A Guide to Malta’s Best Farmers Markets

A woman wearing a straw hat and a brown shawl selects a red bell pepper from a vibrant display of vegetables at one of Malta's best farmers markets.

If you’re seeking an authentic taste of Malta, there’s no better place to find it than the island’s bustling farmers markets. These markets offer visitors the chance to buy fresh, locally grown produce directly from the farmers who grew it, all while experiencing a lively atmosphere and the traditional culture of the island. From popular markets to hidden gems, you’re almost always bound to find friendly vendors, cheap prices, and the freshest, most colourful produce.

 

So come along and discover the best places to buy fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, and other local specialties in Malta’s best farmers markets.

 

Ta’ Qali Market

Ta’ Qali Market is undoubtedly the largest and most popular farmers market in all of Malta, and it’s not hard to see why. Held on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7am to 3pm at Ta’ Qali, this bustling market offers visitors the chance to buy fresh, locally grown produce directly from the farmers for wholesale prices. With around 30 stalls set up, this market only sells Maltese produce, giving you a true taste of the island. But it’s not just fruit and vegetables on offer. You can also find a range of other locally produced goods, including bigilla, gbejniet, honey, bread, fish, and meat products.

The market is a great place to find fantastic deals on fresh produce, particularly towards the end of the day when farmers are looking to sell off their last remaining stock. And if you’re a skilled haggler, you’re almost guaranteed to bag yourself an impressive bargain.

 

Birkirkara Market

If you’re looking for a traditional market experience, Birkirkara Market is not to be missed. Held on Wednesday and Friday mornings in Tumas Fenech Street, close to the impressive St Helen’s Basilica, this open-air market offers a wide range of fresh produce, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as fresh fish and seafood.

The market is held in the heart of Birkirkara, one of the island’s oldest and most traditional villages. Here, locals gather to chat and haggle with vendors, many of whom they know on a first-name basis. Don’t miss the chance to experience the authentic village atmosphere and grab a bargain or two.

 

The Veg Box (Manikata)

Nestled in the rural countryside of Manikata is The Veg Box — a hidden gem for those seeking fresh, organic produce in Malta. The farm’s commitment to using traditional farming methods and pesticide-free cultivation results in vibrant, flavourful fruits and vegetables that are perfect for creating delicious, healthy meals. As you wander through the little shop on the farm, you’ll be surrounded by wicker baskets brimming with freshly plucked artichokes, beetroots, chard, marrows, broccoli, and a variety of other seasonal produce grown on-site.

In addition to their fresh produce, The Veg Box also offers a selection of health food products together with boho clothes, second-hand items, and upcycled furniture. And if you’re lucky enough to visit on a day when they’re hosting an event, you’ll be treated to even more surprises — from flea markets to music events, there’s always something exciting happening at The Veg Box. The farm is open to the public every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00am to 6:30pm, as well as the first Sunday of every month.

 

Marsaxlokk Market

Marsaxlokk is the best place on the island to pick up fresh fish. Arrive early in the morning and witness fishermen unload heaps of fresh catch, which are immediately sold on the market at fantastic prices. The market opens daily, but Sundays are particularly bustling with countless stalls selling all sorts of seafood, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, sweet pastries, and so much more. Don’t miss out on traditional treats like fig rolls, cannoli, and almond biscuits.

Aside from food, Marsaxlokk Market is also a great place to pick up local artisan handicrafts and knick-knacks, including bizzilla (Maltese lace). Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the market and experience the local village culture as you browse the colourful stalls and chat with the vendors.

 

It-Tokk (Gozo)

Located in the heart of Independence Square in Victoria, It-Tokk is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the finest local produce and delicacies on the island of Gozo. Open daily from morning until afternoon, the market offers a delightful stroll through the stalls of vendors selling sea-fresh catch of the day, caught by local fishermen. The fruit and vegetable stalls are a vibrant display of colours, offering the crispest and sweetest Mediterranean sun-ripened produce. The market is a paradise for food lovers and a great place to pick up ingredients for a Mediterranean feast. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste fresh Gozo cheeselets (known locally as gbejna), olives, and sun-dried tomatoes, among other delicious delicacies that are exclusive to the island.

 

Farmers markets in Malta provide a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors, showcasing the island’s rich agricultural heritage and culinary delights. Indulge in the freshest produce and delicacies while immersing yourself in Malta’s vibrant local communities. By supporting local farmers, you not only contribute to the sustainability of the Maltese agricultural industry but also get to savour the authentic taste of Malta’s finest foods. Happy exploring!

You might also enjoy