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Shopping for Expats in Malta

Author: Jason Zhou
Submitted: November 2013

Malta is a fantastic holiday destination. However, it is not known as a shopping haven. Shopping in Malta is easy and simple, with some popular names you might see in other European countries.   

Malta is famous for its crafts and jewellery such as; silver and gold filigree brooches, bracelets and earrings, handcrafted glass, fine lace, basket and wickerwork and hand-knitted woollen garments. Popular places to buy crafts from are the Ta’Qali crafts village in Valletta, the Cittadella Crafts & Shopping Center (Victoria) and the Ta’Dbiegi Crafts Center (San Lawrenz) in Gozo.

If you are moving to Valletta, the capital city of Malta, from the UK you will see familiar names such as Dorothy Perkins, Next, Marks & Spencer, Wallis, BHS etc.

For daily necessities, nearly every town or village in Malta has a market. In Valletta, there is a market that opens daily in Merchants Street as well as the Valletta flea market, which is held only on Sundays. Here you can buy a wider range of items such as clothing and textiles, toys, souvenirs from Malta, CDs and DVDs, watches, stationery, kitchen utensils, food and drink at a very attractive price. It is normally open for business between 9.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.

On the Island of Gozo there is an open-air market located at the foothill of the Citadel, close to the Central Bus Station at Victoria. This is also the main shopping area of the city and there are many other shops around.

You can find retail outlets and shopping centres in most of the towns and villages. The major shopping city in the Island of Malta is Sliema. Tower Road, Bisazza Street and the Strand are musts for shopping in the city. There are two large shopping centres in Sliema, one is the Plaza on Bisazza Street (www.plaza-shopping.com) and the other is the Point Shopping Mall (www.thepointmalta.com). Both have many shops and even department stores.

Valletta is the capital of Malta and popular areas to shop are around Republic Street and Merchants Street. There are many shopping centres in Valletta, mainly along Republic Street.  For more information about the shopping centres in Malta, you can check here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_shopping_malls_in_Malta.

The currency in Malta is the Euro. You can exchange money in banks, which have the best rates, or in some Maltese hotels and bureaux de change. For banking hours, please see shopping hours below.  Major Credit cards or debit cards are acceptable in most of the shops.

Shopping hours

Shops normally open six days a week. Most of the shops close on Sunday and public holidays, except some of the larger stores which may open seven days. Typical opening hours are listed as below:

Mondays to Saturdays9am to 1pm; 2pm to 7pm

In some busy areas, shops may open through the day and even open until 10pm.

Banking hours in Malta are as below:

Mondays to Fridays8:30am to 1.30pm
Saturdays8:30am to 12.30pm

For more information about shopping in Malta: https://www.visitmalta.com/en/shopping?pg=2 .

 

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