Whether you are just passing through on your way to another of Mozambique’s sunny destinations or if you have some business to attend to in Maputo, do not for one second think you will be stuck with any wasted time on your hands.
The capital city of Mozambique is anything but mundane and is actually renowned for being one of Africa’s most attractive capitals and the most developed city in Mozambique. Ultimately Maputo is that wonderful mix of Latino African style and charm.
If you only have 48-hours to spare in the City of Acacias to enjoy all the flavours, do not despair, Dana Tours has compiled a round-up of what you could (should) get up to.
Probably the best way to explore the sights and sounds of Maputo is by taking a guided city tour.
Roughly lasting around three hours, the Bairro Mafalala Walking Tour will allow you to explore the city’s rich cultural and historical roots. As an added extra “authentic twist’ your tour will also include a visit to a traditional healer as well as a dance performance. If your interests extend to architecture, you should consider one of the Dana walking tours in the Baixa region.
Be on the lookout for these top sights and landmarks:
- The city’s train station is a must visit as one of Maputo’s most imposing landmarks.
- The Iron House was designed for the governor in the 19th century by a student of Gustav Eiffel – the same man who designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The house features a full metal exterior that unfortunately proved to be too hot for the tropical Mozambican climate.
Exploring Maputo and its sights will no doubt leave you starving and the great news is that the city has all kinds of flavours and tastes with a promise not to disappoint.
Influenced by the flavours of Africa, Portugal, India and the Middle East you will be overwhelmed by the offering of original piri piri chicken on the barbecue and fresh seafood straight from the ocean. However if you are more a burger and fries type of person you will also find no shortage in the city’s offering.
Also worth a visit is the Maputo Central Market. The market was recently refurbished into ‘old style’ which makes it a sight to see. However, besides its aesthetic appeal, the market is the best place to get your hands on local Maputo produce such as organic honey, cashew nuts and fruits and vegetables.
The market is also a great place you can go for wooden hand-made sculptures.
Be on the lookout for these top eating spots:
- Mundo’s – if you’re in the mood for large portions of burritos, burgers or pizza.
- For a more traditional Mozambican experience, head to the Fish Market on the Marginal Marginal. Here you can buy your choosing of fresh fish and have it prepared and cooked by one of the restaurant stalls in the enclosed adjoining area. The stalls also offer side dishes like rice and chips to complete your meal.
Whether you’re looking for a place to dance the night away, relax while enjoying a couple of drinks or seeing some live music, you’ll have more than enough options in Maputo.
Be on the lookout for these top spots:
- Coconuts Live: Aimed toward the younger crowed, here you will find very affordable drinks and a huge dance floor. There are four night clubs in the complex consisting of Buddah Bar, Sixties Coconuts and Ice Lounge
- Clube Naval: Doubling as a restaurant and late-night bar, Clube Naval will cater to your eating and social needs. They host Prawn & Jazz nights on Thursday evenings and have a Happy Hour starting at 11pm on Friday evenings. Clube Naval is located right next to the ocean which means that your dinner and drinks will be accompanied by a fresh sea breeze.
- Silk VIP: Looking for a classy night out? Head to Silk VIP a nightclub and bar next to Dolce Vita. From good food to great vibes you are promised a great night out.