Buying Food and Drink in Fiji
While trying the local cuisine is all part of the travel experience in Fiji, budget-conscious travellers are savvy enough to make their own meals rather than eating at the resort every night. With an array of self-catering accommodations combined with access to supermarkets and produce markets (on the larger islands, at least), a self-catering holiday in Fiji is relatively easy. All you need to do is budget for your meals using our list of typical food prices in this guide to food shopping in Fiji!
Note that the prices listed below are approximate to give you an idea of the cost of Food. For more information on food prices, as well as the cost of eating out, see What is the Cost of Food in Fiji?
Quick Tips for Food Shopping in Fiji
- Make sure your accommodation is self-catering if you wish to cook your own meals. Browse self-catering accommodations in our Foodie Accommodation Guides and in the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Fiji
- While most supermarkets and convenience stores will accept credit/debit cards in Fiji, note that you will need cash for the produce markets
- Supermarkets are often stocked with imports from New Zealand and Australia but don’t expect the same prices for the same items in Fiji as they are in NZ and Oz
- Bargaining is acceptable at produce markets, but should only be entered into if the seller is asking a high price
- Be sure to try some of the local cuisines too! Check out our Restaurant Guides and Cheap Eats in our Food Category.
Buying Food from Supermarkets in Fiji
Scattered in the centre and the outskirts of towns and cities in Fiji, supermarkets are abundant where many tourists go. While there are independent supermarkets, Chinese and Indian supermarkets, there are some larger brands found across Fiji like New World, Consumers and RB Patel. Supermarkets are stocked with a mix of local food and drinks, as well as overseas imports particularly from New Zealand and Australia.
Opening hours for supermarkets in Fiji are typically 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday and 8am-3pm on a Saturday.
Food Prices in Fiji Supermarkets
Budget for your supermarket shopping using this list of typical food prices in Fiji.
- A loaf of bread – FJ$1.20-$1.60
- Rice (1kg/2.2 pounds) – FJ$1.50-$2.30
- Pasta (500g/1.1 pounds) – FJ$7.49-$8
- 12 eggs – FJ$5.50
- Cheese (1kg/2.2pounds) – FJ$21
- Bottled water (1.5l/53 ounces) – FJ$3
- Chicken breast (1kg/2.2 ounces) – FJ$21
- Beef (1kg/2.2 ounces) – FJ$23
- Bananas (1kg/2.2 ounces) – FJ$4
- Tomato (1kg/2.2 ounces) – FJ$10
- Onion (1kg/2.2 ounces) – FJ$2.50
- Pack of cookies (200g/7 ounces) – FJ$2.40
Drink Prices in Fiji Supermarkets
For typical supermarket drink prices, expect the following:
- Soft drink (600ml) – FJ$2.10-$3.10
- Beer (750ml) – FJ$4.75-$5
- Wine – FJ$15-$30
- RTD (440ml) – FJ$2.60-$5
- Coffee granules (50g) – FJ$4.90-$10
- Tea Bags (50 bags) – FJ$3.75-$5
- UHT milk (1 litre/35 ounces) – FJ$2.90-$3.90
Note that supermarkets in main tourist centres, like Denarau Island, are often a little more expensive than the prices listed above.
Buying Food from Convenience Stores
Convenience stores provide another alternative for buying food in Fiji. They often have a small selection of all the basic food essentials at the highest end of the price range of what we list above. Like everywhere in the world, in Fijian convenience stores, you pay slightly higher prices for the convenience.
Convenience stores in Fiji often feature large Coca-Cola branding, so shouldn’t be hard to miss. We recommend checking the quality of the food first if you are able to through the packaging, as not all convenience stores hold to the same standards.
For more information on convenience stores, see Where to Buy Food in Fiji.
Buying Food from Produce Markets and Stalls
The centre of the community in many towns and cities across Fiji is the local produce market. On top of that, roadside stalls with local farmers or families selling produce is a common sight. Not only are both options generally cheaper than buying fruit and vegetables from the supermarket, but they are an experience. Stallholders are often eager to talk to tourists and tell you how to prepare the vegetables they sell, without being too pushy to sell.
Most of the fruit and vegetables on offer will be seasonal. Some can be bought all year round, such as tomatoes, pineapples, watermelons and bananas.
Fruit and vegetables are either sold as a bunch or stacked on a bowl or plate. You won’t be able to buy, for example, just one banana. Larger fruit like pineapples and watermelons are sold separately.
Fruit & Vegetable Prices at Produce Markets and Stalls
If you’re considering hitting one of the produce markets, here are some typical food prices to expect:
- Mangos (3) – FJ$2-$4
- Pawpaw/Papaya (3) – FJ$2-$4
- Cucumber (3) – FJ$2-$4
- Pineapple (1) – FJ$2-$3
- Bananas (1 bunch) – FJ$1-$5
- Coconuts (3) – FJ$2
- Lettuce – FJ$2
- Tomatoes (8-10 small ones) – FJ$1-$5
- Taro (1 bunch) – FJ$1