There are lots of small bars and cafes around the side streets of Valletta’s city centre, so it is worth exploring further than the bustling main street. Old Bakery Street is parallel to the central pedestrian walkway, a couple of streets down towards the harbor and ferry crossing to Sliema.
If you love craft beer, you must visit 67 Kapitali for the widest selection in the area – actually, it is worth a visit even if you are not into beer. It is a lovely friendly atmosphere, and the staff very friendly. They will explain what the different drinks are and what snacks to have with them. There is a great platter where you choose your own combination of small dishes, including different cheeses, ham and cooked meats, bread and preserves, so a perfect sharing option.
There is also a wide selection of non-alcoholic or fruit liquers. I loved the “Hugo” elderflower spritz, very refreshing, tangy, with a lovely balance of Prosecco and spirits with just a splash of soda water. This Italian Fiorente elderflower spirit has lower sugar content so lemon peel and mint are added to the infusion.
It is a great place to relax, especially early evening, with beers from local craft breweries including Lord Chambray from Gozo, Breuhaus from Malta and Thomas-Henry for high-end soft drinks. Looking forwards to visiting again in the Spring, and to pop into Pastaus the fresh pasta bar in Old Theatre Street.