Spending a day in Male is a good way to get to know some local people, experience the vibe of the city and to indulge in some bargain hunting on Majeedhee Magu Male’s main street. Join the local throngs that frequent Majeedhee Magu in the cool of the evening to look for colourful clothing, ethnic jewellery or handicrafts or simply browse until late in the evening among the variety of merchandise displayed here.

Located in an up market built up area stretching from the east to the west, ending at the water front Majeedhee Magu runs the whole length of Male. All types of shops are located here and the wares on display range from the inconsequential to the latest Maldives fashions for men, women and children, matching accessories, cosmetics, perfumes, home ware, jewellery, watches, latest electronic gadgets and gizmos, handicrafts, sports goods, canned tuna, vacuum packed smoked fish, dried fish chips and other goods of an edible nature and more. A visit to the Maldives won’t be complete without visiting this shopping street and experiencing the special atmosphere here. To add an element of fun to the whole experience, visitors can haggle over the wares at most shops and come away tasting victory, with that elusive souvenir in the bag.

In contrast to Majeedhee Magu the Local Market, two blocks away from the Fish Market, at the northern waterfront that sells produce from the atolls and other food stuffs, generates a very different kind of ambience. It has been an important part of Male city life for several decades and has changed very little over the years. Vendors hawk vegetables, yams, fruits, bunches of bananas, packets and bottles of traditional homemade sweets, pickles, breadfruit chips, the inevitable dried and salted fish and ‘rihaakuru’ the Maldivian staple from small stalls. In the midst of the area where all the trading activity takes place, the Local Market and its neighbourhood is a buzz throughout the day with the movement of people and vehicles.

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