Shopping in Barbados

High end goods are what Barbados' shoppers will find in abundance

Photo credit: © Anthony DeFreitas
 

Vacationers in Barbados with high class sensibilities will be thrilled to browse through the endless selection of brand name goods at discounted prices. Throw in the often duty-free and tax-free prices, and many vacationers find themselves in retail heaven.

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Where to Shop

Bridgetown

The capital city of Bridgetown is the retail center of the island.

The cruise ship terminal at Bridgetown Harbour is frequented by cruise ship passengers who have made port for a day or so. There are 20 duty free shops, 13 local shops, and many more vendor booths in the area.

Pelican Craft Center, on Harbour Road, has about 20 craft shops, making it a popular place to go for people looking for locally made items. This location is commonly spoken of as a tourist trap with overpriced items, but if you know what you're looking for, it can be a great place to shop.

Maps

Cave Shepherd Vista is a chain of duty free shops with branches located throughout the island. The biggest branch, however, is located in Bridgetown. Here you will find name brand clothing and perfumes, jewelry, makeup, and more. This main branch is located in the Vista Shopping Complex which is a mall housing stores that many Americans will be familiar with, such as Victorias Secret and Mac.

Holetown

Shopping in Holetown can be a little pricey, but the finds are often high quality,and worth the extra change.

Chattel Village is a popular shopping center for locals, and provides a picturesque setting for your shopping experience. Once traditional chattel houses, the buildings have since been transformed into colorful boutiques, featuring everything from jewelry shops to clothing stores.

The Limegrove Lifestyle Centre is a new addition to shopping in Barbados, having just opened in 2011. There are dozens of duty free shops featuring name brand materials, and cafes and restaurants.

Another of the aforementioned Cave Shepards is located in the West Coast Mall, along with a number of other duty free and specialty shops. At the center of the mall is a popular cafe, and scattered throughout the building are small vendors who will likely sell you products for cheaper than the other shops in the mall. Sunset Crest Mall is yet another location where you will find a Cave Shepards.

Other Locales

Oistins is a fishing village in Barbados. No, the area is not known for its high-end or duty-free shopping, but, locals do set up vendor booths here, filled with their handmade wares. This is a great place to find authentically Bajan products.

North of Holetown is Speightstown, is a lively shopping area, not quite on par with the shopping in Bridgetown, but certainly similar to what is available in Holetown. There are craft shops, jewelry emporiums, clothing boutiques, and souvenir stores in the area.

Off ABC Highway in Christ Church is the Sheraton Mall which features over 70 specialty shops, a food court, and a movie theater.

Gifts and Souvenirs

If you're looking for some souvenirs you should consider visiting Harley-Davidson Barbados Airport, which is found in Charnocks, in southeastern Barbados. Before leaving Barbados for good, stop by here if you know any Harley-Davidson enthusiast back home. The products here make a great souvenir and present for people who follow the traditionally motorcycle company. Customers can contact them at (246) 436-2490.

Another place to consider is Cricket Legends Gifts, which is found 9.2 mi. (14.8 km) to the west of Harley-Davidson Barbados Airport. After you browse the Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum, make sure to stop by the gift shop and pick up a souvenir to commemorate your time. They are located on Fontabelle Road.

Another place you might enjoy is Best Of Barbados Chattel Village. Best of Barbados is a locally owned company that specializes in Barbados gifts and souvenirs. Originally opened by artist Jill Walker, the shops are now run by her daughter Sue and her husband Chris, who share in her love for the island. If you have questions and want to call before making reservations, do so at (246) 432-4691.

The chart below lists some key facts concerning 20 gift and souvenir shops located in Barbados.

Gifts and Souvenirs On Barbados
Name Type Phone Location
Adrian's Handmade Jewels & Souvenirs Gift and Souvenir Shops (246) 422-6312 1.1 mi. South of Central Speightstown
Best Of Barbados Chattel Village Gift and Souvenir Shops (246) 432-4691 0.1 mi. South of Central Holetown
Best of Barbados Cruise Terminal Gift and Souvenir Shops (246) 431-0909 0.8 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown
Best of Barbados Quayside Gift and Souvenir Shops (246) 622-1761 2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown
Best of Barbados Southern Palms Hotel Gift and Souvenir Shops (246) 420-8040 4.5 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown
Best of Barbados at the Airport Departure Lounge Gift and Souvenir Shops (246) 420-4209 1.4 mi. South of Central St. Patricks
Coco Gift Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (246) 427-1905 Downtown Bridgetown
Cricket Legends Gifts Gift and Souvenir Shops (246) 228-2651 0.7 mi. Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown
Duty Free Caribbean Duty Free Store (246) 227-2121 0.8 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown
Gift Plus Colonnade Gift and Souvenir Shops (246) 228-2604 Downtown Bridgetown
Gifts and Things Gift and Souvenir Shops (246) 437-1196 3.8 mi. East of Central Bridgetown
Harley-Davidson Barbados Airport Gift and Souvenir Shops (246) 436-2490 1.4 mi. South of Central St. Patricks
Harley-Davidson Bridgetown Gift and Souvenir Shops (246) 436-2489 Bridgetown
Island Crafts Bridgetown Gift and Souvenir Shops (246) 435-0542 Downtown Bridgetown
Nari's Tax Free Shop Duty Free Store (246) 228-8261 Downtown Bridgetown
Sun Collection Sunglasses Shop (246) 271-8250 0.2 mi. Northeast of Central Holetown
Sweet Creations Gift and Souvenir Shops (246) 228-2182 2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown
The Shell Gallery Gift and Souvenir Shops (246) 422-2593 Holetown, Western part of Barbados
The Straw Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (246) 428-3999 4.3 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown
Tots to Teens Gift and Souvenir Shops (246) 228-1268 3.8 mi. East of Central Bridgetown

Specialty Shops

High end goods from Great Britain are the most sought after products, do to their high quality and low prices. These items include cameras, china, clothing, crystal, jewelry, perfume, and watches. Cashmere and tweed are especially popular on the clothing front.

If you are looking for souvenirs made directly in Barbados, top choices include black coral jewelry, leather work, pottery, and woven wall hangings. Don't forget those souvenirs that you can snack and sip on. Locally distilled rum, rum cake, Bajan seasoning, sweet bread, tamarind balls, and hot sauce are some favorites.

One of the interesting specialty retailers in this area is Roger's Scuba Shack. This shopping venue is located in downtown Bridgetown. Whatever your skill level, Roger can teach you how to take it to the next level. Begin with Discover Snorkeling, move on to Discover Scuba Diving, then really amplify your training with the Open Water Diving Certification course. They are located on Bay Street.

Another option is Gallery of Caribbean Art, which is found within taxi range to the north of Roger's Scuba Shack. The Gallery of Caribbean Art is the only gallery on the island that works towards the promotion of art of the entire Caribbean region. There are a number of exhibits that rotate through the building each year, highlighting the works of some of the best artists in the region. Guests can find them on Queen Street.

On The Wall Art Gallery Champers: Monday through Friday the gallery is open from noon to 4:00 p.m., and then again from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. To contact them, call (246) 234-9145.

Many specialty shops in Barbados are listed in the following table.

Specialty Shops On Barbados
Name Type Phone Location
Ambo Jewel Care & Design Studio Jewelry Store (246) 228-1480 Downtown Bridgetown
Angelique Custom Creations Jewelry Store (246) 431-0274 Downtown Bridgetown
Art and Stage Art Gallery (246) 228-0485 Downtown Bridgetown
Brocklands Art Gallery Art Gallery (246) 432-6061 St. James Parish
Caribbean Art Products Art Gallery (246) 234-1111 Bridgetown
Diamonds International Broad Street Jewelry Store (246) 430-2400 Downtown Bridgetown
Diamonds International Fairmont Jewelry Store (246) 419-2503 1.1 mi. North of Central Holetown
Diamonds International Holetown Jewelry Store (246) 419-2505 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Holetown
Frangipani Art Gallery Art Gallery (246) 422-5026 ext. 5037 1.0 mi. North-Northeast of Central Speightstown
Galleria Royal Westmoreland Jewelry Store (246) 419-2510 1.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central Holetown
Galleria Sandy Lane Jewelry Store (246) 419-4505 1.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Holetown
Gallery of Caribbean Art Art Gallery (246) 419-0858 0.1 mi. West of Central Speightstown
Hazell's Water World Dive Shop (246) 426-4043 0.7 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown
NuEdge Art Gallery Art Gallery (246) 621-0067 0.2 mi. Northeast of Central Holetown
On The Wall Art Gallery Champers Art Gallery (246) 234-9145 2.9 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown
On the Wall Art Gallery St. Thomas Art Gallery (246) 234-9145 3.8 mi. North-Northeast of Central Bridgetown
Roger's Scuba Shack Dive Shop (246) 436-3483 Downtown Bridgetown
The Dive Shop Dive Shop (246) 426-9947 1.0 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown
Watch & Design Broad Street Watch Store (246) 430-2422 Downtown Bridgetown
West Side Scuba Centre Dive Shop (246) 262-1029 1.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown

Clothing and Apparel

Looking for clothing? Perhaps you would enjoy Armani Exchange -- it's found within Holetown, in western Barbados. The physical Armani Exchange locale puts you in the lap of luxury, allowing you to try on some of the highest quality, trendy clothing items available on the market at that moment. You can find them on West Coast Main Road.

Another option is Beth & Tracie -- which is found a short distance from Armani Exchange. The Beth & Tracie Store in Barbados offers the deluxe line of clothing from the London boutique, as well as a selection of jewelry, accessories, and other things women want. They are located at 2 Chattel House.

A third apparel shop you might want to visit is La Dolce Vita. Guys, stay home for this shopping trip. La Dolce Vita specializes in high end women's clothing and accessories, including fun and flirty shoes. To contact them, call (246) 432-6434.

Lots of apparel shops located in Barbados are listed here:

Clothing and Apparel On Barbados
Name Type Phone Location
Agua Bendita Swimwear Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (246) 621-0410 0.2 mi. Northeast of Central Holetown
Armani Exchange Boutique (246) 624-4444 0.2 mi. Northeast of Central Holetown
B Couture Boutique (246) 436-3160 Downtown Bridgetown
Beth & Tracie Boutique (246) 422-0401 0.1 mi. South of Central Holetown
Birkenstock Orthopaedic Shoes Shoe Store (246) 436-6030 St. Thomas Parish
Bulgari Boutique Boutique (246) 271-8230 0.2 mi. Northeast of Central Holetown
Cave Shepherd Broad Street Department Store (246) 629-4400 Bridgetown
Cave Shepherd Crane Hotel Department Store (246) 227-2241 0.2 mi. East of Central Diamond Valley
Cave Shepherd Hilton Department Store (246) 227-2241 1.3 mi. South of Downtown Bridgetown
Cave Shepherd Holetown Department Store (246) 227-2241 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Holetown
Cave Shepherd Sunset Crest Department Store (246) 227-2241 0.5 mi. South of Central Holetown
Cave Shepherd Vista Department Store (246) 227-2241 3.2 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown
City Woman Boutique (246) 435-8331 Downtown Bridgetown
Gatsby Sandy Lane Boutique (246) 444-2111 0.9 mi. South of Central Holetown
IWC Boutique Boutique (246) 271-8226 0.2 mi. Northeast of Central Holetown
Katwalk Boutique Boutique (246) 436-1511 Downtown Bridgetown
La Dolce Vita Boutique (246) 432-6434 0.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Holetown
Rainbow Boutique Boutique (246) 426-9095 Downtown Bridgetown
Silver Beach Boutique Boutique (246) 432-0363 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Holetown
Soma Lingerie Store (246) 437-1575 2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown

Food and Grocery

Got the munchies? T & M Gourmet Cheesecakes is located in St. Michael Parish, in southern Barbados. Serving the best in cheesecake to Barbados, they also have a few other dessert specialties and make cake for events. They're located at 67 Second Avenue .

A second option is The Gourmet Shop, which is located 8.0 mi. (12.9 km) to the north-northwest of T & M Gourmet Cheesecakes. Stop by the shop from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They are situated at 5 Chattel Village.

Pastry Box: This bakery specializes in cakes and pastries as well as coffee and gelatos. They create their products with high quality ingredients and everything is homemade daily. If you want to call before making reservations, do so at (246) 271-8200.

Glance through the following chart for more information about your options.

Food and Grocery Stores On Barbados
Name Type Phone Location
Aunt May's Food Products Organic / Health Food Store (246) 418-9835 Christ Church Parish
Cave Shepherd Liquor Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (246) 227-2241 1.4 mi. South of Central St. Patricks
Chris' Place Mini-Mart Convenience Store (246) 422-5249 St. James Parish
Dover Market Grocery Store (246) 428-1335 4.4 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown
Gourmet Treats Confectionery and Nut Store (246) 826-5980 3.8 mi. East of Central Bridgetown
Mall Mart Grocery Store (246) 430-8064 Downtown Bridgetown
Montrose Supermarket Grocery Store (246) 428-6209 5.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Bridgetown
Nature's Discount Colonnade Nutrition and Body Care Store (246) 625-9512 Downtown Bridgetown
Nature's Discount Sheraton Nutrition and Body Care Store (264) 625-9511 3.8 mi. East of Central Bridgetown
Pastry Box Bakery (246) 271-8200 0.2 mi. Northeast of Central Holetown
R.A. Mapp Grocery Grocery Store (246) 426-5953 St. Michael Parish
T & M Gourmet Cheesecakes Bakery (246) 233-2040 2.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Bridgetown
The Cookie Jar Bakery (246) 435-3836 ext. 9 3.8 mi. East of Central Bridgetown
The Gourmet Shop Gourmet Food Store (246) 432-7711 0.1 mi. South of Central Holetown
Yvonne's Cakes and Pastries Bakery (246) 437-1707 3.8 mi. East of Central Bridgetown

Duties, Taxes, and Tips

Duty free is the name of the game when it comes to shopping in Barbados. Vacationers can often find items for between 20 and 40 percent less in Barbados than they would back in their hometown, but you have to know when to spot a good deal. As you shop, you'll notice that there are three prices listed for each luxury: duty free item – one is the local price with tax; another is the local price without taxes; and the other is the price without tax in United States Dollar (USD).

If you wish to make a duty free purchase, you will have to present a passport and plane or cruise ticket. Upon purchase, you will receive two copies of the receipt, one for you, and one to turn into customs at the airport. If you wish to purchase duty free items such as liquor and cigarettes, it must be done in the airport, to ensure that you do not consume your duty free product while you are on the island.

The multitudes of shopping centers in Barbados mean that no matter where you go, you will be able to take a shopping break. Pick up a few souvenirs to bring home with you – whether it be some clothes or jewelry made by your favorite designer, or handicrafts made with love by local artisans. These items will provide you the opportunity to look back and remember your time spent on the island every time you pull them out.

 

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