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What to Eat in Maldives

Cuisine in the Maldives relies heavily on the region's available ingredients, which means seafood, coconut and starches feature prominently in many dishes. Tuna, wahoo and mahi mahi are a few of the fish you can expect to find on menus in the Maldives. Other popular dishes in the Maldives include samosas (pastries stuffed with savory filling like spiced potatoes and vegetables), curries and spicy fried fish.

Keep in mind, because the Maldives is an Islamic nation, the population does not drink alcohol. However, you will be able to enjoy alcoholic beverages at most resorts.

If you're staying at a high-end resort, you will likely have more variety in terms of food, with dining options ranging from Italian and Spanish to Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine. Several hotels offer buffet lunches and dinners. At some properties, you can opt for an all-inclusive rate that covers meals and drinks. Regardless of whether you choose all-inclusive or a la carte, dining in the Maldives is very expensive. And if you're looking for a truly unique experience, consider booking a table at an underwater restaurant. Some options include: the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort, 5.8 Undersea Restaurant at Hurawalhi Maldives and Subsix at Niyama Private Islands Maldives.

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#1 Belle Amie Bistro

#1 of 163 Places to Eat in Male

Ranked 4.5 out of 168 (168) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Chinese, Indian, European, Sri Lankan, International

M. Melaa, Keneree Magu Near National Museum, Male 20191

M. Melaa, Keneree Magu Near National Museum, Male 20191

Ranked 4.5 out of 168 (168)
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#2 Sala Thai Restaurant

#2 of 163 Places to Eat in Male

Ranked 4.5 out of 517 (517) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Asian, Thai

Buruneege Boutique Hotel, Male

Buruneege Boutique Hotel, Male

Ranked 4.5 out of 517 (517)
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#3 Pizza Mia

#3 of 163 Places to Eat in Male

Ranked 4.5 out of 142 (142) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Italian, Pizza

Kalhuhuraa Magu, Male

Kalhuhuraa Magu, Male

Ranked 4.5 out of 142 (142)
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#4 Seagull Cafe House

#4 of 163 Places to Eat in Male

Ranked 4.0 out of 367 (367) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Italian, Cafe

Fareedhee Magu Maafannu, Male

Fareedhee Magu Maafannu, Male

Ranked 4.0 out of 367 (367)
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#5 Shell Beans

#5 of 163 Places to Eat in Male

Ranked 4.0 out of 221 (221) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Fusion

Boduthakurufaanu Magu H. Jazeera Building, Male

Boduthakurufaanu Magu H. Jazeera Building, Male

Ranked 4.0 out of 221 (221)
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#6 The Sea House - Maldives

#6 of 163 Places to Eat in Male

Ranked 4.0 out of 377 (377) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Cafe, Seafood, Asian

Boduthakurufaanu Magu 1st Floor Hulhumale Male' Ferry Terminal, Male 20005

Boduthakurufaanu Magu 1st Floor Hulhumale Male' Ferry Terminal, Male 20005

Ranked 4.0 out of 377 (377)
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#8 Lemongrass Fifth

#8 of 163 Places to Eat in Male

Ranked 4.0 out of 179 (179) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Indian, Asian, Thai, International

Fareedhee Magu, Male 300-9000

Fareedhee Magu, Male 300-9000

Ranked 4.0 out of 179 (179)
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#9 The Civil Coffee Society

#9 of 163 Places to Eat in Male

Ranked 4.5 out of 37 (37) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Cafe

M. Sisil Emporium M Sisil Emporium, Male

M. Sisil Emporium M Sisil Emporium, Male

Ranked 4.5 out of 37 (37)
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#10 Thai Wok

#10 of 163 Places to Eat in Male

Ranked 4.0 out of 158 (158) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Asian, Thai

Corner of Ameer Ahmed Magu & Naadhee Magu, Male

Corner of Ameer Ahmed Magu & Naadhee Magu, Male

Ranked 4.0 out of 158 (158)
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