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Crystal Palace

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84, Triq San-Pawl, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 1240, Malta
+356 2145 3323
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the only place one should eat pastizzi in Malta, wonderful experience that should be tried at least once

Thank James S
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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183 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a real local "Mans"hangout not good for anything else other than walking in buying some of their delicious Pastizzi at an amazing 30cents each and taking them somewhere else to enjoy. Don't get me wrong although you are stared at by the various maltese "Rab C Nesbitt types,it's in a friendly way. Open late this tiny cafe is... More 

Thank bluesbuddah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

All the locals who've heard I was going to Rabat told me to try the pastizzi in the Crystal Palace. It looks like a tiny, remotely sketchy bodega, with old men sitting outside, smoking and drinking Kinnie soda - but inside in the always-working stone oven lie excellent pastries. These are not for the health obsessed - the Pastizzi pastries... More 

1 Thank 170anatz
Rabat, Malta
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I used to stoop by this shop every morning before I catch my bus to school. Their pastizzi are my favorite on the Maltese islands, the best.

Thank clamabor
Geneva, Switzerland
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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was recommended to me by a Maltese friend who said they have the best pastizzi on the island, and he was not wrong! Delicious, and cheap too! It's very "local" and not somewhere you would go for fine dining, but get a couple of pastizzis, pull up a chair (or get them to take away and eat them... More 

Thank barryjf
Rabat, Malta
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Nobody will beat this place. It's the best place to go and try the traditional Maltese Pastizzi. Wow

Thank Caralbsam
Swieqi, Malta
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

The best place to experience pastizzi and tea / coffee the real Maltese way. An experience like none other!!

Thank Ian S
Gravesend, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

OK its a little shabby and comes across as a 'local place for local people' but Crystal Palace sells the best pastizzis on the island at an amazing 30 cents each. Wash a couple down with a cold Minnie for the real taste of Malta and the Maltese.

Thank Duncan P
Il Gzira, Malta
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is a must every time i go to Rabat or Mdina, a quick stop by this place for a couple of pastizzi either to eat there or bring outside and sit on one of the benches.

Thank mtabone89
Rabat, Malta
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The crystal palace or as its known in rabat as is serkin is a typical maltese traditional bar where one drinks tea or coffee out of the glass.Tea is made in the huge urn the old fashioned way.There cheesecakes or as we say in maltese pastizzi are fresh round the clock practically 24hrs a day since this bar does not... More 

Thank David C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Fast food, Mediterranean
Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 84, Triq San-Pawl, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 1240, Malta
  • Location: Europe  >  Malta  >  Island of Malta  >  Rabat
  • Phone Number: +356 2145 3323

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?