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Male is the Maldivian economic and cultural center, as well as a staging post for tourists on their way to the islands. If you are staying in Male for some time, then information about restaurants and cafes will not be superfluous. Please note that some establishments in the capital may be closed or work on a different schedule on Fridays. What to visit in the capital of the Maldives? Where can I find a good restaurant? What is the cuisine of Male? More on this further in the article.


Belle Amie Bistro

Belle Amie serves Asian cuisine with an Indian emphasis. Local and international cuisine is also on the menu. Hearty meat and fish dishes. An extensive Indian-style buffet is served on Fridays. Great place for a hearty lunch with good value for money.

Working Hours: daily, seven days a week, from 800 to 2300.

Location: Keneree Magu, in The Somerset, close to the ferry piers.

The Somerset
The Somerset

Salt Café & Restaurant 

Cozy restaurant overlooking the ocean coast. A very varied menu of world cuisine Asian, Italian, Mediterranean dishes. The restaurant serves amazing desserts. You can take a table on the rooftop terrace or hide from the sun inside the restaurant. Salt also offers an event room and a cozy café lounge.

Opening Hours: daily, seven days a week, from 1100 to midnight.

Location: Salt Café & Restaurant occupies floors 6 and 7 of Shinetree Building, Mohamed Ismail Didi Goalhi.

Seagull Cafe House

A simple and cozy restaurant with a coffee shop and an excellent dessert shop. One of the most popular places in Male. The Seagull Café will surprise you with a pleasant atmosphere on the green terrace on the second floor. Good selection of breakfasts, Italian food and fresh seafood. Guests are also offered milkshakes, an excellent selection of ice creams and desserts. Nice service and good food for a reasonable price.

Opening Hours: daily, seven days a week, from 900 to midnight, on Fridays - from 1600.

Location: Fareedhee Magu (Strasse), Maafannu (Stadtteil).

Azur Restaurant

On the top floor of the JEN Maldives Male by Shangri-La is one of the capital's main restaurants. Azur invites you to enjoy the stunning panorama that opens from its terrace over the Indian Ocean. The restaurant has several advantages. It has an excellent menu of seafood and international cuisine, a romantic atmosphere and a close Location: to Male airport.

Opening Hours: daily, seven days a week, from 900 to midnight.

Location: Ameer Ahmed Magu, Male.

JEN Maldives Malе by Shangri-La
JEN Maldives Malе by Shangri-La

Sala Thai - Thai restaurant

This gourmet Thai-style restaurant invites you to enjoy spicy and wholesome ingredients. Asian and Thai cuisine, vegetarian and vegan menus, gluten free options. Be sure to try the delicious satay and shrimp dim sum.

Opening Hours: daily from 1200 to midnight, on Fridays from 1700.

Location: Buruneege Boutique Hotel, Male.


The Sea House - Maldives

The popular tourist café The Sea House - Maldives is located right on the first floor of the Hulhumale ferry terminal. This is a panoramic terrace overlooking the ocean. Small and cozy restaurant-cafe with a relaxing atmosphere. On the menu you will find mainly Asian dishes and a wide selection of seafood delicacies, a variety of fruit cocktails, juices and beers. In the evenings, the café hosts performances by local performers. Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner are available.

Opening Hours: daily from 0430 to 0100.

Location: Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Hulhumale Male Ferry Terminal.

Kinkao Thai Bistro

Thai fusion cuisine. Here you can taste traditional dishes with a modern twist. The freshest and finest ingredients are transformed into Thai culinary delights at Kinkao Thai Bistro. Extensive menu, relaxed atmosphere and Maldivian hospitality.

Opening Hours: Kinkao Thai Bistro welcomes guests for troubles from 1200 to 1500 and for dinner from 1800 to 2300. Day off - Wednesday.

Location: CROSSROADS Maldives, Male.

Symphony Restaurant

An elegant restaurant serving Chinese, international and seafood cuisine. Suitable for vegetarians. It is owned by the Symphony® Group of Restaurants and is highly sought after on the island. Among the extensive menu, you will find delicious combos of cuttlefish and lobster in lemon butter sauce.

Opening Hours: daily, from 1000 to 0030.

Location: Athamaa Goalhi, Male.


Shell Beans

Hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners are available at the popular Shell Beans Cafe. Signature omelets, burgers, sandwiches, pastas, original desserts and more at the cozy Travelers' Choice 2020 on Tripadvisor.

Opening Hours: daily, from 1000 to 2200. On Fridays - from 1500.

Location: Boduthakurufaanu Magu H. Jazeera Building, Male.

Mr Octopus

Restaurant for original fish dishes and international cuisine. Mr. Octopus offers a wide variety of Italian, European and Asian dishes. Relaxing atmosphere of a cozy restaurant and daily variety of culinary delights. Try specials like butter and garlic octopus.

Opening Hours: daily, from 10:30 to 23:00.

Location: Aabaadhy Higun Road, Male.

Thai wok

A small restaurant just off the main street Male offers traditional Thai food. Adults can taste delicious seafood in spicy spices, and there is a separate menu for children. The restaurant delivers orders anywhere in the city. Decent service and tasty food at reasonable prices.

Opening Hours: lunch and dinner, from 12:00 to 15:00, and from 19:00 to midnight. Dinner only on Fridays and Saturdays.

Location: Ameer Ahmed Magu, Male.

China garden

You can try an exotic dish of Asian or Chinese cuisine in the small restaurant China Garden. Delicious food and great service are guaranteed. Delivery service works. The establishment is in demand among tourists and locals alike for its warm welcome and a wide selection of dishes at reasonable prices. Be sure to try Dragon Fried Rice and Chinese Sizzling Beef at China Garden.

Opening Hours: daily, from 10:00 to 23:00.

Location: Abadhah Ufaa Hingun, Male.



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