No visit to The Silent City would be complete without a trip to the unique Fontanella tea rooms. Their signature chocolate cake on the open terrace is a local tradition on Sunday afternoons. Night owls frequent the Vinum wine bar for sundowners in Mdina overlooking an outstanding view. Walking through the wrought iron gates of this fifty-year-old establishment, flanked by weathered limestone walls, feels like entering a slice of history. The quaint courtyard with its baroque fountain namesake has a display of sweet treats to tempt you. Set in the bastions of this fortified former capital, the red wooden door stands out against honeyed tones of meandering alleyways. Atop the stairwell, glass enclosures and al fresco tables ensure visitors can enjoy the panoramic views regardless of weather.
The hearty oven baked lasagna—the chef’s speciality—makes for a wholesome and satisfying lunch. The delicious vegan cake is a nod to contemporary trends and a commitment to remaining relevant in a venue that has been in the family for three generations. Some staples, such as the popular strawberry meringue cake recipe, remain unchanged since its inception. With the promise of freshly-baked delicacies daily, you can be sure of an unforgettable experience whenever you visit. The former capital is a gem, but Fontanella is a destination in itself.