The Maltese love shopping and the streets in the main shopping districts of Valletta, Sliema, Mosta and Hamrun are packed with well-known brands. Shopping complexes are popping up in many areas, typically offering restaurants, bars and cafes as well as stores.
There are daily open air markets in Valletta, Marsaxlokk and Victoria, and if you want to see souvenirs being made, go to the Crafts’ Villages at Ta’ Qali and Ta’ Dbiegi. Traditional crafts are filigree, weave, pottery, blown glass, ceramics, dolls, lace, copper and brass items and while knitted garments are still handmade in Gozo, they tend to be practical rather than artistic.
Mediterranean cuisine is based on the dazzling freshness and taste of its food and for many tourists, sun-dried tomatoes, pickled capers and stuffed olives are great mementos.
The Maltese have a sweet tooth - honey-rings and nougat are a speciality – and there are numerous liqueurs made from fruits such as prickly pear, melon and pomegranate. Almonds are used to make a popular cordial called orzata.