Shopping on Martinique

Luxury French goods are sold on Martinique at excellent prices

Photo credit: © Luc Olivier for the Martinique Tourist Board
 

A trip to Martinique mixes the best of everything European and Caribbean, all on one island in the middle of the sea. Shopping on Martinique is a great example of this dichotomy, where French products and locally produced goods are the best sellers.

Where to Shop

The best shopping on Martinique can be found in Fort de France, where your shopping experience can be as diverse as you like. Not only are there large malls in the city, but open air markets are popular as well. The best roads to look for shops in Fort-de-France are Rue Antoine Siger, Rue Moreau de Jonnes, Rue Schoelcher, and Rue Victor Hugo. The three open air markets to be on the look out for are Big Market (also known as the Spice Market), Fish Market, and Vegetable Market. At these markets, vendors set up booths to sell everything from spices to fresh produces and seafood, as well as handmade crafts, and more.

For a large concentration of arts and crafts, head to Grand Marche, a market situated between Rue Antoine and Rue Blenac in Fort-de-France, or Place de la Savane, the famed craft market.

Maps

Point-du-Bout is another place to find streets lined with boutiques, and a large shopping mall is located in Lamentin. Les Trois Ilets, meanwhile, is a great place to look for the top French fashions. Much of the island's day-to-day shopping is done in Hillsborough, where there are a number of supermarkets.

Specialty Shops

Shoppers on Martinique will find the best in French goods as they hunt through the boutiques on the island. China, crystal, designer clothing, fashion accessories, liquor, perfume, and wine can all be purchased cheaply, and all are high in quality.

One of the interesting speciality shops in this area is Galerie Sophen. This store is located in Trois Ilets, Martinique. The shop is open from 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Guests can reach them at (059) 666-1364.

A second option is Foundation Clement, which is found 9.6 mi. (15.5 km) to the east-northeast of Galerie Sophen. Undertaking the patronage and preservation of Caribbean artwork, Foundation Celement is the top spot for fine art exhibits on Martinique. You can contact them at (059) 654-6207.

Galerie Couleurs Locales: This quaint roadside gallery is home to artist Claude Henry's work. He exhibits and sells his paintings here, which feature the spirit of Martinique. If you are looking to call in advance, do so at (059) 668-6554.

Glance through the following chart for more information about your options.

Specialty Shops On Martinique
Name Type Phone Location
Charles Pottery Ceramics and Pottery Shop (059) 677-8585 1.9 mi. Northeast of Central Ste. Luce
Foundation Clement Art Gallery (059) 654-6207 1.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Le Francois
Galerie Couleurs Locales Art Gallery (059) 668-6554 4.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central downtown Diamant
Galerie Sophen Art Gallery (059) 666-1364 Trois Ilets, Southern part of Martinique

Clothing and Apparel

Interested in shopping for clothing? You might want to visit Coleaur Ebene -- it's found in downtown Forte de France. The clothing is here is fashionable, but also speaks to a style that speaks to the African culture. Additionally, they sell cosmetics perfect for dark skin tones. Guests will be able to find them at 13 Rue Garnier Pages.

A second option is Picadely -- which is found a short distance from Coleaur Ebene. Stop in from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The property is located at 91 Rue Blenac.

The table just below has more details concerning the apparel shops located on Martinique.

Clothing and Apparel On Martinique
Name Type Phone Location
Coleaur Ebene Boutique (059) 660-2129 Downtown Forte de France
Picadely Men's Clothing Store (059) 70-1691 Downtown Forte de France

Food and Grocery

Take a minute to read the following chart for more information.

Food and Grocery Stores On Martinique
Name Type Location
Marche aux Legumes Fruit and Vegetable Market Downtown Forte de France
Marche aux Poissons Fish and Seafood Market Downtown Forte de France

Duties, Taxes, and Tips

The official currency on Martinique, 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 and traveler's checks are also widely accepted. A 20 percent discount on luxury items is often offered to visitors with the use of traveler's checks and credit cards.

The typical business hours of a shop on Martinique are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and sometimes for a few hours on Saturday morning. Do not expect to get any shopping done on a Sunday, because most places will be closed.

Whether you spend your shopping hours wandering through a craft market, browsing the racks of a French clothing store, or both, you are sure to find something interesting to take home with you from your trip to Martinique.

 

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