Postcard from Mdina

Mdina, also known as the Silent City, was once the ancient capital of Malta. With very few residents, you can walk the medieval walled city in virtual silence, especially when wandering through the deserted narrow side streets. Rabat, Mdina’s suburb city, is almost equally as enchanting. Visit it as well to see some incredible sights, and line up with the locals to eat some fine baked goods. Here are my musts of Mdina and Rabat, and what I wore.


Mdina |

See: St. Paul’s Cathedral + MuseumSee Mdina |

Purchase a ticket (adult €5, student €3.50) at the Museum to see both its impressive collection and the cathedral itself.Mdina |

Eat: at Fontanella Tea GardenEat Mdina |

Stop by this quaint, yet sprawling, tea garden for a light lunch or choose from an impressive menu (as I did) of cake + iced coffee. On the upper terrace you can see right across the country to Sliema.Fontanella

Mdina Eat

Do: Walk the narrow deserted alleyways, brightened by the honeyed limestone Mdina |

Streets Mdina |

While there, walk over to Mdina’s suburb city, Rabat.

Visit: Our Lady of the Grotto Dominican Priory, RabatVisit Mdina | cassiedrake.comThis hidden gem was by far the highlight of the day. Once a setting for the filming of the show Game of Thrones, the magnificent central courtyard is framed by an arched walkway along the perimeter. The upstairs is the still lived in by the Friars, so instead bask in the stillness of the lower gardens.Priory Rabat | cassiedrake.comRabat |


Eat: at Falzon Bakery, Rabat

Eat RabatThis little hole-in-the-wall bakery around the corner from (to the right of) Grotto and Parish Church of St. Paul is worth a line up for their pink nerd-sprinkled donuts alone.

Rabat BakeryRabat Bakery Donut

Dress: Juicy Couture , Sandals: Luxury Rebel (sim.), Sunglasses: Coach, Watch: Michael Kors, Chevron Knuckle Ring: Shashi, Herkimer Diamond Ring: Lumafina

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