Malta’s cuisine is a fusion of flavours with Mediterranean, English and Sicilian influences, with wining and dining options to suit all budgets and taste buds.
Local ingredients grown on the islands have developed Malta into a vibrant gastronomy scene. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean, Malta has established itself as a culinary destination which serves up a diverse range of dishes influenced by Mediterranean, African and Arabic traditions.
The Michelin Guide 2021 have awarded five Maltese restaurants with stars: Noni, Under Grain, Ion -The Harbour all in Valletta, de Mondion in Mdina and Bahia in Lija. The Malta Michelin Guide has also identified five restaurants taking positive steps to work in a more sustainable way, highlighting their inspiring practices. The restaurants highlighted for their initiatives include The Harbour Club, Noni, Briju, De Mondion and Tmun.
Stewed rabbit fried with wine and garlic is the country’s signature dish, and fresh seafood is in abundance. Lampuki is Malta’s national fish and lampuki pie, filled with vegetables, olives and sultanas, is a Maltese speciality, though continental food is also widely available.
Be sure to check out the local wine; Malta’s boutique wineries are producing a variety of vats that can only be enjoyed while on the islands. Locals claim the delicious taste of their white, red and rosé wines will draw you to return to Malta time and time again.