Restaurants

Top Choice International in Malé

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 a…
Top Choice Thai in Malé

Sala Thai

This very smart restaurant is generally held to be the best on the island, and it should be at these prices. The Thai menu is sumptuous, and thoroughly authentic, with a huge choice of soups, noodles and curries. Me…
Top Choice Maldivian in Malé

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 …
International in Malé

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,…
International in Malé

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 …
International in Malé

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, Ind…
Thai in Malé

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 r…
International in Malé

Aïoli

This stylish restaurant, decked out in dark wood and cream furnishings, has the feel of a boutique hotel more than a dinner spot. The menu is just as fabulous, with Black Angus fillet steak, coconut chilli crab and …
International in Malé

Shell Beans

This useful spot on the seafront serves up tasty sandwiches, full breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers, good coffee and pastries. It’s a great spot for lunch on the run, although there’s seating both upstairs (which incl…
Indian in Malé

Symphony

This long-time favourite for Male residents, located off Majeedee Magu, has an exceptionally dark interior, chilly air-con and a smart look. The menu is comprehensive, the Indian cooking is excellent and it boasts o…