Honiara Central Market

Honiara Central Market: Address, Phone Number, Honiara Central Market Reviews: 3.5/5

Honiara Central Market
3.5
Flea & Street Markets
Read more
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

3.5
101 reviews
Excellent
15
Very good
47
Average
32
Poor
4
Terrible
3

Shiv Raj Bhatt
Kathmandu, Nepal29 contributions
This is the place, you must visit at least once in a week, if you are staying in Honiara for a longer period and you love freash vegetable, fruits and local crafts. You will get all this in this compact market. A fun weekend shopping. But, be careful of your belongings and avoid crowd.
Written January 7, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

AshleyWSydney
Sydney23 contributions
Couples
Honiara Central Market is a great place to observe a snapshot of Solomon Islands commerce in one hit. Most of SI farming is subsistence, and the surplus ends up here at the Honiara Central Market. It's not a place to stop and watch, you need to keep moving, and it's one of the busiest places in Guadalcanal.

You'll find everything from the best fresh tropical flowers to fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts, to shell jewellery and Lava-lavas or wraps.

You'll need to leave all your valuables at home, take only small notes and lots of coins, as most vendors do not have change, so you almost always need to have he correct amount of cash to pay. You'll also need your own carry bag.

If you don't speak Pijin, you can still manage with simple English and sign language and you'll love interacting with the lovely local people and their families.

A word of warning. Move around reasonably quickly and act like you're a local and you know what you're doing, otherwise you'll be quickly targeted by young thugs who "work" the market. Pick-pockets and sexual harasment and assaults are common. Always have one hand free and never have both hands laden with bags. Don't hang around. Always keep moving.

I was accosted once by a young thug aroudn 14-16 who followed me around making the crudest sexual comments I think I've heard (and I've heard a bit). he backed off completely when I shouted in a loud voice that I was calling the police. A fellow traveller, laden with parcels in both hands had her breast "twisted" by a man as he walked past her just outside the markets. It's not a place to hang around.

Women should dress very modestly. Mini-skirts, bathers/swimsuits/ see-thru, provocative gear is just asking for trouble.

I always recommend going in the morning, the earlier the better. You beat the crowds and most of the Belikan (thugs). I also recommend, going the first few times with a friend or better, with a friend who's a local.

Prices are good and fair, no need to bargain. You haven't been to Honiara until you've been to the markets! If you learn a few phrases of Pijin before you go (market Pijin) you'll enjoy it all the more!
Written November 15, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Pacificjourno
Auckland Central, New Zealand16 contributions
Family
All the colours, cacophony, smells and sights of Honiara and the food basket that is the Guadacanal province combine under one roof here-- from exotic fruits to your usual tomatoes and lettuce, shell money to handwoven baskets, it's all under one roof at the Central Market in town.
In recent years, the market has become a magnet not just for sellers and buyers, but for opportunistic theft--so beware the beliga as they are known, and keep your valuables well hidden or zipped away out of sight-- and while taking photos, be mindful that others also have their eye on you....otherwise, the central market, especially on a Saturday when some local crafts take up residence in the parking lot, and flowers galore and potted plants take up the front of house, is a Honiara must-see. My fave buys are fresh fish, the local season fruits, and piles of cassava, taro and all the local green -- called kabis. The market building is flanked on both sides by a row of small shops-- a good place to stand and gather your senses if all the sights, noise and smells are too much to take in. Prepare to be overwhelmed-- or underwhelmed-- if you are after a more ritzy atmosphere. Think bodies, noise, desperation, hope and lots of fresh produce and not so fresh smells...all in one bundle. Wear shoes that don't mind a bit of dirt, and watch out for the telltale 'bloody' look of what is actually just bright coloured betel nut spit- it all adds to the colour anyway :-) One warning: there are no loos.....
Written May 19, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Lee S
Melbourne, Australia270 contributions
Friends
Wow, what an amazing Market this is. We were staying with friends in Honiara, Solomon Islands and spent nearly everyday visiting the Central Market to cook up a feast each night. The market gives you a true insight into the beautiful people and foods that Honiara has to offer. From souvenirs thru to spectacular fish - huge Tuna/Benito/Coral trout to name a few. This Market is a must!!!
Written April 15, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Brbiker
Calgary, Canada46 contributions
Family
I loved the experience, from the native arts and crafts, to the sea food and the local produce, Everyone was very friendly and helpful. While a small market, everything was open and delightful
Written October 26, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Tushfifi D
Wauchope, Australia76 contributions
Solo
Feeding 90% of the local population of Honiara, the market is a hub of noise and colour. Fishermen and farmers alike descend on the market daily with the freshest of fare. The food is seasonal and organic and varies depending on the catch of the day or what the farmer is harvesting. I saw all sorts of shell fish and a wide variety of reef fish, some of which I had never seen before. You can also get the freshest of Tuna. The frozen stuff is generally bought by the fish n chip shops as it's not best quality.

The tomatoes, though small pop in your mouth full of flavour. Usually you will find 3 types of Pineapple and various cooking bananas as well as the usual sweet bananas. There is one variety that is green even when ripe and it is really sweet. I had to ask the vendor which were cooking bananas as I wasn't sure, they look similar. They also have Plantains,yams, and a host of other veg n fruit. The food may not be blemish free but is extremely flavoursome. It makes you realise how must flavour we have lost in our modern supermarket food.

Bring lots of small notes ($5 n $10) as change can be hard to find. Plastic bags can be bought or better still bring your own billum. Visit early on a Saturday for the cut flower sellers. The Heat drives them home by afternoon. The colour is amazing. My favourite being the Ginger plant which blooms in various shades and last ages.

Saturday is the big day with extra stalls including handcrafts, linen,clothes and souvenirs. Friday is busy as well.
Haggling is not a "thing" in Honiara and the vendors are by n large modest and honest so the mark up on goods is not large. Friendly gentle haggling is acceptable but don't go hard. Solomon Islanders have a culture of generosity and haggling could result in the vendor giving you the item for cost price, wiping out his much needed profit. This is not South East Asia.

Keep aware of your belongings as there have been instances of pick pockets and car thieves.
Enjoy!
Written December 2, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Crofton M
Airlie Beach, Australia1,941 contributions
Couples
The market was Ok but luckily, not our only experience. If you are thinking of heading for the Solomons do some research and understand the strategic importance of the intensive battles in WW2. The islands’ main attraction is their importance to turn around the Japanese advance in the South Pacific and our cruise line presented three sessions with a war historian – without which our visit would have felt less important. Honiara’s deep water port and the adjacent waters between the islands became the graveyard to hundreds of Allied and Japanese ships and in many bloody battles, tens of thousands of soldiers and local inhabitants were killed. We usually avoid areas with military history but this experience enriched our visit on a South Pacific cruise.
We visited the “big five” – Parliament House, the ANZAC and American war memorials, cultural centre and ageing Yacht Club all in a day, by hiring a local taxi.

The actual experience of the town was unimpressive with most buildings surviving since WW2, the town is run down and grubby, with rubbish in the streets and surroundings and many, many stripped car bodies through the suburbs along the roads we travelled were very noticeable.

The town’s deep water wharf was convenient, but grubby with local vendor stalls forming a hotch potch tourist market along the roads. The cultural centre was worthwhile – particularly one tribal presentation of pan flute dancing and music.
Written October 30, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

tetiva
Suva, Fiji8 contributions
Business
It was recommended to me to visit the Central Market simply because they have a great array of crafts that I wanted to take back home with me as gifts for family and friends. I was not disappointed - the intricate and creative manner in which the crafts; specifically the necklaces, earrings and bracelets were made blew me away. I also took time to look at the array of fresh food and was quite intrigued by what I saw and it was really for me a cultural experience and to see the types of food varieties in the root crops, vegetables and fruits on sale and also the traditional cooking accessories used as displayed in the photos attached.
Written October 1, 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

IrishKiwiiIreland
Nelson, New Zealand32 contributions
Solo
Crowded, while I lived there the fish sellers were closed due to e.coli contamination, beware of bag snatchers, and children hiding under the tables and in the clothing racks, reaching into bags and stealing, watch out for people drunk on kwaso, the outside sellers are preferred to going into the main area. I shopped at the Sunday Kukum Market for the 2 years I lived there rather than Central Market.
Written July 31, 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

TaskaQueensland
Queensland35 contributions
Solo
The Central Markets in Honiara is a must-see. The vendors from neighbouring villages are usually very friendly and happy to explain what their fruit/vegetable is and how to cook/eat it (buyers should smile, speak basic English/Pijjin and ask open questions). The Solomon Islands is blessed with a vast range of delicious fruit and vegetables, and the market produce is a great opportunity to send your taste buds exploring. The Solomon pineapples, especially, I vouch are the best I have ever tasted. Food aside, the markets is also an excellent place to buy hand made lava lavas (sarongs), wood/stone carvings, jewellery (including shell money) and small gifts. With both the food and the craft, there's no need for bartering - the items are usually very reasonably priced and consistent with vendors selling similar items. The markets is also home to a good second-hand clothing section. WARNING: Be constantly alert in and around the market area for pick pocketers (usually young men and boys). Suggest only taking a small amount of cash to the market, and keep all other valuables secured/out of sight/hidden. Tourists/foreigners stand out in the market, so you could be targeted. If you are targeted/about to be targeted, a good tactic in the Solomons is to make a scene (loudly and firmly say "no"...and "shame" the perp). Personally, I never had any issues shopping in these markets, but a few of my friends did.
Written July 13, 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 89
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Honiara Central Market