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The history of Bisazza Street

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The History of Bisazza Street

Monday 31 Aug 2020

Bisazza Street is one of the main landmark locations in Sliema. At most times, it is frequented by several tourists and locals alike, due to it being one of the shopping centres in Sliema. Throughout most days, especially in the summer, you will find it packed with people, who would normally be tending to their shopping needs. Bisazza Street was constructed by the late architect Joseph Attard and opened in the 1950s.

There was a time when Bisazza Street was not as busy as it is today. In the past, there were other locations which were popular for shopping and back in the 1950’s, there were surely not as many shops as there are today. In the not so recent past, Bisazza Street was a route in which cars could pass through and traffic would congregate.


One of the landmark milestones etched in Bisazza Street’s history dates to 1993, back when The Plaza opened its doors for the first time.The Plaza was not always a shopping centre. From the 1950s up until the 1980s, it was a cinema. In the late 1980s,The Plaza owners teamed up with Majestic Theatres to set up the shopping centre, the first of its kind, making it the iconic development that we know it today.

Back in 2005, Bisazza Street was earmarked for a major development which brought about significant changes. What was then a busy street, transitioned into a pedestrian area where people could tend to their shopping needs without being concerned about large volumes of traffic. The project to turn Bisazza Street into a pedestrian area was completed in 2011.

Frank Vincentz, Malta – Sliema – Triq Bisazza 03 iesCC BY-SA 3.0

The original idea to reduce the amount of traffic which was going through that area was put on the backburner in the early 1990s, due to the proposed development. During that period, it was deemed that the time was not right.

As one would expect, there were those who opposed the development. One of the reasons revolved around the fact that buses would drop thousands of tourists in Bisazza Street and thus would allow them to browse through the shops which would be within arm’s reach. There were complaints at a time, that shops were closing down and nobody would invest in that area.

On the other hand, we have those who argue against re-opening Bisazza Street for traffic as it is now one of the few places within Sliema where pedestrians can enjoy a walk without the hustle and bustle brought about by cars.

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From Valletta to Sliema

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From Valletta to Sliema

Monday 31 Aug 2020

Whether you are a local and also if you are a tourist, you will definitely enjoy what Valletta and Sliema have to offer. Valletta, the capital city of Malta is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, holding over three hundred and twenty monuments and boasting a rich historical landscape. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site!

Olga Prystai, Panorama of Valletta, CC BY-SA 4.0

Sliema, on the other hand, is a leader when it comes to the most visited locations in Malta. Both locations are quite close to each other, and they also offer the opportunity for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Sliema, Malta” (CC BY 2.0) by M McBey

If you are on holiday or else have the time to treat yourself, you should definitely visit both Valletta and Sliema. Following a few hours in Valletta, you should definitely make your way to one of Malta’s main shopping locations, Sliema. There are different ways how you can make your way to Sliema from Valletta.

We suggest the ferry!

Steering away from the usual means of transport, including both cars and buses, the ferry offers a different travel experience, one which you will definitely enjoy. You will get to appreciate the beautiful sea which separates Sliema and Valletta, under the brimming Maltese sunshine.

HnapelSliema to Valletta Ferry hnapel 01CC BY-SA 4.0

So how do you get to the ferry?

Once you are in Valletta, you can make your way to the Marsamxett Harbour kiosk. That is the only place where you can catch the ferry to Sliema. You will then need to line up, so that you may pay the fare and board.

Once that is out of the way, you can enjoy your fifteen-minute trip as you gaze at the clear blue sea and indulge in the beautiful surroundings.

Once you arrive at Sliema you will have plenty to do! There are various shops where you can browse new clothes, gadgets, beauty products, and practically most retail items you can think of. Whilst there, it would be a pity to miss out on a short walk across the promenade where you can experience the Sliema bustle and outstanding sea view. Just spending a few minutes looking at the picturesque Sliema sea view is enough to clear your head.

The beauty of Sliema revolves around the fact that you can enjoy it at any time of the day that you visit. Staying in Sliema during the evening means that you have ample choice to select a good restaurant for a delightful meal or a couple of drinks from one of the bars.

The activities you can undertake in Sliema are endless and visiting it via the ferry only adds to the pleasant experience.

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Keeping cool during summer

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Keeping cool during summer

Thursday 06 Aug 2020

The summer in Malta brings in an eagerly anticipated couple of months. It is that time of year where you can dress more comfortably, enjoy one of Sliema’s beautiful seaside areas, organise BBQ’s and indulge in several other activities. Needless to say, amidst the scorching heat, you will need to take all the opportunities you can to keep yourself cool.

So how can you keep yourself cool during summer?

Keep yourself hydrated and fresh

Drinking plenty of liquids ensures that you remain hydrated, together with eating healthy food items such as fruit. Speaking of which, why not try a delicious and freshly prepared fruit juice from Dr Juice? Here at The Plaza you can enjoy one of these flavourful juices, keeping you nice and fresh throughout these hot summer months.

Take care of your body

The summer can take its toll on your skin, leaving you with bouts of acne, sunburn, dry and irritated skin and any other rashes which may be caused by the sometimes, unbearable heat. This underlines the importance of having the right skin products at hand, as the summer months loom. If skincare is on your mind, you would do well to pay a visit to The Body Shop, where you can browse through the different natural products available. Just before you leave, you will have the opportunity to visit the Franks perfumery. A place which will undoubtedly help you keep fresh and smell good during these hot summer months.

Eat cool food

Summer is synonymous with cool food, where many would want to experiment with less hot options. One favourite summer dish is definitely sushi. And speaking of sushi, at The Plaza you can order your own selected assortment of sushi sets from Wasabi!

Some swimming

Whilst you are in Sliema, you can enjoy the beautiful sea that surrounds the location. What better way to keep yourself fresh and cool this summer other than through a good swim? You will also shed a few pounds! And if you are still looking for a swimsuit, have a stroll at the various retail shops found here at The Plaza. Something will surely match your taste!

Enjoy the summer and keep cool!

What’s in the Plaza

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What’s in the Plaza?

Thursday 06 Aug 2020

Whilst you are strolling within the beautiful bustle of Sliema, being sun-kissed by the exceptional Maltese sunshine, you may be tempted to visit The Plaza. You may ask, so what’s in The Plaza that’s worth visiting? The quick answer?  A number of retail shops and outlets to cater for your shopping necessities and culinary delights!

Pamper yourself

Here at The Plaza, you will finda number of outlets specifically designed to make you feel good. Perhaps it’s time for a change of hairstyle or your monthly grooming routine. You are in good hands at Antonio’s Barber Shop and Toni & Guy. So if you are craving that razor sharp, or very sleek look, either for an important event, or simply because you deserve it, head your way down here at The Plaza, to get that wonderful and stylish look.

Pamper yourself – Round 2

Your body deserves the best and that is precisely what The Body Shop can deliver. With the wide range of make-up, skincare and hair care products, you will definitely find the natural quality that you deserve. Whilst you are here, do visit Franks, another outlet focused on perfumery, make-up and skin, for both men and women. For those looking to experiment with make-up, they can visit Lucy!

Shop till you drop

The unique combination of retail shops available here at The Plaza is tailored to cater for all your shopping needs. Looking for a new shirt? Or some shoes? A fancy new dress? You are guaranteed a satisfying shopping experience. So, let’s say it’s time for a new suit. The Plaza hosts one of the leading and most respected names in formal men’s tailoring. We all know about Bortex! Visiting Bortex means enjoying a personalised experience where you can browse through different formal wear, being guided by expert staff into making a purchase decision which suits and benefits you.

All the food in the world 

Through a recently spearheaded initiative, namely the food court, visitors can enjoy a scrumptious meal guaranteed to tickle their taste buds. Through the catering outlets available, visitors can enjoy various cuisines including Chinese, Indian, Hawaiian, sushi, Italian, Peruvian, Venezuelan and homemade burgers. It probably is the only place in Malta where you can find all these international flavours under one roof.

For those who do not have the time for a longer dining experience, one can also opt for a light snack on the go, from Subway or Leaf, together with a refreshing beverage from Dr Juice!

Special gifts for the little ones

Here at The Plaza, one can also buy gifts and items for toddlers and young kids. If you are expecting a baby, what better way to greet your new addition than with the variety of items found at Mothercare?Here you will find a wide range of children’s clothing, furniture and home furnishings, bedding, feeding, bathing, travel equipment, toys and maternity wear.You can also browse for toys, party supplies, games, novelties, puzzles, books and outdoor toys at Junior’s!

New Devices

Need a new smartphone, laptop or tablet? At Intercomp, you will find leading brands for all such devices.

Excited? Come on over and see for yourself what’s in The Plaza.