Local Faves: Malé's Best Cheap Eats

BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Male, Maldives : Local Faves: Malé's Best Cheap Eats
BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Male, Maldives : Local Faves: Malé's Best Cheap Eats

When it comes to dining in Malé, keep your eye out for short eats -- local finger foods which can be either sweet or savoury but are usually deep-fried. Most short eats feature fish or coconut flavours, and you can find them at one of the many sai-hotaas, or tea shops.

 Carnival ground with its cluster of restaurants is a famous spot for hang-outs and local dining. There are lots of short eats and international food to be had, and it's usually buzzing in the evenings.

Above the Hulhumale Ferry Terminal on its top deck, Sea House boasts panoramic harbour views and an eclectic diner-style menu of pizza, sandwiches, Thai food and local dishes.

Sample local cuisine at Dhivehi Malaafai, a favourite of both locals and tourists. Or try Royal Garden Café, which is located in a ganduvaru or a historic nobleman's house. Its menu is a combination of local cuisine with American, Italian, Indonesian and Indian dishes.

During your day's wandering, stop in at seafront restaurant City Garden for a coffee, slice of pizza or a sandwich. I recommend you sit on the upper deck to take advantage of the refreshing sea breeze!

Whether it's short eats, pizza cravings, or a feast of the local cuisine, my team know where the best places are! Just ask for their recommendations.