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6 Antique Shops In Malta Worth Visiting!

  • Feb 27, 2021

...a time-warping experience!

Visiting an antique shop is always a wonderful, albeit, time-warping experience. If you’re visiting Malta and happen to love all things vintage, you’ll be pleased to learn that there are tens of antique shops on the islands, brimming with singular objects that reflect Malta’s rich history. 

Interested in learning more about Malta’s top antique shops? Keep reading!

Gigi’s Antiques & Collectibles – Birkirkara

Birkirkara’s Gigi’s Antiques & Collectibles has been waving the flag for pre-loved goods since 2012. Owner Gigi Zammit’s passion for local and international collectibles resulted in his very own independent, antique store. In light of COVID-19, Gigi’s Antiques & Collectibles have opened an online shop that enables vintage lovers to relish retro items during these strange times. Gigi and his team members are always on the lookout for collectibles from Malta’s past, so be sure to contact them on +356 79851150 if you happen to come across any vintage gems. 

Chattels – The Antique Shop – Lija

Chattels in Malta’s central town of Lija is not just any other antique shop. It’s a specialist store that caters to the niche market of old and period wine glasses. Chattels’ owners take pride in their collection of wine glasses plucked from different eras. Moreover, the dining room association extends to cutlery, candlesticks, ornaments, and the odd painting or two. 

Charlie’s Antiques – Marsalforn (Gozo)

Situated in a nondescript street in the seaside town of Marsalforn in Gozo, Charlie’s Antiques immediately transports you to a different era. Charlie’s motto is simple: “Some call it trash, but I call it a treasure.” This legendary Marsalforn antique store specialises in eclectic items, pre-loved goods, kooky collectibles, and higher-end antiques. All in all, it’s the perfect spot for an hour or two of pure escapism. 

Maltese Antiquarian Antique Store – Birkirkara

This classic antique shop is the perfect store for cartography aficionados as it specialises in antique maps of the Maltese islands. The owners have a passion for authentic and unique antique pieces, so expect Melitensia books, ornate chalice and paten sets, rare books dating back to the 1800s and 18th and 19th-century religious paraphernalia.  

Antique Memories – Fgura

Fgura’s Antique Memories should be your go-to antique store if you’re looking to transform your home into a bonafide, vintage wonderland. Here, you can find elegant, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces from Malta’s distant and not-so-distant past, ranging from ornate gradenzas (dining room sideboard) to mid-century sofas. Make sure not to leave Antique Memories without purchasing a traditional Maltese clock – also known as arlogg tal-lira in Maltese. These gilded, hand-crafted masterpieces used to be a sign of aristocracy and family prestige, and make excellent gifts if you want to impress a special someone. 

Treasure Antiques – Hamrun

This traditional antique shop in Hamrun satisfies the yearnings of all those who feel like they were born in the wrong century. Simply put, Treasure Antiques is a menagerie of antiques. Here, you’ll be able to find any trinket that your old soul desires. Product categories include (but are not limited to) furniture, silverware, paintings, clocks, fine porcelain, ceramics, glass, lamp, chandeliers and collectible items. If you happen to be in Hamrun, pop into Treasure Antiques, and treat yourself to a little retail therapy.