Dangers & Annoyances
On the whole, Valletta is a very safe city, but a degree of extra care is prudent in the early hours of the weekend in nightlife areas like Strait St.
Emergency & Important Numbers
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Most bars around town are LGBT friendly, and the Visit Malta website (www.visitmalta.com) has information on gay-friendly travel to the destination.
Many bars and cafes offer wi-fi access, and there are also free public hot spots in Valletta's main plazas. For a list of these, see www.mca.org.mt/wifi-hotspots.
Banks 8.30am–12.30pm; some also open Saturday morning
Restaurants usually noon–3pm and 7–11pm; often closed Sunday and Monday
Cafes usually 9am–10pm; closed Sunday
Bars 8pm–4am; often closed from Sunday to Wednesday, and may close early if not busy
Shops 9am–1pm and 4–7pm Monday to Saturday
Main Post Office Found under the St James’ Cavalier, opposite the Auberge de Castille.
Tourist Information Branch Helpful tourist office in the airport arrivals hall, where you can access the internet and print documents (useful for boarding passes).
Tourist Information Office Helpful tourist office with plenty of maps, walking trail pamphlets and brochures. There's also a smaller kiosk near the bus station and the entrance to the City Gate; its opening hours are flexible (based on availability of staff), but it's usually open during July and August.
Travel with Children
Valletta has several public family restrooms; see www.facebook.com/freshtot for details of locations. Access around Valletta is relatively straightforward in the city's main squares and plazas, but note that negotiating a stroller down stairs and the steeper side lanes and streets is more challenging. Malta's public buses all have low floors and access ramps, and children's menus are routinely offered at many restaurants.
Valletta for Children
Valletta is a great city to wander through with kids. Much of the centre is pedestrianised, there are plenty of child-friendly restaurants (though note some only accept older children) and some places have baby-change facilities. The Upper Barrakka Gardens, with the entertaining Saluting Battery, and Lower Barrakka Gardens are good places for a run around, as is Pjazza San Ġorġ (St George's Sq), with its choreographed fountains.
Excellent museums include the state-of-the-art National War Museum and the Toy Museum, and there's an impressive collection in the Armoury in the Grand Master's Palace. Audiovisuals include Malta 5D and Malta Experience. There are historical re-enactments at Fort St Elmo and cannon firing at Fort Rinella, just outside Valletta. Nearby is the new Esplora science centre, with excellent children's playgrounds and an afternoon's worth of interesting interactive displays. Finally, taking a boat across the harbour always makes for a fun trip.
With many steps and a terrain sloping down to the ocean from central plazas, Valletta is not always an easy destination for travellers with disabilities to negotiate. However, access to specific sights is easier, with many key points of interest, galleries and museums providing ramp access for wheelchairs.
Many museums and galleries offer informative and descriptive audioguides for the visually impaired.