Shopping in Vanuatu is good with Port Vila offering plenty of shops to chose from. These include high class duty free shops to cheap clothing and souvenir shops and boutiques. Major supermarkets stock both local and international food that is easily recognised. The markets in Port Vila (every day except Sunday) provide an opportunity to buy local crafts and fresh fruit and vegetables as well as shells, beads, jewellery, carvings and artwork, clothing and artifacts. As you drive around the island you will also come across little market stalls on the side of the road selling local produce, eggs, shells and old World War 11 memorabilia.
Foreign cash, travellers cheques and major international credit cards (Amex, Diners, JCB, Mastercard and Visa) are widely accepted. Most shops close for ‘siesta’ 11:30am to 1:30pm. Restaurants, cafes, banks, supermarkets and the Post Office do not observe siesta. Shops open on Saturday morning and some specialty shops and supermarkets open on Sunday morning. Suburban general stores open early and close late seven days a week.