Best restaurants in Maldives

  • Restaurants in Addu Atoll

    Just Tea

    A local meeting point on the main road between the airport and Hithadhoo, Just Tea is unmarked in English, but is a superb place to try local cooking in a welcoming atmosphere. There's no menu, so just order a tuna curry, a couple of parathas (Indian flat bread) and a few spicy tuna skewers for your own bargain Maldivian feast.

  • Restaurants in Maafushi

    Summer Kitchen & Bakery

    This friendly Maldivian-Chinese place offers a choice of outdoor dining in a relaxed sandy area facing the harbour, or a brightly lit interior where you can watch your food being prepared and choose desserts and cakes from a well-supplied display counter. The menu is predominantly Chinese and is very tasty, though there's also a smaller Western menu. Portions are big.

  • Restaurants in Addu Atoll

    Suvadive Cafe

    This rather stylish place arranged around a large ornamental pond is the best choice for a meal on Hithadhoo. The menu is fairly standard international fare: pizzas, pasta, sandwiches and salads, though it pulls a few surprises including Mongolian rice and nasi goreng. There's good coffee and a selection of breakfasts. Look for the Queen on the photo wall.

  • Restaurants 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, wraps, pasta, fish and grills. There’s also a popular gelateria attached, serving up the city’s best ice cream – perfect for dessert.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 are enormous and run from good breakfasts to falafel, seared tuna cubes, sandwiches, giant prawns and burgers. There's also good coffee.

  • Restaurants in Addu Atoll

    Palm Village

    This very pleasant place on the main road is rightly considered one of Addu City's best restaurants. It's popular with a mixed crowd of local families, young people and the occasional tourist. The food is excellent (particularly the dishes on the tandoori menu) and the place is perfect for a long meal, with fan-cooled niches and a roof terrace.

  • Restaurants 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, Indonesian, American and Indian cuisines – try the delicious satay chicken or the ever-good nasi goreng.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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, 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.

  • Restaurants in Gnaviyani

    Royal Restaurant

    Overlooking the harbour, this cute restaurant has a lovely location, a raised dais with sea views and shaded gazebos scattered around the palm-strewn garden. It's generally held to be the best restaurant on the island, and even serves up lobster (Rf450-750 depending on its size).

  • Restaurants in Maafushi

    FineBake by Suzy

    This lovely little locally run bakery is the brainchild of Suzy, who learned how to bake in Sri Lanka and has brought her love of baked goods back to her native island. It's a simple, cheap and unfussy place on Maafushi's main street, and is a great spot to get a simple lunch or afternoon snack.

  • Restaurants in Gnaviyani

    Pebbles by Royal

    This very pleasant spot is right next to the gorgeous white-sand Thoondu Beach. It serves up Maldivian standards such as curries, noodles and seafood as well as Illy coffee to appreciative diners seated outside in little thatched gazebos.

  • Restaurants in Male

    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.

  • Restaurants in Hulhumale

    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.

  • Restaurants in Maafushi

    Pizza & Pasta Mamma Mia

    This simple sand-floor place does surprisingly excellent wood-fire-oven pizza in a range of flavours. It also has a coffee shop on one side of it, run by the same people.

  • Restaurants in Male

    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.

  • Restaurants in Male

    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.

  • Restaurants in Male

    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.

  • Restaurants in Male

    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 Gnaviyani

    Boose Dining

    Located in the middle of the island, this friendly garden restaurant has individual booths surrounded by trellises and lots of plant life, making each table feel rather private. The menu offers Maldivian standards such as tuna rice, chili chicken and various biryanis; there's also pizza, salads and breakfast.