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List of Street Markets in Maldives – The Top Places to Shop in the Maldives

The Maldives islands are one of the best tourism destinations in existence and if you're going to take a visit here, it's best to leave with some mementos.


Chandanee Magu

Commonly referred to as the 'Singapore Bazaar', this is one of the best places to visit for an interesting selection of goods, particularly souvenirs. Many of these won't be traditional Maldivian products since they are mostly imported from Singapore. The fascinating items available at the market include things like models of dhonis, which are traditional Maldivian ships, which are considered national symbols. You could also obtain striking mats that are generally hand-woven by women from the villages. These beautiful textile works contain captivating geometric patterns and are alive with colour. Holidays in the Maldives would not be complete without visiting these enigmatic emporiums which will give you an unforgettable adventure before you continue unwinding in a resort such as Kurumba Maldives.


Majeedhee Magu

This is actually a street, along which you will find a variety of shops providing a comprehensive selection of pretty much anything a shopper might need or want. This market has a much more authentic selection of traditional goods. In regards to clothing, you will have access to traditional outfits, shirts, shoes and various kinds of accessories. This is also the best place to get foodstuffs to take home with you; especially concerning Maldives' famous fish products such as canned tuna, dried fish chips, and vacuum packed fish. For souvenirs of all sorts at very affordable prices, this street is one of the best places for some island retail therapy.


The Fish Market

Yes this would definitely be a fairly unconventional place to visit on a vacation abroad, but the Maldives fish market is in a league of its own. Given that the Maldives are a collection of islands, fishing is one of its biggest industries. There's also an astonishing amount of marine life in Maldivian waters, so you will find a kaleidoscopic selection of fish at the market, in a mesmerising assortment of colours. Many visitors from all over the world also come to see the fishermen expertly dissect the fish into various parts used for cooking. If you arrive at the right time, you could also see fishermen unload their day's catch. This is definitely an experience that comes highly recommended if you're in the Maldives.


Male Local Market

This is an essential experience if you find yourself in the Maldives. The local market in the capital of the Maldives is a staple in any tour package since it offers a wondrous glimpse to the culture of the nation. One of the most impressive factors of the market, as ranked by countless visitors, is the bananas. There are various kinds of the famed fruit to be found all over the market. There's also an abundance of local goods and snacks available to sampled and bought. The Male Local Market is an explosion of Maldivian culture and is surely going to be one of the most unforgettable experiences during your Maldives holiday.

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