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...
Shopping can be found throughout the entire island.
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.
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.
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.
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 the following chart to read more about gift and souvenir shops available.
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(268) 462-1469||Downtown St. John's|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(268) 560-3922||Downtown St. John's|
|Duty Free Store||(268) 562-1288||Downtown St. John's|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(268) 462-4602||Downtown St. John's|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(268) 462-1888||Downtown St. John's|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(268) 562-8065||Downtown St. John's|
|Sunglasses Shop||(268) 562-7080||Downtown St. John's|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(268) 460-1234||0.6 mi. South West of Central John Hughes|
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 interesting speciality shops is Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery. They're 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 have questions, try calling them at (268) 460-1234.
Another good option is Harmony Hall Gallery, which is found 8.4 mi. (13.6 km) 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. Call them at (268) 460-4120.
ZEMI Art Gallery: Operatin hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can call them at (268) 562-7662.
Lots of the specialty shops in Antigua are provided down below.
|Abbott's Jewelery & Perfumery||Jewelry Store||(268) 462-3108||Downtown St. John's|
|Aquanaut Dive Centre||Dive Shop||(268) 770-0729||1.3 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour|
|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|
|Jewelry Store||--||Downtown St. John's|
|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|
|Florist||(268) 562-9229||Downtown St. John's|
|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|
|Jewelry Store||(268) 562-5662||Downtown St. John's|
|Art Gallery||(268) 562-5851||0.1 mi. Northeast of Central Jolly Harbour|
|The Goldsmitty||Jewelry Store||(268) 462-4601||Downtown St. John's|
|Art Gallery||(268) 562-5386||1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour|
|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|
Enjoy shopping for clothing? You might want to visit Sunseakers -- which is located in Falmouth Harbour, in southern Antigua. Swimwear, beachwear, and even resort wear is available at this shop in sizes ranging from 4 to 24. Men, women, and children will find everything they need for their island adventures right here. If you're looking for something specific, try calling them at (268) 562-6523.
A second option is Cool & Smooth Market Street -- which is found within taxi range to the northwest of Sunseakers. Cool & Smooth got its start when George Hourani started selling his wares door to door well over 20 years ago. Over time, he earned enough income to open a small storefront, and soon that expanded into one of the most popular stores in all of Antigua: Cool & Smooth. Find them on All Saints Road .
A third clothing shop to consider is Cool & Smooth Church Street. Known for their unbeatable prices and friendly service, Cool & Smooth is a local business that has grown over the last 20 plus years to become one of the most popular in Antigua and Barbuda. They're located on Church Street .
Many apparel shops located in Antigua are summarized down below.
|Boutique||(268) 562-5588||Downtown St. John's|
|Boutique||(268) 562-3158||Downtown St. John's|
|Boutique||(268) 562-5276||2.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. John's|
|Cool & Smooth Church Street||General Clothing Store||(268) 462-6460||Downtown St. John's|
|Cool & Smooth Market Street||General Clothing Store||(268) 462-0845||Downtown St. John's|
|Boutique||(268) 562-4007||Downtown St. John's|
|Boutique||(268) 462-2728||Downtown St. John's|
|Boutique||(268) 460-7171||Downtown St. John's|
|Boutique||(268) 462-3168||Downtown St. John's|
|Boutique||(268) 562-1381||Downtown St. John's|
|Boutique||(268) 462-3127||Downtown St. John's|
|Boutique||(268) 462-6677||Downtown St. John's|
|Boutique||(268) 462-0118||Downtown St. John's|
|Boutique||(268) 562-5432||Downtown St. John's|
|Boutique||(268) 562-6005||Downtown St. John's|
|Sunseakers||Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store||(268) 562-6523||0.4 mi. Northwest of Central English Harbour|
|Boutique||(268) 562-5276||Downtown St. John's|
|Boutique||(268) 460-1525||Downtown St. John's|
|Boutique||(268) 460-9183||Downtown St. John's|
|Boutique||(268) 562-9696||Downtown St. John's|
Need to pick up some food supplies? Epicurean Fine Foods & Pharmacy is situated on 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.
A second place to consider is Carib Bean Coffee Company, which is located 1.1 mi. (1.8 km) away from 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. Visitors can call them at (268) 462-5282.
View the chart below to learn more.
|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|
|Grocery Store||--||1.2 mi. East of Downtown St. John's|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(268) 463-9000||0.4 mi. Northwest of Central English Harbour|
|Grocery Store||(268) 460-8474||Downtown St. John's|
|Epicurean Fine Foods & Pharmacy||Grocery Store||--||1.0 mi. Northeast of Downtown St. John's|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(268) 481-1326||Downtown St. John's|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(268) 480-3200||Downtown St. John's|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(268) 462-1737||Downtown St. John's|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(268) 462-6245||0.1 mi. Northeast of Central Jolly Harbour|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(268) 462-3869||Downtown St. John's|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(268) 462-3197||Downtown St. John's|
|Grocery Store||(268) 562-7379||0.4 mi. Northwest of Central English Harbour|
|Bakery||(268) 463-8865||1.8 mi. East of Central John Hughes|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(268) 462-2606||Downtown St. John's|
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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