5 Local Hidden Gems in Tofo, Mozambique

For those that are looking for the Bali vibe in Africa. Tofo is the place to be. This still small beach town offers everything you are looking for on your Mozambique backpack trip. The restaurants are cheap. The ocean is beautiful. The hotels and hostels are amazing. And there is a lot of cool things to do. Instead of going for the usual stuff. We opted for some more unusual hidden gems in Tofo. Enjoy reading!

 

1. Banca Cadir | The best lobster. This is where the locals go.

There used to be a popular spot in Tofo called Mama Bia, but unfortunately it closed due to COVID. However, a new place has emerged and it's called Banca Cadir! This spot offers the best fresh grilled lobster in all of Mozambique. At the time of writing, the price for 1kg of lobster is 800 MT and the quality of the food is exceptional. You can stop by for an inexpensive lunch for as little as 150 MT during lunchtime. It's definitely a must-visit spot in Tofo that we found ourselves going to every day. The price for locally prepared food is extremely cheap, making it a great addition to your Tofo bucket list.

 

Ask locals to bring you to the sign of Banca Cadir (you won't find it without them). Left the entrance. Middle the hallway. Right the 4 lobster for 899 Metacais.

2. Mozambeat Hotel | Evening pool parties in Tofo

Although Mozambeat is well-known in the area, it still offers a hidden gem. Every Friday night, local expats kick off the night with drinks at Sumi before heading to Mozambeat for an amazing party. It's one of the best parties in Tofo, and definitely worth checking out. You can also opt-in to stay overnight at Mozambeat. 

Check here for more information.

Mozambeat famous pool is both by day and night the best place to be in Tofo for a good party.

3. Kitesurf Tofo | Kitesurfing surrounded by Flamingos and Whales in Tofo

One of the unique locations in the world where you can kitesurf amongst flamingos is here. Chris, the proprietor of Kitesurf Tofo, was captivated by Tofo and decided to establish a Kitesurfing school since there wasn't one. Kitesurf Tofo is the only recognized kite surfing school in Tofo, catering to both beginners and experienced surfers for exceptional kiting experiences.  If you want to kite a lot it's worth staying at Kitesurf Tofo for extra discount. Check here latest prices.

Photo courtesy of Kitesurf Tofo. Tofo is probably one of the best places in the world to have a change on whale encounters during kiting.

4. Tofo Bakery | The legend behind all the amazing Tofo Pao's

In Portuguese, "pao" means bread. In Tofo, there are many high-quality breads available. Despite not being listed on Google Maps, there is a bakery in Tofo. To find it, take the road towards Mozambeat and Turtle Dove and look for the third building on the right - a black, old building. This hidden bakery sells fresh bread every day for 5 MT each. This is where the locals and hotels get their bread!

5. Tofo Fish market | Dance with the locals on Sunday

If you ever find yourself spending a week in Tofo, don't miss out on the unexpected party that happens every Sunday at the fish markets. Locals from nearby villages bring their cars with speakers and Mama's grill skewers on their bbq's. The beer is cheap and the atmosphere is lively. Spend your Sunday afternoon from 16:00 - 21:00 with the locals, offering them a beer and chatting about what living in Tofo is like.

 

And if you're up for more fun, head over to Dathonga for some dancing.

Summary of the best things to do in Tofo:

1. Have a local lunch at Barra Cadir

2. Pool party at Mozambeat

3.  Learn Kitesurfing with Chris

4. Get fresh 'pao' at the hidden local bakery

5. Party til very late on the market square on Sunday

We are having a great time with the locals on a Sunday afternoon on Tofo market square.

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