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. Local produce is a little more
reasonable; you can find a wide variety available for less than what you would spend at home.
|One of the best known supermarkets in Port Vila is Centrepoint, 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, expect to pay a little more than you might expect.
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. 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