Shopping in St. Martin

St. Martin is a great place to stock up on designer goods for low prices

Photo credit: © St Maarten Tourist Bureau
 

Shopping is a favorite pastime in St.Martin, so much so that it is common for tourists from other surrounding islands like Anguilla and Saba to hop a ferry and spend a day on this dual-nation island just to stock up on designer goods at duty free prices.

Where to Shop

If you shop nowhere else on the French side of the island, make sure you hit up Marigot. For locally produced products, check out the Marigot Market. This spot is always busy with locals selling produce, spices, meats, fresh fish, and crafts, but Mondays and Wednesdays are especially packed. The market is open Monday through Saturday, and one of the best spots on the island to stock up on Shrub (rum with orange peel crushed into it) and spices.

Before your shopping binge is over, head to Grand Case or Oyster Pond, where you can support local artists. Most of the nation's art galleries are located in these small cities, and you'll find ceramics, paintings, sculptures, and photographs throughout.

Gifts and Souvenirs

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While most people enjoy shopping for those normally expensive import products such as crystal, high fashion clothing, house wares, perfume, and electronics like televisions, stereos, and computers. There are some local products to be on the lookout for as well. Art galleries featuring the work of regional artists are everywhere, but you can also find hammocks, guava berry liquor, and wood carvings to represent the West Indies side of shopping.

While St. Martin is not especially known for being a top haggling spot, it can't hurt to ask for a deal – especially in local jewelry stores.

If you're looking for some souvenirs or gifts you might enjoy visiting Shipwreck Oyster Bay, which is located in eastern St. Martin. In addition to a huge selection of souvenirs and gifts that are stamped to commemorate your time on the island, this location also sells snacks and drinks, rum, and toiletries. They're on Emerald Merit Road.

A second possibility is Shipwreck Porto Cupecoy, which is located 7.9 mi. (12.7 km) from Shipwreck Oyster Bay. This particular location adjusts its operating hours to accommodate the needs of cruisers when there is a ship in port. They're on Rhine Road.

Another place you might enjoy is Shipwreck Marigot. Although the gifts may appear typical and maybe even simple, they are made of high quality and are a great way to remember your time on the island. Options include clothing, housewares, and simple items like pens, lanyards, and key chains. For customers who want to call in advance, do so at (721) 542-5358.

You can look through this table for more information about your options.

Gifts and Souvenirs In St. Martin
Name Phone Location
Art Caraibes (059) 087-4442 Anse Marcel, 3.1 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin
Atelier Du Soleil (059) 029-6530 Central St. Martin
Blooming Baskets (059) 052-9968 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin
Boutique Stitch (059) 087-0100 Sandy Ground, 2.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Busco (059) 087-7889 Grand-Case
Dalila Boutiques (059) 087-1778 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin
Escale Des Iles (059) 087-1438 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin
Gem Palace (059) 087-5809 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin
Imagine You And Me (059) 087-1240 Sandy Ground, 2.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Paradise Gift & Souvenir Shop (059) 029-1502 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin
Pavillon Christofle (059) 087-5651 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin
Shipwreck Marigot (721) 542-5358 Downtown Marigot, 1.4 mi. West of Central St. Martin
Shipwreck Oyster Bay (721) 542-5358 3.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central St. Martin
Shipwreck Porto Cupecoy (721) 542-5358 Las Terres Basses, 4.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
T-Shirt World (059) 087-8075 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin
Windmill (059) 087-9963 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin

Specialty Shops

When it comes to jewelry, no island in the Caribbean can rival the sheer volume of shops available. Everything from loose gemstones to finely crafted creations of the world's finest materials can be found in the shops on the island.

One of the area's more interesting specialty retailers is Les Exotiques. They are located in St. Martin. Explore the artistic creations Marie Moine, as she crafts, paints, and displays her ceramic pieces that include a variety of painted plates as well as framed portraits. The high quality works found here have garnished fans from around the world, and might just do the same to you. They're at 76 Rue de la Flibuste.

The table right below provides you with more details concerning the specialty shops located in St. Martin.

Specialty Shops In St. Martin
Name Type Phone Location
Aline De Lurin Art Gallery (059) 027-9476 Central St. Martin
Art Gallery Dona Bryhiel Art Gallery (059) 087-4393 3.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central St. Martin
Atelier Des Tropismes Art Gallery (069) 063-1393 Grand-Case
Boutique Davidoff Tobacconist and Cigar Shop (059) 029-6655 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin
Caribbean Pictoriar Art Gallery (059) 087-4451 3.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central St. Martin
Casa Del Habano Tobacconist and Cigar Shop (059) 087-5894 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin
Comptoir Des Art Art Gallery (059) 031-2594 Marigot, 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Eck Francis Studio Art Gallery (059) 087-1232 Sandy Ground, 2.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Fonderie Digital Fusion Art Gallery (059) 052-3695 Saint Martin
French Impressionism Art Gallery Art Gallery (059) 029-0163 Marigot, 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Galerie 105 Art Gallery (059) 029-2343 Grand-Case
Galeries Gingerbread Et Mahogany Art Gallery (059) 087-7321 Marigot, 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Le Cigare Tobacconist and Cigar Shop (059) 029-0179 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin
Les Exotiques Art Gallery (059) 029-5376 3.5 mi. East of Central St. Martin
Lynn Studio Art Gallery (059) 087-7724 Grand-Case
Oliver Lefranc Art Gallery (059) 029-1779 Sandy Ground, 2.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Roland Richardson Art Gallery (059) 087-8408 Marigot
Sarl Galerie Du Pont Tobacconist and Cigar Shop (059) 087-0380 Sandy Ground, 2.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Shop Concept Surfing Gear Store (059) 087-8715 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin
The Perfect 'It Pot Art Gallery (059) 061-9048 Grand-Case

Clothing and Apparel

Looking for some clothing? Consider dropping by Garota Tropical -- it's located in St. Martin. A top supplier of swimwear on the island, Garota also stocks dresses and accessories that are perfect for your days spend on the beach. You will find them at 11 La Fregate.

Another option is La Boheme -- which is found 0.3 mi. (0.6 km) to the north-northeast of Garota Tropical. The shop claims to be open mornings and nights every day of the week, so stop by when you're in the area and check them out. Visitors will be able to find them at 90 Boulevard de Grand Case.

Another clothing shop you might enjoy is La Coste Marigot. Customers will find plenty of short sleeved polo shirts and T-Shirts and shorts, as well as jeans, sweaters, and other clothes that fit cooler weather. The ladies will be able to find skirts, pants, and tops too. To reach them, call (059) 052-8484.

View the chart below for more information about your options.

Clothing and Apparel In St. Martin
Name Phone Location
Affaire De Sacs (059) 029-5115 Marigot, 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Boutique Animale (059) 087-9987 Marigot, 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Boutique Havane (059) 087-7039 Marigot, 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Boutique Levis (059) 087-7865 Marigot
C'Est La Vie Boutique (059) 087-5214 Grand-Case
Capuccino (059) 029-2992 Downtown Marigot, 1.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Celine Boutique (059) 029-0190 Marigot
Garota Tropical (059) 027-9599 Marigot, 1.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Hip-Up (059) 029-3104 Marigot
Hugo Boss Marigot (059) 087-8128 Marigot
La Boheme (059) 029-6353 Marigot
La Coste Marigot (059) 052-8484 Downtown Marigot, 1.4 mi. West of Central St. Martin
La Petite Boutique (059) 087-8542 Grand-Case, 1.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central St. Martin
Longchamp Boutique Marigot (059) 087-9276 Marigot
Newman Marigot (059) 051-9718 Downtown Marigot, 1.4 mi. West of Central St. Martin
Profil (059) 087-7928 Marigot
Qinze Serge Blanco (059) 029-6549 Marigot
Souleiado (059) 029-0382 Marigot
Tuula (059) 087-5094 Marigot
Vassel Bernard (059) 087-9092 Marigot, 1.6 mi. South West of Central St. Martin

Food and Grocery

Want to check out some local food offerings? Grand Marche Cupecoy is located in western St. Martin. The shop is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visitors will find them on Rhine Road.

Review the table just below if you want more information.

Food and Grocery Stores In St. Martin
Name Type Phone Location
Boulangerie Lainez Bakery (059) 087-5305 Central St. Martin
Caballero Didier Bakery (059) 087-9910 Central St. Martin
Cave De Marigot Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (059) 087-1570 Marigot
Fine Life Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (059) 051-1227 Marigot
Gourmandise Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (059) 087-7076 Marigot, 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Grand Marche Cupecoy Grocery Store (721) 546-4888 Las Terres Basses, 4.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Island Rock Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (059) 087-7292 Central St. Martin
Jeff De Bruges Confectionery and Nut Store (059) 052-4188 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin
L'Epicier Hediard Bakery (059) 051-9509 Downtown Marigot, 1.4 mi. West of Central St. Martin
L'Oliveraie Grocery Store (059) 050-0436 Sandy Ground, 2.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Laines Gerard Bakery (059) 087-7539 Central St. Martin
Le Bounty Grocery Store (059) 087-7709 Grand-Case, 1.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central St. Martin
Sarl Piaxxi Imports Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (059) 087-2890 Sandy Ground, 2.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Tap Five Bakery (059) 077-1213 Griselle, 3.0 mi. East of Central St. Martin
Vinissimo Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store -- Downtown Marigot, 1.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin

Taxes, Duties, and Tips

Duty free shopping is one of the major draws of St. Martin, with savings of between 15 and 50 percent being the norm on electronics, designer clothing, and other high end products. When it comes to shopping on the dual nation island, everything is duty free and tax free on both sides and no paper work is required to make it so. In order to take advantage of the duty free shopping, however, U.S. citizens must have been in St. Martin for 48 hours, and only $600 worth of product is considered duty free.

The official currency in St. Martin the Euro (€ ), but if you plan to shop on the Dutch side of the island, you'll need the Netherland Antilles florin or guilder (NAf ). If you won't be exchanging currency, stick to major credit cards, which are accepted in most places on both sides of the island. To read more about currency and credit card usage in St. Martin, click here.

Regardless of whether you shop on the French or formerly Dutch side of the island, there are always bargains to be found. Though there is a $600 duty-free limit, the possibility of saving up to 50 percent on products means you may just return home with $1,200 worth of souvenirs.

 

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