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Best Places to Shop in Vanuatu – Fun Retail Adventures Await

Planning a holiday to Vanuatu and looking to indulge in some shopping? The good news is that you can get in some retail therapy when here and soak up some local culture as you shop for souvenirs, handicrafts, fresh produce and more!


Vanuatu Handicraft Market

When it comes to buying unique handmade items, the Vanuatu Handicraft Market is well worth visiting. You will find over 140 stalls at this market offering all manner of products with a special emphasis on traditional handicrafts (do remember to see if the product you plan to buy has a "Handmade in Vanuatu" sticker) which make for great souvenirs too. Those shopping here will also be able to buy clothing, jewellery, sarongs, handwoven textiles and beauty care products. When hunger strikes, head to a café to enjoy a relaxed meal and drink before going back for more shopping!


Duty Free Shopping

Vanuatu is an excellent destination for those looking to enjoy some duty free shopping. Of course, there are several options when it comes to duty free shops so you don't have to limit yourself to just one place. Many of these retail havens can be found within easy reach of Vanuatu resorts located in the capital, Port Vila. Look forward to some attractive price reductions and special sales on perfumes, beauty products, jewellery, electronics, alcohol and more. So, what are some of the duty free shops to check out? At Port Vila's northern end, Fung Kuei Duty Free is worth a visit, as are Sound Centre Downtown Duty Free, Paris Shopping - Duty Free Vanuatu and Pacific Passion.


Hebrida Market Place

For tailor-made clothing as well as woven products, the Hebrida Market Place is a great place to visit and is easy to access from resorts the likes of Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu. When here, one will be able to witness the fascinating sight of women busy at their sewing machines amidst all manner of colourful dresses. Hand-painted clothing is one of the popular items to be found at the market though that is not all; shoppers can also look forward to purchasing woven bags, mats and souvenirs made by hand as well.


Mama's Market

Another great market that offers lots of local charm, Mama's Market in Port Vila attracts women from all over Vanuatu who can be seen in bright dresses selling all manner of fresh vegetables and fruits. Generally, open from Monday morning to Saturday (around noon), this colourful market is also an ideal spot to buy other items too like handicrafts and even flowers; foodies will also get a chance to try some distinctive local dishes when here.



Located in Luganville, LCM offers a more modern shopping experience in Vanuatu and provides plenty of choices when it comes to products on offer. Along with fresh veggies and fruits, you will find a wide range of groceries along with clothing, wine & spirits, body care products, household essentials, magazines, newspapers, luggage, toys and footwear. There's a good selection of fishing gear to choose from too.