One year goes by so fast. I find myself saying this repeatedly these days. A year ago I was told by a good friend of mine about a little tearoom and cafe’ (thank goodness) in the heart of Naxxar. You should go, Anna said, you definitely should. So that’s basically how Flora’s, which I think must have been open for just around two days, went straight to the top of my places-to-visit list. I had moved to Malta with J the previous summer and was looking for quaint independent places where I could have good coffee and a piece of cake (or two) while chatting to my mum or for just reading a book. Needless to say, discovering Flora’s felt as if I hit the jackpot.
I will let the photos do most of the talking so I won’t ramble too much; I have documented that first visit in detail anyway. What I will say is that I have been there a few times without taking my camera, with members of my family and some friends, or on my own for some much needed quiet time. And this week, while quietly celebrating Flora’s one year anniversary I was so pleased to see that Dani’s beautiful establishment has grown in more ways than one.
It reminds me so much of those charming tearooms I visited while living in Surrey, combining that charming vintage setting, while still keeping it modern and fresh. It’s arguably something which I cannot really find anywhere else.
This is a success story. The square around the parish church is brimming with coffee places, but for me, there’s no place like it. Incidentally, while writing this post I came across the very talented Moira Zahra, who designed the logo and menus. The branding here worked. What I didn’t know is that Flora is Dani’s grandmother and the roses in the logo are there in her honour. I think Flora would be very proud to see all this.
The first year of any business is one of the hardest; there’s loads of competition around however they seem to be doing just fine. As far as the staff goes, the original team is still going strong, Emily, Richie and Dani of course, all absolutely delightful and smiling as always. I remember noticing their group dynamic on my first visit. They worked well together and still do now. I love the focus with which they put into their work, but they still manage to laugh and also to sweetly get angry at technology when that’s not working! There are also some newer faces – I look forward to get to know them. For me, it’s not all about the cupcakes.
Dani told me that they have started opening their doors at 9am from this week. Great news right there. They are now serving breakfast all week (except on Monday when they are closed for the day), until noon, and the lunch service starting right after that. Weekend breakfast has a second menu all to itself now, with a wider selection of items. This week they have what I’m calling We-don’t-skimp-on-the-Nutella Stack of pancakes of the week, which I’m afraid I couldn’t resist. Having said that, best thing is to try something new every visit. Next time I think it might be French Toast or another stack of pancakes with maple syrup and bacon. Don’t judge.
For those readers who asked me earlier, yes they do have Wi-Fi now. Frankly I was too distracted by my pancakes at one point to notice, however it’s especially useful to Instagram your food while you’re there.
So…Congratulations Dani and Happy Anniversary Flora’s. Here’s to many more!
(This is NOT a sponsored post.)