When every month a message of credited amount pops up, your heart waves its electrifying pulses to your cheeks resulting in a gleaming smile. Does this happen to you too? Undoubtedly to travel is the best way to pamper yourself. But shopping at a destination is the cherry on the cake. Talking about shopping and not women is a crime you’ll be barred for. You know what they say for women- they go out to shop to find out what they want. And don’t they usually find great picks? And for men, they go shopping to buy what they want. In all, we all splurge on clothes and goods in marts. The soul-stirring sea-sphere of Maldives may not be a shopping paradise but with a peculiarity in culture, we think picking a handmade necklace or simply collecting the fridge magnets glorifying the blend of azure sky and the serene sea is all the shopping therapy needed in the luxury-laden land. When you’re not basking on photons under the sun or swimming with the marines, head to the best places for shopping in Maldives which will certainly soothe your mind and loosen your pocket. 1. Male Local Market- To taste the flavours of Maldives Shopping in Maldives is all about the grand flea of Male Local Market. Located at the north waterfront, it is the most prevalent street market in the Maldives. Top picks for travellers from all across; the bazaar tempts to splash your money on local handicrafts and gift items. Are you looking for some lip-smacking Maldivian food? Hit the kiosks here, and they will not disappoint you. Best time to visit: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm 2. Majeedhee Magu- To pick souvenirs for one and all Right in the heart of the city, Majeedhee Magu is a one stop for all your needs. You name it and you have it. The sprawling market has a collection of anything budgeted to pricey. If you’re a champion in bargaining, Majeedhee is your place to be. Parcel some Maldivian love as souvenirs for your loved ones from here to weave a magical Maldivian moment back at home. Best time to visit: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm 3. Le Cute- To pamper yourself to beauty The name in itself is beguiling. Get glued to the beauty products available in Le Cute here in Maldives. If you’re a shopaholic, some of the best things to shop in Maldives is all in store for you here. A swanky store dealing with health care products and cosmetics, we bet the perfumes are the most sold out good here. How about picking fragrances and later fusing your room with the rich aromas? Best time to visit: 9:30 am – 11:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm & 8 Pm-11:00 pm on Fridays 4. STO Trade Centre- To buzz around the bustling hub A super mart flourished with tourists and locals, STO Trade Centre gives an opposite Maldivian shopping experience. Storied center has household section on level one while the mesmerizing souvenirs fill up the top floors with a rich collection. If you are one of those whose heart pours seeing Archies collection, then STO awaits you. Best time to visit: 8:30 am – 10:00 pm 5. Island Bazaar- To explore European culture The exotic and classy boutique takes you to another world here. With the richness of European charisma, Island Bazaar envelops the ethnicity of Maldives within. Do you like collecting exquisite handicrafts of each country you travel by? You’re at the right place then. This is one of the best places to shop at in Maldives if you wish to gift unique presents to your near and dear ones. Best time to visit: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Fridays 6. Centro Mall- To lavish on high-end labels If luxury brands, happening dines and game zones is your way to splurge, then head to Centro Mall in Hulhumale. Hosting over 30 brand outlets and flagship stores, splendid salons and spa like Manhattan Fish Market, it is undeniably a lavish place to go for shopping amidst the ocean. Best time to visit: 7:00 am – 12:00 Midnight 7. Chaandhanee Magu- To discover mores of Maldives As unique as the islands of Maldives is, its culture is equally appealing. Chaandhanee Magu is one of the popular shopping places in Maldives. With an amazing collections of handicrafts and artefacts, it has a humongous collection of imported goods too. Also known as ‘Singapore Bazaar’, nothing beats the perks of two worlds on one land. Best time to visit: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm 8. Nala Boutique- To make over in Maldivian style When in Maldives, do as the Maldivians do! Looking for some beach wears and accessories? With elegant collection, visit to Nala Boutique is a must. Based inside the Kurumba Maldives Resort, this boutique will be a delight not only for women but with a wide range of toys, we assure the kids too shall find their calling here. When to visit: 8:30 am – 10:00 pm As we capture the best moments in the rich ocean of Maldives, how about taking back some mementoes keeping your memory fresh and alive for years to follow? Here, we list down the best souvenirs to buy in Maldives 1. The Maldives Art Painting Be it a flashing octopus or mantra ray or anything, you will surely be hooked to this exceptional paintings. The paintings also come with a gallery wrapped canvas which makes it ready to hang. 2. Fridge Magnets Do you count your trips in fridge magnets? Then Maldives offers some crafty and cheap magnets waiting to be added on your fridge doors. 3. Handmade Necklace Maldives sells, sea shells at sea shore! Learning from the locals, handmade necklaces are a beautiful work of art from minimum pieces and with maximum appeal. 4. Native Ships Armoured with palm lines, they too account for a rich source to make chic souvenirs. Talking of sea and no ships would be wrong. Buy these unique ship artwork made of palms 5. Wicker Mats Hand-woven with flashy and bright colours, would you want to add this masterpiece to your interiors? Symbolizing their culture, wicker mats are gifted to dignitaries. Now you know how to jazz up your house. To all the ladies, gear up as with our Maldives tour packages you get to explore the vibrant Maldives and its exquisite bazaars. And the gentlemen’s in the house, how about suggesting a shorter list? Or simply delve into the reefs of Indian Ocean and get tranquillized.