Alamango Bridal Wear and Textile store, in Gzira, is often described as an ‘Aladdin’s cave’ by first time visitors. With over 60 years ...
HUSTLE AND BUSTLE IN VALLETTA’S MAIN STREET
Valletta may be home to countless historic sites and museums, but it is also a thriving shopping district. Locals and tourists flock to browse its shops and markets. Republic Street is lined with international and local brands whilst Embassy shopping complex and the Savoy shopping arcade are just a short walk away. Those looking for gifts or souvenirs can take a stroll down St Lucia’s street to peruse window displays filled with ornate, handmade filigree. This charming detour leads to Merchants street. Another busy shopping quarter, here more traditional stores are packed floor to ceiling with anything from food to fabrics.
Valletta’s covered market, Is-Suq tal-Belt, is currently under construction. Dating back to the 1860’s during British occupation, the structure is benefitting from full restoration to create a vibrant food market whilst preserving the building’s heritage. The Sunday open air market has recently been relocated from Merchants street to Ordinance street. A traditional Maltese “Monti”, the stalls host a plethora of bric-a-brac style vendors ready for some haggling. Popular bus routes to the city include route 21 from Sliema and 45 from Bugibba but Valletta’s bus terminus services routes across Malta, so why not venture on to discover another village or town!
Photography by Katharina