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African, Seafood
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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Reviewed 29 April 2024 via mobile

Eager to pay the fish market a visit, we visited for lunch on a Monday. The market had plenty of fresh seafood and fish and we decided not to purchase raw seafood, but go directly to one of the vendors. We were struck by the...‘in-your-face’ aggression as several vendors tried to get your business… even before you got out of your car! Once we decided where to sit we realised that everyone used the same menu, with the same prices. We opted for prawns, a Maputo staple. Both sizes were available in ‘1kg’ portions, which was the first noticeable issue. When they arrived the portion was 12 medium prawns, and I’d be surprised if it reached 500g! What also happened is that we were ‘handed off’ to other people at the vendor’s tables. So the person who took our order was no longer anywhere nearby! The prawns were done in an open fire, and were rather dry and burnt! They cost MTL1500 or ZAR500, which was very overpriced. We were eager to pay and get out of there and then we had another battle with the vendor, who suddenly would not take credit card payment. After some discussion we paid at another vendor. When we left we were further surprised with a MTL35 parking fee, also not declared when we arrived. No, I will not recommend the Fish Market!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 September 2023 via mobile

So you chose your fish and seafood in the covered market next door with a “guide”. Prices seem expensive but appear to be public prices so … then you walk and they pick a restaurant with red plastic chairs for you : soft drinks and...2M and then 20 minutes later the fish arrives - perfectly cooked and with the dish wrapped in plastic to keep it warm. Superb quality (you’d know you picked it). Then the bill comes : boom. It’s over 50 euros. Rice alone is 5 euros. And you paid the fish and the cleaner already over 50 euros. For two people. That’s what you’d pay in a great restaurant in Europe. Right … don’t go as tourists like we did. We enjoyed the fish A LOT but being scammed leaves a bit of a sour taste and a poor impression of the place.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 5 April 2023

Delicious sea food from Localizaçao: mozambique-maputo Fish market number 27 Appointments and orders can be booked at Email: nadiomagoda11@gmail.com Number phone: 258842316116/ 258840316116

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 22 January 2020

Enjoyed a great lunch with a group of friends, both local and visiting. The food was excellent, and the atmosphere engaging. We were helped by a couple of local friends who made sure that we paid a reasonable price.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 21 January 2020

especially if you planing to buy fresh fish or seafood such as shrimps, lobsters etc. be carful though to get your moneys worth..

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 21 January 2020

We ate in maputo some 5 years ago at the old fish market further inland in Maputo. here the prawns were so big (I have never seen such huge prawns and for just a few dollars I go a packet of 6 or 8 prawns)....This was to feed three of us with some left over as they were so big. All of the seafood was 'flapping" in the big concrete tubs in which they were on display for purchase. They were all huge in the huge tun. The "small' pnes were bigger thean the large very dead prawns that I was presented with on our recent visit to the new "ripp-off" market. They were trying to charge us 4,000 Meticais to cook our meal and provide what they claimed was 1,000 meticais of chips - supposedly 5 portions. We guessed that the prawns were pre-frozen and thawed to look like fresh prawns (none of the prawns were "flappin", rather they looked a little on the old side). on top of the prawns there were 4 huge looking ones (still nowhere near the size we used to see here when they were brought straight out of the bay into the fish market), and the big lady with short hair kept picking up the largest prawn as was my selection and then slight of handing a small one underneath into the bag!! I do some card tricks and slight of hand myself and she should be on stage, because it was very impressive to watch her at work. Funny, that all the prawns were exactly the same size, which leads me to believe that they aren't even LM prawns but brought in frozen from South Africa. They certainly would be a lot cheaper to have bought them from a supplier in Durban! When walking from the market to the "restaurants", we chose the first guy on the right. He blatantly overcooked the prawns and some of the prawn meat was "floury", a good indicator that they are "old" prawns. I have been back to Maputo 3 times now (this being the third), and I have only come to have the most amazing prawn experience of the fresh LM prawns that were flapping fresh from the ocean for only about 5 dollars for a meal for 3. And about $5 again for the cooking, salads and garlic butter, peri peri and lemon butter sauces. I am sorry to see that this experience is no longer available. I am guessing that along with the fishing rights that the Chinese have secured from the Mozambiquans, that they are shipping all of the fresh prawns to China. How sad!!! I will not be going back there. You will get cheaper and fresher prawns cooked by real chefs and with good hygiene in Durban.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 2 January 2020

The new Maputo Fish Market was really a great experience! On our arrival we were greeted by a number of enthusiastic representatives from the stalls who were eager to get our attention and business. After finally choosing a representative we went along with him to...the market where we had to pck the fish and seafood we wanted to eat. The selectionn was then prepared by the staff of the stall which we picked. It was excellently prepared and went down well with our favourite beer 2M.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 21 December 2019 via mobile

We experienced the local advantage of choosing your own seafood. We were descended upon by the locals to have our food cooked by a certain stall number as well as hawkers. Just be prepared to ward them off and enjoy the experience

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 20 December 2019 via mobile

Straight from the sea seafood, lots of variety. Safe parking. Great for sea views. Great for pictures. Great for buying some souvenirs and crafts along the road. It is a must to visit when in Maputo.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 10 December 2019

Please take care when eating at Maputo’s Fish Market – some of the eating establishments are less than honest when dealing with clients. After a pleasant few days spent at Ponta do Ouro, we decided to treat ourselves to a nice meal at Maputo’s Fish...Market, before driving back home. On arrival, we were immediately accosted by a very friendly and persuasive man named Moses (see photo), who promised to provide us with a very good meal at his eatery at Stall 40 – second on the right on entry. However, it turned out that our large and tasty meal would cost us an arm, a leg and a few other extremities! As no menu is provided, you have to make do with a large, central menu fixed to one of the walls, where everything is sold by the kilogram. A lot of creative interpretation is also employed in taking one’s order – one large fish eventually becomes two, a portion of chips becomes four and the prawns get heavier as you eat them! On being presented with our bill, we were shocked to find out that everything got multiplied to the extent that the four of us could each have enjoyed a large seafood platter at the Polana Hotel, with money to spare! After a lot of shouting, cursing and re-calculation, we managed to shave a thousand Rand off our initial bill – but we still got ripped off. A take-away order of three crabs also turned out to be only two when we got home. In short, make very sure that all parties know exactly what everybody wants to eat and what it is going to cost you, before placing your order. And avoid stall 40!!!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 17 November 2019

We're in town for business and our local friend brought us here. At the market we picked fish, prawn, and calamari and the rest are just french fries and salad. There were four us and we were shocked that bill totaled about USD 245!! And...the taste was not even great! Everyone, especially tourists, should beware of this place. Best avoided.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 12 November 2019 via mobile

The see food is excellent, probably the best of Maputo, but be prepared to spend more than 45 minutes waiting for the mean. The cleanest is basic. If possible get a local person to advise which ‘barraca’ to go

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 24 October 2019 via mobile

This is a great market and restaurants. However be aware of people trying to rip you off.. I sat at stall no 5 (Salim + biddies) and was charged more than what I would have paid in a top restaurant in London. Especially if you...are a tourist who doesn't speak Portuguese. The table next to me had 4 people eating basically the same with way more drinks and yet my bill was more!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 15 October 2019

This is not a restaurant but a space where people buy fish/seafood (at the market) and some kids (bought by you) take your things to some restaurants where other people marke the food. The fish/seafood is really fresh and the mood is quite good but...some vendors makes it unpleasant sometimes. O recommend the space because the fish ansf seafood are really fresh and quite cheap for the European standardsMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 5 October 2019 via mobile

Seafood availability was lacking somewhat, although we were there late in the evening. Many people hounded us trying to sell us their services. Important to find someone you can trust will not rip you off. We chose one of the nearby restaurants to prepare our...food. Which was delicious. It is important to discuss the cost of preparing and cooking the seafood as again there is a serious risk of being ripped off to the unassuming. We had a great evening. Lots of children continuously coming to the dinner table to sell peanuts and other trinkets did get a bit irritating. Security in constant presence although I question the safety outside the premises. Parking seems is a challenge so would suggest using a taxi service. ATM machine did not work.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Response from DaBlackBourdain | Reviewed this property |
Just be fair. I think all the cooking stall are good. I have been to 3 of them and the food was delicious. If you have a local to take with you that would also be good.
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Response from Joao_Das_Neves_MZ | Reviewed this property |
For large scale you need to have both health certificate and import customs clearance into south Africa. Normally to do it you will need an export invoice. I think that for this purpose you would better contact Fishing... More
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