There’s nothing quite like taking a little time out, grabbing a fresh new book, and spending hours lost between its pages. If you’re a bookworm in search of the perfect reading spot, here are just a few of our favourites!
1. Books and Cups, Gzira
A cosy cafe tucked away in one of Gzira’s streets, Books and Cups has everything you need for the longest of reading marathons – including yummy baked goods, delicious hot drinks, and one of the loveliest shopkeepers you’ll ever meet. The cafe comes complete with a selection of books for you to read if you happen to finish yours, and a beautiful typewriter sitting in the corner!
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2. Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens, Valletta
The Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens are two of the most relaxing places in our stunning capital city! Both of these locations are perfect if you want to catch up on your reading while taking in some hard-to-beat views of the Grand Harbour.
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3. Basically anywhere you can sit in Mdina
Mdina, also known as ‘The Silent City’, is quite possibly the most enchanting place you could hope for when it comes to your bookish needs. It’s arguably one of the most beautiful, tranquil places on the island! Whether you decide to sit on one of the wrought-iron benches or treat yourself to a piece of devilishly good chocolate cake at Fontanella, you and your latest read will be more than happy here.
4. Cafe’ Jubilee, Valletta or Gzira
Take a step back in time (but with WiFi) and pull up a chair at Cafe’ Jubilee, where you can enjoy anything from a glass of wine to a comforting hot chocolate while you dive into your favourite book. The decor is gorgeous and speaks to your soul if you love all things vintage, so expect to take a couple of Instagram-ready shots while you’re there.
5. San Anton Gardens, Attard
Swing by San Anton Gardens and you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful, shaded green space home to flamboyant peacocks and adorable ducks, to name just two of the park’s residents. Some of the trees here are over three centuries old!
6. Biblioteka Nazzjonali, Valletta
Standing proud in Republic Square, the National Library of Malta is an absolute must-see for bibliophiles and bookworms alike. The library was founded in 1776 by Grand Master Emmanuel de Rohan-Polduc, and now operates as a research and reference library.
7. Any beach on the island!
This is an easy one, really! Nothing says ‘summer’ like lounging around, reading a good book, and taking the occasional dip to cool down in the bright blue Mediterranean sea.