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 (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.

The chart below enables you to get some details concerning 2 gift and souvenir shops located in Antigua.

Gifts and Souvenirs On Antigua
Name Type Phone Location
Exotic Antigua Duty Free Duty Free Store (268) 562-1288 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 more popular speciality shops in the area is Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery. This shopping venue is located in John Hughes, Antigua. Intriguingly located right in the heart of the rainforest, the Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery displays and sells a collection of works by Caribbean artists. Additionally, an array of crafts are available for purchase. If you want to know more, call them at (268) 460-1234.

Another good 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. Built on the foundation of a former plantation, Harmony Hall is a restaurant and art gallery that has been hosting art exhibits since the late 1980s. Openings typically take place on the first Sunday of each month, between the months of November and April, and crowds turn up in droves to enjoy the new selection of artwork -- as well as the complimentary wine and appetizers. If you want to call ahead of time, do so at (268) 460-4120.

Gobinet Gilly: While visitors are always welcome in Gobinet's studio, it is best to call ahead to set an appointment. Customers can contact them at (268) 461-0761.

Take a look at the table just below for more information.

Specialty Shops On Antigua
Name Type Phone Location
Abbott's Jewelery & Perfumery Jewelry Store (268) 462-3107 Downtown St. John's
AquaSports St. Johns Watersports Equipment Shop (268) 462-3474 Downtown St. John's
Bailey's Countryside Flowers Florist (268) 460-2200 1.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Falmouth Harbour
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
Exotic Floral Florist (268) 562-4523 Downtown St. John's
Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery Art Gallery (268) 460-1234 0.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central John Hughes
Flamboyant Flower Shop Florist (268) 462-1826 Downtown St. John's
Flower World Florist (268) 562-9229 Downtown St. John's
Gobinet Gilly Art Gallery (268) 461-0761 3.6 mi. East of Central St. John's
Grace Arbor Florist (268) 462-3674 Downtown St. John's
Happy Pets Pet and Aquarium Supply Store (268) 563-7959 1.2 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown St. John's
Harmony Hall Gallery Art Gallery (268) 460-4120 Nonsuch Bay, Eastern part of Antigua
Heritage Sports Sporting Goods Store (268) 462-9772 Downtown St. John's
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
The Goldsmitty Jewelry Store (268) 462-4601 Downtown St. John's
Turtle Surf Shop Surfing Gear Store (268) 783-3592 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central English Harbour

Clothing and Apparel

Hoping to find some new clothing during your vacation? Consider dropping by Sunseakers -- it's located in 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. Call them at (268) 562-6523.

A second option is The Source Clothing Company -- which is found nine miles (14 and a half kilometers) to the northwest of Sunseakers. At the heart of Saint John's, you will find the clothing store with all your needs; The Source Clothing Company. Guests can find them on Lower Redcliffe Street.

Many of the apparel shops in Antigua are provided right below.

Clothing and Apparel On Antigua
Name Type Phone Location
Attitude! on Market Street Boutique (268) 562-5588 Downtown St. John's
Cecil's Shoe Store (268) 462-0911 Downtown St. John's
Champion Footwear Shoe Store (268) 562-1970 Downtown St. John's
Elegant Steps Shoe Store (268) 562-4588 Downtown St. John's
Footnotes Shoe Store (268) 562-2237 Downtown St. John's
Gingerly Boutique (268) 462-3168 Downtown St. John's
Intimate Touch Men's Clothing Store (268) 463-9340 Downtown St. John's
Inzio Boutique (268) 562-1381 Downtown St. John's
Noreen Phillips Couturiere Boutique (268) 462-3127 Downtown St. John's
OOPS Boutique (268) 462-6677 Downtown St. John's
Payless Shoe Clothing and Accessories General Clothing Store (268) 460-5495 Downtown St. John's
Portobello Boutique Boutique (268) 460-5851 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central English Harbour
Rain Boutique Boutique (268) 462-0118 Downtown St. John's
Shoe Palace Footwear Shoe Store (268) 462-2365 Downtown St. John's
Shoul John F General Clothing Store (268) 462-1453 Downtown St. John's
Sunseakers Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (268) 562-6523 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central English Harbour
The Edge Boutique (268) 562-5276 Downtown St. John's
The Galley Boutique Boutique (268) 460-1525 Downtown St. John's
The Source Clothing Company Clothing Store (268) 562-1212 Downtown St. John's
Tropic Wear Boutique (268) 462-6251 Downtown St. John's

Food and Grocery

Got the munchies? 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 possibility is Carib Bean Coffee Company, which is found a little more than a mile (approximately a kilometer and a half) to the south west of Epicurean Fine Foods & Pharmacy. Stop by to pick up the freshest coffee you'll ever experience between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For customers who want to call ahead, you can do so at (268) 462-5282.

You might want to look through the chart below for more information about your options.

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
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
Omaha Bakery Bakery (268) 462-2223 Downtown St. John's
Premier CRU Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (268) 480-3200 Downtown St. John's
Quin Farara's Long Street Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (268) 462-3869 Downtown St. John's
Silver's Bakery Bakery (268) 463-8865 1.8 mi. East of Central John Hughes
Spencer's Supermarket Grocery Store -- 1.5 mi. Northwest of Central Falmouth Harbour

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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