For a truly local shopping experience, follow the people of Barbados and pay a visit to the Caribbean market stalls of the local market.
The colorful and exuberant local markets of Barbados are the place where you’ll find Bajans offering everything from local fruit and vegetables to clothing and jewelry. Seek out the intimate gift shops which tempt you to explore with the promise of authentic Caribbean products you won’t find anywhere else, and enjoy soaking up the lively banter of the local vendors as they set out the wares they want to persuade you to buy. Head to the Bridgetown market early on a Saturday morning and you’ll find yourself accompanied by locals keen to snap up the bargains crowded onto the stalls. Take your pick between a farmer’s market, fish market and open air markets, all of them packed with specialty items you simply won’t be able to resist. It’s not all about markets, of course, since Barbados is also home to larger department stores and popular supermarkets.
The truly wonderful shopping experience waiting for you on Barbados is the result of combining the unique Caribbean atmosphere with duty-free prices. It’s guaranteed that retail therapy will play a part in your holiday on the island. On a Thursday, Friday and Saturday you can stroll down to Cheapside Market, the public farmers market in Bridgetown. This is where you’ll find locals setting up stalls piled with luscious and ripe Caribbean fruit and vegetables. For everyday convenience items head to St. Lawrence and Holetown and check out the convenience stores and supermarkets, while other popular fish markets and farmer’s markets include the Brighton Farmer Market and the Hastings Farmer Market. If you’re interested in combining shopping with a chance to get to know the locals in Barbados and soak up a uniquely Caribbean atmosphere, then head on down to the local markets, where you’ll find everything from food and drink to jewelry and clothes.