Skimmed by the warm waves of the Mediterranean, Gozo is the second-largest island of the Archipelago of Calypso, under the flag of Malta. This marine gem has been associated throughout history with Ogygia, the home of the nymph Calypso in Homer’s Odyssey. Its breathtaking bays, crystal-clear waters and the ruins of a variety of historical sites make Gozo a must-see place for all travelers with a passion for southern Europe. You’ll find a number of restaurants, cafes and bars combining local cuisine and more international tastes. If you crave a good coffee or tasty brunch during your stay, we have selected the top ten best cafes for you.
A must-go breakfast or afternoon break place for all those with a specific sweet tooth Cafe Reale is one of the most interesting cafés/delis in the city of Xaghra, situated in the central area of the island of Gozo. Standing in the main square, opposite the majestic cathedral of Saint Mary, this elegant and comfortable place offers an impressive selection of juices, teas and coffees. The pastry selection is also wide, doing justice to the great tradition of almond cakes, pistachio, nut and honey sweets, plus a variety of ice cream flavors. If you’re up for a full meal or brunch, the house also provides high quality sandwiches, salted snacks and light lunches. An excellent choice to start your day with some yummy delicacies and a great view of Malta’s architectural treasures.
This cozy café in Victoria combines traditional Maltese tastes and international brunch food. Besides its wide list of coffees and great fruit juices and teas, Cup Cake specializes in different types of sweets from various origins. Next to traditional pastries guests will discovers some of Malta’s best international cakes, such as carrot cakes, doughnuts, croissants, Sicilian cannoli with creamy ricotta cheese and, of course, delicious cupcakes. If you are out for a brunch or a quick lunch and you are a true pizza lover, then you must try ftiras, Maltese pizzas filled with salty ingredients and served with raw vegetables and crisps. All food is elegantly presented and the staff stand out for courtesy and kindness.
Within the vicinity of Victoria bus station, Coffee Break is highly recommended for a tasty brunch in a truly Mediterranean style. Besides the house’s great selection of pastries and sweets, this place is all about delicious savory dishes like Italian pastas, ravioli and the really typical pastizzi, which you’ll find filled with ricotta cheese or peas. Within its comfortable and friendly environment you can enjoy a glass of Maltese wine or a pint of strong beer. Combining gastronomic traditions from the island, Italy and Arabian countries, this small street cafe testifies to Malta’s varied culture, well-mirrored in its eclectic cuisine.
Situated in Xaghra, this place is famous for its tasty pastizzi. Stephen’s Snackbar stands close to the ruins of Ggantija temples, in the suburbs of the town. It is praised by locals and travelers alike for excellent street food and quick lunch delicacies and, during the weekend, the bar offers oven cooked pizzas. If you fancy a sweet breakfast, the house stands out for its selection of cakes, cinnamon sweets and phyllo pastries, plus good coffees and teas. It’s ideal for those who want a taste of Malta at an affordable price, and convenient for those who wish to discover the beautiful archaeological sites of the temples.
Restaurant, Mediterranean, Italian, Fast Food, $$$
Cafe Jubilee, Gzira
A great cafe bar with warm interiors, featuring elegant furniture and decoration, Jubilee are proud of their great location in the center of Victoria. Next to the Grand Melilla Fortress, yet away from the most touristic spots, this café welcomes guests with the typical hospitality of Malta. The assortment of coffees and soft drinks is fairly wide, plus a great selection of Mediterranean dishes including Italian pastas, sandwiches, salad, and traditional Maltese specialties like pastizzi. The house offers tasty full breakfasts and the staff are friendly and mostly bilingual (either Italian or English), a great place for tourists to have a chat with locals before going to visit the historical hallmarks of the city. The selection of Maltese brewed beers is also highly recommended.
Watch out for: Qarabaghli fil-forn (Oven baked stuffed marrow)
With a great view of Independence Square and the narrow roads around, stands another typical small bar called Cafe Bellusa. It’s a popular meeting point for Maltese people, gathering locals and tourists together and offering the perfect food and drink choice for breakfasts and quick lunches. Coffees are delicious cheap. The menu presents a good array of pastries, excellent pastizzi and refreshing salads with toasted bread. This place is ideal for taking a break during city tours, and it’s easily accessible from the Archaeological Museum, the street market and the traditional shops in the area.
Situated on the northeast part of the island, Marsalforn is one of the most breathtaking sites in Gozo. Incredible cliffs, beaches and crystal-clear waters make this region a real heaven on earth. Here you will find a great breakfast and lunch spot, the Flower of Scotland, a truly British pub where guests can enjoy the contrast between southern and northern European cuisine. It stands out for its selection of brunches, full meals, British pastries, steak pies and various types of English breakfasts, plus list of noteworthy ales and international beers. All food is homemade and the staff are very helpful. Ideal for those with a big appetite and all who fancy a warm and homely environment, the Flower is highly recommended.
Located in the southwest of the island, the area of Xlendi is famous for its wonderful bays. Here too stands a Britsh pub that testifies to the intense cultural exchange between Malta and the United Kingdom. The Diamond is characterized by a simple interior, with polished, dark small tables, and a Mediterranean-like outside space, with beach umbrellas and round chairs. The kitchen offers an excellent choice of English food, including all-day breakfasts, pies and excellent Yorkshire puddings. A true specialty is the house is fish and chips, perfectly fried and served with salt, vinegar and peas. It’s a great place for relaxing with friends or meeting local people and the price-quality ratio is fantastic.
In the wide open-air spaces of the Valley Road, in Marsalforn, Jessica’s Delights is a family-led confectionery offering take-away as well as eat-in services. This shop is characterized by a longtime tradition of high-quality homemade delicacies and an impressive array of teas, coffees and herbal teas. A great assortment of English cakes, including chocolate, carrot and buttery red velvet cakes, plus delicious biscuits, almond and pistachio pastries and cheese sweets derived from the Arabic gastronomic tradition. Jessica’s Delights also stands out for its ice creams. Very generous portions and reasonable prices make this place ideal for everyone and we warmly recommend it.
Offering a great view of Xlendi bay, Zafiro is an exclusive restaurant providing excellent food and drinks for breakfasts, lunches and dinners. If you’re craving an espresso, a delicious latte, a piece of cake or some appetizers for brunch, this is the place to head. The staff have been praised for supplying a higher standard of service than anywhere else in Malta. The terrace provides fantastic views of the sea. Prices aren’t very low, but considering the quality of the food, all homemade national and international dishes and the stunning location, this place is definitely worth it.