When you ask seasoned tourists where the best shopping in the US Virgin Islands, the almost unanimous answer would surely be Charlotte Amalie. Whether you're dropped off in town for a day ashore by your cruise ship, or you're spending your entire getaway here, knowing where to look for the best product and bargains is key.
In the Caribbean, it is common to purchase goods from locals hawking their wares on the streets. In Charlotte Amalie, however, there are regulations that keep these type of stands in one location called the Vendors Plaza, which is located at the corner of Veterans Drive and Tolbod Gade. You can shop here from 730 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday (unless there is cruise ship in port on Sunday, then some will come out in hopes of making a few sales) and pick up a number of handmade souvenirs plus silver jewelry, printed clothing, and imitation items like purses and watches. You can also sample local food at different booths and take a picture with a donkey. Tillett Gardens is another district for arts and crafts fo consider.
Most people spend their time shopping on Main Street, where many local businesses are located in buildings that were once warehouses owned by pirates. Back Street and Waterfront Highway are other shopping spots, and a few malls scattered around as well. It is in these locations that you'll find the luxury goods at low prices. These include Swiss watches, diamonds and other pieces of jewelry, home goods, clothing, electronics, and more.
A few tips for shopping in Charlotte Amalie include avoid shopping during cruise days if you're staying on the island and don't be afraid to haggle. Typical store hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday even on holidays, but most places are either closed on Sundays or only operate on a half-day schedule.
If you're hoping to find some gifts or souvenirs you should think about visiting Natural Livity Store, which is found within downtown Charlotte Amalie. Stop by the Natural Livity Shop and pick up some vibrant Caribbean clothing and gifts. This store is more festive than it is serious, and the items here make a wonderful gift or keep sake to remember the tropical and vibrant feeling of the island. They are located at 9A Norre Gade Street.
A second place to consider is Captain's Corner Downtown, which is found a quarter mile (a half kilometer) of Natural Livity Store. Much of what is sold at Captain's Corner is nautically themed, or tropical in some way, and many of their items are exclusive to the shop. This includes local crafts like shell jewelry and wood carvings. Find them on Main Street.
A third shop to consider is Duty Free St. Thomas. Duty Free St. Thomas is not in any way a small liquor store, this store is big and sells much more! At Duty Free St. Thomas, you will find a variety of local gifts and international brands, all under one roof. Guests will find them at 37 Main Street.
The table right below lists some details concerning 20 gift and souvenir shops located in Charlotte Amalie.
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(340) 774-8880||0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(340) 776-4544||0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(340) 774-8750||Charlotte Amalie|
|Boolchand's Havensight||Gift and Souvenir Shops||(340) 776-0302||0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Boolchand's Main Street||Gift and Souvenir Shops||(340) 776-0794||Central Charlotte Amalie|
|Captain's Corner Cruz||Duty Free Store||(340) 776-6284||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Captain's Corner Downtown||Gift and Souvenir Shops||(340) 774-8435||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Captain's Corner Havensight||Duty Free Store||(340) 774-7959||0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(340) 774-4166||0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(340) 777-9499||0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(340) 776-1822||0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Duty Free St. Thomas||Duty Free Store||(340) 776-2303||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Get Charmed Main Street||Gift and Souvenir Shops||(340) 344-6186||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Sunglasses Shop||--||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(340) 776-5481||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Natural Livity Store||Gift and Souvenir Shops||(340) 715-1992||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(340) 776-5030||0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(340) 774-6767||0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Sunglasses Shop||(340) 774-9030||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(340) 777-9494||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
One of the area's more popular specialty retailers is Jonna White Gallery. This store is located within downtown Charlotte Amalie. Located on St. Thomas, Jonna White Gallery is a popular spot amongst tourists looking for a high end souvenir to bring home to help commemorate their time on the island. To minimize the risk of problems, if you plan to pick up one of Jonna White's mesmerizing works it is preferable to take your art work home with you. Visitors will find them at 30 Dronningens Gade.
Another option is Mango Tango Art Gallery, which is located a mile (a kilometer and a half) to the southeast of Jonna White Gallery. Voted as the Best in Fine Art and the Best Art Gallery by readers of the Daily News in 2012, Mango Tango pairs gallery owners who truly love helping new artists flourish, with local artists who have vision. Mango Tango is great for art lovers who are always on the hunt for something new. If you want to call ahead of time, do so at (340) 777-3060.
Bambini Fine Arts Gallery: Named for artists Vincent Bambini, Bambini Art Gallery Studio is located in a 200-year-old house that is in the process of being restored by Bambini himself and partner Elen Swane. Bambini'a cutting edge pieces have won him recognition the world over, even appearing in music videos on MTV. Visitors will find them at 5130 Trompeters Gade.
The table below has some key facts regarding the specialty shops located in Charlotte Amalie.
|Admiralty Dive Center||Dive Shop||(340) 777-9802||0.3 mi. West of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Alpha Jewelers||Jewelry Store||(877) 425-7425||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Bambini Fine Arts Gallery||Art Gallery||(340) 514-1200||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Blue Island Divers||Dive Shop||(340) 774-2001||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Camille Pissarro Gallery||Art Gallery||--||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|DYNASTY DAZZLERS||Jewelry Store||(340) 774-2222||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|DYNASTY DAZZLERS||Jewelry Store||(340) 776-8935||0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Fish Face||Art Gallery||(340) 775-5129||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Gallery St. Thomas||Art Gallery||(340) 777-6363||Charlotte Amalie|
|Imperial Jewelers||Jewelry Store||(340) 776-8570||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Jewels Main Street||Jewelry Store||(340) 777-4222 ext. 10000||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Jonna White Gallery||Art Gallery||(340) 774-1201||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Liberty Jewelers||Jewelry Store||(888) 436-7937||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Little Switzerland A.H. Riise||Jewelry Store||(248) 809-5560 ext. 10110||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Mango Tango Art Gallery||Art Gallery||(340) 777-3060||1.0 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Okidanokh Goldcraft||Jewelry Store||(340) 775-3060||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Pandora Main Street||Jewelry Store||(340) 774-3672||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Renaissance Jewelers||Jewelry Store||(340) 774-4510||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Trident Jewels||Jewelry Store||(340) 776-7152||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|West Indian Treasure Company||Jewelry Store||(340) 776-1234||0.3 mi. Northeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
Interested in shopping for clothing? You might want to visit Olga Gloves -- it's found in downtown Charlotte Amalie. Olga Gloves features gloves for ladies, gentlemen, teens, and youth. They also offer accessories such as hand bags, wallets, belts, and roller brief cases. Call them at (340) 776-4340.
Another shop to consider is Essentric Shoe St. Thomas -- which is located 0.4 mi. (0.6 km) from Olga Gloves. Stop by and browse their selection any time from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can find them at 5406 Store Tvaer Gade.
Another clothing shop you might enjoy is Mr. Tablecloth. With over thirty years of experience, the original Mr. Tablecloth has been making wonderful cloths, gowns, jackets, and other items of their own design made out of a special fabric. They specialize in customized orders and provide the highest of quality to everyone. Guests will find them at 6 Main Street.
Lots of apparel shops located in Charlotte Amalie are provided right below.
|Women's Clothing and Accessories Store||(340) 775-8921||0.8 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|General Clothing Store||(340) 777-4881||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|CLASSIC USVI||Clothing Store||(904) 410-8390||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store||--||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Shoe Store||(340) 714-7220||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Shoe Store||(340) 776-0300||0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Boutique||(340) 774-9122||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Boutique||(340) 774-8018||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Essentric Shoe St. Thomas||Shoe Store||(340) 774-7800||Charlotte Amalie|
|Sunglasses Shop||--||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Women's Clothing and Accessories Store||(340) 774-2060||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Clothing Accessory and Handbag Store||(340) 779-6262||Charlotte Amalie|
|Mr. Tablecloth||Clothing Store||(340) 774-4343||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Olga Gloves||Boutique||(340) 776-4340||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|General Clothing Store||(340) 776-4540||0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Boutique||(340) 776-1760||0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Sunglasses Shop||(340) 774-9030||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Boutique||(340) 777-1189||Charlotte Amalie|
|T-Shirt Shop||(340) 774-7788||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Boutique||(3||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
Want to check out some local food offerings? Belgian Chocolate Factory is located in downtown Charlotte Amalie. The Belgian Chocolate Factory houses some delicious treats that people of all ages will be after. From creamy truffles to sweet chocolate covered strawberries, you will be able to find all kinds of chocolate here. They're located at 37 Main Street.
Another possibility is Laline Drake's Passage, which is located a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer) from Belgian Chocolate Factory. Look your best with the products and gifts from Laline Body Store. You will find everything from moisturizers to lipstick on the shelves at Laline. Find them on Main Street.
Cost-U-Less St. Thomas: Cost-U-Less is a typical grocery store in a warehouse setting. So, they sell plenty of grocery products in bulk, plus fresh produce, bath and beauty products, and office supplies. Guests will be able to find them at 4400 Weymouth Rhymer Highway.
Take a minute to read the table just below to learn more.
|Bakery||(340) 776-5145||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Grocery Store||(340) 777-4442||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Belgian Chocolate Factory||Confectionery and Nut Store||(340) 777-5247||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Bakery||(340) 774-4143||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Grocery Store||(340) 777-4194||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Cost-U-Less St. Thomas||Grocery Store||(340) 777-3545||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Bakery||(340) 776-1414||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Bakery||(340) 776-3868||Charlotte Amalie|
|Grocery Store||(340) 774-6836||Charlotte Amalie|
|Grocery Store||(340) 776-2523||Charlotte Amalie|
|Bakery||(340) 775-0455||Charlotte Amalie|
|Grocery Store||(340) 777-5642||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Laline Drake's Passage||Nutrition and Body Care Store||(340) 775-1382||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Grocery Store||(340) 775-3027||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Bakery||(340) 776-0663||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
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