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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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.
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.
Shopping in Holetown can be a little pricey, but the finds are often high quality,and worth the extra change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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 Store||(246) 227-2121||0.8 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(246) 228-2604||Downtown Bridgetown|
|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|
|Duty Free Store||(246) 228-8261||Downtown Bridgetown|
|Sunglasses Shop||(246) 271-8250||0.2 mi. Northeast of Central Holetown|
|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|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(246) 428-3999||4.3 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(246) 228-1268||3.8 mi. East of Central Bridgetown|
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.
|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|
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:
|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|
|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|
|Boutique||(246) 271-8230||0.2 mi. Northeast of Central Holetown|
|Cave Shepherd Broad Street||Department Store||(246) 629-4400||Bridgetown|
|Department Store||(246) 227-2241||0.2 mi. East of Central Diamond Valley|
|Department Store||(246) 227-2241||1.3 mi. South of Downtown Bridgetown|
|Department Store||(246) 227-2241||0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Holetown|
|Department Store||(246) 227-2241||0.5 mi. South of Central Holetown|
|Department Store||(246) 227-2241||3.2 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown|
|Boutique||(246) 435-8331||Downtown Bridgetown|
|Gatsby Sandy Lane||Boutique||(246) 444-2111||0.9 mi. South of Central Holetown|
|Boutique||(246) 271-8226||0.2 mi. Northeast of Central Holetown|
|Boutique||(246) 436-1511||Downtown Bridgetown|
|La Dolce Vita||Boutique||(246) 432-6434||0.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Holetown|
|Boutique||(246) 426-9095||Downtown Bridgetown|
|Boutique||(246) 432-0363||0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Holetown|
|Soma||Lingerie Store||(246) 437-1575||2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown|
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.
|Organic / Health Food Store||(246) 418-9835||Christ Church Parish|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(246) 227-2241||1.4 mi. South of Central St. Patricks|
|Convenience Store||(246) 422-5249||St. James Parish|
|Grocery Store||(246) 428-1335||4.4 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown|
|Confectionery and Nut Store||(246) 826-5980||3.8 mi. East of Central Bridgetown|
|Grocery Store||(246) 430-8064||Downtown Bridgetown|
|Grocery Store||(246) 428-6209||5.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Bridgetown|
|Nutrition and Body Care Store||(246) 625-9512||Downtown Bridgetown|
|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|
|Grocery Store||(246) 426-5953||St. Michael Parish|
|T & M Gourmet Cheesecakes||Bakery||(246) 233-2040||2.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Bridgetown|
|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|
|Bakery||(246) 437-1707||3.8 mi. East of Central Bridgetown|
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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