Equatorial Guinea may not be among the world’s most renowned shopping destinations, but that doesn't mean it's lacking. There is an exciting marketplace where visitors can find a wide selection local produce, unique spices, handicrafts, and woodwork. Local markets mostly sell vegetables, fruits, coffee, cocoa and other food staples like rice and beans. You will find traditional African clothing, handwoven textiles and fabric with ethnic prints in shops across the country.
The prices of electronics and other goods are often high because most of them have to be imported from Rio Muni, the mainland. In Malabo, specialty produce include exotic meats from the sea like tortoise and porcupine. Freshly caught fish and seafood are also sold, including shrimps, lobsters, crayfish, large tunas, and cod.
Bring only cash, as credit cards are not accepted. Tourists who are curious about local trade customs will have fun bartering. Equatorial Guinea’s markets are usually open from Monday to Saturday, between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The shopping hours resume at 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. after the afternoon rest period.