Food In Malta: Different Malteste Foods & Drinks To Try While In Malta

By February 6, 2017 August 8th, 2018 Intercontinental Malta
Traditional Maltese Food

In this week’s post, we are going to be looking at some of the different kinds of food in Malta that you can try.

We’ll also be going through some other food-related facts about Malta and also where (and how) to find great restaurants to enjoy the many different cuisines available on the Maltese islands.


In Malta, you can expect to find the usual Mediterranean cuisine and diet which is a tourist favourite here, but you will also be able to find restaurants and kitchens from all over the world focusing on Thai, Indian, American, English, French and everything in between.

Although for this article, we will be focusing mostly on the Mediterranean diet that Malta is known for. Thus, this post will be about food in Malta and what the locals enjoy and appreciate.


This is a tough question – as with the variety of different dishes available from all over the world, it’s hard to pinpoint to one main dish.

However, there are some “local favourites’ which the majority like and that is what we will be talking about further down below,


According to, dining in Malta will cost you around €25 to €100 for a meal for two but with you can find many for less and even for more.

You just have to find something that fits your budget but, most restaurants in Malta are all very much affordable to anyone.


maltese-ftiraThis is where we talk about some of the famous foods in Malta, and things that locals and tourist alike crave.

Even for such a small island, Malta has its own unique flavours and foods, and these are some of our favourites:


Pastizzi are the small, pastry delicacies that are filled with either ricotta, mushy peas or recently even chicken and Nutella (for those with a sweet tooth).

They are cheap and available everywhere, so do not miss out the chance on trying one of the most popular types of food in Malta.

Hobż Biż-Żejt

Hobż biż-żejt is the equivalent of the “sandwich”, and it is made with the traditional Maltese ftira (bread) filled with tuna, tomato paste, olives, capers and all that you desire really.

It’s a delicious snack to consume, and it even impressed the German Chancellor Angela Merkel seeing as she had to try one on here visit to Malta during the European Summit held in February 2017.


This may come as a shock to some, but in Malta; the rabbit (the coniglio) is one of the most sought after foods by locals and tourists.

We know that this may not be the norm for many people, but in Malta; a “traditional rabbit dish” cooked with onions and wine is a delicious food which many described it as “one of the best meats ever“.

It may be an acquired taste, but you’ll never know if you do not try it. We also offer rabbit in one of our hotel’s restaurants so feel free to ask for it when dining at InterContinental, Malta.


Imqaret are, loosely translated, fig cakes. They are sweet and delicious.

You will find that these are like pastizzi; cheap and available everywhere you go.

If you have a sweet tooth, then give these a try. For an added “flavour boost’ also try them with ice cream and a drop of Aniseed liquor.


Ġbejniet are tiny little cheese droplets and again; these are a loved delicacy in Malta.

Although the cheese itself originally was either served plain, or with pepper; nowadays more flavours are being added to the mix, and it’s interesting to try them out.

If you love cheese, then give these a try. Again; you can find these anywhere in Malta but if you plan on going to Gozo, which is where the cheese originates from, we suggest you try them there; and if you’re lucky, maybe you can buy some home-made from a local farmer.


Maltese Platter

A Maltese Platter is the perfect thing to order if you would like to try some local Maltese food.

With this platter, you’d likely get some Maltese sun dried tomatoes, ġbejniet, Maltese sausage, galletti and other goodies that you will probably not find anywhere else.

Obviously, all these foods need a drink to compliment them. The next section is all about the many beverages and drinks you can try in Malta.


Cisk (the local beer)

You may have heard of this, as it sure is one of the most popular brands of beer now available in many countries outside of Malta as well.

Cisk is the local favourite beer – so much so that you can literally find it anywhere you go!

If you’re a beer fan, give this a try and let us know what you think. You might also want to take some back home with you.

Kinnie (a soft drink)

For the ones that would like to taste something Maltese yet without alcohol, there is Kinnie, which is the local Maltese drink made from bitter oranges.

Some love it, and some hate this drink, but it is very popular nonetheless. Be sure to give this a go while in Malta.

Maltese Wine

Through the years, with many investments made in the local wine industry, Malta has been producing some top quality wines that can compete with the best ones from Italy and French wineries.

If you’re a wine drinker, make sure to explore the many different wines produced in Malta. You’d be surprised as to how much volume of wine a tiny island like Malta can produce.


malta-restaurantsAt InterContinental Malta, we offer a selection of six gastronomy restaurants offering different cuisines from around the globe.

You can see the full list of our restaurants in St Julian’s here, but some which are worth a mention are our recently refurbished Paranaga Restaurant and Waterbiscuit, which you’ll find both in the proximity of our 5-star hotel in St Julian’s, Malta.

If you have any questions about our Hotel, or restaurants or facilities and/or about food in Malta and what you can expect to see and taste, please get in touch with one of our concierge professionals.

We look forward to hosting you at InterContinental Malta, and we look forward to making it one of your best holiday experiences ever.

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