Shopping in Maldives offers one a chance to acquire some unique products and local souvenirs if you know where to go such as the four spots mentioned below.
Chaandanee Magu is in Male the capital of the Maldives; island resorts in the North Male Atoll like Huvafen Fushi Maldives are within easy reach of this island. At this market, one will find all manner of souvenirs, clothing and unique gift items like miniature dhonis (boats) and locally woven mats called ‘thudu kona’.
Another shopping hotspot in Male, Majeedhee Magu is a street market with an eclectic array of goods. You can bargain here and those who are good at it may get some great discounts! It’s a well-known place for buying garments, clothing and textiles, though you will also find electronics, watches, bags, perfumes and more.
Male Local Market
A market where you can get a feel of local life, the Male Local Market (close to the Male Fish Market) is also a popular place for shoppers including Maldivians. Tourists will find a fascinating array of handicrafts including products made from coconut and palm leaves, lacquerware, miniature boats and yummy snacks too.
Oevaali Art Shop & Studio
More unique products are on offer at the Oevaali Art Shop & Studio in Male. Launched by two sisters, the shop sells a captivating range of souvenirs as well as Maldivian art from sculptures to paintings. You will also find some striking rings, pendants, bracelets and cuffs as well as distinctive stationery and other gift items.