Suva Municipal Market – A Visual Essay
When our cruise ship docked in Suva, Fiji, we seized the opportunity to explore this vibrant city on our own. If you love to wander and discover, going it alone is the way to go, especially when the sights are within walking distance.
A Taste of Suva
Suva Municipal Market was a standout among the gems we uncovered. Nestled along the harbour, this bustling market is a feast for the senses, with vendors peddling a colourful array of fruits, vegetables, and seafood.
If you happen to find yourself in Suva, don’t miss the chance to visit the Municipal Market, especially between Thursday and Saturday when local farmers flood the market with their fresh produce. However, even on other days, it’s a rewarding visit.
A Market of Wonders
As you step into the market, you’ll be awed by its sheer size. Countless stalls, stacked high with produce, greet you. And if you venture further, you’ll find the kava section, a must-visit for a taste of local culture.
We couldn’t resist buying fresh coconuts which were very affordable compared to New Zealand, bananas ranging from FJ$ 2.50 to FJ$ 6.00 per kilogram, eggplants from unbelievably cheap FJ$2.00 per bunch to pricier options like grapes and apples which I think is imported. Overall, the produce here is a steal compared to back home.
The Heart of Suva
The market sits conveniently in the heart of Suva, just outside the Port gates. If you’re on a cruise like us, you can’t miss it. Wander straight from the gates to Usher Street, and you’ll find your way. But if you need directions, don’t hesitate to ask the friendly locals; they’ll gladly point you in the right direction.
Inside, you’ll discover a world of fresh produce at unbeatable prices. In Fiji, tropical fruits like mangoes and pineapples are a steal, and don’t forget to try cassava and taro, root vegetables similar to potatoes but with a distinct taste. If you visit after 6 PM, local say you might catch some irresistible half-price deals as the stalls prepare to close for the day, although the selection could be limited at that hour.
The Suva Municipal Market is a grand labyrinth with hundreds of stalls, offering not only fruits and vegetables but also spices and seafood. Exploring this bustling hub is an adventure, offering insight into the local culinary culture and a chance to savour the flavours of Suva.