You have several choices for buying snacks, vegetables, extra gear like soap or water in Hatobuilico.  Visit the local markets on Saturday or Wednesday morning or check out what you can buy from the shopor the kiosks or bring it from Dili, Maubisse or Aileu.

Local markets

There are local markets held in Hatobuilico on Saturday and Wednesday mornings from 9.00 am to 11.30 am directly in front of the PousadaRamelau.

The market (basar) is the social event of the week and people travel long distances by foot and hoof to sell their products and to buy product from others. Sellers set themselves up on the ground on the street side, offering home baked bread (paun), cakes (dosi), seasonal vegetables such as cabbage (repolyu), carrots (senyoura), onions and garlic (lis mean), green beans (kotu), potatoes of every variety (ferukropa), root vegetables (talus and cassava) as well as seasonal fruit including bananas, mangos, passion fruit, avocados and if you are lucky, you might score some oranges or other delicacies. Locals will also buy palm wine and betel nut. You can also buy home ware, clothing, tools and other items from small dealers as well as the bigger trucks that roll in on the day.

You can ask prices and you may consider bargaining for more costly items but prices in the Hatobuilico market have largely been set for the local buyers.

Shops/ Lojas / Kiosks


What you can buy in the Hatobuilico shops:  Bottled water, Beer, coffee (Indonesian in small packets), sugar, tea, salt, canned condensed milk, biscuits, lollies, oil, rice, batteries, candles, soap, canned fish, noodles, phone cards and other assorted small items)

There are several kiosks with a limited range of products by Dili standards.  The main shop (loja) is located opposite Senor MartinhoLopes’spousada towards the end of town where the markets are held.  It has a Loja/ Shop sign. Kiosks can be identified easily by asking. Call ‘kiosk’ and you will find that someone will quickly come to your assistance.

Opening hours can vary but the kiosk / shop is usually open each day in the morning and then again in the evening until dusk. It can be that the shop is closed too when the owners have occasion to leave town!

Each sells a range of products. It is quite polite to point to the item that you are after and use sign language to indicate how many of the items that you want to buy. There are no prices on items and it is quite appropriate to ask how much (“folinhira?”).  You will find that you can purchase most items that you need (ball gown aside!).  You can buy phone cards (“pulsa”) but with a slight surcharge (transport costs) – a $2 card will cost you $2.50.


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