Markets Of The World: Markets when you Travel to Fiji

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Nadi Spice Market in Viti Levu (also known as the Central Market) is a simple covered market where locals come to sell their produce and hang out with their friends and family.  This is a great place to get a taste of local culture if you travel to Fiji.

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You’ll see tables laden (often sparsely) with just one thing—like pineapples, or coconuts, or eggplants—and many folks display their items on newspaper atop the dirt floor.

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A whole section is devoted to kava roots, which are used to make the social drink that is omnipresent here. Some of the roots are packaged nicely to be presented as gifts.

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Spices grown in Fiji include cinnamon, ginger, and pepper—you’ll find a vibrantly colored selection that also includes many Indian spices. Handicrafts are found at another market.

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Markets Of The World: Markets when you Travel to Fiji

5 Responses

  1. When I travel I always make time to visit the local markets. Love this post. Thank you for presenting to us this lovely market.

    Laura @Travelocafe January 26, 2014 at 12:03 pm #
  2. This market looks incredible! I really enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing!
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    Mary @ Green Global Travel January 28, 2014 at 12:06 am #
  3. I love markets especially when they are food and local ones, they are the best. It seems like this would be the kind of market I wouldn’t miss.
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    Franca February 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm #
  4. I love going to local markets! I just visited a great one in Berlin where young Berliners sell their jewelry and design works.
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    Jennifer March 12, 2014 at 12:33 am #
    • Thanks! That is part of the reason that I started these profiles of different markets, so that I can get my market ‘fix’ when I am unable to travel very far from home.

      Shanna March 24, 2014 at 10:01 pm #

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