The Best Way To Start Your Weekend in Barbados


Just outside the cruise terminal at the Bridgetown Port, is the Pelican Center which becomes a hub of festivity every Friday evening. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of this extraordinary island with a spectacular showcase of local music, food and dance. You will feel the rhythm of the island during the energetic street parade and live musical performances, taste and encounter its essence with this unique and multi –faceted night market activity which runs from 4:00 p.m. until midnight. Meandering through the stalls and shops at Pelican Centre will provide you with an opportunity to engage with local artisans and their indigenous creations, some of which are crafted live on location and provide a precious momento of the happy time spent in Barbados! 

An After-hour Night Market - Local Craft, Art, Food, Drink and Much More


Explore authentic arts and crafts infused with the passion, love and charm of the Barbadian spirit

Every corner of Barbados is packed with hardworking and naturally talented craftspeople, busy creating the kind of traditional handmade arts and crafts that you won’t be able to resist taking back home with you. From centuries old Bajan objects to international artistic work, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in the most creative corner of the Caribbean. Take your time choosing between exquisite pieces of cloth painting, fine arts, pottery and basket weaving. No matter what takes your fancy you can rest assured you’ll be enjoying an example of the new generation of artisans utilizing skills passed on through the ages. 

As with most things on Barbados, the excitement of the arts and crafts scene is as much about the people as the products. While you’re browsing, you can get to know the local artisans and hear the fascinating stories behind the work they do. It’s an experience you’ll treasure and one you’ll recall every time you stop to admire your Bajan crafted item.

The Pelican centre events

Explore the arts and crafts shops of Barbados and enjoy a world of bespoke tropical island art made with love and skill.

The Legend of Pelican Island and the National Bird of Barbados

THE history of the pelican centre

Whether you’re shopping for a treasured piece of Barbadian craft or on the look out for a taste of Barbadian cuisine, the Pelican Centre is worthy of a visit! The Centre is a modern facility, the largest of its kind in the Caribbean, dedicated to local arts and crafts.

The Centre boasts 25 retail shops, 14 workshops, a gallery and annex, a wine bar and bistro, a restaurant and an impressive artist wall. Together these facilities cover an area of 262,945 sq.ft. Nestled between the Bridgetown Port and the Princess Alice Bus Terminal, the Pelican Centre is easily accessible to all.

Pelican Trademark

The trademark of the Centre, found on all its packaging and signage, is a reverse silhouette of a brown pelican, the national bird of Barbados. The brown pelican is said to have nested on the small island, known as Pelican Island, that existed off the coast of Barbados until 1961.

Pelican Island 1898

Pelican Island was merged with the mainland to accommodate the extension of the Deep Water Harbour. This development led to the exodus of the pelicans. The memory of Pelican Island has however been kept alive through the naming of the former Pelican Village, and now the Pelican Craft Centre. Come see what we have to offer!

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