Bistro, Ice Cream Parlour, Tea Room, Dessert Shop, Coffee Shop, European, $$$
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.