Shopping may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Maldives. However, aside from the natural beauty of the region's oceans and islands, the country actually has numerous shopping options especially in the Maldives' capital of Malé. Besides souvenirs, you can shop for local food products, branded clothes, and more. To know more about shopping in the Maldives and where to get the best souvenirs, read on below.

Shopping in The Maldives

Most of the shopping you'll do in the country will be in Malé and Hulhumalé as most outlets are concentrated here. However, many resort islands have shops that you can buy things you need and souvenirs at. While most resort islands accept some major currencies including US dollars, not all local islands do, so make sure you have some Maldivian Rufiyaa on you when visiting the local islands.

That being said, most credit cards are widely accepted by hotels, resorts, souvenir shops, and major outlets in Malé. Also, remember that the sale of alcohol is prohibited across the country except at the various resorts, at duty-free shops when you exit the country, and at Hulhule Island Hotel on the airport island.

Best Places to Shop

Souvenir shopping is a must-do on your Maldives travel itinerary. Even if you don't plan to shop during your holiday, it's worth it to visit the local shopping destinations as you'll find many interesting and new things. Let's take a look at the best places to shop in the Maldives.

1. Malé Local Market

The Malé local market is a huge market located on the north waterfront. It's a major shopping site for locals as it has a variety of local produce and food. It even has handicrafts, local snacks and gifts. You can find unique food items like bottled pickles and even vacuum-packed smoked fish at the nearby fish market.

2. Majeedhee Magu

Majeedhee Magu is located in the centre of the Maldives' capital and it's the main shopping street for everything including local jewellery, cosmetics, clothes, electronics, snacks, and groceries. There are also numerous restaurants that you can visit to have a break from shopping. Coming here should be in your Maldives itinerary as it's a significant part of Malé.

3. Chaandhanee Magu

Chaandhanee Magu is another major shopping street in Malé, though instead of general goods and food, it carries locally handcrafted souvenirs and imported items. You can find miniature dhonis (Maldivian sailboats), thundu kunaa (traditional woven mats), coconut products, and various other souvenirs.