Shopping in Seychelles

  • Shopping in West Coast

    Michael Adams' Studio

    Visit the studio of Michael Adams MBE, where silkscreen prints burst with the vivid life of the forests. They are irresistible and highly collectable, so bring plenty of rupees if you're thinking of buying. Even if you don't ring ahead and you're driving by, stop in – it could be open, though don't count on it.

  • Shopping in Praslin

    Kreolor

    Perhaps the best boutique on Praslin, Kreolor, at the entrance to Vallée de Mai, sells artfully designed wooden crafts (many in the shape of the coco de mer), jewellery, essential oils and other tasteful souvenirs.

  • Shopping in West Coast

    Lazare Gallery

    This eclectic place is part antique showroom, part museum, and it's worth picking through the treasure on offer – once when we visited it included local driftwood, a framed photo of a youthful Duke of Edinburgh and all manner of local bric-a-brac. It's just south of the Anse Soleil turn-off, or immediately north of the petrol station.

  • Shopping in Victoria

    Seychelles Island Foundation

    If you want to buy a coco fesse (the fruit of the coco de mer palm), head to the Seychelles Island Foundation, which has some stock and will issue you the required export permit. Be prepared to fork out about €200. Its work centres on habitat restoration on the Aldabra Atoll, as well as managing Vallée de Mai on Praslin.

  • Shopping in West Coast

    Tom Bowers

    This British-born artist creates some truly amazing bronze sculptures and his works, such as the Liberty Monument in Victoria, are increasingly being commissioned for public places. If you haven't called ahead, turn up at the gate and ring the bell to see if the artist is in residence.

  • Shopping in East Coast

    Domaine de Val des Prés

    The Domaine de Val des Prés at Anse aux Pins consists of a cluster of craft shops grouped around a 19th-century plantation house with a few bits of memorabilia. The rather motley assortment of crafts on offer includes model boats, pottery, paintings, clothing and products fashioned from the hugely versatile coconut tree.

  • Shopping in Eden Island

    Eden Art Gallery

    This large showroom sells local artworks and photography, framed and unframed, with mostly prints and the occasional original work. It's sometimes given over to temporary exhibitions.

  • Shopping in West Coast

    Sculptor Studio Antonio

    Antonio Filippin's somewhat risqué woodcarvings and quirky studio, Art Arc, are perched on a hill between Anse Gouvernement and Anse Soleil.

  • Shopping in West Coast

    Gerard Devoud's Studio

    Gerard Devoud's eye-goggling paintings are sure to enliven your bedroom. His studio is at Valmer Resort, but opening hours can vary.

  • Shopping in La Digue

    George Camille Art Gallery

    This small gallery sells prints and original works from George Camille, one of the country's most beloved painters.

  • Shopping in Victoria

    Camion Hall

    Head to this small shopping mall right in the centre for creative and interesting locally made arts and crafts.

  • Shopping in West Coast

    Pineapple Boutique

    One of the better beachwear stores on Mahé's west coast, Pineapple Boutique, inside the lovely Veranda Cafe, sells handprinted tees, beachwear for adults and kids, and some local handicrafts such as soaps.

  • Shopping in Victoria

    Cooperative des Artisans

    Next to the National Museum of History and a few steps from the clock tower, this artisans' cooperative is worth stopping by for a range of made-in-Seychelles crafts.

  • Shopping in Eden Island

    Giraffe

    The Seychelles has very few bookshops, which is why this place is a real find. It may be small, but there's a good mix of fiction, nonfiction and kids' books.