Mdina Glass

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Mdina Glass
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Ann S
London, UK7 contributions
Ta'Qali is advertised as a craft village. I wouldn't call it a village in the traditional sense, it is more a series of square blocks with well laid out and air con showrooms for the various crafts of Malta. There are gemstones and jewellery in one, pottery in another, glass a third and so on. Because the local busses no longer run directly here you have to either have a hire car, join a tour bus, get a taxi or walk about 1/2 a mile from the main road. This has left the craft traders a bit isolated, which is a shame. We watched the glass blowers and bought some lovely glass items. Worth the visit, but not in 35 degree heat and 85% humidity if you decide to walk from the bus. Walk in the winter, air con transport in the summer.
Written 1 August 2022
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GoldenMom99
Highlands Ranch, CO77 contributions
There are very few things I buy when I go to Europe...they include: Wine, Chocolate, Christmas Ornaments and Hand Blown/Created Glass. Mdina Glass did not disappoint. We first saw the small store in Mdina and they told us about the factory store so we held off buying anything. The concierge at our hotel said to make sure we look at the 50% sections since they have great deals with either minor defects (which I think make the piece unique) or is a color scheme that is going out of style. It's a good thing we only had limited time because I could have spent the day at the factory. We picked out a beautiful blue and green bowl from the 50% off that was marked 225 EU which they charged us 112 EU. The reason it was marked down was they were no longer making that color combo and had very few pieces left. I wanted something big for my dining room table and this is perfect. We took them up on shipping which was about an extra 60 and included insurance. We purchased on April 19th and they said it would arrive in about a month. We had a shipping notification a few days after it was purchased. Imagine our happy surprise when it arrived on our doorstep on May 2nd. We had only been home for a day so we are lucky it didn't arrive before we did!!

As an FYI....we paired this outing with a trip to the cathedral in Motha first thing in the morning because we had that 1/2 open. The other convenient time to visit the factory would be before or after you go to Mdina and Rabat.
Written 12 May 2022
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Szabin
London, UK359 contributions
Solo
A massive factory and shop, everything is glass.
Really nice handcraft items, prices are okay (not too expensive), they also offer postal service to Europe for extra charge.

I have allergy for metal so I was looking for a bracelet with glass pieces but with 925 silver parts and they didn’t have anything like that, everything was with wire or stainless steel.
Written 24 March 2022
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Alexander E
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Worldwide shipping, but only worthwhile if it actually arrives. The tracking for your courier didnt work, and you refused to help us when we asked.

It was returned back to you and now you say we need to pay Shipping (€37) and insurance (€15) again if we ever want to receive it. Your customer services said 'From our part, we have done our job correctly as we did send your parcel and it has arrived to your post office. It is up to the clients to track their parcel and up to your postal service to update you with delivery status. I am sorry I cannot help you further.'

Did it arrive at our local post office??? We were never told and the tracking didnt work - why wouldnt you help us? This is a warning to anyone thinking of ordering for international delivery.
Written 6 March 2022
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Paradise60869
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WARNING NON EU COUNTRY CITIZEN BUYERS! I am a seasoned traveler. A retired U.S. Military, Airline, and now private jet pilot who has traveled to Europe for business and pleasure since 1968. Please heed this advice: Whenever possible make your medium to large purchases using a credit card. Obtain and use a credit card which DOES NOT charge “Foreign Transaction Fees” before traveling abroad. This is VERY IMPORTANT! WHY? You do not want to be charged 2%-5% by your bank for the privilege of converting foreign currency into your country’s currency. BUT...REALLY IMPORTANT IS: If in Euroland, like I was in Malta a couple days ago, MAKE SURE you are charged in the local currency on your credit card. If purchase is priced in Euros then get charged in Euros...not your credit card currency in dollars, pounds, or whatever. I purchased 290 Euros worth of merchandise from Medina’ Glass using my premium Chase credit card which has no foreign transaction fees. The lady never asked for my permission to charge me in US dollars, but she did. So, their bank charged me 5% to convert Euros to US Dollars. TOTALLY UNNECESSARY! And, this is on top of the standard Euro-World “nanny state” value added tax (VAT) of 18%. I caught this the next day and complained to Mdina’ Glass. They said my original purchase would be refunded and recharged in Euros. We will see, and I will let you know what happens. I’m convinced that this is a soft scam. Think of the thousands of foreign bus tourists taken to Mdina’ Glass every year and are charged in their home country currency rather than in Euros with a 5% change fee from Mdina’ Glass’s bank. And I would bet my dollar to your penny that Mdina’ Glass gets a kick back from the 5% their bank charges YOU! Plus, credit card exchange rates are the best and you can contest the charge if you believe a scam occurred. Buy and pay smart.
Written 13 December 2020
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Jimvin
Caterham, UK891 contributions
Was recommended the company, nice manufacturer of glass. Not cheap. Just bought a coaster as a memento, 7 euros 50.
Written 22 March 2020
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Paul James H
150 contributions
Solo
I went to Mdina to look at the church there, and came across this excellent shop.
What struck me the most was the decanters, tumblers and wine glass multi-coloured display.

But they also do religious pictures, and Christmas items.

It's a two story shop, that hand makes the items in a nearby factory.
Written 8 March 2020
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nikkilou1969
Lincolnshire, UK97 contributions
Couples
This place was actually the best place we visited all week. Stunning glass work that you get to see made. I can’t tell you how brilliant the glass was, you really need to visit to appreciate it. We could have bought lots but were flying via Ryanair so didn’t want to take many fragile items with us..
Please go!
Written 25 January 2020
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Patricia K
State College, PA30 contributions
Beautiful glass! Were able to see work being done. Prices for pieces reasonable. It would have been great to have more time there.
Written 16 December 2019
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doomande
Roskilde, Denmark17 contributions
My girlfriend and I found a vase that was marked as 50% sale and brought it to the counter, had to discuss with the people in the store if it was or wasn't on sale since it "only had a small fault, and have already been lowered in price".
Written 5 December 2019
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