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Food Lover's Guide to Malta

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Food Lover's Guide to Malta
With Malta’s Mediterranean climate, abundant seafood, and culinary heritage that borrows elements from Italy, Britain, and Spain, the country’s cuisine is unique and varied. Here are some options for food tours in Malta, where good, fresh food is a way of life.

Must-Try Dishes 
Maltese food is simple, seasonal, south Mediterranean fare, shaped by local ingredients such as fresh fish, island-grown olive oil, tasty plump tomatoes, onions, and lashings of garlic. Swordfish, tuna, bream, mullet, grouper, bass, octopus, and squid all feature seasonally on menus at the island’s restaurants, and aljotta (fish soup) is a popular choice, served with plenty of ftira (a round Maltese bread).

Other much-loved local dishes include pastizzi (savory pastries stuffed with spinach, ricotta cheese, or mushy peas), Gozo specialty ġbejniet (ewe’s cheese), bigilla (a pâté made from mashed broad beans and garlic), qarabali mimli (marrow stuffed with minced beef), and bragioli (beef slices stuffed with veal, herbs, and olives). Influenced by neighboring Sicily, baked pasta dishes such as timpana (macaroni and Bolognese sauce) and pizzas are also popular. 

For dessert, indulge in kannoli (ricotta-filled pastry tubes), imqaret (deep-fried date pastries), or halva (a sweet made with crushed almonds).

Must-Do Experiences 
  • Tuck into a delicious open-air buffet dinner at Limestone Heritage Park and Gardens in Siggiewi, complete with traditional Maltese music and dance.
  • Feast on fresh-from-the-ocean seafood at the famous Sunday fish market in Marsaxlokk, then take a cruise to the Blue Grotto on a half-day tour from Valletta.
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An Evening in Victoria: guided walking tour, wine tasting and dinnerDay Trips

An Evening in Victoria: guided walking tour, wine tasting and dinner

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This tour will offer visitors to Gozo a pleasant yet informative evening walk within the historic centre of Victoria. Starting from St. Augustine Square our qualified tour guide will offer a brief introduction about the former crusaders' cemetery and religious orders. The group will then pass through the narrow streets of Victoria. A brief stop at iconic sites such as the Narrow Street (Hora d-Dejqa) is included. The tour will pass through St. George's Square with some time to visit the basilica and possibly the church museum. The group will then be led to Independence Square for a light snack of coffee and pastizzi at the typical Bellusa Cafe. The guide will explain about the Banca Giuratale and Christ the King Monument. The group will then be taken up to the Cittadella with stops at the reservoir (visitor centre), Cathedral, and enjoy the evening scenic views. After enjoying the sunset the walking tour will end at Maldonado Bistro for a private wine tasting and dining experience.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Malta Food and Wine Tour with Visit of Local Farm - shared tourDay Trips

Malta Food and Wine Tour with Visit of Local Farm - shared tour

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Discover the tastes and sights of Malta as you explore the more rural parts of the island during this full-day, small-group tour. Visit small villages and sample local products from the farmers. Admire the beautiful scenery from various viewpoints, visit an olive grove, and sit down to a delectable Maltese lunch paired with local wines as you tour Malta's north-western region.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Cooking Class in Gozo with Market VisitCooking Classes

Cooking Class in Gozo with Market Visit

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This cooking class will offer you the possibility to taste real Maltese specialties that you will have the chance to make it by yourself. It will be accompanied with tips about cooking but also about Maltese way of life. You will be able to repeat what you learned thanks to recipes that you will take home with you. You will have the opportunity to go to the centre of Victoria to pick up some ingredients. And finally, you will have time to enjoy the lunch that you made at the end.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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A Taste of Malta, Hands-on cooking classCooking Classes

A Taste of Malta, Hands-on cooking class

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Join a half-day cooking class that explores the cuisine of Malta from its history to the present. Learn how to make pasta from scratch and prepare a recipe that dates to the 18th century. Also, sample a variety of local wines and appetizers such as bigilla (bean dip), cheeses, sausage, and olives, all accompanied by fresh bread, with enough food to make up a full meal.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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The Food & Culture Tour of MaltaHalf-day Tours

The Food & Culture Tour of Malta

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This tour is a perfect combination of sightseeing and Malta's Cuisine. We will go to 3 locations in this tour. In each stop we will have time to walk around and learn about the history of the place, then we will stop to eat a traditional Maltese snack/lunch/dinner! The first stop is one of Malta's oldest shops providing a typical Maltese Breakfast. The second stop is a famous local restaurant in Malta providing a different tastings of a typical Maltese Lunch and platters. Finishing off the tour will include a unique experience of a special liquor and dessert tasting at a local Maltese stall. Come with an empty stomach for this tour, as you will have plenty to eat! Included in the Tour is always a Private Air-conditioned vehicle which will provide the transportation services from beginning to the end of the tour starting/ending location. For any other inquiries which I may have missed here, feel free to ask.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Maltese Wine & Chocolate PairingDining Experiences

Maltese Wine & Chocolate Pairing

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Learn about wine making and chocolate production while tasting some indigenous wines unique to Malta and pairing them with our flavoursome artisanal chocolates. This event is lead by our own experienced guide who will talk about wine flavour notes as well as the history and manufacturing processes of chocolate.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Roam through Dingli Cliffs, Mdina and finish off with a Wine Tasting TourDay Trips

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Roam through Dingli Cliffs, Mdina and finish off with a Wine Tasting Tour

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See Malta the way it was meant to be seen with a personal driver at your disposal to the most iconic destinations in Malta.(Please note that Dingli Cliffs and Mdina will not be served with a tour guide, you will be dropped off in the iconic locations and you are free to roam around, the driver will be at your disposal and of you require any assistance he will be available to aid you in any way possible). This trip will not include more than 8 people. Included in the Tour is a Private Air-conditioned new Minivan which will provide the transportation services for only 8 People (Maximum), in addition to the above, a local snack bought fresh from local produce will be provided in the morning. Travelers can opt for the option to be picked up at their preferred destination at no extra charge. Finishing off the tour will include a unique experience of a special wine tour in the Meridiana Wine Estate, which will include 4 wine glass pairings and a traditional Maltese Platter. Return Incl.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Valletta guided 3-hour walking food tasting trailHalf-day Tours

Valletta guided 3-hour walking food tasting trail

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Enjoy a taste of Malta’s capital city of Valletta on this walking tour. Visit some of the local artisans crafting traditional food and drinks on the tiny island nation. This tour will give you the opportunity to sample Maltese cheese, chocolates, sweet and savoury pastries, plus locally brewed beer and regional wine.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Valletta Food TourHalf-day Tours

Valletta Food Tour

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Through the language of food you will be told all the stories behind the Maltese capital city, its buildings, its culture and events and top of all its people who are a melting pot of various civilizations as is the food eaten by the locals a fusion of the same influences. What do coffee and revolts have in common? How was Carnival a controversial matter? This will be the most amazing experience of Valletta you will get while trying different foods and drinks of these islands whether the traditional stuff or the more contemporary things. You will be shown the beautiful Maltese Capital City in between of the different stops where we try all the food and drinks. You can rest assured this excursion will double up as your lunch for the day and give you lots of advice on where to eat throughout the rest of your stay.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Malta Private 8 Seater tour: Mosta Dome, Ta qali crafts Village and Mdina Wine Tastings

Malta Private 8 Seater tour: Mosta Dome, Ta qali crafts Village and Mdina

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With great value of prices with a variety of locations throughout the island of Malta by having a private van. Our service is easy, safe and efficient so you can have a peace of mind while travelling our beautiful islands.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Malta: The Three Cities and Wine Tasting TourDining Experiences

Malta: The Three Cities and Wine Tasting Tour

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Visit Malta’s ‘Three Cities,’ on a half-day of Cospicua, Vittoriosa, and Senglea, then sample Maltese wine at a local winery. You’ll explore winding streets lined with historic churches and landmarks, learn stories from Malta’s dramatic past, and see some of the island’s top sites. This tour includes pickup and drop-off at select locations, as well as a wine tasting with light snacks.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Blue Grotto and Sunday Market at Marsaxlokk Fishing Village TourFull-day Tours

Blue Grotto and Sunday Market at Marsaxlokk Fishing Village Tour

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Visit the Blue Grotto and Marsaxlokk fishing village on a 4-hour tour from Valletta. Have the option to add a guided boat tour at the Blue Grotto (own expense), and purchase a seafood lunch and explore the market in Marsaxlokk. Includes round-trip transportation from Valletta.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Wine Tasting & Dinner: An Introduction to Maltese & Gozitan WinesDining Experiences

Wine Tasting & Dinner: An Introduction to Maltese & Gozitan Wines

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Wine tasting session on a weekly basis in our open kitchen space above our bistro. Guests attending this wine tasting session will have the opportunity to try eight Maltese and Gozitan wines which we currently serve on our wine list. The selection is a balanced choice giving guests the opportunity to try wines made with Maltese indigenous grapes like Girgentina and Gellewza but also provide an opportunity to try some of the best Maltese and Gozitan wines available on the market. The wine tasting is complimented with a 3-course meal and water.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Malta Private Food and Wine Tour with Visit of Local FarmWine Tastings

Malta Private Food and Wine Tour with Visit of Local Farm

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Enjoy a private half or full day tour to rural Malta. Drive through pastoral villages where agriculture is still the predominant industry, making stops along the route to take photos and taste locally-made products. Take a breather at a local farm, where you’ll enjoy a typical farmer’s lunch of bread, olives, antipasto, and estate wine. A relaxing and stress-free way to see the real Malta.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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The Other Malta guided tour: Palazzo Parisio & wine cellars at a leading wineryWine Tastings

The Other Malta guided tour: Palazzo Parisio & wine cellars at a leading winery

This is a very special guided tour, combining Malta’s foremost aristocratic palace with 400-year-old wine cellars where Malta’s premium wines are allowed to mature. Palazzo Parisio has been justly described as ‘a miniature Versailles’. Its intricate interiors contain fine frescoes, magnificent marble works, mirrored walls, tromp l’oeil, rare paintings and extravagant gilding. The beautiful landscaped gardens, acclaimed as being among the finest in Europe, reflect the splendour of this gracious home. After the opulence of the palazzo, one of Malta’s leading wineries welcomes you to its cellars where you will be given a detailed explanation of local wine making and invited to sample a selection of wines and local savouries.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Adults Chocolate Making ActivityCooking Classes

Adults Chocolate Making Activity

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Our adult chocolate making session has you making coloured chocolate moulded shapes and your own truffles, learning about ganache and the other ingredients that go into making chocolates. This activity is lead by our own experienced guide who will talk about the history and manufacturing processes of chocolate.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

Junior Chocolatier WorkshopCooking Classes

Junior Chocolatier Workshop

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Our junior chocolatier class is for children aged 5 to 12. They get hands-on by making their own sweet chocolatey take home creations while also learning the history of chocolate and how it is grown, harvested and made into the sweet treat we all love.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Mdina and Rabat Foodie TourHalf-day Tours

Mdina and Rabat Foodie Tour

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This is the only tour which will have you try some of the best food and drinks of these islands and which are tough to find in the touristic locations. We will be taking you to the more rustic locations where locals enjoy their meals and drinks.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Cocktail & Chocolate MasterclassDining Experiences

Cocktail & Chocolate Masterclass

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Become your own mixologist whilst pairing cocktails and chocolates to find out how to mix and balance flavours together. This event is lead by our own experienced guide who will talk about cocktail mixing methods as well as the history and manufacturing processes of chocolate.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Medina, Rabat and the pastizzi experiencePub Tours

Medina, Rabat and the pastizzi experience

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Our tour offers you the opportunity to walk leisurely the oldest part of Malta and stop to enjoy our delicacy pastizzi then keep on discovering the suburb o Rabat at a tranquil pace.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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History, Wine & Eagles Tour in MaltaDay Trips

History, Wine & Eagles Tour in Malta

This tour is the combination of 3 different attractions. You will be picked up and dropped off at your choice of destination. This tour will include a personal chauffeur for a day plus the admission of the above mentioned attractions. First off, we will start by going a ride around Malta to explore the features and characteristics of the Maltese Islands. We will then proceed to the Malta Experience - The Malta Experience is an audio-visual show that tells the dramatic story of the islands’ 7000 year history. Following that, we will proceed to the winery, Meridiana Wine Estate produces some of the best Maltese wines. All our wines are produced using only Maltese grown grapes, most of which in the vineyards of our estate in Ta Qali, Malta's agricultural heartland. Finishing off, we have the Malta Falconry Centre, here you will experience watching falconers fly several different species of well-trained birds of prey and catch a glimpse of these majestic birds in free flight.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Branch to BottleDining Experiences

Branch to Bottle

A rustic experience in a local olive grove. Enjoy a tour of the grove, an olive oil tasting using local, endemic olive oil and a picnic, prepared by our chefs using local ingredients.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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The Mdina & Maltese Wine Tasting Experience 4hrs TourWine Tastings

The Mdina & Maltese Wine Tasting Experience 4hrs Tour

The travelers should experience the beauty of Mdina the Silent City and Taste 6 types of the best wines on the island.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Sailing charter along the Maltese shoreline incl. Lunch and drinksSailing

Sailing charter along the Maltese shoreline incl. Lunch and drinks

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Explore the beautiful Maltese coastline on a sailing yacht. “Nushen” is a classic ketch of 15 meters length. Teak decks, a spacious cockpit and a swim platform are some of the exclusive features of the yacht. We accept a maximum of 6 passengers and will take you to some of the most scenic places in Malta. Tasty and healthy home cooked lunch, a relaxed atmosphere on a beautiful boat will make your day.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation