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After nearly getting fleeced at the main market in Port Vila we stumbled across Gallery blong Vanuatu (Cafe des arts). A treasure trove of excellent handmade art works both wooden and stone. The owner is helpful and his prices are very reasonable.
Opposite the Toyota up the hill on the way out of town it is easy to miss - indeed- we arrived on a Sunday & drove past without even noticing it, until it was open the next day.
Lots of good wood carvings. We picked...More
Popped in today after reading the other reviews and absolutely agree this little gallery is worth a visit. The host is delightful and entertaining. I purchased a few bits and pieces to take home and recommend you do the same.
Had this Gallery recommended and it didn't disappoint. Like an Aladdin's cave. So many items I wanted to buy but limited space in suitcase, although could have had them shipped home but cost a little prohibitive to UK. Thank you Raynald.
Worth the walk up the hill for some fairly priced and quality wood carvings .. Out of the way of the main shopping area just past the Parliament House you will find friendly and helpful service and quality pieces .. We bought a unique hand...More
Finally found this little shop next to avis on hill just outside of vila heading towards cruise terminal.
So many carvings. Locally done. All unique. After shopping at markets and in town, gallery blong is the best value for carvings.
I got a 40cm long...More
Just out of Port Villa up the hill next to Toyota. Great selection of wooden carvings and better value than the markets in town. We bought a tamtam and a turtle for 7000v, about $70nz. Tamtams and masks range from small to huge and all...More
Best place to buy wood carvings!
Raynard could not have been more helpful. Gave a detailed description of the cultural significance for carvings in his shop.
I wanted 1 large woodcarving and various other smaller pieces & this shop had a wide selection.
It is not easy to find local handicrafts in Vanuatu but this store only has genuine handicrafts made by local people. Definitely worth a visit. We bought a mask carving and several small statutes that were light and inexpensive - handy for souvenir gifts. The...More