Shopping in Guadeloupe

French labels and hand woven products are popular in Guadeloupe

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As an overseas department of France, Guadeloupe offers shoppers the best in imported French products, as well as a few excellent locally made items.

...a number of open air markets...

 

The Goods

The luxury items that you can purchase in Guadeloupe are all imported from France. You'll find lingerie, perfumes, designer fashion, jewelry, china, cheese, patés, and liquor all with French labels.

If you are looking to really support the local economy, try picking up products made right in Guadeloupe. As you browse the markets, you'll find dolls dressed in madras, fishermen hats woven of split bamboo, woven items, spices arranged in baskets, coffee, and locally distilled rum.

Where to Shop

The best shopping to be had in Guadeloupe can be found in the city of Pointe a Pitre. Here there are a number of open air markets, where ladies sell spices and handicrafts alongside food booths. The Central Market is located atPlace de la Victoire, the main square. Frebault, Nozieres, and Rue Schoelcher are the main streets to wonder down for boutiques featuring French products. Also, at the Darse on the first Sunday each month, there is a flea market selling simliar products as the open air markets. Moule, Sainte-Anne and Saint-Claude also hold flea markets on alternating Sundays.

Carrefour, which is located just outside Le Raizet Airport, offers the best mall experience on the island. There are also a number of art galleries situated throughout the island, if you are after the works of local artisans.

Specialty Shops

One of the more interesting specialty retailers in this area is Sa Ka Plonje. This store is found on Marie-Galante, in southeastern Guadeloupe. Trained professionals will accompany you during your training sessions and explorations. New rental equipment is also available for those diving with Sa Ka Plonje. Guests will be able to find them at 8 Rue de la Marine, on Marie-Galante.

A second option is Pascal Foy, which is found 23.6 mi. (37.9 km) from Sa Ka Plonje. Local artist Pascal Foy paints pictures of traditional Creole architecture, pieces that continue to grow in popularity each year. These days, prints are often made into murals and wall hangings which are favored by tourists. Visitors will find them on Route a Pompierres.

Golf de St-Francois Pro Shop: All of your golf needs are readily handles at this pro shop, which features a staff well-versed in the sport. If you want to call ahead of time, do so at (059) 088-4187.

Look through this table if you want more information.

Specialty Shops In Guadeloupe
Name Type Phone Location Island
Atelier Graine de Folie Jewelry Store -- Baie-Mahault, Northwestern part of Guadeloupe Grande-Terre
Freestyle School Surfing Gear Store (069) 015-2829 Ste. Anne, Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre
Freestyle School Surfing Gear Store (069) 015-2829 Ste. Anne, Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre
Galerie Martine Cotten Art Gallery (359) 099-5522 2.7 mi. East of Central Grand Anse Terre-de-Haut
Golf de St-Francois Pro Shop Golf Equipment and Pro Shop (059) 088-4187 0.7 mi. East of Central Saint-Francois Grande-Terre
Gwada-Graines Jewelry Store (069) 084-9883 Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre
Madatet Lures Fishing Equipment and Tackle Shop (069) 074-9906 1.5 mi. Northeast of Central Basse Terre Basse-Terre
Madras Bijoux Jewelry Store (059) 082-8803 Downtown Pointe A Pitre Grande-Terre
Océom Jewelry Store (059) 097-5886 Grand-Bourg, Southern part of Guadeloupe Marie-Galante
Pascal Foy Art Gallery (069) 043-1309 3.3 mi. East of Central Grand Anse Terre-de-Haut
Poterie Au Grés Des Iles Ceramics and Pottery Shop (059) 097-7821 Grand-Bourg, Southern part of Guadeloupe Marie-Galante
Poyo Surf Club Surfing Gear Store (059) 022-5610 Le Moule, Northern part of Guadeloupe Grande-Terre
Sa Ka Plonje Dive Shop (069) 091-9908 6.1 mi. East of Central Grand-Bourg Marie-Galante

Clothing and Apparel

Looking for some clothing? Consider dropping by Dody -- which is located in downtown Pointe A Pitre. Homemade appeal but with designer quality is what you get when you shop at Doby. This style of clothing is great for special occasions and evens, but can easily be worn on a casual shopping day as well. Visitors can find them at 31 rue Frébault, on Grande-Terre.

Some apparel shops in Guadeloupe can be seen here:

Clothing and Apparel In Guadeloupe
Name Type Phone Location
Côté Plage Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store -- Downtown Pointe A Pitre
Dody Formalwear Store (059) 082-1873 Downtown Pointe A Pitre
Glamour Boutique Boutique (069) 090-2629 Downtown Pointe A Pitre
Le Gall Boutique (059) 095-0151 Saint-Francois, Northeastern part of Guadeloupe

Other Retail

The table below lists some details concerning 15 of the other shopping locations in Guadeloupe.

Other Types of Shopping In Guadeloupe
Name Type Phone Location
Centre Commercial L'étoile Shopping Center -- Bas-du-Fort, Central Guadeloupe
Centre Commercial Milenis Shopping Center (059) 048-1515 Les Abymes, Central Guadeloupe
Destreland Shopping Center (059) 038-5385 0.7 mi. South of Central Baie-Mahault
Freestyle School Surfing Gear Store (069) 015-2829 Ste. Anne, Central Guadeloupe
Freestyle School Surfing Gear Store (069) 015-2829 Ste. Anne, Central Guadeloupe
Jardi Village Shopping Center -- 1.5 mi. South of Central Baie-Mahault
Le Marche Nocturne de Saint François Open Air Market -- Saint-Francois, Northeastern part of Guadeloupe
Le Marche Nocturne de Sainte Anne Open Air Market (059) 021-2383 Ste. Anne, Central Guadeloupe
Le Marche Nocturne du Gosier Open Air Market -- Gosier, Central Guadeloupe
Le Marche Nocturne du Moule Open Air Market -- Le Moule, Northern part of Guadeloupe
Les Galeries de Houelbourg Shopping Center -- 2.7 mi. West of Central Pointe A Pitre
Marché Saint Antoine Open Air Market -- Downtown Pointe A Pitre
Marché de la Darse Open Air Market -- Bas-du-Fort, Central Guadeloupe
Marché des Mornes à Baillif Open Air Market (069) 065-3473 2.9 mi. Northwest of Central Basse Terre
Poyo Surf Club Surfing Gear Store (059) 022-5610 Le Moule, Northern part of Guadeloupe

Duties, Taxes, and Tips

The official currency in Guadeloupe, like in France, is the Euro (€). The United States Dollar (USD), is accepted in many stores, however, change may be given in the Euro. Major credit cards are also widely accepted.

Stores in Guadeloupe typically remain open between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with a two hour break around 1 p.m. Some shops on the island will give discounts to patrons purchasing French goods when they use traveler's checks and certain credit cards.

Guadeloupe is a duty free port that limits only amounts of certain products that may be imported and exported, such as liquor and cigarettes. American travelers, however, may return only with $800(USD) worth of goods after visiting the island for 48 hours. Anything less than 48 hours, and they may only return with $200(USD) worth of goods.

The shopping scene in Guadeloupe is not large, but it is good none-the-less. If you are interested in French products, or Guadeloupan made souvenirs, you'll find them all as you explore the island.

 

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