, Malta
356 9944 1120

Fumia

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Restaurant | "Fancy Fresh Fish from Fumia?"

Fumia Photo, Valletta, Malta
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Fumia is Valletta’s most famous fish restaurant. We had arrived in Marsaxlokk too late to get a fresh fish luncheon so we thought we would push the boat out and go for an expensive meal when we got back to the city. And it was expensive - €95 for the pair of us.For that money though we got a very good meal in pretty swanky surroundings. It can be found in the stone vaults below the Manoel Theatre. Founded in 1731 by Grand Master Antonia Manoel de Vilhena, it is reputed to be the third oldest working theatre in Europe. It is on the formal side. I wore...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2011

Fumia
Old Bakery Street
Valletta, Island of Malta

Ambrosia Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Imaginative Dishes of the Day"

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Two very different places stand cheek-by-jowl tucked round the back of the Grand Master’s Palace. The first is an old-style boozer simply called The Pub. These days it has become a shrine to the notorious hell-raising actor Oliver Reed as it was here that the old rascal downed his last pint while filming Gladiator on the island (a lot of his contribution to that film had to be digitally edited in following his death). Now people from across the world gravitate here to have a drink in his memory.A quite different atmsophere is served up next door. The restaurant Ambrosia i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 25, 2011

Ambrosia Restaurant
137 Triq L-Arcisqof
Valletta, Malta
(356) 2122 5923

Sleeping Poorly

Valletta Boutique Guest House

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Hotel | "Early Morning Wake Up Calls"

Valletta Boutique Guest House Photo, Valletta, Malta
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When we first moved in to the Valletta Boutique Hotel we both thought we had struck lucky. After a couple of nights, however, we couldn’t wait to leave.The hotel is located above Luciano’s Restaurant which itself is located along the Triq Il-Merkanti side of Misraħ San Ġwann. We got our key from the restaurant and were directed to a side-door. Not a word was said about paying! The building was some 400 years old and hence we had to climb three of four flights of narrow stairs decorated with old bicycles, toy trucks and wooden horses. And then, when we reached our room there was another flight of steps! This was a cast iron spiral staircase linking the downstairs portion of the room ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 25, 2011

Valletta Boutique Guest House
21 Merchant Street
Valletta, Island of Malta 12
(0)7 7111110

Castille Hotel

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Hotel | "Fade to Blue"

Castille Hotel Photo, Valletta, Malta
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The Castille Hotel has a certain faded… well, I won’t say ‘charm’. It reeks of the ‘70s. However, upon returning to Valletta from Gozo for our last night in the country we wanted a simple room for the night. Having had a look at a room and decided that it was alright, though nothing special, we agreed to pay the requested €80 for a double room. The Castille Hotel is located slap bang next to the Auberge de Castille, once the headquarters for the Castillian branch of the Knights of St John. The Auberge is a very ornate building which now houses the offices of the Maltese Prime Mini...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 25, 2011

Castille Hotel
Castille Square, c/w St. Paul's Street
Valletta, Island of Malta 07