Ma­puto

SARAH DUFF DIS­COV­ERS THE BEST CAIPIR­IN­HAS THIS SIDE OF THE IN­DIAN OCEAN IN MOZAM­BIQUE’S CHAR­AC­TER­FUL CAP­I­TAL

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carpac­cio, seared tuna steak – fol­lowed by cashew-nut tart and Amarula ice cream. (8 Avenida 10 de Novem­bro) Man­jar dos Deuses is eas­ily the city’s best restau­rant, with ex­cel­lent Mediter­ranean-Mozam­bi­can dishes. (+258-823-054-267) Cheap ’n’ cheer­ful Piri-Piri is just the spot for tra­di­tional Mozam­bi­can and Por­tuguese dishes, such as crab mat­apa – cas­sava leaves with peanuts and co­conut milk. (14 Avenida 24 de Julho) Sit next to splash­ing waves and bob­bing yachts at Clube Naval and sip on zingy (and lethally strong) pas­sion fruit caipir­in­has at sun­set. Clube­naval.co.mz

STAY HERE, SLEEP THERE

The beau­ti­fully re­stored Polana Ser­ena Ho­tel feels like some­thing out of an Agatha Christie novel, with an im­pos­ing façade, plush rooms, ceil­ing fans and ex­pan­sive ve­ran­das. Ser­e­na­ho­tels.com/ ser­e­nap­olana Duqueza de Con­naught is a charm­ing guest­house with airy rooms, and a swim­ming pool set in a tran­quil gar­den. Duquezade­con­naught.com

m Visit Ma­puto’s most beau­ti­ful build­ing, the century-old mint-and-cream CFM Rail­way Sta­tion (which made a cameo ap­pear­ance in the movie

Have a drink in its retro bar, Kamp­fumo, sand­wiched be­tween two plat­forms, which is trans­formed into the city’s most un­usual party venue on week­ends. Kamp­fumo.blogspot.com ozambique may be best known for its palm-fringed beaches and trop­i­cal is­land ar­chi­pel­a­gos, but the hub of this coun­try is its cap­i­tal, Ma­puto.With its lively cul­tural scene, eclec­tic ar­chi­tec­ture, Por­tuguese in­flu­ences and beach-hol­i­day pace, it’s an ex­ot­i­cally wel­com­ing des­ti­na­tion. Tree-shaded cafés line av­enues named af­ter Com­mu­nist lead­ers; Art-Deco build­ings with Ha­vanaesque façades are painted in a rain­bow of milk­shake hues.At night, the city hums to the sounds of jazz, salsa and karaoke from bars thick with the scent of rum cock­tails.Add fab­u­lous food with Arab, In­dian, Por­tuguese and African flavours served at a num­ber of up­mar­ket restaurants and a crop of classy ho­tels, and it’s easy to see why Ma­puto is worth a visit.

PAUSE HERE, STOP THERE

Ex­plore Ma­puto on a guided walk­ing tour with UK ex­pat Jane Flood (+258-824-190-574) and learn about the his­tory of the city through its ar­chi­tec­ture, from apart­ment blocks that will re­mind you of Gaudí’s work to Casa de Ferro, a 19th-century metal house de­signed by Gus­tave Eif­fel. Take the ferry to In­haca Is­land for a day of snorkelling and div­ing. (+27-11-791-0519)

SHOP HERE,BROWSE THERE

Give in to temp­ta­tion at Dhow Café, a fab­u­lous dé­cor shop filled with art, scarves, jew­ellery and taste­ful wooden fur­ni­ture. Stay for lunch. (+258-820-247-340) Shop for de­signer Taibo Bacar’s colourful ca­pu­lanas (sarongs) at Casa Ele­fante. (Rua da Mesquita) The Par­que Dos Con­tin­u­adores is the best place for lo­cal arts and crafts. (Avenida Ar­mando Ti­vane)

MUNCH ON THIS, SIP ON THAT

Get a taste of Mozam­bique’s seafood at the lively Fish Mar­ket, where you se­lect your catch and have it cooked for you at one of the hole-in-the-wall restaurants ar­rayed around a court­yard. Join Ma­puto’s well-heeled set at Zambi for fan­tas­tic seafood – lan­gous­tine sashimi, cod­fish

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Clock­wise from top right The Polana Ser­ena Ho­tel; Mozam­bi­can ca­pu­lanas prints from Taibo Bacar’s A/W 2013 collection; food, glo­ri­ous (sea)food; Art Deco abounds; cov­eta­bles at Dhow; Kamp­fumo.

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