10 Best Places To Eat In Maputo, Mozambique

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Mozambican cuisine is a fusion of African, Portuguese, Arabic and Mediterranean influences to create mouthwatering flavors. It’s capital, Maputo is continually exploring new tastes and eating venues are constantly emerging using traditional menus to the more iconic dishes such as their famous Piri-Piri. With the country seemingly having an endless coastline, it’s no surprise that seafood dishes are some of their specialties: calamari, prawns, sea bass, are served up skewered, grilled or curried. Whether your tastes are for fine dining, just looking for a lunchtime snack or find the perfect place to watch the sun go down, make sure you choose some of these best places to eat in Maputo, Mozambique on your travels.

1. Zambi

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Nestled right in the heart of Maputo Bay, Zambi is a vibrant dining spot with stunning sea views. Its location overlooks Maputo Bay and the suburb of Catembe. This restaurant is known for its excellent seafood dishes as well as Nikkei sushi. The place also offers gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options for diners with a special diet. It is a great dining spot for those who wish to taste authentic Mozambican cuisine, as well as delicious European and Portuguese fare made from locally sourced ingredients.

Aside from the dishes, this restaurant also boasts a wide selection of wines and other drinks. Choose the perfect wine to pair with your dinner and enjoy the beautiful vistas from this fine restaurant. If you can’t decide, the friendly staff is always happy to help.


Address: Av. 10 de Novembro, 8, Maputo, Mozambique

Website: Zambi

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 12pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 11pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm

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2. Dhow Cafe

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Posted by Dhow Moçambique on Thursday, 11 May 2017

Situated in a quiet neighborhood close to the President’s residence, is one of the most popular places to eat, drink and gaze at the wonderful sunset over Maputo. The Dhow Cafe cooks up Mediterranean cuisine with a Greek influence so while you get to tuck into authentic dishes such as Flue (check) and Klettico, enjoy the friendly, relaxed atmosphere under the colorful skyline. It’s tastefully decorated with a passion and the adjoining gallery and gift shop are great for pursuing unique mementos. Just don’t get carried away with all the exquisite cocktails!

Dhow Moçambique

Address: Rua de Marracuene, No. 4 Maputo, Mozambique +258 21 492115

Website: Dhow Moçambique

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3. Chez Fred

This relatively new cafe and bakery has hit the spot with both locals and tourists for its scrumptious food and beautifully styled decor of a French feel. Stop off for a light snack of delicious French pastries, salads, and home cooked bread and enjoy the ambiance of this local gem. Try their smoothies and juices for a real treat while you’re there enjoying the scenery.

Chez Fred Cafe

Address: Av. Julius Nyerere, 914 R/C Esq Maputo, Mozambique +258 84 123 4578

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4. Maputo Fish Market

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For a truly unique eating experience, a visit to the Fish Market in Maputo is a must. Here you can buy fresh fish from one of the many stalls; huge prawns, can all be bought and later cooked for you over coal fires by the little cafes set up adjacent to the market. While many may hassle you for your custom, take your time and make sure they weigh your fish, minus the extra weight of water which is where they try and catch you out. It’s well worth the effort to taste the delicious seafood cooked up a genuine Mozambican style.

Maputo Fish Market

Address: Marginal, Maputo 1100, Mozambique +82-6073-338

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5. Sagres Shellfish Restaurant

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Not only can you enjoy the sea views from Sagres Shellfish Restaurant, but you’ve also got the option to take a dip either in the sea or in the restaurant pool while you’re waiting for your food to arrive. Choose typical Mozambican starters of shrimp cocktail, natural crab or clams or more elaborate mains of seafood rice, seafood sausage or seafood bisque and skewers. There’s also an impressive selection of beers and wines, to enjoy under the alfresco area.

Sagres Shellfish Restaurant

Address: Av. Marginal 4272, Maputo 1100, Mozambique +258 21 395 201

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6. Maresia Restaurant


Posted by Rui Machado Jorge on Sunday, 24 May 2015

Close to the Sun Hotel, is the very elegant restaurant of Maresia, which has a fantastic view of the ocean while you get comfy amongst the beautiful decor. Their risotto is renowned for its excellence but then so are the perfectly presented seafood dishes they create Try the fish with caviar sauce, prawns with four cheese sauce, and crab cake and Caesar salad. For dessert, we had a chocolate brownie with cashew nuts and ice cream.

Maresia Restaurant

Address: Marginal Avenue | Number 4017, Maputo 1100, Mozambique +258 21 494 750

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7. Tree House

Posted by Tree House on Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Tree House takes its namesake from the huge Mafureira tree that dominates the al fresco dining area and looks pretty spectacular at night with twinkling lights shining all over it. The menu may be simple but the chef specializes in great meat and seafood platters and skewers; the picanha is especially revered. For dessert, try their delicious fried banana with ice cream and if you’re a gin lover, they have a great selection of gins to choose from.

Tree House

Address: Avenida Francisco Orlando Magumbwe | Com A Avenida Jose Mateus, Mozambique +258 82 109 9368

Facebook: Tree House

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8. Campo di Mare

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Posted by Campo di Mare on Saturday, 17 May 2014

This great little restaurant serves up a large menu of Italian and Meditarrenian cuisine and makes its own pasta and gelato onsite, so what you’re getting is truly authentic. A popular spot, overlooking Maputo Bay and the vast ocean with its Dhow boats sailing by, you can’t help but be wooed by its ambiance. Order the grilled redfish, washed down with a cold draft beer.

Campo di Mare

Address: Avenida de Marginal, Maputo 5714, Mozambique +258 84 684 4374

Website: Attraction Name

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9. A Nossa Tasca

Posted by A Nossa Tasca on Thursday, 12 March 2015

Situated in the trendy center of Maputo, this authentic family restaurant is hugely popular with locals. The menu is huge, cooking up traditional Madeira dishes of fantastic tapas but for mains, a firm favorite is their fillet espetadas and other beef inspired meals. The restaurant is small which is great for an intimate dinner but it might be best to reserve during the busy times.

A Nossa Tasca

Address: Avenida Julius Nyerere 245, Maputo 1100, Mozambique +258 84 450 6174

Facebook: A Nossa Tasca

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10. Piri Piri

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Posted by Marzia Perilli on Friday, 26 June 2015

Peri Peri is one of the most historic restaurants in Maputo, having been established more than 50 years ago and so it’s no surprise that one of its iconic dishes is the Frango a Piri-Piri, surely a must for meat eaters who visit here. Inside the vibrant atmosphere of a basic interior, there’s a host of choices to order from including a vast array of seafood dishes and popular chicken or prawn curries. With a wide choice of quality beers, it’s also a perfect choice for watching the world pass by from the seating on the street too.

Piri Piri

Address: Av. 24 de Julho 14, Maputo 1100, Mozambique +258 21 492 379

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Eat your way around Maputo

If you’re traveling to Maputo, Mozambique, you can’t fail to be impressed with the heart of the city and the soul of the food. Look no further than these amazing food places for fine dining, lunchtime snacks or an evening spent dining while watching the Maputo sunset. Your only problem will be trying to fit them all in!

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