Malta, Tips

A walk around Sliema

Sliema is maybe the hippest and most busy city in Malta. It is home to many shops, restaurants and bars it is also know as a little posh or “Tal Pepe” how the Maltese call it. But Sliema has a special vibe to it and is home to many hidden gems, especially with you take the side roads and just go out to explore.

Here are some of my favorite spots in Sliema. You can combine them to a nice walk for a day of exploring or visit them individually.

1.Mint

This café is great for a fresh and tasty start in the day. They serve extremely nice, seasonal and also healthy dishes, that are prepared with love. They go great with their freshly brewed coffee or one of the smoothies or juices. Moreover Mint is located close to the seafront and it is very cozy, even on a rainy day. Aaaand for the digital nomads and freelancers among you: it is also a great place to work from.

The Address: 30/39 Luzio Junction,Stella Maris Street

Dish, coffee sandwich and salmon salad

2. Paws 4 a Cause

Paws for a cause is a nice second hand shop in the Stella Maris neighborhood of Sliema, not far from Mint. The two lovely British ladies, who own the shop take out the pieces with a great eye for detail and treat every customer with love. They love dogs, so they are very welcome to visit the shop with their owners. On a lucky day you can find great deals and amazing clothes or home supplies.

The Address: 25 George Borg Oliver Street

3. Fly the Fly Vintage

In a different corner of Sliema is another unique store. The Vintage shop offers carefully restored and well presented vintage clothes and new collections that are just as unique. The young ladies that run this shop are just as friendly and always happy to help. My special tip: have a look at their collection of glasses! Just looking around is worth it, as the shop is very nicely designed and feels very welcoming.

The Address: 6a Manuel Dimech Street

4. Caffé Berry

Time for a coffee break or just a quick espresso? Caffé Berry is the place for you. Squeezed into a little corner and always full, but they offer great coffee and interesting varieties like their pistachio cappuccino and many other surprises.

The Address: 68A San Duminiku Street

5. Serafino

This family owned Restaurant is the perfect lunch place for visitors, who want to try a great Ftira or for anyone working in the area. The take out is a little cheaper, but also to eat in the well styled restaurant is not that expensive. A great place for a lunch or to snack a huge Ftira, pie or pasta salad.

The Address: 67A San Duminiku Street

6. Sunset Records

The place for music lovers and vinyl fans! Sunset records is a little hidden record store with old and new vinyls and very competent staff. If you live digging through vinyl and discover some treasures, you can skip to visit this store.

The Address: 57 San Piju V Street

7. The Soap Café

More a shop than a café, the soap café is a very nice place to buy gifts or a treat for yourself. They sell handmade and organic soaps and everything else you need to stay clean and they even fill up your travel bottles, if needed.

The Address: 46 Santa Maria Street

8. Souvenirs that don’t suck

I talked about this place in other occasions but is a must on your stroll through Sliema. The shop and coworking space just turned two and is hopefully open for a long long time. The owners supply us with great and innovative souvenirs for ourselves or for friends and family. No matter if you want a cool T-shirt, a cool beani or a postcard for your grandma, they have a unique souvenir for everyone. Just swing by, even if it just for a chat with the lovely owners.

The Address: 108 Manuel Dimech Street

9. The Hole in the Wall

This bar has a long tradition and is a great place to finish up your walk around Sliema. The place was founded over 90 years ago and is the oldest bar in Sliema, that is hard to see now since it got a complete makeover. Nevertheless it is a perfect hangout place for the after work beer or a nice finish for the perfect holiday. You can even try some Maltese craft beers there.

The Address: 31 High Street

Of course there are many more places to discover. I will dedicate a post to the best cafes in Sliema and one to best restaurants for sure. However enjoy your walk and make sure to discover a lot in the side streets of Sliema. And of course one dedicated to the shops being locally abroad by selling Swedish, Rumanian or other local treats. Also coming up: hidden gems in Valetta.

Enjoy!

Telefonboth Malta , Valetta
Malta, Tips, Uncategorized

Malta And Facebook

In Malta, everything is on Facebook. If you want to stay up to date you better be there. No matter if you are looking for a new sofa, flat or nail salon, there is a Facebook page and a group for it. I even found my job in one of the job groups on the social media platform.

Soon I will publish a post about the job search in Malta and about how to find an apartment and what you should be aware of while you search. Anyway, Facebook is the way to go here. It sounds weird and it might take a bit to get used to the idea.

There is a lot going on in Malta and you will know about it. Sign up to the various Facebook groups and make sure to be posted about the several events.

It makes it easy to connect with people and very dynamic.

Here are some Facebook groups I can recommend:

For finding an apartment:

For finding a Job:

For buying something:

There are many more interesting groups for specific activities or nationalities:

Find your group in Malta’s Facebook world. It has a lot to offer, events for meetups of all kinds for the real life and as I mentioned above some of the most essential things are to be found on this platform.

It’s happening even if it might be weird for you at the beginning.

 

Sunset over bay in Malta St. Julian
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Some ideas for the rest of the summer

It’s late August people and in many parts of the world, it is time to prepare mentally for autumn. In Malta, we are blessed with sunny days all over Summer and Autumn. But your holiday might come to an end and you are looking for some ideas to have something awesome to do in rest of the summer.

Here some ideas I thought of, to have some wonderful late summer days and a nice early autumn

1.Go Snorkeling:

We recently started Snorkeling and it is one of my favorite things to do on a warm summer day. Malta is one of the best places to try it out. If you have some days to spare, grab some goggles and go to one of the best snorkeling spots like:

St. Peter’s Pool ( south close to Marsaxlokk)

Paradise Bay (North, close to the Gozo ferry)

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paradise Bay

Wied Il-Għasri in Gozo (North of Gozo, close to Zebbugg)

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Wied Il Gharsi

Around Sliema, for example, the Tigne Point (Center- east, the Sliema area)

And many, many more

 

2. Visit a Festa 

You might have heard that noises that sound like bombs all over Malta and you might have seen the decorated streets, at least in pictures. Well, that is because of the village Festas. With the feasts, the local communities celebrate their church and their saints. There are a couple of feasts every week during summer and some are well well planned and huge, whereas others are a little smaller and less overwhelming. The neighbors collect money the whole year long for the decoration and fireworks, that are an important part of the celebration.

There will be food trucks and drinks and every festa has a local marching band performing. Here you can find a list of the feasts, make sure to see at least one during your last summer days in Malta.

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local Festa in Msida

3. Watch an open air movie

The Café Society is a nice and small bar in Valletta (Triq San Gwann), that not only has the best Aperol Spritz around but also organizes Cinemoon, an open air cinema. Currently, they have a line of time themed movies running. The atmosphere in the streets of Valetta paired with a great movie and an awesome cocktail is the best way to spend some of the last summer days. The movies are shown on Thursdays at around 8.30.

 

stairs movie showing Valetta Malta
It is also time to enjoy a nice Maltese Platter in one of the local bars and enjoy the Sundowns.

 

Festa banner Street of Valetta
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Unique Souvenirs of Malta

Most people like to take something back home from their trip or if they live in Malta get some nice gifts for friends and family.

Unfortunately, most souvenirs are kitsch bad quality and just really expensive for what one will receive in the end. In that case, even if someone receives them as a gift they are maybe not as thankful as you would like them to be.

As in many places, Malta has some really weird and not really trendy souvenirs to offer, like this wonderful piece:

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An interesting Souvenir from the Island

 

But there is hope for those who want to bring their friends and family something nice and unique from Malta!

Here are some places to find unique souvenirs:

1. Souvenirs that don’t suck

The shop’s mission is in the name! These lovely guys provide us with souvenirs from Malta that don’t suck. I can highly recommend passing by their shop in Sliema and get your own idea of the place and their souvenirs. They have lovely ideas: Shirts and postcards with Maltese phrases, Beautiful prints of the Maltese Map and many many different things. They are also very open for a chat and in case you need a space in a coworking environment you can also come here.

108 Manwel Dimech Street
Sliema SLM1055

 

2. House of Gozo

House of Gozo is a small shop in Victoria, Gozo’s Capital, with beautiful products. They sell prints that are designed and printed in Gozo. They offer all kinds of postcards and really beautiful posters of typical images of the islands. The prints are calm and pretty and affordable, so if you are in Victoria make sure to stop by.

1 Pjazza San Gorg
Victoria (Malta)

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My purchase at House of Gozo!



More shops soon to be added!
If you like Jewellery, there will be a separate post about that soon!
Typical Maltese boat colorful laying in harbor
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Sundays in Marsaxlokk

The Weekends are always the most special time of the week and of course, everyone wants to do something special or just unwind.

Malta offers a lot of activities for active and lazy weekend planning. One of my favorites for a Sunday in sunny Malta is a trip to the cozy fishing village Marsaxlokk combined with a dip in Saint Peter’s Pool.

Every Sunday there is a huge fish market in the village that offers freshly caught fish, vegetables, local products and all kinds of other stuff. The best part of it is that the fish is sold to the nearby restaurants and served for lunch and dinner on the same day. If you like fish that is your place to have a real feast!

One of the restaurants that can be recommended is the “La Nostra Padrona” the selection of fish and seafood is stunnishing and the dishes are executed perfectly! It is highly recommended for a special experience!

After strolling around the market and enjoying a great lunch, consider a trip to natural Saint Peter’s pool. You can take your own or rented car or consider a taxi (15Euro) or one of the Boat taxis (starting at 4Euros). For hiking and walking fans it can be easily reached by foot as well, just use a lot of protection from the sun if you go in summer and remember to carry a lot of water.

On the rocky seaside and in the crystal clear water it is easy to fight the heat and to have a great time. The natural pool is perfect to jump from cliffs and to snorkel and float in the water.

That place is a little crowded on summer Sundays but empty during weekdays so you can choose what you prefer. It is definitely one of the best places to spend a hot day in Malta.

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Saint Peter’s Pool on a Sunday (My tip: take a turn and lay down a little left of it, more shade and fewer people! )

 

 

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Valetta, Europe’s Smallest Capital

It is something odd with Malta and Valetta. Valetta is an amazing town with a lot of nice things to do and see but it does not have this “capital feeling”. Well, with around 7.000 people living there it is the smallest capital of Europe and really deserves that title!

I have never experienced a capital that laid back and more of a small town flair. I love Valetta, mainly because there is a lot to discover and because it is just a small ferry or bus ride away from where we live.

Valetta is a interesting place! It was founded in 1566 and became the capital of Malta, not just because of the strategic position and it’s natural harbor. For those who come to see the history of the city there are a lot of tours and museums, which I am discovering more and more now! For those who just want stroll around and have a nice afternoon with a glass of wine, Valetta is perfect as well!

For such a small town there are a lot of sights and hidden gems.

  1. History and sights
  2. Shops
  3. Bars and Restaurants
  4. Streets and hidden gardens.

This will just be the first of many posts about Europe’s smallest capital!

Soon there will more specific tips, so stay posted!

Street and square in Valetta Malta at sundown

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Hasting Gardens, enjoying the view
Picture showing Sea and Cliffs Malta
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Warum Locally Abroad?

Hallo und Herzlich Willkommen bei Locally Abroad, einem Blog mit Geschichten und Tipps für ein Leben im Ausland mit einer engen Verbindung zu der lokalen Kultur.

Der Blog entstand als ich mal wieder meine Koffer packte und auf in neue Gefilde zog. Nach Havanna hat es uns jetzt nach Malta verschlagen. Ich liebe das Reisen und das Leben auf einer Insel. Wie zuvor in Havanna entdecke ich Malta lokale und versteckte Ecken, die ich hier mit euch teilen möchte.

Dieser Blog ist eine Mischung aus Tipps und persönlichen Geschichten. Hauptsächlich werdet ihr Posts auf Englisch finden, manchmal aber auch auf Deutsch und Spanisch.

Viel Spaß!

 

 

Town house balconies in Street Sliema Malta
Malta, Stories, Uncategorized

The Very First Impressions in Malta

This is my very first post to locallyabroad.com and there are so many things I would like to say about it. But I figured it is best to start off with my or our first impressions about Malta and the idea of living here.

We first arrived in Malta in the end of May, after visiting my family in Germany for a week. A 2.5h long flight directly from Nuremberg to Malta and we arrived at our home to be.  And the new adventure began! The first time arriving at a new place is always special. You never feel, see or smell a place in the same way when you know what to expect.

The first 10 nights we stayed with this amazing Italian couple who became our friends and made the first start even better. They provided us with a lot of tips and ideas and yes of course great Italian food. That combined with the sun and the sea was the best welcome I could have wished for.

And so we used our first weekend to discover the streets of Valetta, Sliema, San Gwann and many many more places. And soon there will be a rather informative post about the cities in Malta! We fell in love with the place and knew that we would be able to live here.  There was a lot going on in the first days with the upcoming election and still everything was new and we tried to find a place to stay and a job, but this another story.

And yet there is so much more to discover about this island….

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On our first stroll in Malta!

 

By the Way: There are cheap flights from a lot of places all over Europe to Malta.

A great tool for booking your next flight is the Website Kayak!