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5 Top Street Markets in the Maldives – 4 of the Essential Street Market Experiences in Maldives

The Maldives islands hands down make one of the most beautiful nations in the world, and in addition to the beaches and island resorts, the nation has a beautiful culture to explore.

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Male Local Market

This is one of the best places to do some shopping in the Maldives and experience their unique street markets. It is extremely popular with locals and tourists alike, where the former come here regularly to purchase their daily necessities while the latter arrive to witness the unique setting as well as indulge in some souvenir shopping. Quite a few of the products available at the local market are unique to Male Island. The first thing you'll notice on a visit to the market is the smorgasbord of fruits, vegetables and fish that have been organised into various arrangements at countless stalls. There are also some great places to buy souvenirs ranging from models of wooden boats to fashion accessories. There are also interesting household items such as brooms and slippers that have been beautifully made out of palm leaves.

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Chandanee Magu

Many would consider this market to be the best place to get souvenirs, with some even comparing it to a paradise for Maldivian mementos. The market is alternatively known as 'Singapore Bazaar' since a great number of the items found here are imported from Singapore, which is a merit to their quality. There are several items which are icons of the market, such as miniature models of Dhonis which are traditional Maldivian boats. Another item would be the Thuda Kuna, a Maldivian mat that is made with various locally sourced materials. One of the most popular items tourists purchase are lacquered wooden boxes which are usually decorated with various items such as sea-shells. These are usually produced in the Baa and Thulhadhoo atolls respectively.

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Male Fish Market

Believe it or not this is one of the most notable tourist attractions the nation has to offer. It is a hub of commercial activity and you will find it consistently ablaze with activity. There are a large number of stalls and shops situated here, and you will find each one to be stocked with various kinds of fish. If you arrive at the right time you might also be able to see dhonis congregating from all over the nation bearing various kinds of fish. Many consider this to be the soul of Male, and if you're vacationing in many of the Maldives islands resorts nearby such as Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, be sure to drop by for a visit.

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Majeedhee Magu

This isn't exactly a market in the classical sense, but an entire street that is lined with all kinds of shops. This is the one street-market shopping experience that will grant you access to the widest assortment of goods, ranging from the latest gadgetry to fabulous collections of perfumes and garments. Except for a small break of fifteen minutes due to prayer-times, the shops stay open all day from the morning till 11pm.