Shopping is among the favourite activities on many a holidaymaker’s to-do list. Malta offers numerous and diverse opportunities and is sure to satisfy the casual buyer as well as the serious shopaholic.
Retail outlets and shopping centres can be found in all the major towns and villages, but the foremost amongst these are at Valletta in Republic Street and Merchants Street; in Tas-Sliema mostly along Tower Road, Bisazza Street and the Strand; in St. Julian’s and Paceville; in Paola town centre; in Ħamrun along High Street; in Mosta around the town centre; in Buġibba and St. Paul’s Bay; and in Victoria (Rabat) in Gozo. Shops are normally open from Monday to Saturday, mornings and evenings. Opening times of shops are usually between 09.00 – 13.00 and 16.00 – 19.00hrs. However, in tourist areas, shops are open throughout the day Mondays to Saturdays, from 09.00 till 19.00 hrs and even later.
Shopping for Crafts
Crafts have undergone a revival in recent years. Not solely because they make interesting souvenirs but also because of their high cultural value to the Islands. Some crafts, such as knitwear, basket-ware and lace, have a long history.
Open Air Markets
Markets are at the heart of Maltese village life and an experience not to be missed by visitors. Almost every town and village has its version. For the locals, they are a place for socialising, catching up with neighbours and local news, as much as for buying daily necessities.
The concept of Shopping Mall is a relatively new addition to the Maltese commercial landscape, but is one that has rapidly gained popularity amongst locals and tourists. The comfort and convenience of shopping under one roof has seen a number of malls opening in both Malta and Gozo.
Arkadia Commercial Centre
Fortunato Mizzi Street, Victoria, VCT 2574, Gozo
One of Gozo’s most popular shopping centers.
Baystreet, St. Julian’s, Malta
A leisure complex with plenty of retail outlets, restaurants and bars.
Birkirkara Market, Tumas Fenech Street Birkirkara, Malta
Visitors to Birkirkara on Wednesday and Friday mornings may visit the open air market in Tumas Fenech Street in vicinity of the St. Helen’s Basilica. The market is open from 6.30 am to 1.00 pm.
Birzebbuga Market, Zarenu Dalli Street Birżebbuġa, Malta
In Birzebbugia there is an open air market which is held along Zarenu Dalli Street, the main street leading to the church, every Thursday from 6am until 1pm.
BOSS Store Malta
2, Ross Street,, Portomaso Area, St. Julian’s, STJ 3246, Malta
The BOSS Store Malta offers the widest selection of Hugo Boss formal clothing, casual wear, accessories and footwear in Malta along with the BOSS Green sportswear and golf wear lines. Travel Luggage also available.
Triq il-Gublew tal-Fidda, Cospicua, Malta
A popular openair market held every Tuesday morning.