Travelling with the family brings a whole new dimension to holiday mealtimes, as parents need to consider what their younger companions could (and will) eat in a new country with different cuisine. Luckily, Malta is a family-focused island with extensive restaurant offerings. From Italian delicacies at Da Marina to American favourites at Henry J. Bean’s and Maltese theme nights at Fra Martino, there’s plenty of choice for both fussy and adventurous eaters. If you’re travelling with children, follow this guide to the best family-friendly restaurants in Malta.
With a beautiful poolside terrace and a large and varied menu, Fra Martino at Corinthia St George’s Bay is a great choice for families. Even the pickiest children will find something to tempt their taste buds in the extensive international buffet spread or à la carte menu of Mediterranean specials. The restaurant also hosts a variety of themed nights. Wednesday is Italian Night on the terrace and Maltese Night in the main restaurant, Fridays are dedicated to international flavours and seafood is the speciality on Saturdays. There’s also a weekly Sunday lunch, complete with a traditional carvery.
For distinctive Italian cuisine, look no further than Da Marina. While the main menu is adults-focused with an abundance of fresh pastas, salads and seafood, there’s a special menu (complete with games) for younger diners that’s packed with everything that children tend to love, such as pizza, chicken nuggets, spaghetti with meatballs, burgers and ice cream. Kids willing to try something new can’t go wrong with the grilled mini swordfish.
Henry J. Bean's is an all-American grill and bar with a relaxed, child-friendly ambience and a hearty food and drinks menu. Ideal for those days when all your youngster will eat is chips, diners can treat themselves to burgers, grills and smokehouse specialities, washed down with cocktails for the adults and chocolate drinks for the kids. There’s also a mountain of desserts for those in need of a sugary pick-me-up – the indulgent Hanks Sunday goes down a treat whatever your age.
St Julian’s is one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Malta. Located just to the north of the historic city of Valletta, St Julian’s is the place to go to enjoy a meal overlooking the harbour. When dining with children, there are a number of great restaurants in Malta, including family-friendly pizzeria and trattoria Piccolo Padre. Book to secure a table on the terrace overlooking Balluta Bay and enjoy large freshly made pizzas and traditional dishes such as local rabbit. There’s also a kids’ menu filled with child-friendly options and an open kitchen where children can watch their food being made.
If you’ve been exploring the north of the island, stop off for a bite at family-run restaurant Ta’ Marija and experience true Maltese hospitality and authentic local cuisine. Don’t miss Folklore Nights on Fridays and Wednesdays, during which a lively cast takes diners on a journey through Maltese history as told through dance. Guests of all ages are welcome and there’s a kids’ menu for the little ones.