What I love about Malta – Sliema, St. Julians and Paceville

Posted on April 4, 2010


Start your journey along the Sliema waterfront for an early stroll. Enjoy breakfast and energizing coffee at Giorgo’s, where flashy locals gather for gossip and people watching. When the shops open, browse around international brand names like Zara, Benetton, Dorothy Perkins and Promod, then head off onto the promenade walk towards St. Julian’s. Along the way, stop for ice cream at the many ice cream parlours, pick a spot along the rocky coast for some swimming and sunbathing (look for swimmer-friendly areas) and stop for lunch at Piccolo Padre (http://www.piccolopadre.com/) where the Calzone filled with blue cheese (ask for goat’s cheese if you’re not so keen on the pungent blue) is exceptionally good.

Following the winding promenade, you will eventually reach the fringes of the island’s entertainment zone, signalled by a white marble ‘Love’ monument at the picturesque Spinola Bay. Here, you can sample delicious and affordable sushi at the hole-in-the-wall Gochi, where a generously sized platter of nigiri and maki will cost you just under 30 euros. While this restaurant doesn’t look much from the outside, the take away bar at the entrance opens up to a Zen-style courtyard with low tables and cushions. For dessert, you can have a surprisingly pleasant green tea cheesecake followed by a green tea macchiato, or change to Paparazzi (159, St Georges Road), where sumptuous, giant-sized desserts with strange names will leave you munching happily away as you enjoy one of the best sea views in the area.


For an even better sea view, head to the Portomaso marina and walk towards the breakwaters, where (when the water is not too rough) you can enjoy the sight of open sea.

If you are into clubbing, by the time you finish your dinner and dessert, the nearby Paceville will already be lit up and preparing for a night of music. If you want a mix between Latin and pop music, Fuego is the place to go, with a cool open-air roof top lounge open during the summer months. Visit Havana if you are an RnB fan, or, considering that all except one club have free entrance, simply go on a club and pub crawl.


Tip: Hungry after all that partying? Estillo beneath the Tropicana Hotel, is open 24 hours a day. Enjoy a late night snack or a cocktail to the sound of the artificial waterfalls.


– Text and Photography by Denise Pulis @ www.travelwithdenden.wordpress.com

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