Best restaurants in Male

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    Seagull Café House

    The Seagull boasts an impressively designed space complete with a charming downstairs garden and a first-floor terrace with a tree growing through it. The menu is extensive and includes sandwiches, burgers, curries, wraps, pasta, fish and grills. There’s also a popular gelateria attached, serving up the city’s best ice cream – perfect for dessert.

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    Newport

    This cool spot on Male's busy seafront road is a godsend to anyone travelling through Male. Sleek and minimalist, Newport feels very different to Male's other restaurants, and the food is excellent. The iPad menus are enormous and run from good breakfasts to falafel, seared tuna cubes, sandwiches, giant prawns and burgers. There's also good coffee.

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    Royal Garden Café

    This great little place, with a charming garden and an air-conditioned, stylish dark-wood interior, is housed in a rare surviving example of a ganduvaru, a nobleman’s house. The menu is a combination of Italian, Indonesian, American and Indian cuisines – try the delicious satay chicken or the ever-good nasi goreng.

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    Sala Thai

    This smart and beautifully designed restaurant is generally held to be the best on the island, and it's busy most nights of the week. The Thai menu is sumptuous and thoroughly authentic, with a huge choice of soups, noodles and curries. Meals are served al fresco in a charming walled terrace, or inside in a plush dining room.

  • Restaurants in Hulhumale

    Family Room Cafe

    This rather cool place on the seafront is a bit of a change of pace for Hulhumale, which doesn't really do much in the way of hipster spots. The main reason to go – as well as to witness Maldivian youth culture in its fullest flow – is for the excellent coffee (roasted on site), delicious smoothies, cakes and snacks.

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    Dawn Café

    This is one of the best teashops in the area, and due to its fish-market location it’s popular with fishermen and open around the clock. You can get a brilliant and very cheap meal here. Try it on Friday afternoon when people come in after going to the mosque.

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    Bombay Darbar

    On the ground floor of the Newtown Inn, this multi-coloured Indian restaurant is one of the best on the island, with a large menu of cooking from all over the subcontinent. Try the excellent prawn masala or the traditional Tangdi kebab from the tandoori oven.

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    STO People's Choice Supermarket

    Male's best-stocked supermarket, People's Choice has possibly the best selection of imported food and drinks for sale in the entire country.

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    Sea House

    This breezy (and sometimes downright windy) place above the Hulhumale ferry terminal has expansive harbour views and a large menu that runs from pizza and sandwiches to full meals. It’s a popular meeting place, and while the food won't amaze you (avoid the decidedly average breakfast, for example), it’s a reliable option that's well located for transit passengers.

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    Thai Wok

    The Thai food here is good value and authentic, though the best reason to visit is for the thrice-weekly buffet (R140 per person), where you can take your pick of lots of great dishes. The interior of the place is rather charmless, and it can be absolutely packed with tour groups, but the food makes it worth the trip.

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    Shell Beans

    This useful spot on the seafront serves up tasty sandwiches, full breakfasts, burgers, good coffee and pastries. It’s a great spot for lunch on the run, although there’s seating both upstairs (which includes a great balcony with harbour views) and downstairs for a less hurried meal. It delivers all over the city.

  • Restaurants in Hulhumale

    Cafe Hive

    This popular, clean and friendly 'short eats' place has both indoor and outdoor tables on one of the Hulhumale's busiest commercial streets. There's a delicious selection of fried hedhikaa, as well as a daily curry for a more substantial meal. A good place to get a feel for local life.

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    Ravin's

    Ravin's is a popular lifeline for foreigners living on Hulhumale and also with a younger, local crowd who appreciate the international cuisine. As well as Indian curries, there's steak, noodles and rice dishes on the menu, plus decent coffee. It's one block back from the beach.

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    Irudhashu Hotaa

    Our favourite ‘short eats’ place in town is this perennially busy meeting place by the Henveiru football field. After prayers at the next-door mosque, it’s always jammed, and the spicy fish curries and selection of hedhikaa are delicious.

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    Good Life Enterprises

    A popular place right in the centre of things, this friendly and somewhat upmarket teashop serves up a delicious selection of ‘short eats’.