FRED MARTIN, travel blogger. In addition to her indispensable blog, Martin also is founder of What’s Up Maputo, a handy crowd-sourced guide to happenings in the city.
My Sea Peixaria (Av. Kim il sung, No.83). I came across the place by chance. I went there and it was oh so quiet and small and charming. A few tables at the time back in 2015, only open for lunch time, in the patio between the fishmonger’s shop on the right and his wife’s spa on the left. One year later, the restaurant is open most evenings, the spa has left its space for the restaurant’s indoor area and the menu has improved a lot. Raw fish, cooked fish, seashells, fish on hot stone…More people know about it now but it still feels like a secret place only you know about when you go.
Dhow (Rua de Marracuene, No.4). Dhow is a décor and art store with a selection of beautiful African and Asian pieces, as well as gorgeous jewellery, high-quality clothing and lovely homeware. Walking around the shop is already a treat for the eyes. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, the best way to enjoy the view is to book a table for sundowners and delicious mezzes with a few friends. Don’t get mistaken by the official opening hours, if you book a table on a Friday or Saturday night for let’s say 6pm, you’ll be able to stay till 8pm or later, depending on the mood of the owner and availability of the staff on the night. And don’t be deterred by the lack of parking spaces outside, park further away and walk or take a cab. The place is worth it.
Feira Popular (Corner of Avenida 25 de Setembro & Rua Belmiro Obadias Muanga). Only open at the weekends, Feira Popular is a place that combines a few very old-looking but perfectly functioning merry-go-rounds for kids to enjoy with bars, restaurants and nightclubs for big people’s entertainment, all hidden inside a run-down walled compound. Plan your nightclub arrival at Face2Face, Bambu or Roots Crib for after midnight and do not schedule anything on that morning as you’re likely to return to your hotel a little worse for wear!