Whether living or stopping off in the Maldives capital for a short break, while lacking some of the cosmopolitan touches many would want from a city experience, there is no shortage of places to eat- almost all from pleasant budgets though varying in taste and décor. The choice in food is usually based on a somewhat wide, yet often repeated list of local and international dishes - from pasta and pizza, to national dishes like Mas huni – think tortilla wraps with slices of boiled eggs and salad and a large helping of tuna, mixed with spices, lime and coconut. There are also local takes on Sri Lankan-style short eats, a selection of fried snacks using very tasty and colourful fish and vegetable curried concoctions.
But for beginners and first time visitors, some of Male's stronger eating options are arguably on Male's water front, the difficult to pronounce but wonderful sounding Boduthakurufaanu Magu – or Marine Drive as it is sometimes called – the circular road travelling the circumference of Male'.
As this is where the airport boats stop off, some of bodu... (this circular road's) main offerings that provide pleasant experiences to while away a few hours include the Sea House Restaurant, which allows you to sit outside over the water for a spot of boat watching. Across the road from Sea House is the La Ban restaurant, an upstairs semi-outside venue that has a slightly less extensive menu, but offers a selection of espresso-based coffees and another fantastic way to enjoy people watching. For those looking for a little more authentic local eatery, the South Beach cafe may not match the other venues' aesthetic frills, but its rough and ready exterior hides a brilliant mix of short eat and Asian dishes like curries and a wonderful buttered chicken. As with anywhere on Male' respecting dress code is a must and no alcohol is available anywhere on Male, so opting for a meal at Hulhule' Island hotel on same stretch of land as the airport is the only alternative for a wine with your meal outside resorts.