Fiji’s bustling capital city, Suva, offers travellers a myriad of shopping options. There is literally something for everyone, from high-end boutique stores selling designer merchandise to “opportunity-shops” that stock used clothing and goods, and often on the same street. This high-low juxtaposition makes shopping in Suva a fun experience, even if you’re only there to browse rather than buy.
Armed with a Suva map from your copy of Fiji Magic, you will be ready to navigate your way through the capital city’s streets. A good place to start is at the top of Waimanu Road and then work your way down towards the centre of the city. On Waimanu Rd, you will find R.B. Patel, a quaint, local supermarket with old-fashioned charm. Browse the aisles for brands that aren’t available back home and take in the quirky details such as hand-rendered prices and tropical-inspired staff uniforms.
Just down from R.B. Patel is B.H. Solanki, which specialises in Indian brass artware, brass idols of gods and goddesses, hand paintings and the like, which have great kitsch value and are interesting to look at. Shailesh Trading next door sells costume Indian jewellery among other knick-knacks.
Lala’s Store, on the corner of Waimanu Rd and Toorak Rd, specialises in formal menswear and it is here you will find business shirts and suits as well as traditional Indian outfits for men as well as Turkish turbans and pointy slippers.
Marks Street, off Waimanu Road is home to Yon Tong, a Chinese speciality store where you can stock up on delicious Chinese confectionery. Rups, a local discount chain whose mascot is a giant garish bear, also has an outlet on Marks St. Next door to Rups, you will find cheap fabrics at Atlas, which you can get sewn up at one of the many tailors on Cumming Street for a bargain.
Three jewellery shops, Lords Jewellers, Krishna Jewellers and Anita Jewellers are all located on Cumming Street and specialise in gold Indian jewellery. Sogo, a clothing store chain has an outlet on Cumming Street, which specialises in traditional Indian clothing such as sari and shalwar kameez (tunic and pants). A second Sogo store is located on Victoria Parade, which stocks western clothing for men and women as well as Fiji souvenirs.
Raojibhai Patel Street, off Waimanu Road is home to Instinct, a popular local boutique that specialises in imported, fashion forward womenswear. P.D. Patel is further down Raojibhai Patel Street and is well known as a 99 cent gift store. Downtown Boulevard on Ellery Street, is one of two Fiji style shopping malls,...