Saturday, September 18, 2021

Money & Shopping in East Timor

AsiaEast TimorMoney & Shopping in East Timor

East Timor’s legal tender currency is the US dollar, and all transactions are conducted in dollars. Dili has a number of banks and ATMs (all of which accept USD banknotes), including one at the Timor Plaza retail center. Fees may be very expensive; for example, the ANZ ATM charges $7 for each cash withdrawal. Since East Timor introduced its own centavo-denominated coins, US coins are no longer commonly recognized. US bank notes issued before to 2006 are not accepted, as they are in many other areas of Indonesia.

What to buy

Aromatic coffee beans and colorful hand-woven fabric known as Tais should be on your buying list while visiting East Timor. Excellent coffee is available at all convenience shops and even some roadside vendors. Just like Scottish clans have distinct patterns for their tartans, East Timorese families have distinct patterns and colors for their Tais.

Roasted coffee beans will make an excellent present. It should be noted that certain nations have stringent restrictions regarding the importation of any food item.


East Timorese coffee is organically farmed and delicious. The Portuguese were the first to bring coffee to East Timor. The native method of preparing coffee is to roast the coffee beans until they are dark and have a strong fragrance. East Timorese coffee has a great flavor due to its low acidity levels.

Caffeine levels are very high in certain coffee types, such as robusta. A late-night cup of coffee may keep you up for hours, which may put you in a bind, since East Timor has no nightlife alternatives outside of Dili.

If you want to purchase coffee, go to a traditional market rather than Dili’s grocery shops, where the stock is often pre-ground and extremely stale.


Tais vary in design and color depending on where they are from, and they belong to a separate family. You should go to the Tais market in Dili to purchase Tais and native silver jewelry. Tais are also available from street sellers. Handicrafts from the area

Other objects of appeal include ethnic woodcarvings, batik textiles, and embroidered fabrics with regional designs. The ethnic woodcarvings offered here are similar to those seen in Africa.


There is a market in every major town on the island. You may not find the wide range of stores that you are used to in East Timor. These marketplaces, on the other hand, meet a wide range of local requirements. On a regular basis, the markets allow residents to connect and engage with others. A stroll around an East Timorese market will teach you about the region’s unique products. Tourists draw a lot of attention, so expect to be looked at. Expect to be overcharged as well, as many visitors before you have happily paid excessive rates.

Dili Waterfront

There are many fruit vendors along the shore. These booths, which are mainly operated by women, sell wonderful local fruits. The papayas, mangoes, and bananas are particularly enticing; make an effort to sample any unknown local variety.