Sitting on reclaimed land dug out from the hill surrounding Albert Park, Victoria Parade is the administrative centre of Fiji, with modern high-rise office buildings lining the road. At the north end is the attractive whitewashed FINTEL Building built in 1922. Behind, the modern 1970s-style Civic Hall is the venue for occasional dance performances. Heading south on Victoria Parade is one of the prettiest buildings in Suva, the Old Town Hall with its cast-iron columned veranda. The building is now a Chinese restaurant downstairs while upstairs is the headquarters for Fiji’s branch of Greenpeace. Next door is the imposing Suva City Library.
A few hundred metres to the south, the solemn-looking Old Parliament, built in 1939, sits at the end of Carnarvon Street, facing Victoria Parade and Albert Park. It’s now Fiji’s judicial headquarters and houses various government departments.