"Buying Island Gifts, Items and Souvenirs in Barbados"
There are many places where you can go
shopping in Barbados ranging from modern air
conditioned malls to chattel villages and you will always find the
sales staff in the shops to be friendly and helpful. The cities of
Holetown and Speightstown are all good for shopping and you should look
out for locally produced items such as clothing, mahogany
carvings, jewellery and
basketware. And obviously Barbados rum, a must gift to take
back home with you!
Where You Should Go Shopping in
The most obvious places to enjoy
Barbados shopping are the island's major cities starting with the
capital, Bridgetown Barbados, the island's main shopping hub.
Shopping in Bridgetown..The Capital
Of The Island
is where shopping in Barbados really comes to life. On Broad Street you
will find lots of duty free shops, shopping malls such as
Mall, and department stores such as Cave Shepherd and Harrisons.
Many hotels offer a free shuttle service to the shops here where you
will do most of you duty
free shopping in Barbados.
Street is pedestrianised and has lots of wayside vendors
stalls selling jewelery, crafts, fruit & vegetables. There are
quite a lot of street stalls around Bridgetown from which you can even
made leather shoes. The leather will be cut, shaped and tanned for you
there and then and prices can be quite reasonable.
more about shopping in Bridgetown Barbados
Shopping at The Oistins Barbados
Once you have exhausted the
Barbados duty free shops and stores of Bridgetown, Oistins should be
your next stop. Here you will find some great local Barbados
handmade crafts and jewelery. Oistins is the centre of the Bajan
fishing industry and is very famous for its fish
market. However, you will also find stalls selling local crafts in the
area surrounding the fish market.
The best time for you to go shopping
here is on a Friday night. This is when this Barbados city
comes to life with The Oistins Fish Fry, when locals and visitors
gather to enjoy the island's best locally caught and grilled fish.
This will allow you to enjoy an amazing authentic Bajan
dinner followed by a stroll through the fishing village's local stalls.
Most hotels offer one free complimentary ride to Oistins on a Friday
night to hotel guests...you should take that ride :).
Shopping in Holetown, Barbados
If you happen to be staying on the
west coast of the island the village of Holetown will be your nearest
area to go shopping in Barbados. Here you will find Barbados
shopping malls including The
West Coast Mall, Lime
Grove and Sunset
Mall in Sunset Crest. At these west coast
Barbados malls you will find supermarkets to do your grocery
shopping as well as large department stores such as Cave Shepherd where
you can enjoy your share of Barbados
duty free shopping.
In Holetown you will also find a
lovely Chattel House
houses are brightly coloured traditional style homes. There are a
number of tiny "chattel
house villages" around the island where several of these house have
been grouped together to house unique local gifts and craft stores.
These have made for a beautiful place for you to shop for souvenirs.
The Chattel House Village in Holetown is located right next
to The West Coast Shopping Mall along Highway 1.
Shopping in Speightstown, Barbados
Shopping in Barbados in the village of
Speightstown is not as extensive as the other Barbados cities but has a
few street stalls selling fruits and vegetables. Speightstown is
located in the parish of St.Peter in the north western region of the
island. The main Barbados shopping street to visit in Speightstown is
called Queen Street. This street runs through the centre of
the village and has a variety of stores. This is where you
will find Jordan's Supermarket a local grocery store.
Shopping in St. Lawrence Gap
A side from the major cities and
villages of the island, St.Lawrence Gap, or "The
Gap" as it is called locally, is a street along the south coast that is
well known for its "wayside vendors" and collection of craft stores.
You will find St.Lawrence Gap in the parish of Christ Church
home to Dover Beach, Escape At The Gap and Rostrevor Hotel.
There are two main places to shop
along this street, the first being The
Chattel House Shopping Village. This shopping
village is similar to the Chattel House Village that you will find in
Holetown along the island's west coast. Here you will find
the same colourful tiny houses selling Barbados souvenirs and gifts.
There is also a similar collection of chattel houses at the
nearby Dover Beach.
The second place to shop in
St.Lawrence Gap is a two-floor store stocking a wide range of
accessories, crafts and decorative items for your home. This
store is known as Walkers
World and is located directly next to Dover Beach.
This is a must visit.
What Should I Buy While On Vacation
in Barbados ???......
Below I have put together a list of
items that you can purchase while on vacation in Barbados and where you
can buy them from. The majority of these items are available duty free
as well so you can save.
Local Arts and Crafts
Bajan craftspeople work with a diverse range of
pottery, basketware, paintings, sculptures, footwear and clothing. You
find their work for sale alongside conch shells from street vendors and
at the Chattel House
Villages. At the Chattel House Villages and other
locations throughout the island you will also find The Best Of Barbados
gift shops selling a wide range of locally made souvenirs.
There is also Ann's Craft Centre
inside Pelican Village in Bridgetown selling colourful woven products
using local straw. Other products to look out for include
locally made jewelery, mahogany carvings and shell work. There are also
local artists sell their paintings.
Jewelery & Watches
Many visitors to the island like
yourself enjoy shopping in Barbados for the finest gold and silver jewelery
at very reasonable prices. The prices can be as high as 50%
cheaper than in North America and Europe.
The best places to shop for high end jewelery in Barbados are at Colombian Emeralds, Diamonds International,
Switzerland and The
Local Food & Drink
Barbados is the original home of rum
rum some of
the best in the world, so you must shop for some during
your stay. Other local products you should also buy include Coconut Bread, a
sweet loaf bread made with coconut shreds, and Banana Bread, a
similar bread but made with bananas. You should also get some
Rum Cake. This cake is made with the finest
Barbados rum and has a very unique taste. This also makes a
perfect gift for friends and family.
The best place to go shopping in
Barbados for rum, coconut bread and banana bread is the a local
supermarkets as this is where you will find them selling for the
cheapest prices. Bajan rum cake on the other hand can be
found in the many gifts and souvenir shops around the island including
The Chattel House Villages and Cave Shepherd.
Brand Name Beach Wear
Bikinis and men's swim trunks are sold
on the island at duty free or importation tax free prices to visitors.
One of the best place to buy duty free swimwear in Barbados
is Lazy Days
at the Quayside Centre in Christ Church.
This Barbados beach wear / surf shop
is easy to find as it is directly across the street from Accra Beach
Hotel and stocks top name brands such as Quiksilver, Billabong and
Hurley. This store also sells beach sandals, boogie boards
and much, much more.
Local Barbados Pottery
When shopping in
Barbados pottery is a very unique buy and also makes for great gifts
and souvenirs. The best place to purchase local pottery in
Barbados is at the Earthworks
Pottery House in the parish of St.James where they sell
over 100 shapes and 20 stock patterns of microwave friendly dinnerware
and pottery pieces.
A visit to this Barbados pottery house
can be arranged with your hotel's tour operator and will allow you to
enjoy a guided tour of the pottery house and chat with the local
potters, after which you can browse through their collection of items
Local Barbados Art Work and Paintings
Personally I find art work and paintings are a great way to have a
lasting memory of the culture of Barbados. Barbados
is proud of its many talented artists and while shopping in Barbados
you can view and buy their work at art galleries.
Shopping in Barbados for art will lead you to the On The Wall Art Gallery,
the best art gallery in Barbados. This art gallery's main
location is at The Earthworks Pottery House in St.Thomas. This is very
convenient for you because when you are doing your Barbados shopping
for pottery at the pottery house you can also buy local art from this
On The Wall Art Gallery also has a second location at The Champers
Restaurant in Rockley, Christ Church at Accra Beach. If you are staying
along the south coast of the island and decide to eat out I highly
recommend Champers restaurant and once you are finished your meal you
can take a minute to view the art gallery here as well.
Another location where you can buy Barbados art work is The Waterfront Café.
You will find this cafe in Bridgetown at
the careenage where visitors to the island board the island's catamaran
cruises. The café has a
display of artwork from various talented Caribbean artists and you can
visit it while shopping
in Bridgetown Barbados or before boarding one of the cruises.
So enjoy your time shopping in Barbados and don't forget that if you
didn't manage to buy something while on vacation here you can always
get after with Barbados