Shopping and site seeing in Valletta, Malta

Shopping and site seeing go together like a bucket and spade when you’re in Valletta. The historical capital is also a Mecca for shopping and café-loungers, so it’s a great place to visit if you’re with friends or family – there’s something for everyone here.

Shopping in Valletta

You’re bound to find something you like just by walking down Republic street. This main street that takes you from the entrance at City Gate to the bottom of St. Elmo. The street is always bustling with shoppers and site-seeing tourists. A walk along here will hit both birds with one proverbial stone.

If clothes shopping is on your mind, here are some shops you will find on the main street in Valletta or 1 side-street away:

  • Tommy Hilfiger Clothing Store
  • Lui Jo
  • Tally Weijl
  • Charles and Ron
  • Karen Millen (just off Republic Street)
  • Marks and Spencers (just off Republic Street)
  • Accessorize
  • Promod
  • Women’s Secret

There are, of course, many more, and if you’re looking for holiday souvenirs or jewellery, you’re going to find plenty along the way.

Valletta attractions - Points of Interest

Valletta is also the city ‘built by gentlemen for gentlemen’ in the words of Jean de Vallette himself. The capital city is testimony to the time of the Knights and also other periods in Maltese history. Here are the main attractions you cannot miss:

  • Saint John's co-Cathedral – where some Knights are buried
  • Grand Master's Palace – to get an idea of how the Knights lived
  • Grand Harbour – great views and armoury museum
  • National Museum of Archaeology – extends into earlier historical periods
  • Knights Hospitalier museum at the Mediterranean Conference Centre
  • Manoel Theatre – one of the oldest theatres in Europe

Architectural Jewels in Valletta

You simply have to walk around the streets to see and absorb the history of Valletta. It lives and breathes history through its architecture. The city was designed by Italian architect Francesco Laparelli (previously an assistant to the great Michelangelo) who was commissioned by Jean Parisot de Vallette, the Grand Master of Malta at the time.

A night walk is ideal to truly appreciate the unique buildings. The morning hustle and bustle of shoppers can distract you into missing some of the gems this capital city has to offer.

Here are some buildings to look out for in Valletta:

  • St John’s co-Cathedral
  • Auberge de Castille
  • Auberge d’Italie
  • The Grandmaster’s Palace
  • Anglican Cathedral

The beauty of these buildings is striking just by walking past them. Along the way you will also see some baroque churches and chapels as well as private homes built in traditional limestone with wooden beams.

Some buildings are best enjoyed by actually visiting them because they are truly amazing inside, such as:

  • The Manoel Theatre
  • Casa Rocca Piccola
  • Lascaris war rooms

The great thing about all these Valletta sites is that you’re never more than 15 mins away from a GoTo car sharing parking location. So, you don’t need to worry about how long you stay. You can start your day shopping, go for lunch, visit a museum in the afternoon and then enjoy a quiet architectural walk during or after sunset. When you’re ready to head back to your hotel, just book a GoTo car from the app and you’re good to go in under 15 minutes. Just pick up a car sharing car from the street after your in-app booking is done.

Register and download the GoTo app and get all set-up before your holiday.