Shopping, especially on a vacation, is an attempt to bring a part of that place back home with you! How can you visit a gorgeous place like Seychelles, and not want a piece of it for your homeland? A small souvenir will only be a consolation.
Known for its sunny beaches, amiable climate and exquisite cuisine; Seychelles, the tropical island in Indian ocean is not really a shopping paradise. But, if you are looking for souvenirs and local handicrafts to take back home, you would find it aplenty. Don’t know where to go shopping in Seychelles? Read on!
Shopping in Seychelles
The capital of Mahé, the biggest island of Seychelles, is Victoria. Go shopping for local handicrafts, stunning jewellery, excellent basketware, coco-de-mer nuts, one-of-a-kind tea-leaves and sweet-smelling perfumes in popular shopping places like the Kenwyn House and Sir Selwyn Clarke Market.
Those who wish to purchase bags, baskets and hats, must step into the quaint shops located in the ‘La Kaz’. Head towards, ‘Anse aux Pins’, a distinct place on the east coast of Mahé, if you plan to buy handicraft items created from local coconut shells and/or coconut oil-scented bath soaps. You can even find art specimens created by local artists at the ‘Craft Village’. At this place, you can catch local artists working on silk and coconut shells to produce beautiful paintings. Visit the famous ‘Seypot Factory’ renowned for its handmade ceramic pottery. Antik Colony is the apt shopping venue to pick up memoirs indigenous to Seychelles. Art connoisseurs should not give the ‘Camion Hall’ a miss as it houses some of the best local artworks. There is something available at all budgets. After Mahé, Praslin Island is good point for shopping. Visited the local stores located in pristine beaches and top-notch hotels.
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What to buy in Seychelles?
- Black pearls from Seychelles’ black-lip oyster.
- Vanilla tea, Vanilla pods, and the famous La Digue vanilla essence.
- Essential oils, crafts from coconut shells, carvings, and banana-leaf pictures.
- Gold and pearl jewellery items.
- Coco de Mer Nut (commonly known as sea coconut).
- Books about Seychelles natural history.
- Arts and crafts souvenir items.
In Seychelles, the shopping hours are from 8 AM to 5 PM on weekdays and from 8 AM to 12 noon on Saturdays. Most of the vendors do not accept cards, so carry some Seychelles Rupees (SCR). Only upscale shops displaying VISA or Mastercard logo accept cards. ATM machines are easily available at close distance. If you want to visit a bank, know that banks have their own timings! Generally, they are open from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM on weekdays and from 8:30 AM to 11 AM on Saturdays. Never exchange your homeland currency with Seychelles Rupees if a person is willing to do it in streets, shopping hotspots or other public places.
Seychelles has never disappointed avid shoppers and travellers! Your experience of buying desirable items from an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean will be truly unique and priceless.