Sliema is maybe the hippest and most busy city in Malta. It is home to many shops, restaurants and bars it is also known 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.
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
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
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 takeout 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 small, hidden record store with old and new pieces of vinyl and very competent staff. If you live digging through vinyl and discover some treasures, you can skip visiting 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 on 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 beanie 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.