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5 amazing restaurants to try in Malta

From the capital’s modern eateries to the countryside’s farm-to-table dining, Malta’s up-and-coming restaurant scene is bursting with foodie gems

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Written by Lidia Molina Whyte

Whether it’s a city break, a gastro-inspired adventure or a sunny holiday, Malta is the perfect destination for a delicious getaway. The country’s rich history and diverse culture is evident in everything from the awe-inspiring architecture to the tempting cuisine.

You’ll find plenty of fine-dining in the capital Valletta, but there are also lots of rustic restaurants peppered across the islands, too. Here are five you shouldn’t miss:

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Whether it’s a city break, a gastro-inspired adventure or a sunny holiday, Malta is the perfect destination for a delicious getaway. The country’s rich history and diverse culture is evident in everything from the awe-inspiring architecture to the tempting cuisine.

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Caffe Cordina

This lavish vintage café is another Valletta institution. The luxuriously decorated spot has been satisfying Malta’s sweet tooth for more than 175 years – but there are savoury treats to enjoy as well. Some of the highlights of the extensive menu include qassata (a golden Maltese pie filled with ricotta cheese or spinach and anchovy), ftira (traditional Maltese bread) and Maltese honey ring pastries.

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Hammett’s Macina

One of the Grand Harbour’s legendary Three Cities, Senglea offers cinematic views of Valletta stretching beyond the pier. As well as the panoramic vistas, the recently opened restaurant is set within the boutique hotel Cugó Gran Macina, and is a must during your visit, whether you stay in the former medieval fortress or simply enjoy the delicious food. The tasting menu, with dishes such as the exquisite tuna with soya caramel, transforms local produce into works of art.

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Taro at The Villa

Located in the heart of gorgeous seaside town Saint Julian’s, Taro at the Villa is all about celebrating Mediterranean flavours – Maltese style. Clued-up head chef Adrian Buttigieg concocts creative dishes that delicately blend textures and colours from all over the world. Red prawn with pomegranate and rosehip, rabbit with boudin noir and escargot, and local honey tart with goat’s cheese are just some of the gems you’ll find on the menu.

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Diar il-Bniet

Head north to the pastoral village of Ħad-Dingli to experience Malta’s farm-to-table scene. Paving the way for sustainable living, Diar il-Bniet is a sprawling family-run estate. It’s an idyllic spot, with fields stretching in every direction, a lovely restaurant and a deli where you can buy everything from dried sheep cheese to hot pepper tapenade. You can’t leave without trying the zepolli (a deep-fried, ricotta-stuffed doughnut dough)!

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