While restaurants, resorts and natural landscapes offer travellers a certain insight into Fijian culture, there’s nothing quite like a local market to immerse oneself in the ongoings of a community. Browse exotic wares, unusual handicrafts and foreign curios as you wander through the stalls. Stop and chat with local Fijians, take in the sights and sounds of the marketplace and find yourself a special token to remember your time in Fiji.
On the third Sunday of every month visitors to Suva will find the ROC Market in Dolphin Plaza. Boasting a wide array of arts, crafts, homemade food and cultural handicrafts, visitors will enjoy the traditional dancers and musicians who entertain the market goers throughout the day.
A great local market, sporting authentic handicrafts and wares, quieter stalls and great opportunity for quality people watching.
Found in Suva’s CBD, this handicraft market features genuine Fijian textiles, jewellery, ceramics, carvings and miscellaneous curios. As a tourist mecca, it’s important that visitors take time to consider the authenticity of the souvenir their purchasing as many products found here may be mass produced or of poor quality.
Take a tour of the Lawai Pottery Village and experience the ‘real’ Fiji. Enjoy a customary Fijian dance, Kava ceremony and pottery production demonstration. Meet the women behind the ceramics and browse the pottery on display, a great souvenir of your time in Fiji.
Located just off the main drag, the Nadi Produce Markets are abundant with fresh flowers, fruit and vegetables. Grown locally, the produce is flavourful and healthy. While the perishable foods can’t be brought home, this is a great taste of local Fijian life and offers a short break from the resort experience.