Shopping in Montego Bay

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Your shopping experience in Montego Bay is likely to be one of the most diverse you'll encounter on the island.  Strip malls, craft fairs, vendors on the beach, and stand along boutiques downtown are all part of the shopping landscape, and each has a slightly different feel.

Craft markets are extremely popular in Montego Bay, with at least one going on somewhere each day with over 100 vendors at almost all times.  Here, you'll find a great selection of Jamaican crafts and souvenirs, but you need to be prepared for the aggressive nature of the vendors.  Bargaining is recommended here and at any stands you encounter on the beach. 

The main shopping areas outside of craft markets is the City Centre where most of the duty free shops are, Montego Freeport, a collection of shops near the pier, and the Holiday Village Shopping Center.  Other malls exist throughout town, and you'll find that most resorts have at least a small souvenir shop for guests.  

Gifts and Souvenirs

If you enjoy shopping for gifts you might enjoy visiting Ahhh...Treasures, which is located within southeastern Montego Bay. For those who love to collect authentic artworks and enjoy immersing themselves in the true culture of the places they travel, Ahhh...Treasures is a wonderful option. Featuring local artists work, dealing mostly with painting, you can bring a little piece of Jamaica home with you. If you'd like to call before making reservations, you can do so at (876) 578-2582.

A second option is V R Gifts & Souvenirs, which is located 5.3 mi. (8.5 km) to the northwest of Ahhh...Treasures. VR Gifts and Souvenirs is one of the better gift shops in Western Jamaica. Featuring locally made artifacts, and other classy Jamaican themed items, you can't go wrong shopping here. You can call them at (876) 684-9030.

Another place you might enjoy is Weekenders Gift Shop. You will find bathing suits, clothing, shot glasses, bags, mugs, plates, key chains, and much more. Most items feature the Jamaican colors, have the word "Jamaica" on them, or symbolize the island in some way. They are located on Gloucester Avenue.

The table below offers some details concerning 7 of the gift and souvenir shops located in Montego Bay.

Gifts and Souvenirs In Montego Bay
Name Type Phone Location
Ahhh...Treasures Gift and Souvenir Shops (876) 578-2582 5.0 mi. Southeast of Central Montego Bay
Aquasol Gift Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (876) 940-3808 0.5 mi. Northwest of Downtown Montego Bay
Island Perfume & Gift Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (876) 952-2756 Downtown Montego Bay
Ringo's Haberdashery & Gift Center Gift and Souvenir Shops (876) 952-3492 Downtown Montego Bay
Royal Shop Montego Duty Free Store (876) 953-3504 Downtown Montego Bay
V R Gifts & Souvenirs Gift and Souvenir Shops (876) 684-9030 1.6 mi. South West of Downtown Montego Bay
Weekenders Gift Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (876) 620-5567 1.0 mi. North of Downtown Montego Bay

Specialty Shops

One of the area's interesting speciality shops is Gallery of West Indian Art. This shopping venue is located within central Montego Bay. On display at these facilities are original works of artists of the West Indies, including Jamaica, Cuba, and Haiti. Stop in to view the works, and if you feel so inclined, make a purchase. Find them at 11 Fairfield Road .

Another good option is Saba Art Gallery & Frames, which is found 2.0 mi. (3.2 km) to the northeast of Gallery of West Indian Art. Specializing in custom art framing, Saba Art Gallery also proudly displays various works by local, Caribbean, and international artists. They mainly display paintings, each dealing with different mediums and subject matter. Visitors can call them at (876) 940-1011.

Ahhh Ras Natango Gallery: Ras Natango is a self taught artist who works in acrylics painting the tropical flora around him in Jamaica. The other featured artist, Ayale, is a graphic and fine artist. Not only does the gallery feature their work, but it is located in a gorgeous area, showing off the true beauty of Jamaica. If you have questions and want to call ahead of time, do so at (876) 578-2582.

The table just below provides you with more information on the the 8 specialty shops in Montego Bay or its vicinity.

Specialty Shops Around Montego Bay
Name Type Phone Location
Ahhh Ras Natango Gallery Art Gallery (876) 578-2582 5.0 mi. Southeast of Central Montego Bay
Gallery of West Indian Art Art Gallery (876) 952-4547 1.1 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Montego Bay
Harbour Street Craft Market Handicraft Dealers -- Downtown Montego Bay
Joan's Flowers & Gifts Florist (876) 749-1944 Downtown Montego Bay
Real Deal Jewellers Jewelry Store (876) 749-6902 Downtown Montego Bay
Saba Art Gallery & Frames Art Gallery (876) 940-1011 1.9 mi. East of Downtown Montego Bay
Swiss Stores Montego Bay Jewelry Store (876) 953-9274 Rose Hall, 7.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Montego Bay
Tropicana Jewelers Montego Jewelry Store (876) 953-2242 Rose Hall, 7.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Montego Bay

Food and Grocery

Looking for some food? Hi-Lo Food Stores is found within Montego Bay. Monday through Wednesday, they are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors can find them on Orange St.

Take a minute to read the table just below if you want more information.

Food and Grocery Stores In Montego Bay
Name Type Phone Location
Captain's Bakery Bakery -- Downtown Montego Bay
Hi-Lo Food Stores Grocery Store (876) 952-2641 1.5 mi. South of Downtown Montego Bay
Hi-Lo Supermarket Grocery Store -- 1.5 mi. South of Downtown Montego Bay
Queen's Supermarket Grocery Store (876) 952-3557 Downtown Montego Bay
Salmon Bakery Bakery (876) 952-2579 Downtown Montego Bay
Shoppers Mini Mart Grocery Store 979-1571-2 Downtown Montego Bay
St. James Bakery Bakery (876) 952-2215 Downtown Montego Bay
Superplus Food Stores Grocery Store (876) 940-4969 Downtown Montego Bay
Time & Patience Bakery Bakery (876) 979-0796 Downtown Montego Bay

Other Retail

The following chart shows a few details regarding 15 other shopping locations in Montego Bay.

Other Types of Shopping In Montego Bay
Name Type Phone Location
Bay City Super Market Shopping Center -- Downtown Montego Bay
Bay Court Pharmacy Drug Store (876) 940-2725 Downtown Montego Bay
Baywest Shopping Plaza Shopping Center -- Downtown Montego Bay
Blue Diamond Shopping Mall Shopping Center (876) 953-9020 ext. 2 3.5 mi. Northeast of Central Montego Bay
Charles Gordon Market Shopping Center -- 0.6 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Montego Bay
City Centre Plaza Montego Bay Shopping Center -- Downtown Montego Bay
Cornwall Garden Center Garden Center/Nursery (876) 952-6481 1.0 mi. Southeast of Downtown Montego Bay
Fairview Shopping Center Shopping Center -- 1.4 mi. South of Downtown Montego Bay
Fontana Pharmacy Drug Store (876) 952-3866 1.4 mi. South of Downtown Montego Bay
Loj Shopping Mall Shopping Center -- Downtown Montego Bay
Mega Mart Shopping Center -- 1.0 mi. South of Downtown Montego Bay
Payless Bargain Center Shopping Center (876) 971-0017 Downtown Montego Bay
Smart Books & Stationeries Book Store (876) 971-9639 Downtown Montego Bay
Whitter Village Shopping Center -- 3.5 mi. Northeast of Central Montego Bay
Zack's Pharmacy Drug Store (876) 979-2870 Downtown Montego Bay

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