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A Vegan’s Guide to Eating Out in Valletta

March 13, 2017

I think I’ve found the worst capital city in Europe to be a vegan in. Yeah, okay, I’ve never been to Chisinau so I don’t know for sure, but I swear Valletta must be in the top 10. I mean, if Happycow lists ‘Marks and Spencers’ as one of the options you know you’re in trouble.

Because Malta is a small island on the Mediterranean, they are understandably behind on the whole vegan food trend. Think that undersized, undercooked trend that was very fashionable a few years ago. If you’re still on the raw vegan bandwagon, you’re one of the lucky ones and shouldn’t find Malta’s capital too difficult to navigate food-wise (if you can get over the unsafe drinking water situation that is). As for the rest of us, it can be difficult to find substantial meals in the meat eaters Mediterranean. Luckily, I’ve got you covered with a handy guide.

The Grassy HopperThe Grassy Hopper is the only all-vegetarian restaurant open day and night in Valletta and has a good variety of dishes to suit various needs. Fancy a burrito with vegan nacho cheese, sour cream and beef? What about a classic veggie burger? You know where to go to find them.

Price: €€ (Average)

Triq San Gorg, Il-Gżira, Malta

Gugar

For a more grungy, backpackers vibe Gugar is the place to hit. They have a variety of smoothies, juices, desserts and snacks as well as vegan beers and other spirits, board games and Thursdays are cinema nights so you can sit in the basement and enjoy marathoning whatever’s big on Netflix that week.

Price: €€ (Average)

89 Republic St, Valletta, Malta

TheobromaFor bakery items, Theobroma is the only completely vegan venue in Valletta with a variety of handmade snacks such as chocolate bars, cakes, cookies, brownies, all made with healthy, natural superfoods. I found Theobroma perfect for breakfast or for buying snacks to take away to other places on the island where it’s more difficult to find vegan food.

Price: €€€ (Expensive)

123, Old Theatre Street, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta

Dr. JuiceFor juices and smoothies, Dr. Juice is the perfect spot for a refreshing break. They serve paninis, wraps, salads and burgers too with some vegan options including so don’t worry about going hungry. Dr. Juice is a chain too so you’ll be able to find them outside Valletta including the airport.

Price:  €€€ (Expensive)

9 Triq san gorg, San Gilijan, Malta

Soul FoodSoul Food is the perfect place to find Italian food with some vegan options including breakfast, lunch and desserts. Located near the co-cathedral on a bustling street, it’s a great place to sit outside and enjoy the laid back Valletta vibe.

Price: €€ (Average)

Merchants St, Valletta, Malta

La MereLa Mere is a more upscale place with a wide variety of Indian and Mediterranean food including curries, tabbouleh and traditional Indian dishes (samosas, flat breads, the works) and although they serve meat, there are some vegan options clearly labeled on the menu. It gets busy so make sure to book a table in advance.

Price: €€ (Average)

174 Merchants St, Valletta, Malta

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