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Best Markets in Coral Coast

What are the best markets in Coral Coast? In this article we highlight the best markets in Coral Coast.

For expats and digital nomads who have chosen the picturesque Coral Coast of Fiji as their temporary home or remote work base, exploring local markets is a delightful way to immerse oneself in the vibrant culture and daily life of the region. The Coral Coast offers a variety of markets where you can find everything from fresh produce and artisanal foods to handcrafted jewelry, traditional Fijian crafts, and stylish clothing. Here’s a curated list of the best markets to visit along the Coral Coast, where the colors, flavors, and craftsmanship of Fiji come to life.

Sigatoka Market

Location: Sigatoka Town, Coral Coast
Type of Market: Local Produce and Goods Market
Open: Daily, 6:30 AM – 5:00 PM

As the heart of the Coral Coast, Sigatoka Market is a bustling hub where locals and visitors alike come to shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, and a variety of Fijian specialties. The market is a sensory overload with its vibrant colors and the friendly banter of vendors. It’s an excellent place to experience the local lifestyle and to pick up some fresh ingredients if you’re planning to cook during your stay.

We Recommend: Trying the local tropical fruits such as pawpaw (papaya), mango, and the unique dragon fruit, which are often fresher and more flavorful than what you might find elsewhere.

Kula Eco Park Craft Market

Location: Near Kula WILD Adventure Park, Coral Coast
Type of Market: Craft and Souvenir Market
Open: Daily, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Located adjacent to the Kula WILD Adventure Park, this craft market is a serene spot to find authentic Fijian souvenirs and handcrafted items. It’s a smaller market, but the quality of goods is high, and it supports local artisans. You can find beautiful wood carvings, jewelry, and fabrics that make for perfect keepsakes or gifts.

We Recommend: Picking up a hand-carved wooden kava bowl, known as a ‘tanoa’, which is used in traditional Fijian kava ceremonies.

Namaka Market

Location: Namaka, near Nadi International Airport
Type of Market: Local Produce and Goods Market
Open: Daily, early morning until late afternoon

Although slightly outside the Coral Coast, Namaka Market is worth the trip, especially if you’re near the Nadi International Airport. It’s one of the larger markets in the area, offering a wide range of fresh produce, seafood, and local delicacies. The market is also known for its selection of Indian spices and ingredients, reflecting Fiji’s multicultural heritage.

We Recommend: Sampling some of the Indian snacks and sweets available from various vendors, such as samosas and barfi, a type of milk-based sweet confectionery.

Lawai Pottery Village Market

Location: Lawai Village, Coral Coast
Type of Market: Pottery and Craft Market
Open: By appointment or during village tours

For a truly unique market experience, visit the Lawai Pottery Village Market. This market is part of a village tour where you can witness the traditional art of Fijian pottery being made. The market itself offers a chance to purchase these unique handcrafted pieces directly from the artisans.

We Recommend: Investing in a piece of traditional Fijian pottery, which not only serves as a beautiful memento but also helps support the local community’s craftsmanship.

Korotogo Sunset Market

Location: Korotogo, Coral Coast
Type of Market: Evening Craft and Food Market
Open: Saturdays, late afternoon until evening

The Korotogo Sunset Market is a charming evening affair where you can enjoy the cooler temperatures while browsing through a selection of crafts, clothing, and local street food. It’s a great place to mingle with locals, enjoy the sunset, and find unique items under the glow of string lights.

We Recommend: Trying the freshly grilled seafood skewers or the ‘kokoda’, a Fijian ceviche made with coconut milk, lime, and fresh fish.

Arts Village Shopping Centre

Location: Pacific Harbour, Coral Coast
Type of Market: Arts, Crafts, and Retail Market
Open: Daily, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

While not a traditional market, the Arts Village Shopping Centre in Pacific Harbour offers a collection of shops and stalls selling a variety of goods, from local art and crafts to clothing and souvenirs. The complex also features restaurants and cultural shows, making it a one-stop destination for shopping and entertainment.

We Recommend: Watching a cultural show or firewalking demonstration after shopping for a complete Fijian cultural experience.

These markets on the Coral Coast provide a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Fijian life and offer expats and digital nomads a chance to connect with the community while finding unique items and delicious foods. Happy exploring!

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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