Even though I want to bring your attention to two great places for coffee in Malta, I have a confession.
Best Coffee In Malta
Usually one of the highlights of my travels around the world is seeking out the best third-wave or otherwise noteworthy coffee shops wherever I visit. In Malta, I somewhat failed.
Why? Because the coffee at the Hyatt Regency where we slept each night was too good to pass up.
Far from being the machine-dispensed sludge of an automatic coffee maker, the hotel had 1.) a great coffee machine and 2.) excellent baristas who whipped up perfect coffees in the morning:
Unfortunately, my limit is three coffees per day and these were double-shot flat whites in the mornings, so after starting off my day with six shots of espresso, I was well-wired for the rest of the day.
Had the hotel coffee been bad, I know I would have visited Lot 61 Coffee Roasters, with locations in St. Julians (within walking distance of my hotel) and in Valletta. Next trip to Malta, I will do my best to resist the urge to keep ordering more coffee at the Hyatt so that I can branch out a bit.
We did make a stop at Caffe Cordina, one of the oldest cafés in Europe.
+356 2065 0400
8:00 am – 6:00 pm (daily)
Caffe Cordina dates back to 1837, with a rich history and a gradual expansion that now includes a restaurant, tea room, pasticceria, coffee bar and gelateri. The family-run business moved to its present location in a former Valletta casino in 1944 after its old location was hit by a German bomb and has not looked back.
The kids loved the ice cream and the coffee was quite nice. If you’re looking for the specialty of the house, try a nougat: the recipe has not changed since the restaurant opened.
Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
I was sorry to miss out on Lot 61, but look forward to trying it next time. In the meantime, Caffe Cordina offered a traditional coffee experience in the heart of Valletta. The biggest surprise, though, was how great the coffee was at the Hyatt Regency Malta.