Filled with restaurants, bistros and cafes, Valletta is a great place not only to try out traditional Maltese food but also food popular across Europe. There is no doubt that the Maltese love their food right through from starters to desserts. Many eateries welcome diners who may not wish to partake in a full menu, and for those with a sweet tooth, desserts are just as impressive as the mains. Take a look at Valletta’s best places to grab that sweetness fix in the most delicious ways.
Located centrally on Valletta’s Republic Street in front of the National Library is Caffe Cordina. The Cordina family launched the business back in 1837, starting with just a small outlet specialising in traditional Maltese sweets and desserts. Growing from strength to strength through the generations, a branch of Caffe Cordina was opened in Valletta in 1944. Expanding to serving food and beverages too, Caffe Cordina today comprises tea rooms, a coffee bar, patisserie and gelateria, but is most popular for its desserts and cakes, with a separate menu dedicated to its delicacies. Still made in the traditional way, the popularity of its sweets means it can now also be purchased from outlets around Malta and Gozo.
Founded in Italy in 2002 by two childhood friends, Amorino is becoming more and more widespread across Europe along with boutiques in northeast America, Dubai, Doha and even Casablanca. Malta’s branch is located on the main street of Valletta, and Amorino is the perfect place to grab a dessert to either enjoy seated outside or while continuing to browse the shops surrounding it. In addition to serving waffles, crêpes, macarons, desserts and Italian coffees, it is most popular for its ice creams and sorbets. Its organic and natural ingredients are carefully sourced to produce traditional Italian ice cream in irresistible flavours. Select your ice cream to be served in a cone rather than a tub to see the artisan staff serve you with your selection of flavours presented in the form of a rose. Beautiful to the eyes as well as to the taste buds.
Founded by Yasmin and Emmeline, following their success of Valletta’s Grassy Hopper vegetarian and vegan restaurant, Theobroma specialises in desserts focusing on being healthier without losing any of the taste. Widely using raw cacao in its products, cakes and desserts sold here contain ingredients consciously selected for their nutritional values. Incorporating super foods such as goji berries, maca and lacuma means that its products also have healing properties. Colourful and artistic in addition to being full of taste, customers can enjoy an array of cakes, bars and bites packed with goodness, as well as treating yourself to a jar of its exclusive nut butters.
Dating back to its inception in 1843, C. Camilleri & Sons is the oldest trading confectionery company in Malta. Established as a family business by Calcedonio Camilleri, the company was the first to introduce ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix’ to the island. Known more familiarly to locals as Camilleri tal-ħelu (Camilleri sweet) the business is still run by family members today who,along with a dedicated team, strive to successfully keep the family name and excellent reputation alive across the Maltese islands. Camilleri and Sons, Ltd has also branched out into catering over recent years. Specialising in traditional, local Maltese sweets, chocolates, biscuits, ice creams and cakes, the company also imports confectionery products currently on trend in addition to wines and hampers. Dessert selection is vast with customers having a choice of the finest cakes, bakes, tarts, flans, pies, mousses, logs, cakes and bakes all under one roof. A well-known name across Malta, C. Camilleri & Sons are also in command of many of the popular fashion franchises island-wide.