The Seychelles have small markets all over the place. I would compare the vast majority of them to the Dollar stores we have back in the U.S. That being said, when I say they have shampoo don’t expect to find the brand you want, just expect to find shampoo of some sort. The same thing can be said for almost anything on the island. You can find dry foods like noodles, canned meat and fruit, chips, cookies, etc. There are a few places that also have frozen foods like frozen meats and ice cream. You can find wine and alcohol all over. I recommend the Takamaka rum and seybrew beer since it’s local. Most restaurants will serve seybrew, eku and a locally made Guinness for beer that is affordable. You will pay about 120 to 200 rupees for a mixed drink, so go to the store and buy a bottle of rum for the same price. Bottled water is about 10 to 30 rupees.
The Rupee is what is used in the Seychelles. Most large hotels will exchange $100 into rupees for you and give you a decent exchange rate. If you have transportation, I recommend using your Check card and going to the ATM to take out cash. The ATM gives the best exchange rates. You can withdraw up to 3000 rupees at a time and don’t have to hide a bunch of cash at the hotel. Visa is best, but only the major restaurants, hotels and businesses take it, the rest require cash. So if you don’t have transportation or plan on staying at the hotel most of the time, bring enough cash to pay for your expenses while here and just go to the front desk to exchange it for rupees.
You can find shampoos, conditioners, sunscreen, soap, razors, shaving cream, hair gel, q-tips, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.
You can’t find spray on sunscreen which comes in very handy if you don’t have anyone to put sunscreen on your back and if you have short hair so you can spray your scalp, so I would say bring lots of spray on sunscreen.
There is a "mall" across from the market in Victoria in an orange 3 story building. There are many small shops all around this area. A "supermarket" next to the only traffic light on Mahe, and the only ATM that takes Mastercard that I have found.
What to buy: My husband wanted to make sure that he bought me a Rolex that I would love and that he would be proud that I was wearing, so after researching and calling a bunch of different websites for a few months we picked out the perfect Rolex watch for me. We went with Melrose Jewelers after reading some very good reviews online, and calling them several times. They were always really responsive and patient with us. Their sales associate even suggested some other websites for us to look at to help us compare prices and services. I would highly recommend Melrose Jewelers if you are interested in buying rolex watches.
This place reminds me of the public markets in the Philippines;) You get fresh or dried fish, fruits souvenirs,vegetables and even clothes.The people here know if you're a tourist,so be prepared to pay more but you can always bargain,some might let you but some not.
There are lots of souvenir shops on the island.Prices are all different.I recommend to buy some of the souvenirs from mini food stores,some of them do sell souvenirs and postcards and they're usually cheaper than the souvenir shops.
Every Wednesday at about noon and the last Saturday of the month, about six PM, there is a local outdoor market on Beau Vallon Beach, near Baobob Pizza. At least 50 vendors set up booths and sell local food, drinks, jewelry, t-shirts, trinkets, and a host of other reasonably priced merchandise. It is not touristy at all. On Saturday night, it is quite the hangout (it's held the last Saturday of the month because it's the day after payday for many Seychellois). It gets crowded but it's a lot of fun to walk around and sample local flavors. Be sure to bring a beer or two and wander around.
I bought a great tshirt for 50 SCR. It's the nicest shirt I found anywhere in the islands.
There are quite a lot of shops to buy necessary things on Seychelles. Most of them are very small and with not many articles, sometimes I had a problem to buy water. In shops you can not access directly to articles so you have to say to seller what you want to buy.
There are some shops in Baie Ste Anne near the jetty & some shops in Cote D'or, but nothing to write home about...we have already spoken about this in the "tourist traps" section
What to buy: cold drink - lots of it
bananas - the most amazing bananas we have ever tasted
red snapper fish from the Baie Ste Anne jetty
little yellow chillies (from the pit of satan) at Baie Ste Anne
fresh spices from the souvenir shops
What to pay: groceries are roughly 3 times more expensive than South Africa
Don't think you can just pop into the supermarket for your supper ingredients, shopping in Seychelles takes on a whole 'old' meaning. On my bi-weekly trips into victoria, I find I visit about 5 vendors to find all my goods. The SMB (govt run) butcher shop is a must stop to purchase meat products. This little corner store can be found on the east end of market street. They sell lamb, beef and chicken. Some days are better than others. Then its off to the market for vegatables, fruit, fish - this is quite the crazy place and because it is a fish market it is a bit smelly. Just along the alleyway between the markets is a bakery - very good bread but a challenge to get served. No queues, and no order - but persevere and act like a local - wave your money around and someone will take your order.
Supa Save is on the south side of Victoria, this is a new supermarket that tries hard at stocking their shelves with hard to get goodies, but stuff sells out pretty fast. They have an excellent bakery as well and a meat counter. A bit expensive, but if you really need that tub of yoghurt or cream cheese, this is the place to get it. Remember to go up a flight of stairs to get to the grocery part, there are no signs and it is not intuitive, the first time I shopped there I didn't realise there was a world of goods only one floor up.
There is a wonderful market on Wednesday evenings at Beau Vallon where you can purchase gifts, vegetables and ready made creole food. The vendors are colourful and friendly. This market is frequented by locals as well as tourists. There is a trio of musicians that make it very festive.
OK I do like my shopping !!! so I was very dissapointed when it came to shopping in the SEychelles.....most shops seemed to be called BOUTIQUES and sold (for want of a better word) over priced "tourist tat,"we paid extortionate amounts of money for fish keyrings and beach type necklaces that could be bought most other places in the world for substantially less .....but you could buy some nice sarongs, vanilla pods/vanilla essence, seychelles tea.
What to buy:
The book "Beyond the Reefs. Adventuires in the Seychelles" by William Travis, 1959, Calusa Bay Publications, Mahe + subsequent prints, is s superb introduction to life on the islands. This is a life not seen by the average visiting tourist. Perhaps more, it is a historical runner-up to the tourism and boating that is in existence now.
Travis tells about shark fisheries from small boats in the Seychelles archipelago, and you really live yourself into it as you read. Since the Seychelles are so smallis island you will reckognize all the place names and references to climate and traits. A wonderful book to read while there or afterwards.
What to pay: Was it about 10 -12 USD?
The nicest thing about the Craft Village is not the craft shops, but the former plantation owner's house, built in 1870. Everything has been preserved exactly as it was more than a century ago. The wooden furnishings inside the house are the finest crafts you will see anywhere in the village.
The Craft Village is a former plantation, which has been set aside to showcase the arts and crafts of the Seychelles.
The setting is good and there's no charge for wandering around the former plantation owner's home or the houses of his workers, which are now arts and craft shops.
But, the Seychelles were uninhabited until fairly recently in history, have no indigenous population and no great artistic or cultural traditions.
Consequently, you are only able to buy some overpriced trifles, like wooden fish mobiles. Anything with any artistic merit whatsoever, like a hand-made, model sailing ship is sold at a grossly inflated price.
What to buy: Hand-painted model fish.
The Coco de Mer is available in almost every tourist shop, polished or unpolished. You must make sure that the vendor gives you an export certificate to go with the nut. You cannot get through customs without it. The small ones are not real, they are made out of wood. Some are hollowed out to make them lighter and easier to carry.
We also bought a bottle of Coco D'Amour,,a unique coconut liqueur. It comes in a bottle shaped like the famous nut.
What to buy: There is not a wide choice of bookshops and books on the islands. The best one on Mahe in Victoria just near the little Big Ben which has a good selection for the Seychelles, still they did not have all what we were looking for. We found some good buys at the end of a street down from the market.
What to buy:
I am not much taken with perfumes, but some of the local Seychel brands are quite nice on the right lady. The main brand is Kreol Fleurage and comes in several varieties touching on flower and tree names.
Give me a frangipani one and I’ll be sold. Couldn't find that, though - anyone???
What to pay: On pair with good global brands, but not extraordinarily expensive.
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Frigate Island 00000, Seychelles
Satisfaction: Very Good
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