Malta: My favourite Coffee spots on the island
I am a huge coffee fan and I’ve been meaning to write a post about my favourite coffee places in Malta for some time now. Being that I recently decided to take of the challenge of the Skinny Coffee that has been going around (which, by the way, only has a very slight scent of coffee, by otherwise tastes nothing like the real thing), and seeing that 1st October is the International Coffee Day, I thought it was the perfect time for me to write this post.
However, there are a few places on this island, that in my opinion, deserve attention. Below are 5 of my favourite spots. They are not listed by preference, and each has something different to offer, depending on what you are looking for.
Located in one of Sliema’s little streets, opposite Towers Supermarket, this cosy coffee shop may be small but definitely has a lot of character! From their delicious and miniature desserts which look like little pieces of artistry, to their rich flavoured coffees. They have quite a selection of coffees to choose from, but 1 in specific won my heart over, there and then, and that would be their iced coffee.
I will attempt to try my best and explain my experience… Imagine if you were to taste a cold drink which is both smooth and thick, yet with no pieces of ice and with the right amount of sugar to intensify the taste of coffee. I’ll be honest, this specific drink tastes more like a dessert than a coffee drink we would expect. It is also the perfect drink for those who need that little caffeine push to keep them going, but they also want something cold and something they can take their time enjoying, because although there is ice, the ice does not melt as fast as you would expect it to, which allows the drink to remain in harmony.
2. Fontanella Tea Garden
Fontanella is a very well known place located in Mdina. Mdina itself is one of my favourite places on the island. Every time I am there, it is like I enter to some other parallel life which co exists close to ours. This tea garden to me is a must every time I am in Mdina, it is the ‘cherry on the cake’ of the entire Mdina experience.
There is a variety of food options, desserts and drinks from teas, coffees to smoothies. Part of my Mdina experience is sitting at Fontanella, taking in the beautiful view and having a cappuccino with a slice of their famous chocolate cake.
I am not a big fan of chocolate cake, as it usually seems to be pretty heavy but this cake is something out of this world. Whenever I make my order, I can barely sit still waiting for this slice of heaven to arrive.
3. Kefa Kafe
This was a new spot that I checked out recently, and I am so glad I did! Located in the center of Naxxar, this little cosy coffee shop makes you feel at home the moment you begin to approach the entrance. Steve, the owner is very knowledgeable on the subject of coffees and teas and is extremely kind and makes you feel like you have known him for years!
I usually don’t place a personal feeling of comfort on my checklist for businesses, as it would probably be a very tough point to check off the list, but this coffee spot definitely deserves this point.
I went ahead and had a double espresso and an iced coffee. The espresso was not as I expected. Steve goes over and beyond in choosing the coffee beans to serve his clients and you can taste that with every sip. His selection of beans for the espresso left me questioning what I drank all these years before? It contained the intensity of an espresso, the deep scent of an espresso but no bitter after taste? Least to say, I was impressed!
Then came the turn for the iced coffee… Once again, Steve continued to impress. The iced coffee was a nice light drink, carrying just a slight taste of coffee with a mix of thick almond milk.. WOW. This is a perfect refreshment drink for anyone who may not like coffee as much, or anyone who may not want an intense drink.
By the way, should you visit this little ‘home away from home’, make sure to ask Steve how he came about naming his coffee shop 😉
4. Caffe Pascucci
You guys have probably seen several of these cafes across the island. My favourite is the one located in Paceville, St. Julians. Now as some of you, I personally try to avoid Paceville at all costs, however this cafe has managed to make me look forward going to that area. Reason being is that it is an ‘all-in-one’ spot. You can literally spend your entire day there. They have a selection of food and sweets together with wine, cocktails, teas and coffees.
This cafe is pretty spacious and is very light, as it has glass all around allowing light in from 2 sides. They have all sorts of seating, from outdoor furniture for those who prefer to stay outside, to chairs, poofs and sofas inside. It allows you to peacefully work isolated from all your surrounding, as well as have meetings and social gatherings.
5. Caffe Berry
My final coffee spot is located in the a side road of Triq Manwel Dimech, Sliema. This little coffee shop allows visitors to enter into a whole new world of coffee. With their special selection of coffees which are presented together with natural hazelnut or pistachio pastes, it is no wonder how they are one of my favourite spots on the island!
Pistachios, which are grown in Sicily and processed into a rich and thick pistachio paste in Rome, then brought over to our island to be, generously spread on the inner surface of your cup before your hot coffee is poured in. Honestly, it is a fantastic combination of when you drink your well roasted coffee and before you take that sip, the beverage meets a natural pistachio or hazelnut paste and your taste buds end up experiencing a whole new taste.
The paste on it’s own is delicious, and you are always given a spoon to scoop out anything of it that is left behind after you finish your drink. It is hard to say whether it is the drink or the scooping which I enjoy the most, but either way, it is definitely an experience!
I hope you liked my post & I wish you all a rich coffee tasteful Sunday! 🙂