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 enjoy shopping for gifts you might want to check out Natural Livity Store, which is situated in downtown Charlotte Amalie. Closed on Sunday, stop in to feel the island vibe between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. You will be able to find them at 9A Norre Gade Street.
Another place to consider is Captain's Corner Downtown, which is located 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. The property can be found on Main Street.
A third place to consider is Duty Free St. Thomas. Duty Free St. Thomas is a department store and houses the products of several different companies that sell everything from jewelry to art. You will find a variety of jewelry from the Swarovski Company, unique watches from Swatch, and one of a kind art from the Print Gallery. You can find them at 37 Main Street.
Take some time to look through this table for a list of gift and souvenir shops serving this area.
|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 more interesting specialty retailers in the area is Jonna White Gallery. They are found in 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. They're at 30 Dronningens Gade.
A second option is Mango Tango Art Gallery, which is located a mile (a kilometer and a half) to the southeast of Jonna White Gallery. Mango Tango is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday; 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m Visitors can reach them 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. Guests can find them at 5130 Trompeters Gade.
Take a moment to look through the following table for information concerning specialty shops located in this area.
|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||(340) 774-4621||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|
|Diamonds International Charlotte Amalie||Jewelry Store||(800) 444-4025||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Fish Face||Art Gallery||(340) 775-5129||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Gallery St. Thomas||Art Gallery||(340) 777-6363||Charlotte Amalie|
|Grand Jewelers||Jewelry Store||(340) 776-8200||Downtown 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) GEMS-WE-R||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|
|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|
Want to shop for some clothing? You might enjoy a visit to Essentric Shoe St. Thomas -- which is situated in Charlotte Amalie. The shoes at Eccentric Shoe come from a number of world famous brands including Toscanella and Michael Antonio. They're located at 5406 Store Tvaer Gade.
A second place to consider is Mr. Tablecloth -- which is found less than a mile away from Essentric Shoe St. Thomas. 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. They're at 6 Main Street.
Another clothing store is. For the ultimate selection of sunglasses made to the highest standards, stop by the Sunglass Hut and take a look at the many different styles of shades. The property can be found at 37 Main Street.
The chart just below lists more details regarding the 20 apparel shops in Charlotte Amalie.
|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. Indulge in the sweet treasure of Belgian chocolate from the Belgian Chocolate Factory. You will be able to find everything chocolate related here, so if you or someone you know is a chocoholic, this is the place to be. The property is situated at 37 Main Street.
A second possibility is Laline Drake's Passage, which is found 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. You will 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. Visitors will be able to find them at 4400 Weymouth Rhymer Highway.
Look through this table 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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