On this small island of pizza, pasta and Maltese sausage at some point one would crave for some tasty, fresh, juicy and healthy food – but where to find healthy, vegetarian, light food in Malta? Although, Malta is a Mediterranean country in a close proximity to Greece and Italy, you won’t find abundance of salads and fruits here. Actually, salad is something very uncommon for Maltese food culture and it seems that a lot of places keep salads (mix of salad leaves, tomato and cucumber with olive oil) in their menus just for tourists.
Here are some tips on where to find healthy food in Malta.
1. Tourists favourite cafe Mint in Sliema.
This small cafe just near waterfront promenade in Sliema is one the favourite places of tourists and expats. Good location, fast internet, cozy atmosphere and what is even more important – fresh homemade food.
One can find here variety of original salads with pear and blue cheese, or pumpkin and almonds, or quinoa salad. Tasty baguette, quiche, or porridge for breakfast; quinoa, sweet potato, or spinach kotlet (cutlet?) for lunch. Cafe Mint has also good selection of fresh juices (detox, power boost etc), very good coffee (that surprisingly enough is hard to find in Malta as well) and yummy desserts (incl Mint special carrot cake).
2. Soul food cafe in Valletta
This small cafe in the middle of Valletta offers some good vegetarian burgers and panini, as well as salads, fresh juices, soups and pasta.
They have a cozy room upstairs in addition to tables outside and wifi is quite good here as well.
3. All green and environment friendly Grassy Hopper in Gzira and Valetta
One of our favourite places – very authentic and friendly in every sense Grassy Hopper cafe. In Gzira cafe, while waiting for your meal, you can take a book from a bookshelf, find some good recopies, or just read a chapter of Harry Potter. Apart from the food menu (that is mostly vegetarian or even vegan), in Grassy Hopper one can find cold pressed and green juices, as well as smoothies, teas, coffee with almond milk, coconut milk, energy balls and lot’s of other healthy staff…
Btw, in Grassy Hopper all packaging is made of natural recyclable materials and all food waste goes for compost!
4. Healthy food delivery from Plan H
Whether you want to go on a diet, just don’t have time to cook, or don’t feel like going out – there is an option to subscribe for a Plan H delivery.That is a great company that cooks healthy and tasty food for you and delivers it every day to your doorstep.
One can select from different plans – our favourite is a 10 day plan : Lunch + Dinner. You can also order a “5-meals per day” plan and get healthy breakfast and snacks as well.
Pasta made of zucchini, baked salmon, salad-burger – are just couple of examples from Plan H menu.
5. Eat me I’m famous – salads menu
Although “Eat me I’m famous” cafe is actually famous for it’s pizza/pasta/noodles, some people know that they actually have pretty good salads options that come in 3 types: salad, pasta salad and quinoa
The place is quite tiny, but they do delivery and you can pre-order and pick up your meal in advance (if you don’t have other lunch plans).
6. If you feel like Juicing up
Similar to Plan H, there is other great healthy food (or actually drinks) delivery – Cold Pressed. Huge variety of cold pressed fresh juices that can be delivered to you every morning for your detox plan. Leaving dieting alone – these juices are just yummy! As well as fresh smoothies from Smoochie that can be found nearly in every shop in Malta. Smoochie – is actually a maltese startup, run by women-entrepreneurs (as well as Plan H).
Eat healthy, drink healthy and stay healthy! 😀
PS. If you are interested in Maltese startups – check out my startupgatewaymalta.com blog
PPS. Got some good comments in Facebook from locals, should also check out these places: