Food Activities in Nadi
Want to experience Fiji while tickling your tastebuds? Then the city of Nadi is the perfect place to indulge. The city has it all, from produce markets to street food to cooking classes to food tours. Foodies in Fiji will have a field day here, so take a look at the list of things to do in Nadi for foodies below and start adding to your must-try list!
For more tips, check out our Foodie Guide to Nadi.
1. Browse the Fruit and Veg at the Produce Market
Probably one of the most popular food activities in Nadi for foodies and non-foodies alike is visiting a produce market. You’ll get to browse and purchase some weird and wonderful tropical fruit and vegetables, as well as mingle with the friendly stallholders. Nadi’s largest market is the Nadi Market, which is located on Market Road just behind the bus station in central Nadi.
2. Alternatively, Try the Namaka Food Market
If you’re staying close to airport, or want a quieter alternative to Nadi Market, then we recommend the Namaka Food Market. You’ll see an impressive range of seasonal fruit and vegetables, as well as flower stalls.
3. Feast Like a Fijian with a Lovo
Lovo is a traditional Fijian meal slow-cooked in an underground oven. It’s a staple meal in the islands of Fiji which is usually only prepared for special occasions. However, when you’re in Fiji, foodies have to try it! While some of the larger resorts, especially in Denarau, do lovo buffets once a week, another option is to jump onto a cultural tour. The Fiji Culture Village walking tour includes a meke (cultural performance) and a lovo lunch.
4. Take a Cooking Class in a Fijian Village
For a super authentic insight into how the locals cook, a cooking class in a Fijian village is as real as it gets. Join a tour like the Great Taste of Fiji Sightseeing Adventure and discover the remote village of Navilawa in Koroyanitu National Heritage Park. The tour includes access to scenic walking trails, as well as a Fijian cooking lesson. You’ll also experience a Kava ceremony – customary for every new visitor in a Fijian village. Nadi hotel pick-up is included in this tour.
5. Try Indo-Fijian Food at a Nadi Curry House
Thanks to Nadi’s lively population of Indo-Fijians, the Indian food scene in Nadi is a real treat! While there are so many amazing curry houses to choose from, a few highlights include Maharaj’s (Queens Road, Namaka) and Curry House (Hospital Road, Nadi Central). Check out our Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Nadi for more recommendations.
6. Try Some Fine Dining
While fine dining is not part of the local culture, one of your limited fine dining options in Nadi is at the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay. The Fish Bar provides excellent surf and turf fine dining with panoramic Pacific Ocean views. There’s also the option to hire a private cabana with a five-course meal and champagne. Check out our The Luxury Guide to Nadi for more experiences like this one.
7. Or Load Up on the Cheap Eats
For foodies on a budget, you’re in for a treat in Nadi! The restaurants in Nadi are some of the cheapest in Fiji, especially compared to any restaurant found in resorts and hotels. So check out our list of Top Cheap Eats in Nadi and start loading up on the street food.
8. Go to a Fiji Cooking School
A fantastic tour for foodies is the Fijian cooking school Flavours of Fiji. The tour includes a visit to a local produce market before returning to an air-conditioned cooking school kitchen to learn how to cook Fijian dishes. Best of all, you’ll get to try your new creation with a delicious lunch and other refreshments. Hotel pick-ups from Nadi area are available to take you to this cooking school in Denarau.
9. Try Some Fijian Coffee
Nestled in the mountainous regions of Fiji are coffee bean plantations – yes, really! So any coffee-lover would be committing a sin if they were not to try the Fijian coffee. There are many amazing coffee shops scattered around Nadi to cater to the local workforce and frequent tourists – so you will never be without your coffee in Nadi. Take a look at our cafe recommendations for Nadi here.
10. Try Some Local Fijian Dishes
Besides the cooking classes and lovo feasts mentioned in the above points, there are a couple of restaurants in Nadi that specialise in Fijian-style food. Try Taste Fiji for their fantastic Fijian menu made with local produce. Alternatively, Tu’s Place offers a great selection of Fijian fish dishes that you’ll find in our 10 Unique Foods in Fiji You Have to Try.