While Fiji is not known for its abundant clothing stalls as in Bali and Thailand, Fiji prides itself on a strong handicraft market and souvenir trade. Between Monday and Friday shops open from 8am - 5pm. On Saturday they tend to open between 8am and 3pm and are predominantly closed Sunday.
From boutique stores and market stalls to internet, cafes, supermarkets and duty-free outlets, visitors should find a type of shopping to suit. Morris Hedstrom, RB Patel and New World are Fiji's main supermarket chains. Located in town centres, customers will find fresh fruit, vegetables and imported goods.
Jack's, Prouds and Tappo are the main duty-free shops found in Fiji. Located in Nadi, Sigatoka, Suva and many major resorts, customers can purchase souvenirs, quality clothing, leather goods, electronics, sporting goods, perfumes, jewellery and more.
Renowned for a great array of locally made handicrafts, shoppers can find meaningful momentos among the handmade goods on offer. Tapa cloth, woven goods, carvings and pottery make up some of the artifacts made and sold in Fiji. While these unique pieces can be found in some of the larger stores, we recommend purchasing straight from the makers in local villages and markets. In this way, the shopper comes away with a deeper travel experience while simultaneously supporting the local economy.
Woven pieces such as mats, baskets, purses and fans are also popular Fiji souvenirs. Made from a reed grown locally in Vanua Levu, these types of products are available in Taka's Gift Shop at Copra Shed Marina.
If you have a little extra cash to splash, why not indulge in Fiji's famous black pearls. Retailing from $400 to $4,000, these exquisite pearls are found in the waters off Savusavu Bay and make an exceptionally special travel momento.
Note: Unlike some Australasian nations, haggling is not considered polite in Fijian culture and most major stores display fixed prices.