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“Truly Maldivian way!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Male Local Market

Male
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“Truly Maldivian way!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013 via mobile

While many visits the Maldives for it's finest beaches, the local market is a must. Many resorts and hotels have their Maldivian Night theme during events nights however mixed with modern styles. The local market will open your eyes further. You will see how a real local dress up, how they see you as a normal and local like person like them. Some are unfortunately unable to speak English but you can surely understand through their body language. Very genuine friendliness! They have variety of fresh island fruits which some are common but tastes differently. Check their mangoes too, very tiny ones but real sweet and pulpy! Of course,all kinds of fresh and live fishes to see, and their unique island chips comes in different shapes and styles and taste. Go see yourself!!

Visited July 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“perhaps one of the few places in Male worth a look”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

Male really does not have a lot to offer the average visitor, but the local market offers a fun little excursion amidst all the chaos happening outside. Vendors offer you free tastes of local nuts, and sell delicious coconut milk straight from the source. Try to go there with the local currency, otherwise you will look like you don't know the prices, will have a harder time negotiating and will most likely be ripped off.

Visited May 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Good local experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2013

The local market is in a series of small buildings across the road from the fish market.
There are 5-6 separate entrances along the side of the building, because each entrance only takes you into 1 row of stalls on either side of the path through the building. It is a pity the whole building has not been better developed to allow visitors, and shoppers easier access to the various sections.

There was a good variety of local food on display, and I'm guessing we could have tasted some samples had we wanted to.
It is worth a visit just to see what is for sale locally.

Visited March 2013
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Essex
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“Interesting culture to be seen but can be expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2013

Like many, we visited the market as part of our Meeru excursion which along with the market, covered several local attractions

The fruit and fish markets are interesting, small, stuffy and smelly, but gives an insight into the Maldivian way of life.

This is their main source of income, and they are very conscious of trying to get every penny they can from tourists (understandably in some ways), so just be careful as you may feel pressured into buying gifts that you do not really want.

Visited January 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Very Expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2013

All the souveniors were very expensive. Make sure you bargain or else you will end up paying 200 dollars for 10 dollar dress. It is a very small town. You can walk all over it in few hours. All the government offices are very close by and open.

Visited September 2012
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