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Shopping in Grenada
 
 
 

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In Grenada, special purchases include leather crafts, jewellery, spices, straw goods and batik (printed cotton and other fabrics).

St George’s open air bustling market square is an experience not to be missed if you enjoy local colour and contact with people going about their daily lives. It is filled with fruit, vegetable and spice stalls as well as some crafts and other products, all sold by lively vendors. Surrounding the square are other shops. There are a number of duty-free shops selling quality goods from all over the world.

The Grand Anse area offers a mall and a number of shopping plazas, as well as a craft and spice market accessible from the beach.

Most shops in St George’s, are open 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday; Saturday 8 am to 1 pm. Shops in Grenville are closed on Thursday afternoon and open all day Saturday. In Grand Anse shops are opened from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday.

Places to Shop

Grenada's best souvenirs or gifts for friends back home are spice baskets filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, bay leaves, cloves, turmeric, and ginger. You can buy them for as little as $3 to $10 in practically every shop, at the open-air produce market at Market Square in St George's, at the vendor stalls along the Esplanade near the port, and at the Vendor's Craft & Spice Market on Grand Anse Beach. Vendors also sell handmade fabric dolls, coral jewellery, seashells, and hats and baskets handwoven from green palm fronds.

For something really special, visit Arawak Islands Ltd (Upper Belmont Road, St George's), founded in 1986 by Angelia Clements, a German woman. From the raw materials of Grenada, especially nutmeg and cinnamon, she manufactures delectable tropical perfumes and toiletries. The company is committed to natural products and minimal processing, and sells some items purchased from island companies and packaged here at the workshop.

Two crafts markets, which can be either bountiful sources of island crafts or sweaty, dusty repositories of things you'll eventually discard, include The Spiceland Mall, a 19-shop emporium on Grand Anse Beach, and the Grand Anse Vendor Market, also on Grand Anse Beach, wherein 80 vendors of spices, woodcarvings, batiks, and T-shirts are assembled into one intensely mercantile place.

There are dozens of souvenir shops on Grenada, but one which is particularly appealing is the Vineyhard D#1 Spice Shop, within the cruise ship-friendly Esplanade Mall. Inside you'll find a staggering array of flavoured rums, including sorrel, cinnamon and passion fruit flavours, each distilled and bottled in Grenada. Somewhat less potent are artfully decorated bottles of wine fermented from mango, sea grapes and golden apples.

Tikal (Young Street, St George's), is the best place to shop for regional art. About 85% of the paintings on display are by Grenadians, some of them untutored, others the product of formal training. There's also a variety of arts and crafts from Mexico and Latin America.

Also at Young Street, the merchandise at Art Fabrik is quirky and eccentric and, in most cases, very appealing. Garments made from this ancient Indonesian dyeing technique tend to be airy, breathable and appropriate for resort wear. There's an array of dresses and shirts for men and women, as well as table linens whose random patterns evoke the airy spontaneity of the islands.

The large cruise ship pier outside the main harbour offers a small, enclosed, duty-free mall. It has several shops and food outlets, offering both local items and those typically for cruise passengers. Prices on local products may be at a slight premium to stores elsewhere on the island. Just a block away, you'll find the spice market with very basic stalls run by families and growers.

 

 
 

 



 


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