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The cosmopolitan nature of Suva and her people is perhaps nowhere better exemplified than in the marketplace. Men and women from nearly all segments of Fiji’s multiracial population gather here to offer their various wares to the public. Like marketplaces everywhere in the world, the spread-through atmosphere is one of the most lively and energetic with enthusiasm and cheerfulness, along with bargaining and negotiating, both good-natured and otherwise, the order of the day.
Shoppers with time and patience can usually find what they are looking for at just the price they feel is reasonable, for competition among merchants is always lively. Products available in the markets in Suva vary according to the clientele to which they cater. The market and the mini-markets offer a wide selection of fresh, sun-ripened fruits as well as taro (dalo) and cassava (tavioka) and other vegetables with a variety of seafood more familiar to visitors in western countries.
The markets are not only Suva’s major fresh food supplier, it is also a means of livelihood for thousands of people, but is also a celebration – a six-day fair for those that use the market daily.
Mini Market (Tavakubu)
With the demand from our community within Suva City, the Council provided for mini-markets to cater to the daily demands of the community and its visitors. These mini-markets are within walking distance of the residents of Suva.
There are four Mini markets within Suva City:
Source | Suva City Council
The Lautoka City Municipal Market caters to vendors, farmers and wholesalers from all regions of Vitilevu. The market has an exotic blend of fresh local and imported fruits, vegetables, spices and root crops, handicrafts and sweet sellers, selling fresh seafood and kai. The market also houses a Fishermen’s market where a wide variety of fish can be found.
The Market is a “One Stop Shop” near the Supermarket, Bus Station, Taxi Stand and Carries stand, Wheel Borrow Boys are there to assist customers and Parking space at the Mall. Can move freely as the Police Post is within the Market Space and the Market has CCTV.
Main Market Opening Times | Monday - Friday 7am - 5:30 pm | Saturday 6:00 am -4:00 pm
Mini Market (Tavakubu)
Lautoka City Council also owns and operates a mini-market outside the CBD, located at the junction of Tavakubu Road and Sukanaivalu Road. This market is known as the Tavakubu Satellite Market and was constructed in 2017.
Tavakubu Satellite Market has 34 stalls and has opening hours as follows:
Mon-Sun: 07:00 – 17:00 Hours.
Source | Lautoka Council
This calendar has been designed to help you get creative in the kitchen AND support local Fijian farmers throughout
the year by buying fresh, seasonal produce.
|FRUIT AND VEGETABLES||TRADITIONAL & TROPICAL||FIJI GROWN & PRODUCED||FIJIAN SPICES|
|Citrus (Limes)||Bele||Cheese (hand made)||Cardamon|
|Corn||Cassava||Herbs (basil, coriander, mint, parsley etc.)||Chilli|
|Noni fruit (Kura)||Dalo||Lettuce and hydroponic vegetables||Curry leaves|
|Papaya (Pawpaw)||Dawa (Longan)||Mushrooms||Ginger|
|Avocado||Avocado||Banana||Banana||Bilimbi Fruit||Bilimbi Fruit|
|Banana||Banana||Bilimbi Fruit||Bilimbi Fruit||Breadfruit||Breadfruit|
|Bilimbi Fruit||Bilimbi Fruit||Breadfruit||Bok Choy||Bok Choy||Bok Choy|
|Dalo||Granadilla||Okra||Granadilla||French Beans||French Beans|
|Granadilla||Long Beans||Plantain||Long Beans||Lettuce||Lettuce|
|Guava||Melons||Rice||Mung Beans||Mung Beans||Melons|
|Long Beans||Okra||Wild Coffee||Plantain||Peanuts||Mung Beans|
|Okra||Plantain||Wild Coffee||Pineapple||Pigeon Pea|
|Plantain||Wild Coffee||Yams||Wild Coffee|
|Bilimbi Fruit||Bok Choy||Banana||Banana||Avocado||Avocado|
|Bok Choy||Broccoli||Bok Choy||Bok Choy||Banana||Banana|
|Broccoli||Cabbage||Broccoli||Cabbage||Bok Choy||Bread Fruit|
|Cowpeas||Cucumber||Duruka||French Beans||Jack Fruit||French Beans|
|Granadilla||French Beans||French Beans||Jack Fruit||Lettuce||Lettuce|
|Cucumber||Kumala||Jack Fruit||Kumala||Mango||Long Beans|
|Melons||Mung Bean||Melons||Melons||Peanuts||Mung beans|
|Mung Bean||Peanuts||Mung Bean||Mung Bean||Pineapple||Okra|
|Peanuts||Tomato||Pigeon Pea||Pigeon Pea||Tomato||Plantain|
|Pineapple||Wild Coffee||Wild Coffee||Plantain||Tomato|