Supporters of local businesses will not want to miss a chance to shop on Grenada. Many of the best products available are sold by vendors who have set up shop for themselves selling goods that they love – form spices to handicrafts.
When shopping on Grenada, go in with a plan of action. There are two shopping malls on the island, one in Grand Anse, and the other in Saint George's. There are a number of vendor markets in both towns, but souvenir shops and art galleries line the streets of St. George's in particular.
Espalande Mall is one of Grenada's two main shopping malls. There are over 50 stores here, many of which offer duty free shopping. Jewelry stores, clothing boutiques, perfumeries, and craft shops are all a part of the complex.
At the foot of Young Street in St. George's is Market Square, a popular open air market that sells an array of products. This is a great place to pick up your ubiquitous basket or spices, or crafts made by local artisans. The market is open Monday through Saturday, with Saturday being its busiest day of the week, especially before noon.
The Spiceland Mall and Grande Anse , both located on Grande Anse Beach, feature space for local vendors to sell their wares and produce. Spiceland Mall has 19 shops, while the Vendor Market has space for 80 booths.
There are also a number of independent shops you won't want to miss out on, that sell everything from toiletries made from local spices, to hand printed linens, and a number of other products. Since one-third of the island's shopping industry is dependent upon vendors who set up shop wherever there is need, if will be your job to hunt them down, and make a stop when you see something of interest.
When you visit an island called the “Spice Isle,” it is almost required that you return home with a variety of local spices. Vendors willing to sell you baskets filled with bay, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mace, nutmeg, and vanilla are situated practically on every corner, so finding these items will not be an issue. These spices are also constantly used to create other products, such as jellies and jams, aloes to soothe sunburns, toiletries, candies, and alcohol. Grenada's rum is a special breed, made with local sugar cane and spiced for a unique flavor.
Outside of the spice industry, local crafts that are popularly sold include batiks, coral jewelry, fabric dolls, leather work, screen printed textiles, wood carvings, and woven baskets made from palm fronds.
It is important to know the local terminology when you purchase spices on Grenada. Below is a list of common slang that should be aware of:
If you're looking for some souvenirs or gifts you should think about visiting, which is located in the vicinity of St. George's, in southwestern Grenada. Imagine is open Monday through Saturdat from 9:00am until 5:00pm. If you have questions, try calling them at (473) 444-4028.
Check the chart below to learn more.
|Duty Free Store||(473) 440-5356||Downtown St. George|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(473) 444-4028||1.5 mi. South of Central Grand Anse|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(473) 435-4337||Downtown St. George|
|Duty Free Store||(473) 435-9239||Downtown St. George|
One of the area's more interesting speciality shops is Aquanauts Grenada. This store is located in True Blue Bay, in southwestern Grenada. Aquanauts is open every day of the year including all the major holidays. They offer two morning dives and one afternoon dive, with courses available upon request. If you are looking for something specific and want to call in advance, do so at (473) 444-1126.
A second option is Lisa Herrera Gallery, which is found 1.1 mi. (1.7 km) to the east-southeast of Aquanauts Grenada. A local artist who specializes in oil paintings and Giclee prints, Lisa Herrera shows her work all over the country but also has a gallery that she runs. You can pick a piece to take home, or even place an order on-line when you return from your vacation. You can contact them at (473) 420-1086.
Scubatech Dive Center: Close your eyes and imagine the nicest beach in the Caribbean. That's where ScubaTech is located! For customers who want to call in advance, you can do so at (473) 439-4346.
Take a moment to look through the following table for a list of specialty shops available.
|Florist||(473) 442-7656||Grenville, Eastern part of Grenada|
|Aquanauts Grenada||Dive Shop||(473) 444-1126||1.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central Grand Anse|
|Jewelry Store||(473) 435-8828||Downtown St. George|
|Jewelry Store||435-9009||Downtown St. George|
|Florist||(473) 442-5145||0.9 mi. Northeast of Central Grenville|
|Art Supply and Craft Store||(473) 440-1580||Downtown St. George|
|Glitter Jewelry||Jewelry Store||(473) 435-8681||Downtown St. George|
|Tobacconist and Cigar Shop||(473) 440-8369||1.9 mi. South of Downtown St. George|
|Lisa Herrera Gallery||Art Gallery||(473) 420-1086||1.1 mi. Southeast of Central True Blue Bay|
|Jewelry Store||(473) 439-4404||2.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central St. George's|
|Jewelry Store||(473) 435-9733||Downtown St. George|
|Florist||--||2.1 mi. East of Central St. George's|
|Jewelry Store||435-0786||Downtown St. George|
|Scubatech Dive Center||Dive Shop||(473) 439-4346||1.5 mi. South of Central Grand Anse|
|Shabbazz Jewellery||Jewelry Store||(473) 440-6402||1.9 mi. South of Downtown St. George|
|Florist||(473) 440-3624||Downtown St. George|
|Smithy's Garden||Florist||(473) 407-3019||1.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown St. George|
|Art Gallery||(473) 439-3450||2.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central St. George's|
Hoping to find some new clothing during your vacation? You might want to try Art Fabrik Batik Boutique & Production Studio -- which is located in downtown St. George. Whether you're in the market for a new piece of clothing or not, a trip to Art Fabrik Batik Boutique & Production Studio is well worth the journey. Since 1986, this Grenadian boutique has been employing graduates from the School for the Deaf to create their luxurious batik offerings, as well as a beautiful collection of jewelry and other accessories. Find them on Young Street.
Be sure to look through the following table for more information.
|Clothing Accessory and Handbag Store||(473) 439-4987||2.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central St. George's|
|Men's Clothing Store||(473) 439-1212||2.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central St. George's|
|Art Fabrik Batik Boutique & Production Studio||Boutique||(473) 440-0568||Downtown St. George|
|Department Store||(473) 440-0843||Downtown St. George|
|Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store||(473) 440-4858||Downtown St. George|
|Clothing Store||(473) 442-6555||Grenville, Eastern part of Grenada|
|Shoe Store||(473) 440-2027||Downtown St. George|
|Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store||(473) 440-5594||Downtown St. George|
|Women's Clothing and Accessories Store||(473) 439-3826||2.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central St. George's|
|Department Store||(473) 440-8228||Downtown St. George|
|Shoe Store||(473) 444-4030||1.9 mi. South of Downtown St. George|
|Shoe Store||(473) 440-1008||Downtown St. George|
|Department Store||(473) 440-7508||Downtown St. George|
|Shoe Store||(473) 435-9390||Downtown St. George|
|Clothing Store||(473) 442-5291||Grenville, Eastern part of Grenada|
|Department Store||(473) 442-7639||Grenville, Eastern part of Grenada|
|Department Store||(473) 438-0337||Grenville, Eastern part of Grenada|
|Shoe Store||(473) 444-5633||2.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central St. George's|
|Department Store||(473) 440-3851||Downtown St. George|
|Shoe Store||(473) 440-2176||Downtown St. George|
Want to check out some local food offerings? Blue Water Liquors is found within Grand Anse, in southwestern Grenada. Toiletries, snacks, ice, beverages (including alcohol), and fresh food is all available for purchase with Blue Water. Reach them at (473) 435-8956.
A second option is North South Wines, which is located a short distance away to the south of Blue Water Liquors. In 2000, the Wine Shoppe opened in the Spiceland Mall, officially offering their services to the general public. Here, locals and tourists have access to fine wines from around the world. If you'd like to call ahead, do so at (473) 439-9463.
Real Value Supermarket: Real Value stocks all of your favorite grocery products in both dry, cold, and frozen sections as well as fresh meats and produce. They are located on Morne Rouge Road.
View the table below for more information about your options.
|Grocery Store||(473) 440-2919||Downtown St. George|
|Blue Water Liquors||Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(473) 435-8956||1.9 mi. South of Downtown St. George|
|Grocery Store||(473) 440-6671||1.9 mi. South of Downtown St. George|
|Bakery||(473) 440-6262||Downtown St. George|
|Grocery Store||(473) 444-3263||1.9 mi. South of Downtown St. George|
|Grenada Chocolate Company||Confectionery and Nut Store||(473) 442-0050||Sauteurs, Northern part of Grenada|
|Bakery||(473) 440-2375||Downtown St. George|
|Bakery||(473) 440-9295||Downtown St. George|
|Meat Market||(473) 444-5296||2.2 mi. Southeast of Central Grand Anse|
|North South Wines||Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(473) 439-9463||1.4 mi. South of Central Grand Anse|
|Grocery Store||(473) 440-6232||Downtown St. George|
|Real Value Supermarket||Grocery Store||(473) 439-2121||2.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central St. George's|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(473) 440-3512||1.9 mi. South of Downtown St. George|
|Sweet Traditions||Confectionery and Nut Store||(473) 440-1600||Downtown St. George|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(473) 439-9463||2.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central St. George's|
...plenty of duty free shopping...
The official currency of Grenada is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC), though the United States Dollar (USD), credit cards, and travelers checks are widely accepted. Still, since you are likely to be dealing with small vendors, converting your money upon arrival on the island would be most convenient for everyone.
There is plenty of duty free shopping to be had on Grenada, though far fewer than major cruise ports like the Bahamas and St. Thomas, USVI. Visitors will typically find products are 20 to 40 percent cheaper on Grenada than back home.
Business hours on Grenada vary from those in the United States. Most shops are open from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon. Do not expect to spend a Sunday shopping, because most places will be closed.
When traveling, souvenir shopping is a given, but Grenada makes the practice into a whole new experience. Nowhere else will you find vendors who care so much about their products. Take your time, smell the spices, and pick out a few trinkets to take back home to show off to your friends.
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