Dreamy blue waters, Ancient fortresses, Megalithic temples and home to 2018’s Capital of Culture.
We headed to Malta to see if their bites game is as strong as their sights game.
📍 76 Merchants St, Valletta, Malta
Our first stop was Valetta. We decided to get a nice bit of fuel before embarking upon our Maltese adventure.
After wandering the narrow gridded maze that makes up the streets of the capital, we stumbled upon Soul Food.
Soul Food offers a tasty range of both veggie and vegan options.
I went for a nekked Chickpea Burger namely the ‘Vegan Buddha Bowl’ – Homemade Chick Pea Burger with Seasonal Veg, Vegan Bean Cream, Asian Coleslaw and local Piadina bread.
Ludz had the clothed Chickpea Burger – Homemade Chickpea Patty in Piadina bread with Tomatoes, Caramalised Onion, Red Cabbage, Green Salad and Mustard.
My ‘Buddha Bowl’ was a bit of a health twist on a burger which I didn’t mind at all!
We sat outside to soak up the rays and have a happy little graze.
The early bird gets the booze as they never say, but Ludz and I were up with the birds for an Island hopping tour of Camino and Gozo which just happened to offer free flowing streams of Malta’s own go-to beer Cisk (marked as vegan friendly on Barnivore).
Mid-way, we started to feel a bit wavy. Maybe it was down to sailing high seas, maybe it was down to sinking too much Maltese golden nectar, either way we decided it was time for a bit of nourishment.
Ludz had made a tasty little pasta from local store foraged ingredients the night before, which we craftily jammed into jars for a sneaky snack on the go. Envious eyes all round. It’s ALL about the planning.
📍 Triq ir-repubblik, Gozo, Victoria, Malta
We arrived in Gozo suitably spannered and in need of a bit of health to redeem our naughty little booze hound behaviour.
Of course we had to swing by the only fully vegan restaurant in Gozo.
Don’t expect a dirty burger and chips, but the salad bowls were fresh and filling.
We shared a ‘Victoria’ bowl – Black Quinoa, Kale, Yellow Bell Peppers, Parsley, Broccoli, Hazelnuts, Sunflower Seeds and Kiwi.
Instead of your typical salt and pepper seasoning we were presented with little shakers of herbs and my god I’ve never felt so vegan.
📍 Tower Rd, Sliema, Malta
The ONLY way to follow up a day of getting riggety riggety wrecked is a trip to the kebab shop!
Kebab Ji is omni but offers amazing veggie/vegan falafel bowls and pittas. Award winning in fact!
The Kebeb Ji boys’ ke-bants alone made it well worth the visit!
We both went for the Veggie Falafel plate featuring Fresh Falafel, Hummus, all the Salad and Pitta. Everything was crazy fresh and flavoury.
Our last day in Malta. We realised that we hadn’t yet explored Marsaskala, our cute little sea-side village base.
Marsaskala neighbouring resident Sara messaged us with some killer recommendations for the day!
📍 252 Triq Il-Kbira, Il-Mosta, Malta
Finally, an Oaty latte! This one was enjoyed with a raw brownie and a most epic blue view of Marsaskala bay.
📍 Triq Is-Salini, Wied il-Għajn MSK 3011, Malta
Seriously, I’ve never seen so many different flavours of vegan ice cream in one place!
I picked a pink one without any idea what the flavour was but it was all sherbert-y and delicious.
📍 Triq San Gorg, Il-Gżira, Malta
We bussed into Sliema to lunch at DV insta followers most recommended place in Malta, The Grassy Hopper. It was such a relaxed little veggie/vegan place. The vast majority of the menu was vegan or veganable.
I went for the Beetroot & Bean Burger.
Will you just look at the size of that beautiful beast!
Ludz had the MexiBean Wrap – Wholemeal Wrap with Mixed Beans, Coriander, Avocado, Spinach and Vegan Sour Cream
📍 ix-Xatt Ta’ San Ġorġ, San Ġiljan, Malta
It felt only right to end our journey on the beach so we headed to St Julian’s Bay to catch a final sunset on the sand.
La Plage is an omni restaurant with a wide range of vegan options including vegan cheese pizza and a daily special! The staff were super friendly and proud to tell us about their plant based offerings.
The daily special was too good to pass up so I bloody went for it. Stuffed Peppers with Rice in Spinach Sauce and Corn, Topped with Vegan Cheese and served with a side of your choice.
We ate our final meal overlooking the bay before reluctantly jumping in a taxi to the airport.
In summary, Malta is fine place and, with all that crackin’ food, it’s a total vegan gem.
✈️ Next Stop: Venice 🇮🇹
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