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Things to do in Maputo 2018-01-24T07:44:48+00:00

Maputo is a colorful city with many things to see and experience. It’s a coastal town, with a long stretch of white beaches that are lined with shops and restaurants where you can relax and enjoy the tropical weather. Spend the day at the handicraft market haggling over ironwood statuettes or traditional batik capulanas. At night, you’ll see that Maputo is a city that never sleeps: the old town is littered with vibrant bars and restaurants with a booming night-life.

At Residencial Palmeiras, we’re always happy to help you organize your day trips in Maputo.

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MAPUTO BEACH

Maputo City is on the Pacfic Ocean, and it has a marvellous stretch of beach. Great for walks in the early morning, swimming in the afternoons, and a beer or two at the local stalls in the evening.

Photo: Maputo Photo Blog

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SPAZIO RESTAURANT

Meat is meat, and chicken is salad, as they say. The best meat – the best steak in Mozambique – is found here. Spazio is a recently refurbished local restaurant with a great atmosphere, outside seating, and a smoky indoors bar.

Photo: Boa Vida Maputo

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MUNDOS PUB & RESTAURANT

Burritos, burgers, pizzas and other hearty fare are served up in large portions on wooden tables set around a street-side veranda and cooled by a misting system in the summer months.

Photo: Boa Vida Maputo

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COSTA DO SOL RESTAURANT

A Maputo classic dating from 1938, this beachside place draws the crowds on weekend afternoons. There’s seating on the large sea-facing porch or indoors, and an array of seafood dishes and grills, with prawns the speciality.

Photo: Viva Moçambique

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COCONUTS DANCING

Coconuts is Maputo’s biggest disco. It’s right on the beach and hosts southern african artists regularly. If you’re looking for a night of serious dancing, this is the place.

Photo: Tastemakers

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MAPUTO CITY HALL

Seat of the local government of the capital city of Mozambique, this impressive neoclassical building was erected in 1947.

Photo: Colorado Travelling Ducks

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THE IRON HOUSE

This historic house was designed by Gustav Eiffel (or an associate) in the late 19th century as the city governor’s residence. Unfortunately, the iron plates covering it proved too hot to work in.

Photo: Wikipedia Commons

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TUNDURU BOTANICAL GARDENS

Designed in 1885 by British gardener Thomas Honney, the Tunduru Botanical Gardens have recently been restored to their former beauty.

Photo: rumboraviajar

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MAPUTO RAILWAY STATION

One of Maputo’s most imposing buildings, the railway station’s dome was designed by an associate of Gustav Eiffel. The station features impressive wrought-iron lattice work that’s worth a look. Inside is the Kulungwana Espaço Artístico, with a small exhibition of works by local and visiting artists, and sculptures and paintings for sale.

Photo: Wikipedia Commons

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MAPUTO COASTAL FORT

In the mid-19th century, the Portuguese built Maputo’s fort near the site of an earlier (Dutch) fort. Nowadays, the fort contains a garden and a small museum on early Portuguese settlers. Here also, the carved wooden coffin of Ngungunhane (final ruler of the famed kingdom of Gaza) can be seen.

Photo: mapio.net

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NATIONAL MONEY MUSEUM

Maputo’s National Money museum was created in 1860 and houses exhibits of local currency, ranging from early barter tokens to modern-day bills.

Photo: rumboraviajar

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MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Besides taxidermy specimens with computer terminals providing explanations, an ethnography exhibit and a display containing what is probably the region’s only collection of elephant foetuses, the Museum of Natural History also boasts impressive Manueline architecture and a mural by Malangatana in its garden.

Photo: Secosud II Italian Cooperation Project

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MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY

This is as good as a hidden treasure and a must-see. Not many visitors make it to this museum – local or foreigners – but the collection is impressive. Entry is also cheap and the small but nice museum is very clean.

Photo: mapio.net

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HANDICRAFT MARKETS

There are handicraft markets in various locations in Maputo City. Barter with gusto, and you can find some treasures here, ranging from inlaid african hardwoord boxes, statues and chessboards with marble pieces to a simple fridge magnet. Look and you shall find.

Photo: Julie in Africa

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TAVERNA RESTAURANT

“Taverna” is a Portuguese brand of restaurants, and you’ll find various branches in Maputo. The food is delicious, with many specifically Portuguese dishes, and service is excellent.

 

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THE TROUGH OF THE GODS

The “Manjar dos Deuses”, as it’s called in Portuguese, is an excellent little restaurant in Maputo center. If you’re looking for steak done right, look no further. Or maybe, eat then look further. Maputo restaurants are competitive!

Photo: Boa Vida Maputo

 

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ZAMBI RESTAURANT

Located right on the waterfront, Zambi is a great place to sit outside and catch the sea breeze while eating great steak, sumptuous sushi or home-made apple crumble. This restaurant is pretty popular with Maputo high society.

Photo: Zambi

 

DO YOU THINK YOU’VE SEEN IT ALL?

More things to do in Maputo

Architecture

  • Statue of Samora Machel

  • Maputo Wedding Palace

  • 25 June Square

  • Workers’ Square

  • Greek Orthodox Church

Art

  • Nucleo d’Arte

  • Malangatana Gallery

  • National Museum of Art

  • Central Cultural Franco-Moçambicano

  • Chissano Gallery

Restaurants

  • Bel Piatto (Italian)

  • Inter Thai

  • Leilani’s Garden (Ethiopian)

  • Wine Lovers (French and Portuguese)

Fun & Sightseeing

  • Visit to Inhaca Island

  • Kite surfing

  • Clube Naval

  • FEMA art and craft market

  • City tours on a train

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