The ftira is possibly one of the greatest Maltese inventions. It can stand alone as a full meal, or it can pass off as a quick snack. It’s salty, carby, and yet somehow feels light as air as you bite into it.
Here’s a comprehensive list of ftira institutions that you need to keep handy for whenever your paralysing ftira craving fires up.
1. Cafe OK – Naxxar
Traditional, no frills ftira. Tasty AF.
2. Duke’s Snack Bar – Msida
Absolutely authentic decor, and cheap as the chips you can get to go with your awesome ftira.
3. Buchman’s Snack Bar – Gżira
These guys treat ftira-prep like an art. Go forth and eat art.
4. Andrew’s Snack Bar – Birkirkara
This classic ftira go-to place has just had a very hipster renovation. Ftira amazingness has not been altered.
5. Olympic Bar (Xufi) – Mosta
Take some quality time to catch a glimpse of the glorious Mosta dome today (read: go to Xufi for an epic ftira).
6. Mġarr Farmer’s Bar – Mġarr
This place is known as a fenkata staple, but many-a hungry luncher has swung by to grab a cheeky ftira in between work shifts.
7. Ħamrun Kiosk – Ħamrun
If you’re not a strict ftira purist then this kiosk’s steak sandwich is an absolute must.
8. Sea View Cafe – Mellieħa
If you want to enjoy your ftira whilst also taking in breathtaking views – this is the place you need.
9. Mekren’s Bakery – Gozo
The ultimate destination if you’re keen to try the Gozitan ftira format. And you want to try the Gozitan format.
BONUS: Make your own
A recipe for a ftira with pulpetti in it. #MindBlown