A coffee break could make your day!
If there is one nation outside of Italy that knows a good cup of coffee when it sips one, then it has to be Malta. Visit one of Malta’s countless coffee shops and make an event of your coffee break. Here’s some of the best ones to try.
As the second largest coffeehouse chain in the world, chances are, you’ve been to a Costa Coffee before. With branches across Malta, the most popular are those in Balzan, Valletta and St Julian’s, and they’re perfect for whiling away a few hours with friends or working on your laptop. Offering the familiar range of hot and cold beverages alongside sweet and savoury treats, it’s hard to beat their brilliant cappuccino.
CAFFE CORDINA, Valletta
A visit to Malta’s capital would be incomplete without a pit stop to Cordina. Widely regarded as Malta’s favourite coffee shop, it sits in the centre of the city with indoor and outdoor tables spread across a huge piazza. For the scenery alone, it’s worth a look, but Cordina is also famous for its vast selection of local delicacies. If you want to try Maltese cuisine with your cuppa as you soak up the capital, quite literally, look no further.
FONTANELLA TEA GARDEN, Mdina
Ask any Maltese native where you shouldn’t miss for a coffee and there’s a decent chance they’ll answer ‘Fontanella’. Sat atop a hill in Mdina, the breathtaking view from Fontanella isn’t even the best part of a visit there. Indeed, it might not even be the delicious lunches available or the Italian-brand Lavazza coffee range. No, people keep coming back to Fontanella for one thing: THE CAKE. With an expansive homemade cake menu that includes chocolate, carrot, apple and Baci cakes to name but a few, you’ll wonder how much cake is truly too much in one sitting. Dieters beware: you’ll want to try a slice of everything.
FLORA’S TEA ROOM, Naxxar
In a converted townhouse opposite the main church of Naxxar sits ‘Flora’s’, a quaint English-style tearoom that boasts an abundance of charm and chic china crockery. But don’t let the uber-cool surroundings fool you: the menu at Flora’s includes not just a darn good cup of coffee or tea, but also a mouthwatering lunch menu, a proper afternoon tea with scones plus jam and clotted cream, and a cupcake selection that is luxurious to say the least. For coffee as a treat, then this is the place.
BUSY BEE, Ta’ Xbiex
The clue is in the title: Busy Bee is almost always busy, full of Maltese natives and tourists sampling the delicious cakes made in-house or the unique local fare such as the honey-rings or kannoli. With waiters bustling around the tables opposite mirrored walls, you can enjoy coffee-and-cake overlooking the yacht marina of Pieta amidst the fast-paced Maltese lifestyle. If authentic local flavour is what you want, then Busy Bee is worth a visit.
The moral of the story then is, if you fancy a coffee whilst in Malta, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The only difficulty is that, between indulging in picture-postcard views, homemade cakes, artisanal coffee and special crockery, you may lack time between your coffee breaks for anything else!
You know what goes great with coffee? Mqaret! Check out our article to find out Why the Maltese are Mad over Mqaret.