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5 Places to Shop in Maldives - Indulge in Some Retail Therapy in the Capital City of Male

While many who think of Maldives do not think of shopping, the capital city, Male, is home to a number of different shopping complexes, shopping streets and trading centres.


The Shopping Street of Majeedhee Magu

While Majeedhee Magu is a by road of one of the primary roads in the capital city of Maldives, Male, it is also considered to be one of the best shopping streets in the country. It is an ideal place to visit for some retail therapy when exploring the various attractions of the capital such as the National Museum, the Male Friday Mosque and Hukuru Miskiiy. The road of Majeedhee Magu is dotted with numerous retail stores ranging from supermarkets to small street side stalls. A variety of goods can be purchased here from souvenirs and clothing to electronic items and second-hand goods. This is one of the places that one can haggle as well and it is certainly encouraged because most vendors tend to sell similar items. Therefore, you can often get an item or two for the cheapest possible price.


The Agora Shopping Complex

In the heart of the shopping street called Majeedhee Magu, shopping enthusiasts will be able to visit the Agora Shopping Complex. Considered to be one of the most well-known shopping malls in the entire country, the Agora is essentially a spacious mall that sells everything from household items to perfumes and cosmetics. It is also home to a number of supermarkets that sell fresh produce. Shopping at the Agora has one additional benefit: shoppers can wrap up their day of retail therapy with a delicious meal at one of the restaurants located within the shopping complex.


The Nala Boutique

The Nala Boutique is undoubtedly one of the best places to purchase swim wear and resort wear. Located at Kurumba Maldives, the Nala Boutique sells a variety of other items such as souvenirs, clothing attire and ornaments. This boutique is also well known for selling local arts and crafts.


The Chaandanee Magu

Since most people visit the Maldives with the intention of holidaying in the sun at a Maldives resort, they might find it a bit difficult to purchase souvenirs for loved ones back home. Thus, the best place to purchase souvenirs in Maldives is at Chaandanee Magu. A shopping street similar to Majeedhee Magu, the Chandanee Magu is lined with sellers who make traditional Maldivian souvenirs. Tourists can purchase souvenirs ranging from woven mats and intricate Maldivian dhonis to Maldivian masks.


The STO Trading Centre

The STO Trading Centre is located on Orchard Magu. It is the ideal place to visit for a quintessential 'Maldivian' shopping experience. The trading centre hosts a number of different stalls and stores which are filled with various items. However, the largest store at the STO Trading Centre is a supermarket. In and around the supermarket, tourists will be able to see various shops selling a variety of items such as souvenirs and jewellery.