Port Vila Supermarkets
Markets Galore in Port Vila
Shopping in Port Vila is an art
form all its own. If you are on the docks when the cruise ships arrive, you'll be immediately besieged by local
hawkers selling everything from sarongs to coconuts and Tanna coffee. However if you're staying in the city, you'll
need to find some regular shopping areas from which to purchase your needed supplies.
While shopping is plentiful in the city, don't expect to find deep
discounts on food and drink, especially if you're looking for Western fare. Almost everything must be imported,
thus you may actually pay more for a bottle of soda than you might in Australia or your own country. Local produce
is a little more reasonable; you can find a wide variety available for less than what you would spend at home,
because it's mostly grown locally.
|One of the best known supermarkets in Port Vila is
where you can purchase groceries and other goods for your daily food needs.
Au Bon Marche
This is the best place in downtown to get your grocery items. The
store sells everything that you'll need, though expect to pay a considerable amount for soda, imported juice and
much more. Local items, such as Tanna coffee and powdered Kava are much more reasonable, though not cheap. The
store carries all the necessities, though the selection may seem a little limited to those accustomed to the
luxuries of the Western world.
Located on Lini Highway (just down from the Au Bon Marche), the Drug
Store offers more sundries and groceries. You can pick up things like disposable cameras, beach towels and
postcards here, as well. Once again, be prepared to pay a little more than you
might expect for sundries and items.
The market lies near the Au Bon Marche and is the place to go for
local fruits and vegetables. You can find a wide assortment of items, though you'll need a local to tell you what
everything is (and how to eat it!). If you're the adventurous sort, this is a great place to try something new.
You'll find kava, Tanna coffee, island cabbage and quite a bit more.
Au Bon Marche
If you want a larger selection than the Au Bon Marche downtown, grab
a bus and head for Nambatu (literally meaning number two). You'll pay about the same, though you'll find a
larger selection from which to choose. This is a more comprehensive supermarket and closer to Western
sensibilities. You will still pay relatively high prices for imported items, though. Remember, local items are
affordable, while luxury items will cost you.