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Best Places to Shop in Maldives - Sun, Sea and Shopping

It is a little known secret that apart from Maldives' beautiful beaches, the island nation also has much to offer shoppers. From street markets to superstores, Maldives is a shopper's paradise.


Majeedhee Magu

Before you depart Malé to your Maldives hotel such as COMO Maalifushi The Maldives, you should take the time out to try out some street shopping. Majeedhee Magu is a long shopping street that cuts across Malé, the capital city of Maldives. It begins in the up-market part of Malé and ends at the waterfront. As this market is very popular with the locals, it is also a great chance to get an idea of day to day Maldivian life. All the daily amenities and more are available including perfume, electronics and unique island inspired jewellery that has proven to be a hit with tourists.


Sun Island

When you decided to venture out of your Maldives luxury resort and explore the other islands, more shopping chances arise. Island hopping can be a good way to find the unusual items in Maldives. If you travel to Sun Island, you can visit their jewellery shop with its alluring range of handmade products using precious gems. As expected with anything using precious gems, the price tag is on the high side but if you are looking for a one of a kind gift for a special someone, this is the place you need to visit. Loose gemstones are also available for purchase if they take your fancy.


Maafushi Island

Another stop on the island hopping route is Mafushi Island. Prices at stores on the island are considered to be lower than those in Malé. However, you must be prepared to haggle as it is expected. All the stores stock classic souvenirs such as fridge magnets, ocean shells and coconut based products. Maafushi island is a great place to get your souvenir shopping out of the way.


Centro Mall

Located on Hulhumale, an island very close to Malé, Centro Mall gives the great mall experience that you may be craving. From luxury brands for the adults to game zones for the kids; Centro Mall caters to all. Mixed in with all the shops are world class food outlets and a variety of salons and spas to allow you to kick back and relax after an exhausting shopping session. This is the best place to go if you are looking for everything under one roof.


STO Trade Centre

A visit to the 4 storey STO Trade Centre allows visitors to experience the classic Maldivian shopping experience. The shop itself caters to both locals and tourists as the first level has household items and the upper floors are stocked with souvenirs. The shop also has a department store and electronic equipment stores. This is Maldives' superstore and attracts many people each day. If you do not want to spend your days haggling, this is a great place to shop as items are fixed price. Best of all, it is cheaper than the resort prices.

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