The Maldives is not only a tropical paradise for its beaches and clear waters, but also for its unique and flavourful cuisine. From fresh seafood to exotic spices, there is a dish to sate every palate. Here are some of the must-try dishes and drinks in the Maldives.


This traditional Maldivian soup is made with fish, chili, and lime juice. It’s a staple dish in the local cuisine and is usually served with rice.

Mas Huni

A popular breakfast dish, Mas Huni is made with grated coconut, chilli, and smoked tuna. It’s often served with roshi, a type of flatbread.

Tuna Steak

The Maldives is known for its fresh seafood, and tuna is a staple. Tuna steaks are often grilled or seared and served with a variety of sauces and sides. You can try the most exclusive version of this dish during your stay at resort properties the likes of Velifushi Maldives by Cinnamon


This Indian-inspired dish is made with fragrant rice, spices, and meats such as chicken or lamb. It’s a popular choice for those seeking a hearty meal.

Maldivian Roti

This traditional flatbread is made with flour, sugar, and coconut milk. It’s often served as a side dish or used to wrap up other dishes.

King Coconut Juice

King Coconut Juice
King Coconut Juice – Photo by Oleksandr Pidvalnyi via Pexels

This refreshing drink is made from the juice of young coconuts. It’s a great way to hydrate in the tropical heat and is also believed to have many health benefits.

Dhivehi Raqiya

A traditional spirit, Dhivehi Raqiya is made from fermented coconut sap and distilled with spices. It’s a strong drink, so it’s best enjoyed in moderation.

The Maldives is indeed a food lover’s paradise, with a variety of dishes and drinks to tantalize your taste buds. From fresh seafood to exotic spices, there’s something for everyone in the local cuisine. You can try local favourites and other delicacies at any of the Maldives bar and restaurant establishments.