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Local handicrafts include lace and embroidery, coral jewellery and basketwork. Tamarind wood, olive wood and ironwood provide the material for furniture in the traditional ‘colonial’ style, and are used by sculptors and other craftsmen. Rum, vanilla and extracts of vetiver, geranium and ylang-ylang are also recommended purchases.

Shopping hours are generally Monday-Saturday, 8:30 am-12 noon and 2:30 pm-6 pm; Sunday, 8 am-12 noon.

Reunion is part of the Eurozone, so as in many other European Union countries the currency used is the euro. It is compulsory, for the large majority of businesses, to post prices in windows. Hotels and restaurants must have their rates visible from outside. Most shops accept international credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) but most of them require a minimum amount for credit cards payments, usually €15. There is a good number of ATM (called "gabier") which don't charge you for using them.

Places to Shop

In Saint-Denis, the main shopping streets are Rue du Maréchal-Leclerc, Rue Jean-Chatel and Rue Juliette-Dodu. The Grande Marché has a mishmash of items for sale, including Malagasy wooden handicrafts, fragrant spices, woven baskets, embroidery, T-shirts, furniture and a jumble of knick-knacks. On the east side of Saint-Denis, this is mainly a fresh-produce market, but you can buy herbs and spices and local rhums arrangés (flavoured rums) here at competitive prices.

The market in Saint-Paul is famous and you'll find fruits and vegetables. There are also shirts, locally made rum, spices, local music, book or DVD about the volcano’s last eruption: it gathers on Friday morning and afternoon, and on Saturday morning. It's a good place to buy African traditional objects, such as oware.

During the week there's a covered market under a hall in Saint-Pierre's town centre. Alongside fresh fruit and vegetables, stalls sell souvenirs such as local spices and herbs, vacoa bags and the usual assortment of Malagasy crafts. No trip to Saint-Pierre would be complete without a wander through the main market, which takes place on Saturday morning and sprawls along the seafront at the west end of Boulevard Hubert-Delisle.





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