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“It takes time, but it will get there....”
Review of Strait Street

Strait Street
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Valletta Small-Group Walking Tour
Ranked #19 of 91 things to do in Valletta
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 31 January 2013

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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Reviewed 26 January 2013

just the normal small street youd find in valletta. nothing so special. so no need to hype or fuss about. some small cafeterias are opening up business instead of the old bars that once ruled on during the 2nd world war.

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Reviewed 31 December 2012

It was "The Gut" Now just another street with one new bar showing early raunchy moves. A couple of the old bar signs still hanging. Just!!. In it's heyday it was something you had to see to believe. Happy daze.

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Reviewed 14 December 2012

this was the place to be many years ago as a service man sadly has now been left to rot Iwasnt expecting it to be the way it was but think that maybe a bit of a clean up wouldnt have gone amiss

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Reviewed 7 November 2012

This street, whose name means "Narrow Street" (which title it truly desrves), has one of the most colourful histories in Valletta, having been once littered with pubs and locales visited by sailors during Malta's maritime heyday. It also acquired a reputation for being "a place of lose morals" during this time. With less sailors visiting, the places closed down over time and the street became neglected, leaving behind a number of abandoned buildings. A push in recent years has led to the opening of new locales and the hosting of one-off events in some of the old buildings. The place is beginning to look better thanks to this new lease of life, although there is still a long way to go to transform it into a life-centre again.

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