If your idea of a holiday involves lots of eating and shopping, look no further than beautiful Fiji. No matter whether you choose to stay on Denarau Island, the Coral Coast or the Mamanuca Islands, Fiji offers plenty of opportunities to dine, shop and party. Here is our guide to Fiji’s best restaurants, nightlife and shopping:
Trust that you’ll never go hungry when holidaying in Fiji. After all, Fiji is home to dozens of luxury resorts, each with its own world-class culinary experiences. You can find restaurants serving cuisine from across the globe, including Italian, Thai, Chinese and so much more. Of course, we also recommend trying some local Fijian and South Pacific dishes, including kokoda and Fijian curry.
If you wish to dine beyond your resort, we suggest staying in the vibrant tourist hub of Denarau Island. Not only will you have access to the exceptional restaurants at your base resort, but you will also be able to dine at the restaurants of neighbouring resorts by hopping on the convenient Bula Bus. Plus, by staying in Denarau, you will also be just a short drive away from Port Denarau Marina, which is home to additional acclaimed restaurants and eateries.
Some of our favourite resort restaurants in Denarau include Island 619 at Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort, Byblos ‘A Taste of Lebanon’ at Radisson Blu Resort Fiji, Waitui Bar & Grill at Sofitel Fiji Resort and Maravu at Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa.
As a laidback island destination, Fiji isn’t exactly known for having the wildest nightlife. However, if you know where to look, you’ll find plenty of lively spots to have a bit of fun when the sun goes down.
If you’re looking for an epic party, we suggest heading to the bars and nightclubs of Nadi and Suva. A favourite amongst tourists is Ed’s Bar in Nadi, which is famous for its five-hour-long happy hours! Alternatively, many of the resorts in the Mamanuca Islands offer epic party nights, which are particularly popular amongst the younger crowd.
For a more relaxed evening, why not head to your resort’s bar for a happy hour drink (or two) before dinner? Plus, many Fiji resorts offer nightly entertainment, including live music and cultural performances, that the whole family can enjoy.
Fiji Shopping and Local Markets
As a relatively isolated island chain, shopping in Fiji is somewhat limited. However, there are still plenty of places to shop for that perfect souvenir!
Many resorts in Fiji offer onsite shopping, where you can purchase items like clothing, jewellery, perfume, electronics and sporting goods. And, if you’re staying in Denarau, Port Denarau Shopping Centre has everything you could possibly need to buy while in Fiji.
For a more authentic shopping experience, why not visit a local Fijian market? Here, you can shop for fresh fruit and vegetables, alongside locally made handicrafts, like tapa cloth, woven goods, carvings and pottery. By shopping at a local market, not only will you take home a one-of-a-kind reminder of your visit, but you will also help to support the local economy. Some of the most popular markets to check out in Fiji include Lawai Pottery Village, the Curio Handicraft Centre, Savusavu Farmers’ Market, Lautoka Market and the Levuka Handicrafts Market.