Top things to do

Top Choice Mosque in Male

Old Friday Mosque

This is the oldest mosque in the country, dating from 1656. It’s a beautiful structure made from coral stone into which intricate decoration and Quranic script have been chiselled. Non-Muslims wishing to see inside …
Top Choice Museum in Male

National Museum

Maldives' National Museum may be a ferociously ugly building gifted by China, but it nevertheless contains a well-labelled collection of historic artefacts that serve to trace the unusual history of these isolated i…
Top Choice International in Male

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 Male

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,…
Bridge in Male

China-Maldives Friendship Bridge

This incredibly impressive piece of engineering connects Male to the airport island of Hulhule, but unlike most of the causeways connecting islands elsewhere in the country, this US$250m project goes over the open s…
Market in Male

Fish Market

Although the squeamish may well object to the buckets of entrails or the very public gutting of fish going on all around, the Fish Market should not be missed. This is the soul of Male – and it’s great fun watching …
International in Male

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 Male

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…
Beach in Male

Artificial Beach

A sweet little crescent sand beach has been crafted from the breakwater tetrapods here where locals can swim and enjoy a day on the beach. There’s a whole range of fast-food cafes nearby, though the construction of …
Cafe 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 i…