Michelin has announced plans to add Malta to its list of restaurant guides as of next year. The archipelago, located between Sicily and the North African coast in the Mediterranean Sea, becomes the 33rd destination covered by the French restaurant guide.

The local gastronomic scene is described as a rich heritage of culinary influences from Italy, North Africa and Great Britain.

Interest in Malta as a tourist destination has grown in recent years. According to the country’s tourism office, total inbound visitors grew 14 percent from 2017 to 2018 alone. Last year, the islands received 2.63 million visitors.

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“Our mission at the Michelin Guide has always been to highlight the best gastronomic establishments around the world to its readers, and today the Maltese culinary scene has talents that are worthy of discovery by foodies from around the world,” said international director Gwendal Poullennec in a statement.

“In the center of the Mediterranean, Malta is a very attractive cultural destination with a unique cuisine style which beautifully combines European influences and local traditions.”

Malta is the newest destination to receive Michelin coverage. The brand also announced plans to launch an inaugural guide for Slovenia in 2020.

The first Maltese selection will be revealed February 26, 2020.

Staff Writer