Upon your arrival in Malta, you most likely will experience an avalanche of sightseeing offers. Since our vibrant and multifaceted island has much to offer in terms of nature, history, events, cuisine and wines, you may find it overwhelming to pick and choose. No need to worry or FOMO (have fear of missing out). Follow our blog as we will be your tried and tested inside guide to Malta’s most beloved treasures all year round.
Fall is the perfect time for city exploring and discovering the hidden magic in winding city streets. Most visitors coming to Malta, get to experience the lively Sliema waterfront yet only a few will dare to venture inside the narrow streets of the old city, a mix of Neo-Classical and Art-Deco architecture hosting an abundance of quaint little shops and cosy cafes. Manwel Dimech street (stretching all the way from Sliema ferries to the beautiful Balluta Bay) is a must if you wanna find out where the true Malta magic resides.
Souvenirs That Don’t Suck
Most of us want to take a little something to remember with us from the places that we have visited. Often times though we are turned off by the global generic souvenir shops selling items made in China. Looking for something to remember our beautiful Malta by? We have the perfect place for you. An odd little souvenir shop in the middle of Manwel Dimech Street (108 Triq Manwel Dimech, open from 10:00 am-7:00 pm) offers custom-made souvenirs of Malta. You won’t find the Mdina glass figurines here or the Maltese crosses or famous Maltese lace or any of the souvenir variations depicting the must-see Blue Lagoon. You will, however, find cool and funky T-shirts, sweatshirts baseball caps, key chains all with their unique in-house design: funny Maltese phrases or images depicting typical situations of Maltese way of life. Mind you, all of their clothes, bags, and other trinkets are made from organic and sustainable materials. You will be delighted to find original gifts for yourself or your loved ones. You will also have a chance to learn about an emerging art concept in Malta: blending fresh designs with Maltese-inspired prints to depict the island’s true spirit and identity by Te fit- Tazza (http://www.tefittazza.com). Take a moment to chat with the shop’s friendly and welcoming staff or with the owner himself about how their souvenir concept (inspired by their island-life experiences) came into existence. Don’t be shy, stop by and say hi, you don’t have to buy.
Intune Designs is a trendy and beloved boutique shop right in the heart of Manwel Dimech street (281 A Triq Manwel Dimech) offering elegant and chic business, casual and evening wear to accommodate the multi-faceted needs and styles of modern women.
Claudia Gescher, the designer and the director of Intune Designs, is an up-and-coming trend-setter in the eclectic Maltese fashion scene devoted to creating beautiful and low –maintenance attire for today’ busy women of all walks of life.
Step Down Bar
Looking for a cosy hangout away from the Sliema tourist traps? You have got to try the Step Down Bar (161 Triq Manwel Dimech, the Balluta side of Manwel Dimech street). The Step Down Bar is actually a step-up from many generic and over-priced seafront bars when it comes to chilling with a local beer, chatting to the gregarious owners Steve and Denise, tasting some of the best burgers in the area and meeting a motley crew of interesting peeps. Please note though that warm food is served from Wednesday to Sunday with Sunday lunch roast being the highlight of the week so making a reservation is recommended. Step Down Bar is particularly beloved on the nights of Football and Rugby games.
Sports, booze, friendly faces, stimulating conversations: a perfect place to unwind after an exciting day of sightseeing especially if you are staying in the area.
Fly the Fly Vintage
Not to gender-stereotype but since the entry above covers a beer and sports bar, this one is a real treat for the ladies and, of course, the fashion-conscious metro males. Fly- the – Fly Vintage (6A Triq Manwel Dimech) much like its owner, the stylish and quirky Maria, is a one of a kind encounter that is most likely to become the highlight of your Manwel Dimech ramble. Even if you are in no mood to shop, drop in and have a chat with Maria and her “right hand” the lovely Sarah. Before you know it, you will be trying on vintage outfits, getting fashion advice and if you are lucky and happen to stumble upon one of their events, eating bonbons, fancy cookies and sipping Prosecco.
If you are truly inclined to shop, however, you can have your pick between true vintage: original pieces from the 1950s and 1990s (for men and women) and the coolest, hippest, vintage-inspired items (for men and women). The true vintage clothes range from urban street fashion and smart office wear all the way to party dresses including one-of-a-kind evening gowns and suave cocktail attire. Even though these outfits have been previously owned, all of the items are in pristine condition.
The vintage-inspired items are brand new pieces made to resemble clothes from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 90s. These will have your head spinning. You might find yourself unable to choose between cute funky sweaters (men and women), classic dresses, original T-shirts (men and women), the most adorable sleepwear, and let us not forget the accessories: hats, sunglasses, bracelets, necklaces, belts, bags etc.
Intrigued to learn how to jazz up your fall wear with cool vintage pieces? Drop by Fly-the Fly. We can almost guarantee, you won’t leave empty-handed.
La Vini Culture
We have saved the most wonderful gem for last. La Vini Culture, an elegant little wine shop has been a true find for us. If you are a wine-lover, this is the place to come. Kevin Sovran the owner of the shop is a passionate wine connoisseur and will tell you everything you crave to know about differences in taste, the types of grapes and the winemaking process itself. Please note that all of the wines in the shop are natural (undergone natural wine making process without the use of additives, pesticides, chemicals or animal parts), organic and bio-dynamic. Intrigued? Kevin will proudly explain what bio-dynamic process entails and how it differs from conventional agriculture and traditional winemaking practices.
Fall time is perfect for Burgundies (rich, velvety reds) yet an abundance of elegant, top-notch rose and white wines will be readily available as well. Kevin will even take his time to give you advice on food and wine pairing.
The most exciting discovery for us personally has been the bio-dynamic zero-dosage (no sugar) champagne: refreshingly crisp yet delicate with notes of stone fruits (peaches, mangoes, cherries). This Manwel Dimech street treasure (228 Triq Manwel Dimech,) is so worth the trudge up from Balluta Bay or all the way down from Sliema Ferries.
On the way to La Vini Culture, enjoy all of the jewels of Manwel Dimech street and do stop for a chilled Cisk (local beer) or a Kinnie (a Maltese soft drink speciality) at the Step Down Bar. We say it with confidence, you will end up falling in love with this vibrant and versatile street, the main artery of the city Sliema.