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M A P U TO CI T Y

A capital place to eat out, rela x and have a

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Good Time

ozambique’s capital city is famed throughout southern Africa as THE place to go for a good time. It’s also a great place to eat – or just to relax on the beach.

At weekends, Maputo is a favoured destination of South Africans (Nelspruit, for example, is less than 200 km away) and the shortish drive is considered more than

worthwhile. For the South Africans, the main attraction is the city’s famous cuisine. They come to savour the fresh seafood, especially the prawns, and to enjoy the award-wining beers of Mozambique such as 2M (pronounced ‘dosh-em’) and Laurentina Clara.

expect to find great-tasting food – especially seafood, although the city is not short of other cooking styles – at any number of places, and at reasonable prices. In terms of cuisine, Maputo’s main hotels also set high standards, but one should expect to pay a little more.

institution

nightlife

Located just 10 km north of Maputo on the coast road overlooking the beach and Xefina Island is a restaurant that has become something of a national institution. The Costa do Sol is renowned for its exquisite if somewhat traditionally styled seafood, which comes as part of a value-for-money menu. The family-owned restaurant has been around for 60 years and it stayed open even during the worst days of the civil war.

Maputo’s nightlife matches the range and quality of its restaurants. The city’s reputation as a place to let your hair down goes back to colonial times and Mozambicans really know how to enjoy themselves. The balmy climate and the happy-go-lucky attitude of local people feed into the national desire to have fun.

But while the Costa del Sol may be Maputo’s most iconic restaurant, it is by no means the only good one. Visitors can

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For the most part, Maputo is a safe city, even late at night; but, as in so many other cities around the world, it always pays to take sensible precautions, such as hiring your taxi from a recognised firm and not walking back to your hotel if you are intoxicated.

Destination Mozambique 2011-12  

Destination Mozambique 2011-12, a publication produced on behalf of Inatur (Mozambique Tourism Authority) by Land & Marine publications Ltd,...

Destination Mozambique 2011-12  

Destination Mozambique 2011-12, a publication produced on behalf of Inatur (Mozambique Tourism Authority) by Land & Marine publications Ltd,...