Original souvenirs to buy in Malta
1) Bristow Potteries
One of the oldest manufacturers of ceramics in Malta, this family-run business was founded in 1972. At any given time, they have more than 700 artistic products on display at their shop and factory, where you can admire the many different colours that are produced on site. They also do custom designs.
2) Mdina Glass
Malta’s oldest glassworks produces exquisitely decorated, handblown glassware, with rich colours and unique shapes and designs. Visit the shop and factory where you can see the artisans at work. The items on display include smaller items as well magnificent large pieces of glassware. A must-visit.
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3) Mediterranean Ceramics
The techniques and colour schemes used for these handmade ceramics are of Mediterranean inspiration. This family-run business is inspired by international artists, creating their own unique styles while drawing on local traditions. A great place to shop for decorative ceramics, household ceramics and other pieces of colourful ceramics for outdoor use.
4) George Zammit herb shop
As you walk down to the harbour, your nose may detects different smells wafting towards you. You are walking past the spice shop, the only one of its kind in Malta, which has been in business for more than 130 years and is still family-owned. No pre-packed sachets of herbs here. Simply buy the quantity you need, which is presented to you in the old-fashioned way – wrapped in greaseproof paper. Stop in to enjoy the myriad of smells.
5) Villa Bologna Pottery
This pottery producer moved into the old stables of an 18th-century stately home, with stunning gardens, which is also open to the public. Originally established in the 1920s, the pottery’s output has continued to evolve over the years, with different shapes and designs. Every piece is handcrafted by slip casting white earthenware clay. Pop into the small souvenir shop with its dazzling array of colourful pieces before you leave.
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