As is typical in the islands, business come and go but there are some that seem to stand the test of time. We’ve listed all the businesses we enjoyed doing business with in Fiji but please note that due to the very nature of things in third world countries, and around the world, some of these may have gone out of business. We do our best to check on them from time to time but if you find one that is no longer there we would be grateful if you’d drop us a line.
Flavio’s is the only place to go if you are looking for amazing imported Italian meats, cheeses, wines, beers and more. Just a short drive from Port Denarau and you can even take the bus. It goes right by here and will stop there for you. We understand he will even fix a gourmet Italian dinner for a group but we never got the chance to do it. Also, he will deliver to Denarau Marina. If you get by there give Flavio a big hug from us.
This place is absolutely amazing and is just a short bus or taxi ride from the port. Their meats are always fresh and very tasty. Some are imported but much of it is local beef, chicken and pork. They offer an amazing service for us yachties too. If you call or stop by and place an order they will vacuum seal it in the quantities your choose, freeze it and then deliver it to the port the following day. They charge $10 FJD to deliver to Denarau and $25 to go to Vuda. Good meat is hard to find in Fiji so we are happy to have found this amazing place!
There are lots of other places in the Nadi area as well. There’s a few grocery stores and lots of places to pick up trinkets and beads if that’s your thing. Just be aware of the scams and if you’re buying wood carvers learn to tell the difference between those that are machined in China and those that really come from Fijian carvers. To read more about what we learned about wood carvings click here.
- In the port there is a small grocery store called the Yess Expressmart that caters to the ke pelangi (tourists). They have really good vegetables even if they are a bit pricey. Of course anything located in a tourist area and along the waterfront is going to be pricey. We buy our beer here when we aren’t going into town. They also have some things we have difficulty finding at the stores in town such as really good sour cream and gourmet type cheeses.
- For fresh bread there’s only one place to go and that’s the Fresh Bread Kitchen. They bake the bread right there and it’s always fresh. They also have an amazing Raspberry Lamington that we simply can’t resist. Dan & Grape Ape call it Raspberry Babinka. For those who have seen the movie “Deuce Bigalow” you will understand that comment.
- The open air market in Nadi is probably the cheapest place to get fresh vegetables but you need to be an early bird to get them. Since we aren’t really early birds these days we typically get ours at the market in the port.
- As for grocery stores. They are a hit or miss kind of thing. We find that shopping here is much like every other third world country. You have to visit several different stores to find what you are looking for and be prepared not to find it at all. That said there are several in downtown Nadi but we found the New World market just outside of town at the bottom of Namaka hill has a better selection than the stores in town.