Shoppers have a multitude of options ranging from traditional markets to modern malls in Malta. A wide variety of international clothing brands and departments stores such as Marks & Spencer have a presence here, so visitors should have little trouble locating and purchasing necessities or souvenirs. Malta is on the Euro so prices tend to be similar to the rest of Europe, although overseas visitors can take advantage of duty free allowances. The resort district of Sliema, near St Julians on Malta’s northeast coast, is the main shopping district for fashion, with many local and designer labels including Armani and Tommy Hilfiger having stores there.
Specialty shops and markets such as the ones at Monti and Merchant Street in Valetta offer a more uniquely Maltese shopping experience to pick up local handicrafts such as baskets, glassware or lace. Maltese craftspeople have been producing gold and silver jewelry since the 15th century. Tourists can purchase items and see artisans at work at the craft village of Ta’ Qali. The St. James Cavalier Center for Creativity is a great place to see art on display along with other local galleries in Valetta.