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.
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.
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.
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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