There are tons of places to go shopping in Malta. From contemporary malls to boutique stores dotted around historic towns, we’re sure you’ll find a shopping experience that suits your vibe, and your wallet. With so many great shopping experiences on the island, it can be confusing if it’s your first holiday in Malta. So to make things easier, here’s a list of our favourite shopping districts, just waiting for you to explore.
Valley Road, Birkirkara
Although this road is usually congested, try parking to the side of the street, and exploring all the boutiques and delicious cafés here.There’s an abundance of other places to enjoy shopping in Birkirkara, too. For instance, you can wander down Psaila Street for all the latest urban and sportswear trends.
For the full Birkirkara shopping experience, check out the older part of town, located in the centre. Some of these stores have stood there for decades, and for a good reason, they’re fabulous treasure troves full of unusual bargains.
Traditional markets are the best places to shop in Malta, especially if you want to pick up authentic Maltese produce. It’s a fabulous cultural experience and gives you a snapshot of how the locals live. You’ll undoubtedly come across a market during your holiday; there’s one in virtually every town. One of the more popular ones is Birkirkara Market, located on Tumas French Street (near St. Helen’s Basilica). It’s a gorgeous open-air market that runs on both Wednesday and Friday mornings. Over there you’ll find fresh fruit, vegetables, and locally caught fish. In addition to this, there’s plenty of clothes, handmade crafts, and jewellery for you to browse through.
Marsaxlokk market is also a fabulous place to shop. Marsaxlokk is a sleepy fishing village located to the south of the island; it’s infused with plenty of tradition and is a beautiful place to explore. It’s not surprising this market is famous for the variety and quality of fresh fish. People all over Malta flock here to purchase delicious seafood. However, that isn’t all they sell here. You’ll also find plenty of other local products like jams, wines and honey. You’re bound to find a beautiful souvenir to take home with you
If you want to experience a ‘Malta shopping spree’, this is the town to head to. There are miles of stores to explore, the sheer variety available is a shopaholics paradise. Over there you’ll find brand names including some that you’ll recognise from back home, and others that are new to you. Silema offers a host of boutiques that stock everything from designer names to classic high street fashions. With such a range to choose from, you’re bound to find something to suit your style.
Additionally, Sliema boasts two of Malta’s largest retail malls; the Plaza and The Point; conveniently just a few hundred metres apart. This town showcases a stunning harbour; the views are spectacular, which puts a cherry on top of the cake (and yes, there’s plenty of cake shops here if you fancy something sweet).
Mosta isn’t just fantastic for shopping; it also has incredible architecture such as the record-breaking dome. From funky stores like Distorted Clothing to traditional retailers such as Centro Moda, this shopping district has it all. Take a walk up Constitution Street and enjoy the rows of stores on either side. The atmosphere blends Maltese tradition with contemporary style and flair, providing a gorgeous setting to shop in.
To get to the island of Gozo you’ll need to take a ferry from the North of Malta. Upon your arrival in Victoria, you’ll see the Arkadia Commercial Centre. This is the principal place to shop on the island. Inside you’ll find plenty of fashion retailers, homeware stores, butchers, deli’s selling authentic Maltese foods, fishmongers, and a section full of fresh fruit and vegetables. In the capital of Gozo, there’s another shopping plaza called The Duke Shopping Mall. This houses plenty of homeware brands and fabulous cafés where you can pause for a well-deserved cup of coffee.
The capital offers shoppers a massive variety of stores. There’s everything there from high street names to a unique record store that claims to be the oldest of its kind. Valletta has plenty of shopping centres like The Savoy and The Embassy Complex, which are just a short walk away from one another. When strolling around the capital, keep an eye out for gorgeous views of the Grand Harbour. You should get a glimpse of it as you’re shopping down the narrow alleyways dotted around the city. Parking is difficult in Valetta, so you’re probably better off getting there by bus or as a passenger on the ferry.
Not only does this place have one of the largest churches in Malta, but it also has a fantastic shopping scene. Hamrun offers loads of high-quality boutiques, as well as tons of places to enjoy authentic Mediterranean snacks. This should keep you energised as you continue shopping in Malta until your heart’s content.