This Is Hands Down The Best Falafel In Malta

And it's the perfect place for a quick carby snack in Gzira


If you're a fan of falafel (and why on Earth wouldn't you be), you'll be happy to learn Malta has its own falafel-eria. You know, like a pastizzeria, but for falafel. It also serves the best falafel on the island. 

Fatayer and Falafel Take-Away in Gzira is a tiny place doing what it says on the tin: fatayer (triangular pastries with spinach or meat) and falafel (those little nuggets of chickpea and fava bean goodness). The shop is set up almost exactly like a traditional Maltese pastizzeria except it also has a few tinny seats outside from where you can enjoy a quick bite.

The great thing about the falafels is that they're doughnut shaped - with a hole in the centre - which means you get more of the crispy outside shell and they cook faster, ending up a nicer shade of golden than brown. And the filling remains soft and juicy on the inside. 

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The falafels are served individually or wrapped up with hummus and the other usual trimmings. Fatayer also offers some other amazing Arabic and Middle Eastern treats, including sausage rolls with a nice bread-like dough, mini-pizzas and fatayer. All worth trying for €1 a pop. 

Fatayer can be found at the beginning of Sir Patrick Stuart Street, corner with The Strand, just further up from Dhalia and a bit further down from the Orpheum Theatre. 

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Love falafel? Why not also try Falafel Street in Valletta or Kebab Ji in Sliema, voted Malta's No. 1 kebab bar?

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Written By

Chris Peregin