Male, the capital of the Maldives is the perfect place for those visitors who are seeking retail therapy. Some of the most sought after treasures are jewellery and local handicraft items. Holiday makers also tend to indulge in the range of clothing, electronic and food items available at the various malls and shopping centres in this capital city.

Majeedhee Magu is one of the famous shopping areas in Male. It is located along the main street and it is the ideal place for those seeking a bargain buy, especially when it comes to cosmetics, perfumes, handbags and watches. Majeedhee Magu is well known as the place which sells anything under the sun, and for the keen shopper it is the perfect place as it is open till 11 in the night.

For those seeking the perfect little treasure to take back home, or even a couple of souvenir items for the friends back at home, the perfect place is the Chaandanee Magu. Some of the well-liked items sold here are local natural fibre mats woven by the natives, popularly referred to as ‘thudu kuna’, and the intricately carved charming little wooden ‘Dhonis’.

Be sure to not miss out the market experience where local fruit, vegetables and meats are sold, the Local Market provides a vibrant atmosphere. Here the produce from the atolls, including tropical exotic fruit and vegetables, are available. You can also get a range of local sweetmeats, jams and homemade pickles and sweets at the Local Market. Fishing being the main occupation in the country and fish being the key ingredient of the local cuisine, this market also sells a range of fish products. Canned local tuna, flavourful smocked fish, and the popular dried fish are sold here.

Well known for its corals and pearls, visitors here are also offered a range of jewellery based on pearls and corals. But shoppers should note that it is prohibited to use black coral, red coral, pearl oyster shell and turtle shell, and it is prohibited to export such items.

Travellers to these Islands have a range of lodging options and you can find the perfect Maldives Resort, hotel or guest house through the Internet. Those seeking a setting different from the usual hotel atmosphere can pick from a range of Maldives Bungalows and for those is want of luxury amenities and facilities, the perfect setting is provided by Anantara Veli Maldives.