Visiting the Maputo Fish Market

Date: 22 December 2012


Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, has a popular fish market that is frequented by travellers to the Southern African country.


The fish market is located at Costa do Sol, which is on the coastline towards the north of the city.  The market is accessible by chapa (the local minibus taxi) or by conventional taxis.


Visitors of the fish market are spoilt for choice, as the catch of the day is on offer, which includes various varieties of fish, mussels, lobster, crabs, langoustines, and of course, prawns. There are also traders in the area who sell cashew nuts and various arts and crafts aimed at the tourist market.


Fresh seafood is sold by weight, and once bought, travellers can visit one of the restaurants towards the back of the market, which will prepare their meal for a small fee. Travellers are expected to negotiate and bargain, and can often purchase seafood for up to 25% less than the initial asking price.


The fish market is open daily, and the best time of the day to visit is the afternoon, after the morning's catch has come in.