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5 Best Shopping Places In Male - All your shopping needs covered

The Maldives is a popular vacation destination that offers all kinds of therapies, but if you are in the mood for some retail therapy in the country, here are a few places for you to go.


The local market in Male

If you want a look at the vibrant local flavour of what an authentic Maldivian shopping hub looks like then this is where you must go. Off to the local market in the capital, Male. This market is one of the most popular street markets in the country and can be found in the Northern part of the capital. You will be able to find many locals and foreigners shopping here for various items like handicrafts, mementoes and gifts. The snacks found at this market are a major attraction too. This market is open from 8 a.m. and shuts only at 11:00 p.m. If you are staying at a Maldives luxury resort the likes of Adaaran Select Meedhupparu, this place is a speedboat ride away. You could hire a dhoni or take the daily ferry to the capital too.


Majeedhee Magu

This is a street market that is a one-stop shopping destination for everything you might ever want. Located right in the middle of the city, you will be able to buy anything from electronics, accessories, garments and more here. When you are shopping at the street market do remember that you will be able to bargain and don't settle for a price as soon as it is stated. The best time to visit this market is from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. The most popular things people buy from this market are cosmetics, locally made jewellery and smoked fish in cans.


Le Cute

To meet all your cosmetic duty-free shopping needs in the Maldives, this is where you must go to. This is quite the high-end store compared to the other places on the list and they deal with toiletries, cosmetics, health care products and herbal products. The store is open from 9:30 a.m. shuts at 11:00 p.m. The most common things people go to this shop for are perfumes.


STO Trade Centre

This is a shopping hub in the capital of Maldives that is open from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For the ultimate shopping experience, you must head to this place. The first floor of the shopping mall has household goods while floor two and three are home to souvenirs and various other items. Simply put, this Trade Centre is a huge superstore.


The island Bazaar

For boutique shopping and Bohemian decor in the Maldives, this is exactly where you will have to go. The island bazaar is quite classy and is a place that sells stylish lifestyle products along with handicrafts created by local artists. Regardless of whether you are purchasing a bag, a shawl or even a fridge magnet, the designs you will find on these products are unique and beautiful. The most popular things people tend to buy at this store are clothes, handmade jewellery and dishes.

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