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Male Local Market

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Ranked #14 of 20 attractions in Male
Type: Flea/ Street Markets
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Manchester, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Maldives has been top destination spot for tourists from west. This place very highly priced and shop selling goods are all marked up imported stuff (international standard). I went in looking for locally produced/manufactured souvenirs, but disappointed.

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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133 reviews 133 reviews
63 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Male is a tiny island and so this market is small. It is right across the wet fish market and consists of a corrugated iron roofed building with short stretches of stalls and multiple entrances. Here you will find the famous dried Maldive Fish and the delicious smoked tuna. The vendors are happy to offer free samples!. There are other... More

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Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

I thought it will be more exotic. in general rather disappointing. Dark barracks, if you don't go, you will not miss a lot.

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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Get a feel of what the locals live with. This is where they shop for their fresh produce of fruit and vegetables. Oh and you get to try the coconut juice cut fresh for you for about $2.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

While many visits the Maldives for it's finest beaches, the local market is a must. Many resorts and hotels have their Maldivian Night theme during events nights however mixed with modern styles. The local market will open your eyes further. You will see how a real local dress up, how they see you as a normal and local like person... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Male really does not have a lot to offer the average visitor, but the local market offers a fun little excursion amidst all the chaos happening outside. Vendors offer you free tastes of local nuts, and sell delicious coconut milk straight from the source. Try to go there with the local currency, otherwise you will look like you don't know... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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152 reviews 152 reviews
80 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

The local market is in a series of small buildings across the road from the fish market. There are 5-6 separate entrances along the side of the building, because each entrance only takes you into 1 row of stalls on either side of the path through the building. It is a pity the whole building has not been better developed... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Like many, we visited the market as part of our Meeru excursion which along with the market, covered several local attractions The fruit and fish markets are interesting, small, stuffy and smelly, but gives an insight into the Maldivian way of life. This is their main source of income, and they are very conscious of trying to get every penny... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

All the souveniors were very expensive. Make sure you bargain or else you will end up paying 200 dollars for 10 dollar dress. It is a very small town. You can walk all over it in few hours. All the government offices are very close by and open.

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Adelaide, Australia
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254 reviews 254 reviews
148 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

It was interesting to visit this market and see all of the delicious local fruit and vegetables. One kind fruit seller offered us a whole bunch of different delicious things to try for free. Definitely an interesting place just to wander around.

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