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The Maputo Market

Updated on July 23, 2012

Maputo, the capital of Mozambique is a vast, expansive world filled with intense energy and typical African music. The place has transformed itself into a tourist destination in the past few years. It is considered to be one of the world’s favorite weekend hot spots. Towards the south of Maputo, a 100 kilometer far lays the Bazaruto Island, an ideal honeymoon destination. Maputo is a unique African land which reverberate African, Portuguese and Arabic influences. The place beautifully blends African food and Latin American music. To cut short, Maputo is at the same time weird, hysteric and enthralling.


Visiting this capital city of Mozambique is unlike visiting any other African country. It is clash of contradictions that you see here. Colonized by Portugal, Mozambique was a comparatively young nation when it got its independence. The nation has continuously supported a policy of non-alignment without making itself a part of the east-west confrontation. This nevertheless, has enabled the nation to develop a friendly relationship towards almost all major powers of the world including the United States.


The central market in Maputo is a vibrant place which sells all kids of supplies, handicrafts and carvings. It is also a place where you could buy eatables like vegetables, seafood and groceries. Buyers can negotiate the price and the vendors here would offer discounts up to 50%. If you are from Portugal, the vendors here would charm you by their knowledge of the language.


The Maputo market which stretches at least the distance of five or six football fields, is the ideal place to buy virtually anything you need. From used home appliances to brand new mattresses, carpets and sofas, the market offers anything and everything that a busy street market in Italy could offer you. What is more interesting in some stores is the wide array of traditional medicines and remedies along with an endless display of colorful spices, fresh meat and fish.


There is nothing classy or elegant about street markets. It is the rawness that attracts people to them. Everything lays bare in front of you. You can go and touch the items if you want. There is no sophistication down here and you don’t have to accept the hefty price tag. Instead you argue, make a deal with the vendor, and get it at a price that you feel is fair to you. The central market in Maputo may be full of mayhem with the throng of fish vendors piercing your ears. But it is just a regular day in the market where meters and meters of fish stalls are brimming with the days catch, most of the fish still fresh and alive.


Things are really opening up in Maputo. The capital city has invited European South African and American entrepreneurs to conduct business and sign new deals. Along with this, the tourism sector is also considered to make serious changes. Even though the whole scenario might change and new developments might come in, the uniqueness of Maputo is something that might neverchange. With their communist revolutionary zest blended with Portuguese language and outlook, Maputo is a place that never ceases to amaze you.


For an outsider, the frenzy and hysterical nature of the market might seem to be a comedy of errors. But once you get inside the ebb of street marketing experience, it turns out to be a rejuvenating experience. You can also dine at any of the hotels that you find here, and will be surprised at the relatively cheap price tag. So, no matter whichever way you look at it, the central market in Maputo is an experience that cannot be missed.

The Maputo Market


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      SAFlights 6 years ago from South Africa

      Very glad to hear that Eiddwen. We will keep on trying to do so!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      I really did enjoy this one.

      The pictures and colours were amazing.

      Thank you for brightening up a dull morning.

      Take care