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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 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 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 and Phoenician amulets, and there's an amazing temple model from Ta' Haġra…
Top Choice Notable Building in Valletta

Parliament Building

Renzo Piano's breathtaking new 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…
Top Choice Museum in Valletta

National War Museum

This fabulous museum reopened in 2015 in the renovated Fort St Elmo. It covers Malta's wartime history, from the Great Siege and the country's ordeal during WWII, right up to Malta's role in the Cold War and today's…
Top Choice Park in Valletta

Upper Barrakka Gardens & Saluting Battery

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 Monument in Valletta

City Gate

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

Rubino

White-tableclothed Rubino is a classy place that earns rave reviews for its dishes such as spaghetti with sea urchins or seabass involtini (rolls) stuffed with pinenuts and mint. The velvety risotto is particularly …
Top Choice French in Valletta

Black Pig

Considered by many to be Valletta's finest restaurant, Black Pig offers foodie heaven in a historic yet funky dining room and sophisticated cuisine that's mostly French with a twist, with dishes such as ceviche of t…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Valletta

Trattoria da Pippo

This hidden-away, informal Valletta hub, all green woodwork and gingham tablecloths, is a local favourite, with something of an old boys' club feel, and is the place for those in the know. The food is a delightful m…