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