Top ChoiceChurch in Valletta

St John's Co-Cathedral

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...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Valletta

Grand Master's Palace

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...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Valletta

National Museum of Archaeology

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...

Top ChoicePark in Valletta

Upper Barrakka Gardens

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...

Top ChoiceMediterranean 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...

Top ChoiceCocktail 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...

Top ChoiceBar 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 ChoiceFortress in Valletta

Fort St Elmo & National War Museum

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...

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...

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...

Maltese in Valletta

Nenu the Artisan Baker

Often the answer when you ask a local, 'What's the best place to try ftira?', Nenu's decades-old wood-fired oven turns out a dizzying selection of Malta's traditional pizza-like, baked flatbreads. Olives, capers,...

Mediterranean in Valletta

Adesso

Translating from Italian to 'now' in English – the giveaway is clocks with no hands throughout the restaurant – Adesso is a thoroughly modern bistro adding contemporary spins to culinary classics amid a cosy yet...

Bar in Valletta

Cafe Society

Customers spill out onto tables set on Valletta's limestone steps at this cool and compact bar. Often there's a DJ dispensing beats inside, and a considered approach to mixology is partnered by international and...

Wine Bar in Valletta

Cru

Set amid the shimmering shopfronts of Valletta's traditional jewellery street, Cru is an excellent place to try wines from around Malta and the Mediterranean. The owner is very knowledgable, and the regular lunch...

Notable Building in Valletta

Parliament Building

Parliament Building

Renzo Piano's breathtaking Parliament Building was completed in 2014. Its design includes two massive volumes of stone that look suspended in air, but are supported by stilts. The blocks have been machine-cut to...

Museum in Valletta

Lascaris War Rooms

A mechanically ventilated underground tunnel complex that lies 40m beneath the Upper Barrakka Gardens, this housed Britain's top-secret command in Malta during WWII and remained in use until 1977. Lovingly...

Church in Valletta

Church of St Paul's Shipwreck

In AD 60 St Paul was shipwrecked on Malta and brought Christianity to the population. This church has a 19th-century facade, but the interior dates from the 16th century and houses many treasures, including a...

Live Performance in Valletta

In Guardia

In Guardia is a colourful, photogenic military pageant in 16th-century costume that includes a cannon-firing demonstration that'll clear the wax from your ears. Most performances are held at Fort St Elmo, but a...

Lift in Valletta

Upper Barrakka Lift

There was a lift between the Grand Harbour and the Upper Barrakka Gardens from 1905 to 1973. In 2012, this was finally replaced by the marvellous panoramic lift that connects Upper Barrakka Gardens with the...

Church in Valletta

Carmelite Basilica

Originally built in 1570 and expanded in the mid-19th century, the Carmelite Basilica (formerly known as the Basilica of Our Lady of Mt Carmel) was rebuilt from 1958 to 1981 after being seriously damaged during...