It's a long, slow process, and the street will never quite recapture what it was in its heyday simply because the days of the Royal British Navy, the raison d'etre as the entertainment hub in Valletta, are long since gone. But if you look close enough, you will see the gradual rehabilitation of this street. Some of the best restaurants (Palazzo Preca and Pappanis), Wine Bars (Trabuxu, Whiskey & Bistro, Tico Tico), the evident resurfacing and works-in-progress of some refurbished buildings indicate a clear message... a silent evolution of Strait Street. For those interested in knowing its past.. the book 'Strada Stretta - The Gut, which for many years lit up Valletta' has now also been translated in English.
It's unlikely to find Strait Street busy duirng weekday evenings, however Friday and Saturday nights, the area is attracting the local 'cool crowd'. So if you are anywhere in the city, walk down to Piazza San Gorg and turn left into Old Theatre Street just off Marks and Spencer, you may just like the feel of things.
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