Tais Market in Dili is a specialty shopping destination, known for its unique collection of Tais and other souvenirs. It’s the number one spot for shopping in Dili, offering a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Timor Leste.


Type: Specialty & Gift Shop
Rating: 4/5
Reviews: 224 reviews

What to Expect

Tais Market, while not huge, presents an array of decent stalls. It’s known for its laid-back atmosphere, unlike some Southeast Asian markets where there’s pressure to buy.


  • Timor Leste Football Shirts: Available up to XL size.
  • Fridge Magnets: Priced around $12, open to bargaining.
  • Old Timor Notes: A unique find in one of the stalls.
  • Tais Covers: Prices range from $2 for small ones to around $25 for bigger covers.

Shopping Experience

  • Bargaining: Shoppers can try to barter for lower prices.
  • Variety: The market offers a good range of Tais and souvenirs, though with limited flexibility in product range.
  • Quality: For better quality Tais, head right to the back of the market.


  • Duration: Worth a visit, probably once.
  • Best Buys: Good quality Tais for around $35 USD (small) to $100 USD (large).
  • Visitor Tips: Be aware of the sizing differences and prepare to bargain for better prices.


Tais Market in Dili is an average market that’s worth a visit for those interested in local crafts and souvenirs. It offers a peaceful shopping experience, but with limited variety and flexibility in products.

Explore the cultural treasures of Timor Leste at Tais Market.