Welcome to our first Bébé’s Day Out!
If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably found yourselves heading to the same coffee shop down the road, and the same swings set in the area, ever since your little one was born.
You crave a bit of change in your routine (nothing too crazy, but a change of scenery would be nice!) but you have no idea where to go. Does that sound familiar?
In this series, we hope to inspire parents on the islands to explore different villages and regions with their kids. We’ve done all the research for you – from the best stops for coffee and a snack to the most recommended route for an afternoon stroll.
A full day’s itinerary – all you have to do is drive there!
We’re kicking things off in the cute, central village of Ħaż-Żebbuġ in Malta (not to be confused with Żebbuġ in Gozo!)
With the Central Link project currently underway, you’d want to check your route before you get there as driving there through Attard has become a little tricky now. It might be easier to head there from Qormi, taking Mdina Road, or if you’re coming down from the north, enjoy the picturesque drive from the Mosta area, taking you through Triq ta’ Buqana.
Not a problem here! If you’re starting with breakfast, head to the centre and you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding street parking. Things might get busier on Thursdays because of the Monti (market) which sets up under the lush trees of Triq Sciortino, but buying some fresh fruit and veggies could be an attraction in itself, so don’t let this deter you!
Head to The Pancake Parlour. Just a few steps away from the church pjazza (map pin here), you’ll first spot the beautiful, original sign “Coronation Bar”. This spot turns into a warm wine bar in the evenings, but serves up delicious coffee (and babycinos!) in the mornings, as well as the most indulgent pancakes for miles.
Healthy options are also on the extensive menu. We tried the Breakfast option: mini pancakes, mini bufala balls, a bagel with cream cheese, parma ham, cherry tomatoes and blueberries. It was perfect for sharing with the toddlers!
They’ve got seating inside and outside, so you can enjoy it whatever the weather – although booking ahead is recommended!
It’s super spacious, surrounded by trees and even has some beautiful wall art, making it a lovely space to sit back on the bench and soak in the sun while the kids have a good runaround.
If you’re getting peckish and need a bite, Lungo Cafe is right next to the church. We can recommend their yummy pasta dishes, and they also have quick wraps and burgers if you’re looking for something lighter.
Whether it’s time for the younger ones to nap, or the older ones to run around, why not head to the beautiful valley for some quality time in nature?
Wied il-Ħesri is easily accessible by car (drive to this spot and park). If the kids are on bikes or scooters, or you’re pushing a pram, you can enjoy the walk along the many concrete paths. If you’re on foot, we recommend heading in this direction as it’s completely car-free, wild and beautiful.
If it’s raining, or you want to get out of the hot sun, there are quite a few surprising options to add an element of fun to your day:
- Tal-Karmnu Farm Shop
Open from 4pm-7pm on weekdays (except Tuesday) and from 8am-12pm on weekends, this really is a hidden gem that the kids are bound to love! (map pin here)Step into the world of a sheep farmer and ask the owners to peek behind the shop counter.
They’re super friendly and would love to introduce you to their huge flock of sheep in the next room! Just remember to sample their delicious homemade treats on your way out. We recommend picking up something for home – everything they sell is all-natural and super tasty.
They sometimes host special events, like sheep shearing or open weekends, so keep an eye on their Facebook page.
- Tal-Karmnu Farm Shop
- Malta Table Tennis Klabb
Turns out one of the top table tennis spots is right here in Żebbuġ – and you can book a table for your kids without being a member!The tables are available to kids of all ages, and they even take family bookings.A 90-minute booking is €10 per table, and that includes raquet rental if you don’t have your own.
If you’re vibing with the place, why not drop the kids off to bed and head back here for a cheeky date night? You might be surprised to know that Żebbuġ has not one, but two well-reviewed restaurants right in the church pjazza:
Known as the restaurant “where past meets present”, Tax-Xiħa is known for giving a modern, mouthwatering spin to traditional Maltese recipes and rustic delicacies.
Using fresh, local produce as standard, it’s another winner in the eyes of the reviewers.
And there you have it! A fun-filled day in a village you might not have even considered in the past.
Keep your eyes on our Activities section for our next Bébé’s Day Out review!