Add sprinklings of Chinese and Indian to a hefty dash of Arab and a good helping of Portuguese, and stir it all in with exuberant southern African flavours and voila – Maputo, Mozambique’s distinctive and eclectic capital, a dish with enough spice and zest to keep travellers satisfied for some time. Maputo is among Africa’s most exciting cities. It exudes a tangible love of life – a truly rich artistic side, some scintillating nightlife, great markets, and melting-pot cuisine. And once the sun has set, try to catch a late and lively session of the string-breakingly fast marrabenta music, the roughhewn guitars beating out a rhythm that gees up the dancing crowd. Discover a little-known city that is happy to show itself off to visitors.