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Malta In Its Every Little Detail

 Malta Nights

ART DECO DIGS
Hotel Phoenicia Malta

Hotel Phoenicia Malta

The grande dame of Malta lodgings, this 1930s deco gem near Valletta’s City Gate completes a renovation early in 2017. Notable feature: more than seven acres of gardens. Past guests have included Queen Elizabeth II and actor Joaquin Phoenix. 36 rooms; from $165. campbellgray hotels.com/phoenicia

 OLD WORLD RETREAT
Tano’s Boutique Guesthouse

Tano's Boutique Guesthouse
Its location near Valletta’s new parliament building makes this lodging in an 18th-century palazzo an ideal base in Malta’s capital. Guests choose from six rooms; a roof terrace offers views of Grand Harbour. From $125. tanos-boutique-guest house-valletta. bedspro.com

GOING COUNTRY
Razzett Abela

bedroom-at-Razzett Abela (Lisa's Farmhouse)

Bedroom at Razzett Abela (Lisa’s Farmhouse)


You’ll go local at this cozy B&B, known as Lisa’s Farmhouse, on Malta’s second island, Gozo.
Its two guest rooms look out on trees—the B&B sits across from public gardens—and a pool. From $76. visitgozo.com

Malta Bites


PASTA BY HAND
Capistrano

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Malta has no shortage of Italian restaurants—Sicily, after all, is the closest large land body—but this pretty spot in the heart of the capital, with its beautifully prepared fish and handmade pastas (the rabbit tortelloni is especially luscious), stands out from the rest, capistranorestaurant.com

CHEESE AND “OLIVES”
Legligin

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The tasting menu in this snug basement wine bar on Saint Lucia Street offers the perfect introduction to Maltese cuisine, from the salty sheep’s milk cheese called gbejna to wine-braised beef rolls known as “beef olives.”

EAT AND LEARN
Nenu the Artisan Baker

Nenu the Artisan Baker
With its life-size re-creation of a traditional Maltese bakery (complete with mannequins), a “discovery room,” a kid’s corner, and cooking classes, Nenu serves up both culinary education and an evocative venue in which to try Malta’s classic stuffed bread.nenuthebaker.com

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