Immersing yourself in the hustle and bustle of the best street markets in Mahé surrounded by the mouth-watering aromas of local foods and spices, this is surely one of the best ways to capture the spirit of the island.
For a taste of local culture and cuisine, read on for our round-up of the must-visit street markets.
1. Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, Victoria
Open daily and especially popular on Saturdays, the market is located in the bustling centre of Mahé's capital, Victoria. Built in 1840, the market was renovated in 1999 and remains a haven for local people and visitors wishing to buy fresh food. Fruit, vegetables, fish, herbs and spices are available in abundance, while the food market is surrounded by clothing and craft boutiques where you can pick up souvenirs, local works of art and clothing.
2. Victoria Bazaar, Victoria
Held every Friday on Market Street beside the landmark clock tower, Victoria Bazaar sells everything from traditional fresh food to local arts and crafts. Set against a backdrop of live Seychellois music, the market is open daily but Saturdays are usually buzzing with locals and tourists looking for a bargain. Promising a vibrant treat for all the senses, you can choose from fresh fish and spices, a range of dairy products, local fresh meat - even black pudding - and salted meats. A real taste of Seychellois culture, you can browse among the vast array of colourful and fragrant endemic plants, spices and flowers.
3. Bazar Labrin
Perhaps the most famous of Mahé's street markets, Bazar Labrin is located at Beau Vallon beach. Held on Wednesdays and on the last Saturday of every month, the market is ideally situated on the beautiful talcum powder sands. The liveliest time to visit is between 4pm and 8.30pm. Local people and visitors alike flock to the colourful food and craft market, where fresh produce includes fish, spices and breadfruit. Browse the arts and crafts stalls while listening to live music from local bands and enjoy delicious street food such as banana St. Jaques fritters, papaya chutney, mango salad, red lentils and rice.
4. Bazar Ovan, Baie Lazare
Taking place on the last Sunday of every month, this vibrant and buzzing bazaar is popular among local people on the southern side of the island. Browse local produce and artefacts at this beachside market, where groups of Seychellois people gather to enjoy live music and dancing. This is an excellent opportunity for visitors to mingle with local people to celebrate the colourful Creole culture.
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