Offering a peek into the Seychellois way of life, Victoria Market, officially known as Sir Selwyn-Selwyn Clarke Market, is located in Victoria. Although smaller than the usual African market, it compensates with its liveliness, colour and eccentric vibe. Apart from offering varied items like fresh produce, fish and souvenirs, it allows one to experience the culture and food of the island without which a trip to Seychelles remains incomplete. You can easily spend an hour here and not know it! Later you can head to a Hindu temple which is really close by and well worth a visit.
Shopping for fish
Start early in the day if you are in the mood for buying fish. The fishmongers will have an astounding array of fish fresh from the sea. You can get hold of varieties such as parrotfish and barracuda. The side benefit of buying fish here? You can get the fishmongers to fillet it for you too. They will even share their knowledge of the best way to cook every variety of fish!
Shopping for fruits and vegetables
If it is not fish you are after, you can avoid the stalls completely. You can get fresh fruits and vegetables instead. Here too, as with fish, it is better to get an early start as the produce starts dwindling by midday. Again, as in the fish stalls, the locals will be happy to divulge their knowledge of the fruits and vegetables grown locally. They will also enthusiastically describe their food and culture if you are interested in listening. You get some local information thrown in with your shopping too.
Shopping for souvenirs
You are bound to be attracted by the colourful assortment of sarongs and shirts on display in the Victoria Market. These will serve as the right souvenirs of your trip. You can also pick from an assortment of herbs and local spices to take back home.
Getting to Victoria Market
Since parking close to the market is next to impossible, taking a car is simply not feasible. If you do take a car, you have to park at an admirable distance from the market, usually in the huge car park by Chaka Brothers shop. The best way to get there is by taking a cab or bus. A few hotels and tour operators arrange trips to the market too.
Victoria Market may be small by African standards, but it more than makes up for its size by its bustling activities.