Top things to do

Top Choice Mosque in Malé

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. Visitors wishing to see inside are…
Top Choice Museum in Malé

National Museum

The National Museum may be a ferociously ugly building recently gifted by China, but it nevertheless contains an excellent and well-labelled collection of historic artefacts that serve to trace the unusual history o…
Top Choice Palace in Northern Atolls

Utheemu Ganduvaru

This small palace was the childhood home of Malidivian national hero Mohammed Thakurufaanu, who, alongside with his brothers, overthrew Portuguese rule in 1573. Visitors are escorted around the complex of buildings …
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 …
Museum in Malé

National Art Gallery

The Museum Building, in one corner of Sultan’s Park, houses the National Library, various cultural centres from countries around the world and this exhibition space, which has regular displays of Maldivian art. Ther…
Market in Malé

Produce Market

The busy produce market gives you a sense of the real flavour of the Maldives – people from all over the country gather here to sell home-grown and imported vegetables. Coconuts and bananas are the most plentiful pr…
Market in Malé

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 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,…