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 enjoy shopping for souvenirs you might enjoy 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 would like to call before making reservations, you can do so at (473) 444-4028.
Take some time to look through the table just below for more information about gift and souvenir shops serving this area.
|Duty Free Store||(473) 440-5356||Downtown St. George|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(473) 444-4028||1.4 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 more popular specialty retailers in this area is Aquanauts Grenada. They are found within Bamboo, 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're looking for something specific, call them at (473) 444-1126.
A second option is Scubatech Dive Center, which is found less than a mile away from Aquanauts Grenada. All of your training and pleasure diving needs are managed easily at Scubatech, but those interested in technical diving will also find courses available in that vein as well. If you aren't quite ready for diving, snorkeling packages are available as well. If you have questions, call them at (473) 439-4346.
Lisa Herrera Gallery: The selection of merchandise that this shop carries includes original oil and acrylic paintings, art prints, t-shirts, mugs, coasters, mouse pads, beer cozies, and fridge magnets all printed with Lisa Herrera art. For customers who want to call ahead of time, do so at (473) 420-1086.
The table just below summarizes some details regarding the 18 specialty shops located on Grenada.
|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 Bamboo|
|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 enjoy a visit to Art Fabrik Batik Boutique & Production Studio -- it's found 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. You'll be able to find them on Young Street.
A second good option is Baobab Company -- which is located a short distance away from Art Fabrik Batik Boutique & Production Studio. Tropical style clothing and accessories are available here for tourists in need of gifts and souvenirs that are a bit more substantial than the typical key chains and coffee mugs when they want to bring home "the heart of the island." If you have questions, try calling them at (473) 435-1923.
The following chart enables you to learn some key facts regarding the apparel shops on Grenada.
|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|
|Baobab Company||T-Shirt Shop||(473) 435-1923||Downtown St. George|
|Department Store||(473) 440-0843||Downtown St. George|
|Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store||(473) 440-4858||Downtown St. George|
|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|
Got the munchies? Blue Water Liquors is found within Grand Anse, in southwestern Grenada. Blue Water is available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call them at (473) 435-8956.
A second option is North South Wines, which is located 1.4 mi. (2.3 km) to the south of Blue Water Liquors. The Wine Shoppe is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and closed all day on Sunday. If you have questions and want to call ahead of time, you can do so at (473) 439-9463.
Real Value Supermarket: One of the island's favorite supermarkets, you'll find that most local residents do their grocery shopping at one of Real Value Supermarket's numerous locations. They are known for their friendly staff and reasonable prices. Visitors will be able to find them on Morne Rouge Road.
You can look through the table just below to learn more.
|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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