Shopping on St. Kitts

Basseterre is the retail center of St. Kitts, but other shops and markets house great deals as well

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Shopping while you're on your St. Kitts vacation is something that must be on your to do list. Not only will you enjoy hunting for locally made souvenirs for your friends and family back home, but you may also find a good deal on luxury products thanks to the island's duty free status.

Many islands in the Caribbean are known for their low prices on luxury imports. On St. Kitts, you would do well to stick to items made right there on the island. Clothing, coconut shell crafts, leather work, and woven baskets are all excellently made souvenirs.

Where to Shop

Basseterre is one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean, and is the main shopping area on St. Kitts. Here, you will find a variety of shopping facilities, and in them a buffet of products. Shops around The Circus (as the town center is known) includes Island Hopper which sells Caribelle Batik clothing and accessories as well as large selections of original handcrafted items and brand-name clothes. Brown Sugar is located on Bay Road where t-shirts to designer clothes are sold. Pelican Mall and TDC Mall offer luxury goods, mass-produced items and locally made crafts and clothing can be found.

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Duty free shopping can be done at Port Zante, one of the largest shopping centers on the island, and is frequented by cruise passengers. There are over 60 shops in the mall, with jewelry and top of the line goods being the top products of choice among patrons. Nearby, arts, crafts and gifts made by Kittitians can be found at the Nation Museum Shop and at the Amina Craft Market.

Throughout Basseterre and the rest of the island, visitors will also find a small number of stand alone shops selling everything from cheap souvenirs to clothing and accessories to food, and so on.

On the island of Nevis, there are small boutiques and galleries, selling local artwork and crafts, but the most interesting place to shop is the public marketplace in Charlestown. Here you can converse directly with craftsmen and farmers as they sell their product.

Gifts and Souvenirs

If you're looking for some gifts you might want to try Occasions, which is found within Basseterre. In need or a quick floral arrangement or a small gift, you'll find Occasions definitely has something for every occasion. Guests will find them on Fort Street.

A second place to consider is Pirana Joe, which is found about a hundred yards (a couple hundred meters) of Occasions. Pirana Joe specializes in distressed clothing for men, women, and children, as well as a collection of whimsical souvenirs, all featuring the image of Pirana Joe. You will find them at 1511 Port Zante.

The table directly below enables you to learn some details regarding 20 gift and souvenir shops on St. Kitts.

Gifts and Souvenirs On St. Kitts
Name Type Phone Location
Amina Craft Market Gift and Souvenir Shops -- Downtown Basseterre
Bay Side Souvenirs Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 465-1088 Downtown Basseterre
Captain Jack's Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 465-8786 Downtown Basseterre
Caribbean Gifts & Liquors Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 465-9838 Downtown Basseterre
Driftwood Marriott Duty Free Store (869) 466-2432 2.5 mi. East of Central Basseterre
Driftwood Port Zante Duty Free Store (869) 466-2432 Downtown Basseterre
Driftwood RLB Airport Duty Free Store (869) 466-2432 1.3 mi. Northeast of Downtown Basseterre
Duty Free Souvenirs Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 466-2786 Downtown Basseterre
Gift 'R' Us Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 466-9301 Downtown Basseterre
I Love St. Kitts Gift and Souvenir Shops (865) 466-7675 Downtown Basseterre
Island Treasures Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 466-0466 Downtown Basseterre
Karibhana Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 465-1745 Downtown Basseterre
Occasions Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 465-0043 Basseterre
Omni Paradise Lifesyles Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 465-8391 Downtown Basseterre
Pirana Joe Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 466-9301 Downtown Basseterre
Pirate Gift and Souvenir Shops -- Downtown Basseterre
Sharky's Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 465-7787 Downtown Basseterre
St. Kitts Souvenirs & Boutique Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 466-3651 Downtown Basseterre
Tropical World Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 466-8219 Downtown Basseterre
Zemenfes Art Gifts & Music Gift and Souvenir Shops (869) 465-3701 1.3 mi. Northeast of Downtown Basseterre

Specialty Shops

One of the more popular specialty retailers in this area is Kenneth's Dive Centre. This shopping venue is found in downtown Basseterre. The oldest dive shop on the island, Kenneth's Dive Centre has been providing quality dive training and guided tours to divers from around the world for decades. Their claim to fame? Visitors can find them on Bay Road.

Another good option is Spencer Cameron Art Gallery, which is found a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer) from Kenneth's Dive Centre. This gallery is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The property is located at 10 North Independence Square.

Effy Jewelers Basseterre: Effy Jewelers began with a man named Effy Hematian selling quality jewelry out of a suitcase in New York City, and quickly word got out that these pieces were worth checking out. Soon, Effy had a storefront and now a franchise. You will be able to find them at 2111 Port Zante.

Glance through the following table for a listing of specialty shops in this general area.

Specialty Shops On St. Kitts
Name Type Phone Location
Baranof Jewelers Jewelry Store (869) 466-3888 Downtown Basseterre
D'Orlahn Jewelry Store (869) 465-4321 Downtown Basseterre
Diamonds International Basseterre Jewelry Store (869) 466-8104 Downtown Basseterre
Effy Jewelers Basseterre Jewelry Store (869) 465-1339 Downtown Basseterre
Glitter Jewelry Jewelry Store (869) 466-4613 Downtown Basseterre
IC Jewelers Jewelry Store (869) 466-5853 Downtown Basseterre
Jerry Jewelers P V International Jewelry Store (869) 465-8863 Downtown Basseterre
K K Jewels Jewelry Store (869) 466-5984 Downtown Basseterre
Kays Fine Jewellry Jewelry Store (869) 465-8213 Downtown Basseterre
Kenneth's Dive Centre Dive Shop (869) 465-2670 Downtown Basseterre
Linen And Gold Jewelry Store (869) 465-9766 Downtown Basseterre
Mike's Dive Shop Dive Shop (869) 465-7260 1.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Heldens
Milano 21 Jewelry Store (869) 465-7881 Downtown Basseterre
Noble Jewelers Jewelry Store (869) 466-7115 Downtown Basseterre
Passions Jewelry Store (869) 466-2849 Downtown Basseterre
Royal Gems Jewelry Store (869) 466-8441 Downtown Basseterre
Sean Jewellers Jewelry Store (869) 465-7389 Downtown Basseterre
Spencer Cameron Art Gallery Art Gallery (869) 465-1617 Downtown Basseterre
Swatch Watch Store (869) 465-7999 Downtown Basseterre
Venetian Fine Jewelers Jewelry Store -- Downtown Basseterre

Clothing and Apparel

Looking for clothing? Perhaps you would enjoy The Athlete's Foot Basseterre -- it's found in downtown Basseterre. Whether your specialty is soccer, football, dance, or you're an all around athlete, you'll find durable footwear for you at the Athlete's Foot. Visitors will find them on Victoria Road.

A second place to consider is Caribelle Batik -- which is found 5.4 mi. (8.7 km) to the west-northwest of The Athlete's Foot Basseterre. This batik produces some wonderful gifts and souvenirs that are still made with ancient techniques. The many products are all unique and of high quality, such as the 100% cotton clothing made on site. They are situated on Main Road.

The following chart shows more information on the the 18 apparel shops located on St. Kitts.

Clothing and Apparel On St. Kitts
Name Type Phone Location
CJ's Fashion & Tailoring Clothing Store (869) 466-1421 Downtown Basseterre
Caribelle Batik Batik Store (869) 465-6453 5.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Basseterre
Carol's Boutique & Souvenir Boutique (869) 465-9767 Downtown Basseterre
City Shoe Store Shoe Store (869) 465-2177 Downtown Basseterre
Del Sol Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (869) 466-3375 Downtown Basseterre
Edris Flair Fashion Clothing Store (869) 465-7621 Downtown Basseterre
G's Plus Size Fashion Clothing Store (869) 466-7116 Downtown Basseterre
Gems Shoestore Shoe Store (869) 465-0730 Downtown Basseterre
His n Hers Boutique Boutique (869) 466-7893 Downtown Basseterre
Island Fever Clothing Store -- Downtown Basseterre
Island Hopper Baseterre Batik Store (869) 465-1640 Downtown Basseterre
Mustard Seed Boutique Boutique (869) 465-5247 Downtown Basseterre
Roots & Culture Boutique Boutique (869) 466-4894 Downtown Basseterre
Ruby's Boutique Boutique (869) 465-7827 Downtown Basseterre
Scruples Boutique & Gift Shop Boutique (869) 465-1664 Downtown Basseterre
Sun Island Clothes Clothing Store (869) 465-8070 0.6 mi. East of Downtown Basseterre
The Athlete's Foot Basseterre Shoe Store (869) 465-9548 Downtown Basseterre
Warner's One Stop Men's Formal Wear & Wedding Gowns Rental Men's Clothing Store (869) 465-8630 Downtown Basseterre

Food and Grocery

Got the munchies? American Bakery is found in downtown Basseterre. Fresh baked goodness is up for grabs at American Bakery, were you'll find everything from hearty breakfast rolls to fresh baked breads, and mouth-watering desserts. Guests will find them on Victoria Road.

A second possibility is Ram's Supermarket, which is found 2.6 mi. (4.3 km) away from American Bakery. Cold, frozen, and dry goods of both local and internationally imported grocery products are kept well stocked at this supermarket.

Take a look at the following chart if you want more information.

Food and Grocery Stores On St. Kitts
Name Type Phone Location
American Bakery Bakery (869) 465-2136 Downtown Basseterre
Bassterre Market Grocery Store -- Downtown Basseterre
C & C Superfoods Grocery Store -- Downtown Basseterre
Fancy Loaf Bakery Deli Bakery (869) 465-5415 Ogees
Fraites & Sons Bakery Bakery (869) 465-4629 Ogees
Fulton Bakery Bakery (869) 465-2940 Downtown Basseterre
IGA Value Mart Grocery Store (869) 465-1600 Downtown Basseterre
Island Bakeries Bakery (869) 465-8074 Downtown Basseterre
Pelican Liquor & Tobacco Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (869) 466-1656 Downtown Basseterre
Public Market Grocery Store -- Downtown Basseterre
Ram's Supermarket Grocery Store (869) 465-2145 0.9 mi. East of Downtown Basseterre
Ram's Supermarket Grocery Store -- 0.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Frigate Bay
Rams Super Market Grocery Store -- 1.1 mi. East of Downtown Basseterre
Smoke 'N' Booze Duty Free Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (869) 465-1415 Downtown Basseterre
Tony's Bicycle & Liquor Centre Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (869) 465-2433 Downtown Basseterre

Duties, Taxes, and Tips

The official currency of St. Kitts is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, though most places readily accept the United States Dollar (USD). Major credit cards and travelers checks are also widely accepted.

In St. Kitts, there is a two-tiered duty free system. In some locations, such as Basseterre and on the entire island of Nevis, items are sold duty free, no questions asked. Other locations like Frigate Bay and Port Zante, however, will ask you to provide your passport or airline ticket to prove that you are going to be transporting the items you purchase off of the island. U.S. citizens have a duty free exemption of $800(USD), plus the additional bonus of being able to mail duty free items home as long as each item is valued at less than $200(USD). Included in your duty free purchase may be up to one liter of liquor; two, if at least one liter is produced on St. Kitts.

In St. Kitts, there is a two-tiered duty free system. In some locations, such as Basseterre and on the entire island of Nevis, items are sold duty free, no questions asked. Other locations like Frigate Bay and Port Zante, however, will ask you to provide your passport or airline ticket to prove that you are going to be transporting the items you purchase off of the island. U.S. citizens have a duty free exemption of $800(USD), plus the additional bonus of being able to mail duty free items home as long as each item is valued at less than $200(USD). Included in your duty free purchase may be up to one liter of liquor; two, if at least one liter is produced on St. Kitts.

Get lost in the streets of St. Kitts for a day as you explore shops and vendor booths in search of the perfect souvenir. Along the way, you are sure to discover landmarks and historical sites which will make even more memories worth keeping for much longer than that souvenir will be around.

 

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