The dining scene in Mozambique, the new go-to travel destination, has evolved dramatically over the last couple of years. Due to its colonial history, Maputo’s cuisine is a mix of Portuguese, African, and Arab influences. Mozambique’s endless coastline makes it well known for its seafood, especially prawns, lobster, calamari, and clams. Other popular local dishes are grilled chicken, matapa (cassava leaves cooked in peanut sauce), curries, and samosas. Not to be missed is the country’s famous piri piri sauce, a spicy sauce made of red chili peppers. The city offers options fine dining as well as delicious local experiences: here’s our guide to ten of the best restaurants.
Txhapo Txhapo’s regularly changing menu is short but sweet, presenting a different selection of products to other Maputo restaurants: it’s the best place for burgers (the pulled pork burger is not to be missed) and with a variety of salads, quiches and freshly squeezed juice, it’s a great option for vegetarians and those looking for a healthier option. The desserts are exquisite (think salted caramel and petit gateau), and they serve a killer caipirinha.
Txhapo Txhapo, Avenida Eduardo Mondlane 173, Maputo, Mozambique, +258 84 541 9820
Kalus Esplanada is not for those looking for a classy fine-dining experience but if you want the best meat in town at an affordable and local setting, look no further. At the counter, you order your meat by weight, with a choice of salad, French fries, or xima on the side. Take a seat, order a drink and watch your food being grilled on the spot at the massive outside BBQ. Alternatively, play some pool until your meal is ready to be served. The picanha is divine, as are the sausages. It’s a great place to hang out on a Sunday for lunch but be on time, or risk all the good stuff being gone.