Top things to do, where to eat & where to get good coffee in Malé, the Maldives



 
A boat in a lagoon in Male, the Maldives. - city guide

Top things to do, where to eat & where to get good coffee in Malé, the Maldives

Famous for top-notch resorts on utopia islands that seem to be located on the end of the world, the Maldives islands are a must-visit for any traveler.If the Maldives don’t ring a bell in your mind, then you should really consider discovering the beauty of these islands very soon. Just google ‘the Maldives’ and take a look at the images online. You’ll quickly find out what I’m talking about.

This exotic and unique country has one of the smallest capital cities in the world. One that’s very densely populated.

Malé of the Maldives is a very interesting and beautiful little pearl in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The island – on which the city is located – is surrounded by many other small islands that seem to come from another world.

A square, next to the ocean in Male, Maldives city guide A colorful city square, next to the ocean in Malé, the Maldives.

A travel city guide to Malé in the Maldives

This city travel guide will talk about tips & advice about Malé in the Maldives. Read about what fun things you can do in the city, where you can have a good cup of coffee in and where the best restaurants are located.

The little capital of the Maldives “Malé” has both a vibrant city atmosphere as a relaxed island vibe.

The island where Malé is located on is only 1.7 kilometers long and just one kilometer wide. And, about 150,000 citizens know this capital city as their home.

A boat in a lagoon in Male, the Maldives. - city guide A boat in an aquamarine lagoon.

 

The whole city can be explored on foot because the island where it is located isn’t that large.

The aquamarine ocean that surrounds Malé is so clear that you can see fish swimming at the bottom of the sea.

Crystal clear water in a lagoon in Male, the Maldives. - City Guide Crystal clear water in a lagoon in Malé, the Maldives.

So what things can you do in Malé?

Most of the better places to visit in Malé are located on the north side of the city. It’s not that large, so you’ll be able to walk from one place to another without any problems.

Old Friday Mosque (Hukuru Miskiyy)

The Old Friday Mosque in Malé was constructed in 1656 and it’s a quite popular place to visit. It’s also the oldest mosque in the Maldives.

The Maldivian architecture is a great sight. The building has a beautiful structure and completely made of coral stone.

Sultan’s Park

A magnificent ark that once was a garden of the Sultans Palace. Many flowers and trees grow in the Sultan’s Park in Malé It makes a great place to relax for a while with a cold refreshment when the sun is hot.

Malé Fish & Produce Market

The Fish & Produce Market in Malé should not be missed when you explore the city.

These local markets on the northern side of the island are a great place to experience a bit of the domestic life in the Maldives.

You can either buy fresh fruits and vegetables in the produce market and/or fresh fish in the fish market in Malé. The fish market is located about 2 blocks away from the vegetable & produce market.

Visit the fish market in the late afternoons when the fishermen deliver the day’s catch. Then watch the real energy of the market come to life. It will be the perfect moment to absorb the vibe of the fish market in Male.

A visit to the Artificial Beach in Malé

There is an artificial beach in Malé that is just perfect for a lovely morning, afternoon or evening swim. It can be a relief to cool off in the water and to lay down in the sun for a couple of hours.

A visit to the Maldives without a bit of sunbathing wouldn’t be fully complete, right?

The Tomb of Mohammed Thakurufaanu

Located next to a small mosque in the back streets in the middle of Malé, you will find the tomb of Mohammed Thakurufaanu.

He was a Maldivian hero that saved the country from the Portuguese rule during colonial times.

The man that still is considered to be the Maldives’ national hero, became sultan after he led the country into its freedom.

Atoll Transfer to nearby islands

There are many small islands located just next to Maléin the Maldives. In total, there are 1,190 small islands widespread throughout the country. But, the ones that are located just next to Malé make a perfect 1- or 2-day trip out of the country’s capital.

There are Atoll transfer boats available every day that leave for the nearby islands. I took a boat like this with some friends and visited a small island (1 sq kilometer) that had a unique atmosphere. We stayed there for the night and it felt like I was in a very beautiful, but a different world.

A sandy road on an island close to Male, the Maldives. - City Guide A sandy road on a small island close to Malé, the Maldives.

 

This particular island of the Maldives was filled with small sandy roads that went from one end of the island to the other end.

People walk or use golf carts and scooters for transport on the island.

A sunny beach on an island close to Male, the Maldives. - City Guide A sunny beach on the same island in the Maldives.

 

Every end of this small island has a great beach, that’s filled with small crabs and neon plankton in the night, but is also stunning during the day in the sun.

The water is crystal clear and the sand is bleachy white.

A sundown over the ocean on an island close to Male, the Maldives. - City Guide A sundown over the ocean on an island close to Malé, the Maldives.

 

The sunsets in the Maldives could be counted as some of the best of the planet.

As far as the eye can see, there is water with quick glimpses of other small islands on the horizon. The sun paints the ocean pink and cyan; the sky seems to be on fire.

Those moments make you feel small and peaceful as a human being.

A sunset on an island close to Male, the Maldives. - City Guide A sunset on an island close to Malé, the Maldives.
Another sunset with a pack of clouds on an island close to Male, the Maldives. - City Guide Another sunset with a pack of clouds on the same island.
A sunset over the ocean on an island close to Male, the Maldives. - City Guide A sunset over the ocean on the same island in the Maldives.

Where to get the best coffee in Malé, the Maldives

Jazz Café

This friendly café refines a jazz-concept and combines it with good coffee. It is one of Malé’s nicest hangouts if you like a good cuppa.

Shell Beans

Looking for a nice place with good coffee? Shell beans will be a good option then. Shell beans in Malé also serves tasty breakfast and amazing lunch. The place located just next to the seafront and you have an option to go to sit upstairs.

A main street in Male, the Maldives. - city guide A main street in Male, the Maldives.

My favorite restaurants in Malé, the Maldives

Seagull Café

This timeless restaurant is a wonderful place to hangout with friends or to have lunch meetings. The atmosphere is pleasant and the food is great. The Seagull Café in Male could be among the oldest cafés in the city.

Royal Garden Café

In the Royal Garden Café in Malé, you can count on a delicious lunch and a fair price. Generous portions and a great service will be granted. The Royal Garden café is a good restaurant that serves fresh and quality dishes that will satisfy your needs.

Salt Café & Restaurant

This cool spot on Malé’s busy seafront road offers a nice view on the harbor of Malé.
Salt Café & Restaurant feels unique compared to Malé’s other restaurants, and the food is excellent.

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