Shopping & Restaurants

Tastes of the Tropics

Christmas Island’s restaurants showcase its rich cultural mix.  From spicy Asian fare to modern western cuisine often crafted to highlight fresh, local product, you will find something delicious to suit your taste buds.

Restaurants, cafes and pubs offer a variety of styles, from traditional grills to colonial settings to laid back, casual pub options.  Many offer the chance to relax over your meal while appreciating stunning outlooks.

Take advantage of the islands’ many picnic and barbecue venues, and pack your own hamper from supplies available at the local shops.

Cafe and restaurant options may be limited during Ramadan, Chinese New Year and Christmas – contact the Visitor Centre for further information as to what cafes/restaurants will be open during your visit.

As most food on Christmas Island is imported the cost for food and meals may be higher than other places to cover the additional transport.


A visit to Christmas Island is like taking a step into another world. There are no shopping malls and opening times are varied and short, allowing you to spend more time exploring this natural wonder.

There are a small variety of shops and galleries which offer an excellent range of t-shirts, beach and bespoke fashion, souvenirs, gifts, homeware, handcrafted jewellery, photography and art, snorkelling gear, fishing tackle, pharmaceuticals, groceries, and duty free items.

To obtain information on opening hours, the range of shops available and their locations, make sure your first stop is the Christmas Island Visitor Centre, located on Gaze Road,  Settlement:

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 8.00am-4.00pm
Tuesday & Friday: 8.00am-5.00pm
Saturdays: 9.00am-12.00pm
Sundays:  Closed

To contact the Visitor Centre:
Phone: + 61 (0)8 9164 8382