St. Julians is not just a destination for adventure travel but also a food lover’s paradise. Exploring the local food scene is an essential part of understanding the culture of any region or country. During my time on Malta’s main island, I had the opportunity to discover some fantastic restaurants in St. Julian’s, and let me tell you, it was an absolute delight.
Award-Winning Maltese Cuisine at Gululu
If you’re in the mood for authentic Maltese food, Gululu is the place to be. Located at 133 Spinola Bay, this restaurant has been honored with the title of ‘Maltese Restaurant of the Year.’ From the very first bite, you can taste the high-quality ingredients expertly combined to create a perfect balance of flavors. The food here is truly a treat and could easily rival that of a gourmet restaurant. Make sure to reserve a table in advance, especially during the busier seasons.
Other Culinary Delights in St. Julian’s
St. Julian’s is a treasure trove of culinary gems, and I had the pleasure of exploring a few more noteworthy establishments.
Klay – A Mediterranean Haven
Situated at Balluta Bay, Klay offers a Mediterranean dining experience. With both indoor and outdoor seating, this restaurant is a great spot to enjoy delectable pizza, pasta, tapas, and a selection of local wines. The friendly staff will be more than happy to guide you towards the perfect dish.
Crust Bistro & Bar – Elevating Pub Food
Crust Bistro & Bar, located at 64 Mensija St., takes pub food to a whole new level. Indulge in their wide selection of burgers, pasta, pizza, and seafood, with plenty of vegetarian options available. It’s the perfect spot for a relaxed and satisfying meal.
eeetwell – Fast Food with a Twist
While fast food chains usually wouldn’t make it onto my recommended list, eeetwell is an exception. This unique establishment, situated at 14 George Olivier St., offers something special. Drop by for a quick and delicious bite that goes beyond the ordinary fast food experience.
Delightful Cafés in St. Julian’s
If you’re in the mood for pastries and a cozy café atmosphere, Sundays in Scotland is the place to go. With its four boutique cafés located throughout Malta, including one at 39 Main Street in St. Julian’s, you’ll be treated to a fantastic selection of irresistible treats. Take your time and savor every bite in their charming, timeless setting.
Explore Beyond St. Julian’s
If you’re staying in St. Julian’s and don’t mind a short walk, consider venturing into the nearby foodie hot spot of Sliema. Here are a few exceptional restaurants worth trying:
- Ta’ Kolina: A Maltese restaurant offering a unique culinary experience different from Gululu’s menu.
- TemptAsian: Located on the rooftop of a hotel, this Asian restaurant not only offers stunning views of Valletta but also serves high-quality, authentic dishes from various Asian countries.
- Hammett’s Gastro Bar: Indulge in a wonderful weekend brunch at this restaurant with a fantastic view of Valletta. They also offer a lunch and dinner menu featuring a fusion of Asian flavors.
- Sakura: For an exceptional Japanese dining experience, make your way to Sakura, where the food and service are top-notch.
Staying and Getting to St. Julian’s
For a comfortable and convenient stay in St. Julian’s, I recommend opting for accommodations near Ballutta Bay rather than the lively Paceville party district. Hostel Malti is an excellent budget-friendly option, offering not only dorm rooms but also private rooms for those seeking a bit more privacy. With a well-equipped kitchen and a rooftop terrace featuring a jacuzzi, it’s a great choice for socializing and enjoying your stay.
Getting to St. Julian’s depends on your starting point. If you’re in Valletta, taking a bus is the most affordable option. Bus routes 13, 14, 16, 24, and 35 will get you there comfortably. Alternatively, you can also use ride-hailing services like UBER or Bolt.
If you’re in Sliema, a leisurely stroll along the seafront promenade will lead you to St. Julian’s. For those who prefer public transportation, bus routes 13, 14, 16, 212, and 222 are the best choices. After dining in St. Julian’s, it’s advisable to use a ride-hailing service in the evening, especially if you’re headed back to Sliema.
For travelers located elsewhere on the island, ordering an UBER is recommended for a hassle-free journey to your chosen restaurant. Taking a bus often involves first traveling to Valletta and then catching another bus to St. Julian’s, which can be time-consuming.
A Feast for Foodies
As you can see, the food scene in St. Julian’s is incredibly diverse, with something to satisfy every craving. From traditional Maltese cuisine to Mediterranean delights and even healthy fast food, you’ll find it all here. While this list contains some outstanding recommendations, the area framed by Triq Spinola, Spinola Bay, St. George’s Road, and Gululu is known to harbor many amazing restaurants. Whether you’re craving Greek food or looking for an Asian pub experience, this area is sure to have something for you.
Ambassadeur Hotel is a fantastic option for accommodations during your food-filled adventure in St. Julian’s. With its prime location and impeccable service, it’s the perfect base for exploring the vibrant culinary scene this destination has to offer.
So, set out on a culinary journey in St. Julian’s, and let your taste buds embark on an unforgettable adventure.