Shopping may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Maldives. However, aside from the natural beauty of the region's oceans and islands, the country actually has numerous shopping options especially in the Maldives' capital of Malé. Besides souvenirs, you can shop for local food products, branded clothes, and more. To know more about shopping in the Maldives and where to get the best souvenirs, read on below.

Shopping in The Maldives

Most of the shopping you'll do in the country will be in Malé and Hulhumalé as most outlets are concentrated here. However, many resort islands have shops that you can buy things you need and souvenirs at. While most resort islands accept some major currencies including US dollars, not all local islands do, so make sure you have some Maldivian Rufiyaa on you when visiting the local islands.

That being said, most credit cards are widely accepted by hotels, resorts, souvenir shops, and major outlets in Malé. Also, remember that the sale of alcohol is prohibited across the country except at the various resorts, at duty-free shops when you exit the country, and at Hulhule Island Hotel on the airport island.

Best Places to Shop

Souvenir shopping is a must-do on your Maldives travel itinerary. Even if you don't plan to shop during your holiday, it's worth it to visit the local shopping destinations as you'll find many interesting and new things. Let's take a look at the best places to shop in the Maldives.

1. Malé Local Market

The Malé local market is a huge market located on the north waterfront. It's a major shopping site for locals as it has a variety of local produce and food. It even has handicrafts, local snacks and gifts. You can find unique food items like bottled pickles and even vacuum-packed smoked fish at the nearby fish market.

2. Majeedhee Magu

Majeedhee Magu is located in the centre of the Maldives' capital and it's the main shopping street for everything including local jewellery, cosmetics, clothes, electronics, snacks, and groceries. There are also numerous restaurants that you can visit to have a break from shopping. Coming here should be in your Maldives itinerary as it's a significant part of Malé.

3. Chaandhanee Magu

Chaandhanee Magu is another major shopping street in Malé, though instead of general goods and food, it carries locally handcrafted souvenirs and imported items. You can find miniature dhonis (Maldivian sailboats), thundu kunaa (traditional woven mats), coconut products, and various other souvenirs.

4. STO Trade Centre

STO Trade Centre is a big supermarket in the Maldives capital. This multi-storey building has fresh food and household products on the ground floor, as well as electronics and souvenirs on the upper floors. Located on Orchid Magu, it sees a steady stream of locals and tourists daily.

5. Le Cute

Le Cute is a duty-free outlet specialising in perfumes, cosmetics, and healthcare products. Here you can find beauty products from various major brands, though perfumes and local herbal products are some of the best things to buy. They even carry a wide range of natural sunscreen and haircare products.

6. Centro Mall

If you have space in your Maldives travel itinerary, check out the local premium shopping outlet at Centro Mall. This large mall carries numerous brand-name stores offering clothes, home appliances, and multiple dining options from cafes to the popular Manhattan Fish Market. And after a long day of shopping, you can head to one of the mall's salons or spas to unwind.

7. Malé International Airport

Malé International Airport is a great place to do some last-minute duty-free shopping before you leave the country. Besides perfumes, cosmetics and local souvenirs, the airport is one of the few places in the country where you can buy alcohol. Don't forget to visit Spice Island which sells a selection of teas, coffees, and local spices that you can use to whip up an authentic Maldivian curry by yourself.

With all these shopping destinations in the country, you'll surely be able to find the souvenir or item you want during your holiday. While most shopping can only be done in the Maldives' capital of Malé, don't hesitate to explore other islands including the resort and local islands; you might find unique and fun items or foods to enjoy.

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