Shopping in Antigua

There is one designated duty-free shopping area in Antigua, but many more places to hunt for deals

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Antigua is known for its numerous beaches, and as a premier yachting destination, but there is one other activity that the country excels in: shopping.

Like many Caribbean islands, most of the high end goods available in Antigua are imported from overseas, especially from the island's mother country of England. Some of the most popular duty free items include imports from England, such as linens and wool-spun items. Other duty-free possibilities include china, jewelry, liquor, and perfumes.

...explore unique architecture while they shop...

 

Where to Shop

Shopping can be found throughout the entire island.

St. Johns

The best shopping in Antigua can be found in St. John's, among the shops on St. Mary's Street or High Street. Stores in this popular shopping district include department stores, souvenir shops, clothing boutiques, and shops that sell perfumes, make up, housewares, and more. If you're looking for it in Antigua, chances are you will find it on St. Mary's or High.

Another favorite shopping spot in St. John's is over on the southern edge of town, at Redcliff Quay. A former warehouse provides space for three dozen or more shops, surrounded by impeccably landscaped courtyards. The shops in this plaza sell a wide variety of goods, from linens and jewelry to pottery and handicrafts.

Maps

Cruise ship shoppers tend to end up at Heritage Quay, due to its close proximity to the piers. There are over 40 duty-free shops here, numerous restaurants, and space for local artists to display their work. The shops here are in operation for extended hours compared to the norm in Antigua, remaining open from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Saturday mornings present a real treat in St. John's, as a farmer's market opens up at the end of Market Street. Fresh fruits and vegetables fill the vendor booths, allowing visitors the opportunity to purchase the freshest produce. Antiguan black pineapple is a particular favorite.

English Harbour

Shopkeepers in the English Harbour shopping district have often taken up residence in some of the island's historic buildings, affording shoppers the opportunity to explore unique architecture while they shop. The view of the harbour is a bonus not to be overlooked. Shops here range from clothing boutiques to handicrafts.

Jolly Harbour

Situated within the Jolly Harbour Marina & Boatyard (one of the island's most elegant resorts) is the Jolly Harbour Shopping Center. Music stores, jewelry shops, arts and crafts galleries, and more make up the shopping options here. This shopping complex is also moments away from the beach, and offers excellent nightlife opportunities.

Gifts and Souvenirs

There is  an abundance of local artisans that offer their own wares. If you are on a hunt to find locally made goods, be on the look out for batik, hand-printed fabrics, pottery, shell curios, and straw woven pieces (particularly hats), and Susie's hot sauce.

Take a minute to read this table to learn more.

Gifts and Souvenirs On Antigua
Name Type Phone Location
A & B Museum Gift Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (268) 462-1469 Downtown St. John's
Cactus Cards Gift and Souvenir Shops (268) 560-3922 Downtown St. John's
Exotic Antigua Duty Free Duty Free Store (268) 562-1288 Downtown St. John's
ISIS Gift and Souvenir Shops (268) 462-4602 Downtown St. John's
Jarcaranda Gift and Souvenir Shops (268) 462-1888 Downtown St. John's
Legacy Gifts Gift and Souvenir Shops (268) 562-8065 Downtown St. John's
Shades Designer Eyewear Sunglasses Shop (268) 562-7080 Downtown St. John's
The Fig Tree Culture Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (268) 460-1234 0.6 mi. South West of Central John Hughes

Specialty Shops

Antigua is also well-known for its jewelry-making. Pieces made from rare stones can be found at any jewelry shop on the island, and there are gemologists available to explain the origin of the jewels, as well as assist you in picking the right piece.

One of the area's more popular specialty retailers is Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery. This store is found within John Hughes, Antigua. They are open from mid-November to June from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you are looking for something specific and want to call in advance, you can do so at (268) 460-1234.

A second option is Harmony Hall Gallery, which is located approximately eight and a half miles (13 and a half kilometers) to the east of Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery. There are three specialized art galleries on property. The first is the current display collection, the second has a wide selection of works by various artists, and the third features print work. If you're looking to call before you go, do so at (268) 460-4120.

ZEMI Art Gallery: Zemi is a funky art gallery in the trendy Redcliffe Quay district that features traditional Antiguan and Barbudan artwork with a twist. An indigenous word that means "God" or "Good Luck Spirit," Zemi was given to the shop by the native Caribs. Visitors can call them at (268) 562-7662.

Lots of the specialty shops in Antigua are provided in the following chart.

Specialty Shops On Antigua
Name Type Phone Location
Abbott's Jewelery & Perfumery Jewelry Store (268) 462-3107 Downtown St. John's
Aquanaut Dive Centre Dive Shop (268) 770-0729 1.3 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
Caribbean Sunrise Arts And Crafts Art Gallery (264) 562-2278 Downtown St. John's
Colombian Emeralds Dickenson Bay Jewelry Store (268) 462-3462 2.7 mi. North of Central St. John's
Diamonds International Jewelry Store (268) 481-1880 Downtown St. John's
Diamonds International Jewelry Store -- Downtown St. John's
Dl Watch & Design Watch Store -- Downtown St. John's
Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery Art Gallery (268) 460-1234 0.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central John Hughes
Flower World Florist (268) 562-9229 Downtown St. John's
Gismary Art Gallery Art Gallery (264) 562-6152 Downtown St. John's
Gobinet Gilly Art Gallery (268) 461-0761 3.6 mi. East of Central St. John's
Harmony Hall Gallery Art Gallery (268) 460-4120 Nonsuch Bay, Eastern part of Antigua
Indigo Divers Dive Shop (268) 562-3483 0.2 mi. Southeast of Central Jolly Harbour
Rhythm Of Blue Art Gallery Art Gallery (268) 770-7888 0.0 mi. West of Central English Harbour
Sterlings Jewelry Store (268) 562-5662 Downtown St. John's
Taino's & Millennium Galleries Art Gallery (268) 562-5851 0.1 mi. Northeast of Central Jolly Harbour
The Goldsmitty Jewelry Store (268) 462-4601 Downtown St. John's
Things Local Gallery Art Gallery (268) 562-5386 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
Turtle Surf Shop Surfing Gear Store (268) 783-3592 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central English Harbour
ZEMI Art Gallery Art Gallery (268) 562-7662 Downtown St. John's

Clothing and Apparel

Looking for some clothing? You might want to try Sunseakers -- which is located within Falmouth Harbour, in southern Antigua. For the widest, most colorful selection of swimwear on the island, Sunseakers is the place to go. Since it opened in the early 80s, their inventory has continued to grow so that people of all sizes and sensibilities will find swimwear and beachwear that suites their needs and wants. If you're looking to call before you go, you can do so at (268) 562-6523.

The table below lists some details concerning the 20 apparel shops located in Antigua.

Clothing and Apparel On Antigua
Name Phone Location
Attitude! on Market Street (268) 562-5588 Downtown St. John's
Attitude! on Redcliffe Street (268) 562-3158 Downtown St. John's
Bits 'N' Pieces (268) 562-5276 2.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. John's
El Unique Boutique (268) 562-4007 Downtown St. John's
Evergreen Boutique (268) 462-2728 Downtown St. John's
Expressions Boutique (268) 460-7171 Downtown St. John's
Gingerlily (268) 462-3168 Downtown St. John's
Gingerly (268) 462-3168 Downtown St. John's
Inzio (268) 562-1381 Downtown St. John's
Noreen Phillips Couturiere (268) 462-3127 Downtown St. John's
OOPS (268) 462-6677 Downtown St. John's
Rain Boutique (268) 462-0118 Downtown St. John's
Shiva's Fashion (268) 562-5432 Downtown St. John's
Suga Red Boutique (268) 562-6005 Downtown St. John's
Sunseakers (268) 562-6523 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central English Harbour
The Edge (268) 562-5276 Downtown St. John's
The Galley Boutique (268) 460-1525 Downtown St. John's
Tropic Shores Peer (268) 460-9183 Downtown St. John's
Tropic Wear (268) 462-6251 Downtown St. John's
Ziba (268) 562-9696 Downtown St. John's

Food and Grocery

Looking for some food? Epicurean Fine Foods & Pharmacy is found within St. John's, Antigua. This supermarket has an extensive array of products on the shelves including fresh meats and seafood, a crisp, bright produce selection, dry, cold, and frozen goods, plus an on-site bakery, alcohol, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, a pharmacy, and a flower shop. The also offer yacht provisioning, sell lottery tickets, and have an ATM machine on site.

Another place to consider is Carib Bean Coffee Company, which is located a little more than a mile (approximately a kilometer and a half) to the south west of Epicurean Fine Foods & Pharmacy. "Put a little island in your cup" when you purchase your fresh roasted bag of locally grown coffee beans. This shop stands out because they roast each bag of coffee to order and even offer custom designed flavors so you can personalize your cup. If you have questions and want to call before booking a room, you can do so at (268) 462-5282.

Take a moment to read the following table to learn more.

Food and Grocery Stores On Antigua
Name Type Phone Location
Bacchus Wines Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (268) 461-0440 3.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central St. John's
Carib Bean Coffee Company Coffee and Tea Store (268) 462-5282 Downtown St. John's
Chase Distributors Supermarket Grocery Store -- 1.2 mi. East of Downtown St. John's
Dockside Liquors & Supermarket Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (268) 463-9000 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central English Harbour
Downtown Food Mall Grocery Store (268) 460-8474 Downtown St. John's
Epicurean Fine Foods & Pharmacy Grocery Store -- 1.0 mi. Northeast of Downtown St. John's
Kennedy's Liquor World Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (268) 481-1326 Downtown St. John's
Premier CRU Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (268) 480-3200 Downtown St. John's
Quin Farara's Duty Free Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (268) 462-1737 Downtown St. John's
Quin Farara's Jolly Harbour Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (268) 462-6245 0.1 mi. Northeast of Central Jolly Harbour
Quin Farara's Long Street Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (268) 462-3869 Downtown St. John's
Quin Farara's Nugent Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (268) 462-3197 Downtown St. John's
Shore Solutions Grocery Store (268) 562-7379 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central English Harbour
Silver's Bakery Bakery (268) 463-8865 1.8 mi. East of Central John Hughes
The Liquor Shop Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (268) 462-2606 Downtown St. John's

Duties, Taxes, and Other Tips

Most of Antigua's shops are small, locally owned establishments that close up shop for lunch every day, and many close early for the day on Thursdays. Typical business hours, aside from Thursday, are Monday through Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The official form of currency in Antigua is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (CD), so arrive prepared if you plan to shop without a credit card. Many shops will accept the U.S. Dollar (USD), but change will be given in the EC.

Note that there is a sales tax associated with goods in Antigua, except for on items that fall into 29 categories approved by the government. If you are purchasing basic food in a grocery store, medicines, text books, and diapers in Antigua, tax will not be included, otherwise, prepare to spend a little more than the marked price to cover sales tax. 

Antigua offers visitors plenty of excellent shopping opportunities. Whether you are in town for an extended stay and can explore what different regions have to offer, or your cruise ship has docked at the pier and you have only a few hours to explore Heritage Quay, you're sure to make out with some great finds.

 

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