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.
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.
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.
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 specialty retailers in this area is Galerie Sophen. They are situated in Trois Ilets, Martinique. An art shop which sells watercolors made by Sophie and Henry, Sophen is ideally located right near the pier shuttle -- making it a great spot to pick up a souvenir of the island. If you are looking for something specific and want to call before making reservations, do so at (059) 666-1364.
A second option is Foundation Clement, which is found 9.6 mi. (15.5 km) from Galerie Sophen. Undertaking the patronage and preservation of Caribbean artwork, Foundation Celement is the top spot for fine art exhibits on Martinique. To contact them, call (059) 654-6207.
Centre des Metiers d'Art: A souvenir shop set above the rest for its beautifully handcrafted offerings, Centre des Metiers d'Art has a wide selection of gifts and artwork available that will serve as the perfect momento of your time on Martinique.
A selection of specialty shops on Martinique are provided in the following table.
|Centre des Metiers d'Art||Art Gallery||--||Downtown Forte de France|
|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|
|Art Gallery||(059) 668-6554||3.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central downtown Diamant|
|Galerie Sophen||Art Gallery||(059) 666-1364||Trois Ilets, Southern part of Martinique|
Want to shop for some clothing? You might want to try Coleaur Ebene -- it's located 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. You can find them at 13 Rue Garnier Pages.
A second place to consider is Picadely -- which is found a short distance from Coleaur Ebene. Stop in from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. They are located at 91 Rue Blenac.
Some of the apparel shops on Martinique are summarized in the chart below.
|Coleaur Ebene||Boutique||(059) 660-2129||Downtown Forte de France|
|Picadely||Men's Clothing Store||(059) 70-1691||Downtown Forte de France|
You can look through the following table for more information.
|Fruit and Vegetable Market||Downtown Forte de France|
|Fish and Seafood Market||Downtown Forte de France|
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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