In addition to these attractions, Malé also offers visitors a variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops.
The national dish of the Maldives is gulha, a deep-fried pastry ball filled with smoked fish such as Maldive fish or tuna, along with desiccated coconut and onions. Gulha is a popular snack or appetizer, and is often served with a cup of hot tea.
Other popular national dishes of the Maldives include:
- Mas huni: A breakfast dish of finely chopped tuna, coconut, onion, and chilli, served with roshi (a type of flatbread).
- Garudhiya: A traditional fish soup that is usually cooked using fish, water, and salt. It is served with lime, rice, chilli and onions.
- Keemiyaa: A tuna curry with peas and Scotch Bonnet peppers.
- Rihaakuru: A Maldivian fish sauce made from dried and fermented tuna. It is used as a condiment in many Maldivian dishes.
Maldivian cuisine is influenced by a variety of cultures, including Indian, Sri Lankan, and Arab. However, it retains its own unique flavor profile, which is characterized by the use of fresh seafood, coconut, and spices.