Band clubs are a feature of almost every Maltese town and city (and probably villages too). They're affiliated to the church and they have a procession through the town on Festa night, as well as playing for a few hours somewhere in the town in the lead-up to the firework display. There's a lot of pride associated with the bands.
The clubs are usually quite plain and simple affairs, nothing extravagant, and they offer a basic range of drinks and snacks and tourists are welcome too - there's no need to be any sort of club member. It's an insight into a side of Maltese life and we look out for the band club wherever we go.
Wife described the cappucino she had at the St Julian's band club as the worlds best1
Ballutta Square is a great meeting place, mainly for locals but tourists go there too (we were there most nights). By day mothers sit and chat while their kids play in the square and around the fountain; Students meet up for lunch, drinks and chats; old folk sit just to enjoy the day and have a chat. By night it's much the same! Mothers still chat and children still play. I love the place.
Well, this custom tip is a bit of a strange one but I had no idea where to place it !
When you come to Malta make sure you go to a 'pastizzi' shop ! You cannot miss them there are loads of outlets all around Malta and Gozo! 'Pastizzi' are made of filo pastry and usually are filled with either cottage cheese 'ricotta' or a consistency of mashed peas which to me are simply unresistable ! In my opinion, I prefer the pea ones. These outlets even serve pizzas, sausage rolls, chicken pies and baked pasta. Down in the St.Julians the two pastizzi places I know of are 'Leo's and 'Champs'. Leo's is just opposite Portomaso on the right, just opposite HSBC Bank and Champ's is in the same road of Wembley Taxi Service (main road of St.Julians, that is St.George's Street.)