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Seychelles Shopping and nightlife
Shopping in Seychelles
No visit to the capital, Victoria, is complete without a trip to the Sir Selwyn Clarke market. Here you can find a wonderful array of traditional souvenirs, spices and crafts. They include batik work, woven baskets and tablemats, straw hats and beautifully-crafted wooden furniture, ornaments and model boats.The market is at its liveliest on Saturday mornings and is closed Saturday afternoon and on Sundays.
Mahé offers the best shopping. The majority of outlets are small boutiques selling pottery, paintings and jewellery made from green snail shells and sea shells. There are a few small shops on Praslin, too.
Tea-growing and manufacturing is still done on a small scale in the Seychelles. You can purchase the local tea in the shops or try one of the many blends before you buy at the Tea Tavern at the tea factory on Mahé.
The Seychelles is one of the best places to buy vanilla pods too. The plant is cultivated as a climber around the base of trees and pollinated by hand. Pods can be bought in shops or at the markets. Another spice worth getting hold of is cinnamon, which grows wild on all the islands. It can be bought as oil or the quills of dried bark can be used whole in cooking or grated. If you are tempted to buy a Coco-de-mer, be aware that you will need an export licence.
Market vendors do not accept cards so you will need to pay for your purchases in Seychelles rupees (SCR). If you run out of cash, there is an ATM machine close by. Mastercard, Access and Visa are accepted in shops displaying the relevant card logo on their doors or windows.
There is no need to worry about carrying large goods back to the UK. Most markets and shops in the Seychelles will arrange international postage for you.
Mon-Fri 0800-1700, Sat 0800-1200. Some shops close for lunch 1200-1300 weekdays.
Nightlife in Seychelles
The Seychelles is not known for its lively nightlife but there are a few buzzing discotheques for night owls. The upmarket Club Lovenut in the centre of Victoria is popular with a young, affluent crowd. Its DJs play local and international hits.
Two of the hottest nightclubss on Mahé are Tequila Boom, which also hosts theme nights, and La Faya Bar at Bel Ombre in Beau Vallon. Katiolio, near Anse Royale, was one of the first nightclubs to open on Mahé and is the only one situated on a beach.
The Jungle and The Dome are two of a handful of discotheques on Praslin. There is only one casino here, the Casino del Iles on the Cote d'Or.
For a touch of culture, try a theatre production at the International Conference Centre (ICCS) in Victoria. They are often staged in Creole, English and French. Alternatively, catch a movie at Deepam Cinema, the only picture house in Victoria.
If you fancy a flutter, head to the casinos at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino or the Plantation Club. Note that men must wear long trousers.
You can enjoy a taste of the local camtolet music with dancing at one of the hotels. Most of them hold evening barbecues where the music and dancing take place.