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The Biggest and Best Flea Market in Malta

15 July, 2018 16 comments

I’ve lived in Malta for 8 years and only just discovered that this little island is home to a hoard of open air food markets and retro/vintage flea markets. They’re not really widely advertised and the kind of thing you have to just hear about or stumble across so I wanted to let you all in on the islands best kept secret: Birgu flea market in Malta!

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What to Expect at Birgu Flea Market in Malta

Despite the lack of actual car-boots, this is what I’d call a car-boot sale back in England. A small carpark type area is stuffed full of stalls with people selling everything from tools, to car parts, to house plants, to vintage cups, glasses and brass-wear. There are clothes, questionable used old makeup and more characters packed into one small space than I’ve ever seen before.

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Birgu Flea Market Opening Hours

The flea market in Birgu, Malta is open on Tuesdays and Sundays. I’ve not yet made it down on a Tuesday due to work but if you’re here on vacation, I’d recommend giving Tuesday a go as it’s likely to be quieter than Sunday. But Sunday is amazing for people watching. We’ve seen people dressed like 14th century noblemen, women in full on Saturday night club gear, complete with stilettos, people pushing their dogs along in a pushchair, hippies, goths and just about everything you can imagine in-between.

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The people are fascinating. The way they hunt and barter. The way they’ll shove you out of the way, as if you’re invisible, despite there being plenty of room to walk around. The way they’ll scream and shout at the vendors, but eventually close the sale. Then, the items for sale are even more enthralling. We mainly head towards old school cups, mugs, glasses, bottles and trays (desperately looking for vintage ‘Kinnie‘ memorabilia) but you’ll find 4 foot high dog statues, chairs that you’ll remember from your own grandparents houses, creepy dolls, even creepier mannequins.

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The place is fun, freaky and full of hidden treasures if you give yourself the time to really look around and dig amongst the piles of abandoned junk. Whenever I walk around it reminds me strongly of my childhood as so much of the style is the kind of thing we had in our house and my grandparents houses when I was growing up. It’s a feeling of nostalgia that brings a smile to my face every time I go.

16 comments

Miuh 16 July, 2018 - 8:32 am

This is a great one, I didn’t know, anything like this exists in Malta… Have not been on the Island for a while now, but this is one I note for the next time. All the Best, Miuh

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Nadia 21 July, 2018 - 5:12 pm

Hi again!

So my father and I decided to go to Malta for our summer holiday, and I am so thriller that we did!! We have been here for five days and still have four to go. We are both finsing this country amazing and fascinating!

We were thinking about going to the Marsaxlokk fish market tomorrow, but after already visiting a couple of days ago, and now reading somewhat gloomy reviews about the fish market on tripadvisor, we are now thinking about spending the day elsewhere.

I actually noticed there is going to be a festa at Msida tomorrow, so we thought that might be a better way to spend out day. Have you ever attende a festa here at Malta, and do you have any idea as to what time of day we should aim to be there? Would hate getting there hours before/after the whole shebang, you know

Best regards,
Nadia

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Rhi 21 July, 2018 - 6:32 pm

So glad you’re having a great time! I’ve been to the fish market and I really like it but if you’ve seen Marsaxlokk already I’d recommend doing something else and a festa is a great idea!

You’ll see the Msida church all lit up beautifully, a marching band will walk the streets, they might carry a religious statue through the streets although that bit might be tomorrow. There will be donut stalls and I’d recommend getting some fresh, sugar donuts to enjoy! I’d say around 730/8 would be a good time to get there.

Have a wonderful time!

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Ori Lenkinski 12 August, 2018 - 7:21 pm

Hi! Any idea if the flea market is open next Sunday?

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Rhi 13 August, 2018 - 12:56 pm

I’m not 100% sure, but so far it’s been open every Sunday since I discovered it :)

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Michael 1 September, 2018 - 10:25 pm

I don’t know if it is still a thing. When I was a child I used to go at car boot sales in Ta’Qalli with my grandparents every Sunday in the early naughties .They used to sell antique memorabilia to old records and cassettes.

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Rhi 2 September, 2018 - 6:59 pm

I will look into this and see if it’s still going, thank you!

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elena 15 October, 2018 - 4:10 pm

Ummm any idea what time its open??

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Rhi 15 October, 2018 - 4:17 pm

Not sure of the official time but I think early like maybe 7 or 8 AM

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Frank 21 October, 2018 - 1:39 pm

Thanks for the authentic description of this real flea market. If you expect a typical market
for tourists then you should forget about this
event.

You can find everything – from A-Z and old and new. For a short walk of approx. 1,5 hour
max. it is ok.
We arrived at 10:30 and more or less one hour is enough but this is up to you. Parking no problem at all.
After a short work you can find several nice places for a drink and/or snack. Overall a very nice area.

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Kris Ferrin 31 May, 2019 - 6:17 pm

Hy RHI, do you have any idea about the fleet market in Birgu, it’s there still open? I moved to Malta & I would like
to visit it. Thanks for the good information you gave us.

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Kris Ferrin 31 May, 2019 - 6:18 pm

Hy RHI, do you have any idea about the flea market at Birgu, it’s there still open? I moved to Malta & I would like
to visit it. Thanks for the good information you gave us.

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Rhi 2 June, 2019 - 12:46 pm

Yes still open :) every Sunday morning!

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Vikki Pollard 17 November, 2019 - 11:58 pm

Hi, going to Malta in December, can anyone tell me if the flea market/boot sale would be still on

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Rhi 19 November, 2019 - 8:57 am

It should still be on, it’ll just depend on the weather each Sunday morning!

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Vikki Pollard 19 November, 2019 - 9:58 am

Thank you so very much, I guess the weather is the question, on the day

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