Central Market © Cordelia Persen
The Central Market spills out of the shabby yet beautiful old building in which it is housed, and is a hub of activity where all kinds of goods can be bought, from fruit and vegetables, a variety of seafood and household items, to handicrafts, basket ware and carvings. This is a market designed to serve local needs, not tourists, which makes it an authentic experience and a good opportunity to meet some locals and see how people in Maputo shop and eat. Although it is primarily a food market, many interesting souvenirs and trinkets can usually be found.
Vendors are ready to haggle, and you can often negotiate yourself big discounts, though knowing a little Portuguese will be a real help in this respect. Bear in mind that the merchants will usually charge foreigners exorbitant prices, so don't be afraid to walk away and compare prices at other stalls to make sure you aren't being taken advantage of. It is also a good idea to have small change ready. Unfortunately, the market is a haven for pickpockets and thieves, so visitors should be very vigilant about their surroundings and ensure that all valuables are concealed from view.
Address: Av. 25 de Setembro