Central Mozambique


Top ChoiceAfrican in Chimoio

Restaurante Maúa

Tap any local with taste buds and they'll probably tell you that this place – one of several restaurants in the Feira Popular complex – serves the best food in Chimoio, possibly even central Mozambique. The menu...

Top ChoiceInternational in Beira


Biques (pronounced beaks) is a sight for sore eyes if you've just emerged bleary-eyed from the bush. Perched on a rise overlooking a windswept scoop of Macuti Beach, it's long been revered by overlanders for its...

Top ChoiceItalian in Beira

Tutto D'Italy

Top of the list of 'weird epiphanies in Beira' is this fabulous Italian restaurant hidden (there's no sign) in a children's park on the cusp of the Ponta Gêa neighbourhood. All the Italian favourites – antipasti,...

Top ChoiceInternational in Tete

Café del Río

When Tete's heat has melted you to a runny pulp, revive your spirits at Cafe del Rio, a beautiful thatched restaurant furnished like an upmarket African safari lodge that catches gorgeous sunsets over the...

African in Beira

Restaurante 2 + 1

Get past the cheap 2+1 Takeaway outside and dive into the air-conditioned heaven of this lovely restaurant, a plush, inviting culinary star in the otherwise dilapidated Maquinino neighbourhood. The helpful...

Cafe in Chimoio

Ponto do Encontro

The aptly named 'meeting point' is one of the town's best meeting and eating places, both as a Portuguese-style cafe (the coffee and pastries are excellent) and as a restaurant. The house special is chicken in...

International in Tete

Why Not Esplanada & Restaurant

It's a little out of the centre in a residential area – and finding it might entail asking directions in Portuguese more than once – but other than that…why not? This restaurant lives up to its name, tempting...

Cafe in Beira

Café Riviera

Head to this old-world street-side cafe for caffeine Portuguese style and a bolo (cake) as you watch the passing Beira scene – both the pretty and the gritty. It offers all the usual snacks, including chicken and...

European in Beira

Restaurante Pic-Nic

Set in one of the more dilapidated sections of the baixa, Pic-Nic defies its name and location, with waitstaff dressed in starched white shirts dispatching Downtown Abbey–worthy service. And it's not all show....

Cafe in Quelimane

Cafe-Pasteleria Saima

The city's only really inviting pasteleria isn't large, but it's good for a pastry, a galão (Portuguese latte) or something fast and no-frills (a burger perhaps). Make the most of it: there's not much else like...

Seafood in Beira

Nhumba Yathu

Parked on Macuti Beach with a terrace overlooking the lighthouse and shipwreck, Nhumba specialises in seafood, selling grouper by the kilo and serving up fish cooked simply and fast. Grab an outdoor table and...

Indian in Tete

Galaxy Restaurant

The best of several pioneering Indian restaurants in Tete, this one leans towards southern Indian cuisine and serves an excellent masala dosa (thin crepe filled with spicy potato with coconut chutney on the side).

African in Quelimane

Xeque Mate

Something of a social hub in sleepy Quelimane, this dark but vaguely arty pub-restaurant doesn't exactly advertise itself, but the meat and fish dishes are good. Probably the city's best non-hotel eating joint.

Burgers in Chimoio

Banana Split

This new locally run place offers a Mozambican take on fast food, with burgers, wraps, samosas and desserts served in a small, bright four-table cafe or available for takeaway. The daily cakes are delightful.

African in Chimoio


The Jardim is clean and modern but perhaps a little bland. The comprehensive menu mixes Mozambican favourites and experimental Chinese dishes, which can be enjoyed in a quiet, well-air-conditioned interior.

International in Quelimane

Restaurante Nara

Opposite the uglier of Quelimane's two cathedrals, Nara has the most international menu in town, with Indian, Middle Eastern and Mexican flavours accompanying the standard chicken and prawns.

African in Chimoio

Tres Tempos

At this newish restaurant just off the Praça da OMM roundabout it's all about the chicken, which some have claimed is the best in Mozambique. There's only one way to find out…

International in Tete

VIP Café

This clean, air-conditioned restaurant might lack your typical Mozambican feel, but it's the best place to grab a coffee, ice cream, pastry or salad while cooling off.

Seafood in Beira

Clube Náutico

This colonial-era swimming and social club is a popular waterside hang-out. Average food and slow service are redeemed by the relaxing beachside setting.