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Top Choice Church in Valletta

St John's Co-Cathedral

St John's Co-Cathedral, Malta's most impressive church, was designed by the architect Gerolamo Cassar. It was built between 1573 and 1578, taking over from the Church of St Lawrence in Vittoriosa as the place where …
Top Choice Historic Building in Valletta

Grand Master's Palace

The stern exterior of the 16th-century Grand Master's Palace conceals a sumptuous interior. This was once the residence of the Grand Masters of the Knights of St John. From Malta's independence until 2015 the buildi…
Top Choice Museum in Valletta

National Museum of Archaeology

The National Museum of Archaeology is housed in the impressive Auberge de Provence. Exhibits include delicate stone tools dating from 5200 BC, Phoenician amulets and an amazing temple model from Ta' Haġrat – a prehi…
Top Choice Park in Valletta

Upper Barrakka Gardens

These colonnaded gardens perched high above Grand Harbour were created in the late 16th century as a relaxing haven for the Knights from the nearby Auberge d'Italie. They provide a shady retreat from the bustle of t…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Valletta

Noni

Descend into Noni's stylish stone-lined basement space and be surprised by modern spins on traditional Maltese and Mediterranean flavours. Dishes are prepared with a light touch and could include a silky smooth parf…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Valletta

Yard 32

Almost 250 gins from around the world partner with traditional Spanish-style pinchos tapas at this stylish bar at the quieter southern end of Strait St. There's regular live music too, usually kicking off around 8.3…
Top Choice Bar in Valletta

Bridge Bar

The Bridge Bar is a weekly event, with brightly coloured cushions all over a junction of steps in the eastern part of Valletta. There are views, live jazz from 8.30pm to midnight and the feel of an impromptu party.
Top Choice Fortress in Valletta

Fort St Elmo & National War Museum

Guarding Marsamxett and Grand Harbours is Fort St Elmo, named after the patron saint of mariners. The fort was built by the Knights in 1552 in just four months to guard the harbours on either side of the Sceberras P…
Monument in Valletta

City Gate

The Renzo Piano–designed City Gate forms part of the architect's dramatic and harmonious development. It echoes the dimensions of the original 1633 entrance, rather than the 1960s gate that it replaced, allowing pas…
Mediterranean in Valletta

Rubino

White-tableclothed Rubino is a classy place that earns rave reviews for its seasonal dishes such as spaghetti with sea urchins or sea-bass involtini (rolls) stuffed with pine nuts and mint. The velvety risotto is pa…