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Introduction to Maltese Cuisine

Is there a better way to get to know a new country than through its variety of dishes?
The island's turbulent history as well as its unique position in the heart of the Mediterranean are
reflected on its colourful plates: Arabic, Italian, French or British influences make Maltese cuisine
truly unique. But – what is "typical” Maltese food?

Read on to find out which specialities you must try on your visit to Malta!

Maltese cuisine, what is it?
Maltese cuisine belongs to the Mediterranean cuisine and is a colourful mix of different ingredients.
Where can I find Maltese food?
It's simple - everywhere! The Maltese love their cuisine and there are many restaurants serving
traditional dishes.

Maltese cuisine through the seasons:
What's on the table depends on the season. Fish, fruit, and vegetables are consumed locally and are
sometimes limited to a few months of the year

Food you need to try


Being an island, fish and seafood naturally play a big role in Maltese cuisine.
Lampuki is the fish typically found in the waters surrounding the island. From late summer to
winter, this fish can be ordered in restaurants - grilled, in fish soup, or as Lampuki Pie… the
choice is yours!

Lampuki Pie | @finedininglovers


Bigilla is a thick paste made from beans, garlic and herbs. It is usually served with
water crackers or as part of an appetiser plate.


An absolute must for cheese lovers! Ġbejniet is Maltese cheese made from
sheep's or goat's milk. Young or matured, pure or topped with various spices - the little
cheese balls are always a delicious choice!

Ġbejniet | @Tal-Forn


There is not a single person in Malta who does not love pastizzi! Although
traditionally the small pastry pockets are filled with ricotta or mashed peas, today
pastizzerias also offer new variations. Small, cheap, and delicious, pastizzi are street food the
Maltese way.

Homemade Maltese Pastizzi with Ricotta
Pastizzi |@Nofrillskitchen


In Malta, rabbit is prepared in all possible ways. You will find it as a main course, as
an addition to pasta, or in the famous rabbit stew. Everyone who comes to Malta should try

Ħobż biż-Żejt

A Maltese variety of a sandwich. It literally it means “bread with oil” and it is
made of olive oil, tomato paste, tuna, capers, olives, and sun dried tomatoes.


Do you have a sweet tooth? Malta's cuisine also has a range of delicious desserts
to offer! Imqaret are small, deep-fried pastry pockets filled with dates and taste especially
good when warm. Many street stalls sell this delicacy.

Imqaret | @Apronandwisk

Qajaq tal-Għasel

Another popular dessert is the so-called honey ring. Funnily enough, there
is no honey in the honey rings, but syrup. Nevertheless, this sweet tastes simply wonderful
and should be bought still warm at the bakery.

Qajaq tal-Għasel | @culturetrip


It is THE ONE Maltese soft drink that everybody loves. Made of bitter oranges and
herbs, this drink is best served ice cold and is great for a hot summer day.

One thing is for sure - it pays to be curious! Malta is a foodie's paradise!