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Where fun knows no bounds: The top things to do in St Julian’s, Malta

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If you’ve been researching your trip to Malta, you’ve likely come across the vibrant nightlife scene the island is famous for. Much of this excitement is concentrated in the town of St Julian’s (known as San Giljan in Malta), renowned for its abundance of restaurants, bars, and clubs. The area known as Paceville stands out as Malta’s nightlife epicentre, where parties and endless nights of dancing await.

However, St Julian’s has much more to offer than just its nightlife. In this guide, we’ll explore the top things to do in St Julian’s, ensuring you make the most out of your trip to Malta. Whether you’re into dining, family-friendly fun, or simply relaxing by the sea, St Julian’s has something for everyone.

Stroll along the scene St Julian’s Promenade

St Julian’s sea-front promenade, which stretches along the coast towards Sliema, is one of Malta’s top spots for a leisurely stroll. It’s especially enchanting during summer sunsets when the area comes alive with evening joggers, casual strollers, dog walkers, and tourists enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. In addition to the picturesque walk and stunning horizon views, the promenade is lined with kiosk restaurants where you can grab a refreshing ice cream or a light snack. It’s the perfect way to soak up the local vibes and enjoy the Mediterranean evening.

St. GeorgeSt. George‘s Bay, St. Julian’s Malta
Balluta Bay, St. JulianBalluta Bay, St. Julian’s.

Enjoy eclectic dining from around the world

Whatever you’re craving, St Julian’s has it all. The area is brimming with fantastic restaurants, from casual street food spots to more refined dining establishments. You’ll find a wide range of cuisines, including Mediterranean, Maltese, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Cuban, and Thai, among many others. In addition to the diverse dining options, there are numerous bars to enjoy. Whether you’re in the mood for a laid-back hangout or a lively evening, St Julian’s has the perfect venue for you and your party.

Shop until you drop

While the neighbouring town of Sliema is famed for its shopping, St Julian’s is also a retail hotspot, thanks to its two popular shopping malls. At Bay Street Shopping Complex and Mercury Shopping District, you’ll find a variety of big-name fashion brands alongside stores specialising in cosmetics, jewellery, tech, video games, music, toys, and more. Whether you’re looking to update your wardrobe or pick up some souvenirs, St Julian’s offers a fantastic shopping experience. So, prepare to shop until you drop.

Dance the night away in Paceville

No discussion of St Julian’s is complete without mentioning the nightlife in Paceville. This bustling district, stretching from Spinola Point to Dragonara Point, is packed with nightclubs, bars, pubs, and other entertainment venues. In the height of summer, the area is lively every night, with partygoers dancing and enjoying music until the early hours. Here are a few tips for a night out in Paceville. Most clubs offer free admission unless there’s a special event. The legal age for entry is 18, so bring your ID along. And remember, the party really gets going after 11pm, so there’s no rush to arrive early.

Roll the dice at a casino

For those who enjoy the thrill of a casino, St Julian’s boasts some well-respected establishments. Here, you can look forward to popular table games, poker, and slot machines. These casinos are typically more on the upscale side of things, so smart casual attire is required for entry. Many also offer dining and drinks, enhancing the overall experience. As always, remember to gamble responsibly to enjoy your casino experience.

Casino in St. JulianCasino in St. Julian’s, Malta.

Take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea

St Julian’s features a couple of excellent swimming spots for a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean Sea. Balluta Bay is a favourite among locals and visitors, particularly thanks to the neo-gothic Knisja tal-Karmnu church and the striking art nouveau Balluta Buildings that crest the bay. In the Paceville area, you’ll find the popular St George’s Bay. This beach gets quite busy during the summer, so arriving early is key to securing a good spot. That said, it’s not uncommon to see people enjoying a nighttime swim under the moonlight, when the crowds have gone, making St George’s Bay a charming swimming destination.

Enjoy some family-friendly thrills

While St Julian’s largely caters to adults, it also boasts some excellent family-friendly attractions. Malta’s largest cinema complex is located here, always featuring the latest blockbuster releases. Additionally, you’ll find a bowling alley, laser tag arena, and video game arcades, offering plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy together.

Get the most out your St Julian’s visit with AX Hotels

If you’re staying at one of our award-winning AX Hotels in Sliema, Qawra, or Valletta, reach out to our service team for personalised recommendations and tips to maximise your Paceville and St Julian’s nightlife experience. We can provide suggestions from our trusted partners and top tips on the best places to visit for a fun-filled time for everyone in your group.

Rooftop outdoor pool at 5-star AX The Palace in Sliema MaltaRooftop outdoor pool at 5-star AX The Palace in Sliema Malta. Image credits go to Visit Malta.

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