Besides acting "as both a meeting point and a place to exchange ideas" for artists, travellers, intellectuals, locals and regulars, Café Camissa is also a nice place for snacks & beverages.
Click here to read my Café Camissa Tip about posted on Maputo's Things To Do.
Except for Mondays, the Camissa opens everyday from 10am until 9pm.
9pm is the official time to close but don't be surprise to find Café Camissa open 'til much later or wouldn't this be a place where Artists meet !!
You will find small African cafes in many places in and around Maputo. These cafes are cheap places to eat.
The T3 area is right outside Maputo. I was at a small cafe and had a T-bone steak, fresh bread and a beer. The cafe is located about 200 meter from the school yard in the centre of T3. The price was less than 100 metacais (4 USD).
Eating huge prawns seems to be the BIG reason for visiting Mozambique, and I was on my way to sample them in a restaurant on one of the main boulevards of the city. Much to my dismay, they had run out of this Mozambican jewel and I had to reconcile to eating calamari. Well done but nothing special. Yet the consolation prize was the enjoyable street life easily going by on a street with the remotely heroic name of Salvador Allende. The female street vendors were a bit at odds with the presumed staunch adherence to socialism but hey, the new shopping malls have totally crossed it over and the prawns there are more expensive than in mainstay capitalist countries. I guess this is one of the particularities of "one country - two systems" set up.
The Cinema area in Baixa is a modern shopping center for rich people. Right outside the shopping center you will find several small cafes, rastaurants and icecream bars. Expect to pay more than average.
As soon as you get out of the area where the concrete buildings ends, you will find a lot of small grocery stores where you will find all kinds of food. Coca Cola advertising is found all over Maputo.
Milano Grill House is a steakhouse with an African atmosphere. It's located in the intersection of Avenida 24 de Julho & Avenida Salvador Allende, right in the city centre. It's a good place to eat, but more expensive than average.
The Mimmo's is a pizzeria located in the intersection of Avenida 24 de Julho & Avenida Salvador Allende.
This is the place to go if you are afraid to try the local African restaurants. It's also a take away service.
The place is popular among the rich Mocambiqanos, and it is crowded during the nights. I liked the food, but I didn't like the atmosphere. It's more expensive here than average.
I have tried many different restaurants in and around Maputo.
If you like seafood, the best restaurant without any doubt is Costa do Sul. The seafood is very fresh, prices are reasonable even if you take a nice bottle of wine with it.
The restaurant is located some 6 km from the center of Maputo.
Favorite Dish: seafood platter: plentiful, fresh and cheap
As they describe this place, Mundo's - Restaurant, pub and everything. It is quite big and busy.
It is cheaper than the other restaurants I've mentioned and the food is good. The service is not as good as we had at any of the other restaurants.
Can get anything from pizza, seafood to burgers.
This restaurant is also very popular with visitors and locals alike. It has an old colonial feel. Good, friendly service.
Wide variety of dishes.
Very pleasant interior and atmosphere
Favorite Dish: Piri-piri chicken
At the Taverna, enjoy authentic Portugese cuisine. A very popular restaurant with the local Portugese community.
They do serve a variety of dishes, including seafood and several meat dishes.
Do have some of the fantastic deserts!!!
They do serve a variety of breads and snacks before the meal, which is charged to your bill.
Wines and beers from Portugal is avaiable.
On Saturday evenings, from 19h00/19h30 the Polana hosts a seafood buffet dinner. It is well worth the money. Lobster, prawns, paella, saefood-curry etc etc.
There is also live music.
The wine list is very impressive.
GO and enjoy!
The Costa do Sol may not be the smartest eatery in Maputo, but it rates as my personal number one as far as value for money is concerned. For around 400 Meticais (plus minus 20 US dollar or R130, you can get a big plate of prawns.
Favorite Dish: Try the prawns!
Mundo's doesn't live up to it's hype.
There is not enough staff employed by Mundo's to cater for customer volume. Bar staff spend most of their time clustered around the tills, oblivious to customers waiting to be served. Orders given to table waiters for drinks are sometimes forgotten, slow in arriving (up to 20 minutes) and are sometimes wrong. On occasions staff can’t be found to take an order. Check the bill carefully, as you may be under or over charged.
Ignore the info on Mundo's web site (www.mundosmaputo.com) - Managers Albert, Wayne and Nick are seldom around to assist, especially if you have a complaint about the standard of service. 'The customer is always right' is certainly not their philosophy. Should you comment about the length of time to get your food or drinks, or that your table has not been set properly, you could be fobbed off with lame excuses and derogatory remarks about the staff, and your complaint will not generally be dealt with in a professional manner.
"Bring along the kids, and let them enjoy the play-area specifically designed with the little ones in mind", their web site boasts. A glaring omission is "To avoid embarrassment, ensure you and your kids are clear of the premises by 8pm, as after this time the bar swarms with prostitutes".
Regulars (should) enjoy playing pool at Mundo’s, but the table and equipment is poorly maintained, and they are continually frustrated by lost balls and broken cues. (See photo).
Due to its central location, a lack of serious competition and a good turnover of business visitors to the city, Mundo's will continue to be popular. Presumably monthly profit targets are being excelled – Mundo’s is the only place in the city that can afford to shut down for 3 weeks over the Christmas period.
And there lies the reason for the arrogance and indifference of the management team. The underlying message seems to be, ‘If you are not satisfied, don't complain - just don't come back. We can afford to lose your custom '.
I was a regular at Mundo’s.
Favorite Dish: I rarely ate at Mundo's. Meals were too expensive and far too slow to appear. Find another restaurant.
Up a side street jut off the beach is a fish market.
Don't go alone - it just teams with locals, pimps, touts etc., but the atmosphere is just brilliant.
At the front is the fish market and you choose your fish.
At the back is a whole bunch of restaulrants - open air - and they will cook whatever you choose.
We had a brilliant time.
Favorite Dish: We chose king prawns which were griled to perfection.
Followed by Sea bass which was excellent