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Maafushi is one of the most popular local islands in the Maldives. It was chosen by tourists from all over the world. It is the capital of the budget Maldives with beautiful white beaches and turquoise waters. The island owes its popularity to its convenient location: it is just a 30-minute speedboat ride from Male Airport. With the arrival of economy hotels and guesthouses, Maafushi has experienced a real tourism boom. Thanks to tourists who have reached for a budget holiday on the paradise islands from all over the world, many cafes and restaurants have opened where you can taste the world and Maldivian cuisine, and at pleasant prices for the Maldives. Seafood, snacks, cuisine of the peoples of the world - all this is on the local island.

Interestingly, the cafe on Maafushi has its own all inclusive program. Many establishments offer a buffet-style buffet, when for a fixed fee you can pick up unlimited meals, and drinks are included in the price. Of course, the assortment is not the same as in resort hotels, but meat, fish, desserts, salads, soups are available in all buffets. The cost is low: on average, $ 10-12 per person. By the way, when ordering dishes, it should be borne in mind that portions in the Maldives are large and one dish can be safely taken for two.

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Caviar Café & Restaurant

A fairly new place on Maafushi Island with a more European take on cooking. The menu is somewhat different from traditional cafes and restaurants. It is definitely worth going here for natural and undiluted fresh juice. They serve seafood and international cuisine, and have developed a specialized menu for vegetarians. The standard menu includes pizza, grill (fish, seafood), salads. But you should prepare to wait for the dish to be served for about 30-40 minutes. Since the place is new, you can enjoy your meals in a pleasant atmosphere with modern furnishings. And with the onset of darkness, live music evenings are arranged. In general, guests note good service and average prices across the island. The portions are quite large and you can take a dish for two. Suitable for remote workers looking for a place to work: the restaurant has Wi-Fi.

Location: Aabaadhee Hingun Road, 08090

Phone: +960 738-8870

Opening hours: 12:00 - 00:00

Suzi's Cafe Quench

Inexpensive cafe where you can grab a bite to eat between relaxing on the beach and enjoy exotic cocktails and real fresh juices. This is a diner serving international and Maldivian cuisine. The prices are not high: on average, you can have a snack for $ 5-10. And here you can also taste delicious Italian coffee. It is interesting that in the cafe you can take a master class on cooking Sri Lankan cuisine.

Location: Valu Magu Road, Maafushi Town

Phone: +960 733-9226

Opening hours: 09:30 - 22:00

Hiyala Mariyaadhu Cafe

One of the most delicious cafes on Maafushi, where you should definitely try mango juice! Sample local snacks such as tuna sandwich and seafood rice. Perfect for dinner and lunch, and the seafood is top notch. Fish can be cooked on request and even brought to the beach.

Address: Aabaadhee Hingun Road

Phone: +960 910-7709

Opening hours: 07:00 - 23:45

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Raha Restaurant

Restaurant serving Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and European cuisine. Suitable for vegetarians. Thanks to a chef from Austria, the establishment is distinguished by food of the level and taste of Michelin-starred restaurants. The portions are large, you can safely order a dish for two. Suitable for adherents of a healthy lifestyle: a lot of healthy food, salads, soups, smoothies.

And the views from the restaurant will delight connoisseurs of aesthetics: a particularly beautiful view of the ocean opens up at sunset! In the evening, you can rest over a hookah in the atmospheric café while enjoying the music. The average cost of a check is $ 10-15.

Location: Miskiy Magu Road 4th Floor, Maafushi Town 08090

Phone: +960 789-4027

Opening hours: 07:00 - 23:45

Arena Beach Restaurant

The restaurant operates on a buffet basis and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The "highlight" of the institution is that you can relax, as they say, by immersing your feet in the sand: the tables are taken out directly to the beach. Large selection of food, from international cuisine to buffet meals. Buffet style dinners are especially popular. In the evening, candles are lit on romantic tables on the beach near the Indian Ocean. Buffet cost - $ 12. For this money, you can taste tuna, grilled chicken, soups, seafood, tropical fruits, desserts. Live music and guest DJs play in the evenings.

Location: Ziyaaraiy Magu, 08090

Phone: +960 793-3231

Opening hours: 07:00 - 23:00

Arena Beach Hotel
Arena Beach Hotel

Kaani Beach Restaurant

The restaurant operates on the principle of a buffet, where you can taste dishes from the chef for $ 12. If you order dishes from the menu, then the average cost will be $ 15-20. You can order pasta, meat dishes, salads, desserts, fish, fruits. Also a choice of vegetarian dishes, seafood, salads. The restaurant is open from morning until late at night.

Serves Asian, national cuisine, suitable for vegetarians.

Address: Aabaadhee Hingun Road

Kaani Beach Hotel
Kaani Beach Hotel

Fine Bake by Suzy

Ideal if you want to start your day with delicious rolls and croissants. The only bakery on the island where you should definitely go for fresh pastries, desserts, cookies, excellent muffins, donuts, brownies. This popular spot is especially respected by younger guests. And the cost here is low: you can taste pastries for only $ 1-2. Carrot cake, brownie and pineapple cake are especially recommended.

Location: Main Road In Front Of Football Field

Phone: +960 912-2779

Opening hours: 08:00 - 22:00

Stingray Beach Inn

A traditional Maldivian style café under a thatched roof with spacious tables and modern furnishings. It has a buffet serving authentic Asian and international cuisine. The special pride of the restaurant is the roof with a musical terrace. It is perfect for watching the sunset. Can be rested with a hookah. The café was especially liked by the remote workers: it has free Wi-Fi combined with reasonable prices. In the cafe you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner. Serves seafood, pasta, Asian and vegetarian cuisine.

Location: Stingray Beach Inn, Ziyaarai Magu

Phone: + 960-778-1068

Symphony Lagoon

Another romantic place, located right on the beach, where you can bury your feet in the warm sand. Here you can taste completely different cuisines - Western, Chinese, Maldivian, and even haute cuisine. The establishment will appeal to gourmets who want to pamper themselves with exquisite tastes. Octopus, fish, various desserts are served, and the menu in the cafe depends on the day of the week. Music plays in the evenings. Prices are slightly above average, but free Wi-Fi is available.

Location: Crystal Sands Beach Hotel

Phone: +960 779-0660

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6 Hot Bites

The small beach restaurant is convenient for a snack in between swims. The food is inexpensive, and the views of the Indian Ocean leave no one indifferent. In the cafe you can have a snack at low prices for fast food: a variety of hamburgers, sandwiches, burgers. Average price is about $ 4. Plus fruit juices, coffee and pizza. Opens until 9 pm. Convenient place for a bite to eat near the bikini beach.

Location: Ziyaaraiy Magu Road, Maafushi Town 08090

Phone: +960 998-9921

Opening hours: 10:30 - 00:00

Rehendhi Inn & Restaurant

Restaurant with varied cuisine right on the beach. On the seashore you can taste fresh seafood, grilled fish, soups, ice cream. And in the evening, an incredible romantic adventure awaits: dinner by the sea by candlelight. In this case, the average bill for two will be $ 15-20. For this money, you can taste European and local cuisine, and excellent service will cheer you up.

Phone: +960 955-6808

Opening hours: 07:00 - 00:00

Kaalama Restaurant

One of the most famous restaurants on Maafushi Island. Its name from the Maldivian language translates as "let's eat". The restaurant is located in the Velana Beach hotel and provides excellent service and good service. A great place to sample local delicacies and fine cuisine. The restaurant is suitable both for starting a new day with a cup of coffee, and for a gorgeous dinner with grilled tiger prawns, octopus, fish, and crabs. This is a romantic place with beautiful presentation and huge portions. Quiet, picturesque place with delicious food and excellent service. The restaurant is surrounded by a tropical garden with beautiful wooden tables lit by candles in the evenings. The intimate restaurant is located away from the noisy areas of Maafushi. Serving and serving dishes is just like in gourmet restaurants. You should definitely try the tuna steak, Maldivian rice and curry, grilled chicken with vegetables and the signature tuna appetizer. And definitely exotic fresh! The check is, on average, higher than in other Maldives restaurants. The dish must be waited for about 30-40 minutes. But fresh seafood is served and the restaurant is good value for money. Recommend seafood pasta.

An ideal dessert choice is chocolate fondue with vanilla ice cream. Specializes in Asian, International, Italian cuisine, seafood.

Location: Velana Beach Hotel, Maafushi, Maldives

Phone: +960 955-6808

Opening hours: 07:00 - 22:30

Velana Beach Hotel
Velana Beach Hotel

Nero Cafe

If you miss pizza in the Maldives, this is the right choice. It is one of the few places on Maafushi where you can find delicious pizza. It is prepared according to Italian standards. In addition to pizza, they offer soups, curries, salads, sandwiches, fish, pasta, ravioli.

Location: Miskiy Magu Roadl, Maafushi, Maldives

Phone: +9607921000

Opening hours: 07:00 - 21:00

Kaani Princess

Ideal for romantics. Bar and restaurant on the water, where free boat delivery. It is notable for the fact that it is here that you can spend time drinking alcoholic beverages. After all, alcohol is prohibited in the Maldives. And only floating bars and resort hotels can sell it. The restaurant on the water has not only a bar, but also a kitchen. Italian and fusion dishes can be ordered. The ocean yacht is equipped to the highest class. There is a living room with soft seating for guests, a cabin with a large TV and entertainment system, and comfortable sofas. There are sun loungers upstairs: a great solution for those who decide to spend the day on the yacht with alcoholic drinks!

Location: lagoon near Maafushi island

Phone: +960 979-1187

Opening hours: around the clock

Liyela Retreat Maldives

A restaurant with an amazing view of Maafushi and the turquoise of the ocean, because it is located on the roof of the Liyela Guesthouse. Great views of the sunsets from here! It is considered the most expensive place on the island, although in general the prices are not much higher than in other restaurants. Getting into an institution, at first it seems that you have found yourself in a Turkish restaurant. And the menu really offers a choice of Turkish dishes and Turkish coffee. But there are also Mediterranean cuisine. This is a fairly popular place on the island, where there may not even be seats in the evening. Maafushi residents come to the island around 6pm to watch the sunset. Builds to celebrate the excellent service and beautiful presentation of food. The average bill is $ 40-45 for two. You can pay by card.

Location: Miskiy Magu Road, guesthouse Liyela

Phone: +960 789 4027

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WHITESHELL RESTAURANT

The restaurant is well located as it is right next to the bikini beach. So, you can choose from the menu while relaxing by the Indian Ocean or enjoy a romantic dinner at sunset. This is the hotel's restaurant, but it also rents out its sun loungers to those outside the house.

The menu is quite simple, and a cook from Sri Lanka supervises the preparation of the dishes. Fish, rice with pineapple stuffed with shrimps, fish kebabs, curry are especially praised. The restaurant does not serve alcohol, but after dinner you can go on a boat nearby.

Location: Hiyfaseyha Magu

Phone: +9609898778

FLOATING BAR & SAFARI

The Maldives is a Muslim country, therefore, alcoholic beverages, both selling and drinking, are prohibited. The exception is a resort island. But the ingenious Maldivians have come up with floating bars. It is there that you can enjoy alcoholic drinks while sipping cocktails overlooking the Indian Ocean. This is the only way to get around the dry law on local islands. Guests are transported to the bar free of charge by motorboat. But the cost of alcohol is close to the prices on the resort islands. A cocktail will cost about $ 10-12, and the cost of a beer is $ 4-5. The floating bar also serves Italian cuisine and surprises guests with interesting fusion flavors.

Phone: +960 763-0899

Mr. Octopus

Located right on the popular Kaani Beach bikini beach, where you can relax in your usual swimsuit. A popular and quite lively place. This restaurant is considered the best fish restaurant in Maafushi. Orders are taken directly on the beach, and then food is delivered to the tables located on the beach. Fish, steaks, grilled octopus, grilled chicken, shrimps, seafood platter: the restaurant has a wide selection. The signature dish of this restaurant is octopus in oil. It is for this dish that you should go here. The cafe is also suitable for vegetarians: they will find a large selection of delicious dishes. But you should be prepared for the fact that you will have to wait about 40 minutes. The average bill for two in a restaurant is about $ 30.  

Location: Miskiy Magu Road

Phone: +960 949-4656

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Maafushi will present you with a large selection of cafes and restaurants, where you can find everything for every taste and budget! And you can find a guest house or hotel on Maafushi in the WIOTTO catalog.

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