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.

Maps

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

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 gifts you might want to check out Busco, which is located in Grand-Case. This shop opens at 9:00 and closes at 7:00pm. They do take a midday break from 12:30pm to 3:00pm though, so be sure to plan accordingly. Visitors will be able to find them at 4 Rue de L'Esperance.

The chart just below enables you to learn more information on the 5 gift and souvenir shops located in St. Martin.

Gifts and Souvenirs In St. Martin
Name Phone Location
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
Escale Des Iles (059) 087-1438 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 speciality shops is Roland Richardson. This store is located in St. Martin. Known as the "Father of Caribbean Impressionism", Roland Richardson creates works based on the life around him and then displays them in his gallery. It is a 2 story home with gorgeous gardens. Guests will be able to find them at 6 Rue de La Republique.

A second option is Tropismes Gallerie, which is located approximately three miles (approximately four and a half kilometers) to the northeast of Roland Richardson. Tropismes Gallerie is a place where contemporary art can thrive. Showcasing local Caribbean artists, locals and visitors of the island can keep up with the local art scene. Guests will be able to find them at 107 Grand Case Boulevard.

Francis-Eck Studio: You can view his paintings by appointment only. They are located at 47-2 Les Jardins d'Orient Bay.

Check the table just below for a listing of specialty shops located in this area.

Specialty Shops In St. Martin
Name Phone Location
Art Gallery Dona Bryhiel (059) 087-4393 3.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central St. Martin
Francis-Eck Studio +59 0590 87 80 45 Sandy Ground, 2.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. Martin
Roland Richardson (059) 087-8408 Marigot, 1.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Tropismes Gallerie +59 0690 54 62 69 Grand-Case, 1.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central St. Martin

Clothing and Apparel

Looking for some clothing? You might enjoy a visit to La Boheme -- which is located in Marigot. 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. You will be able to find them at 90 Boulevard de Grand Case.

Another shop to consider is La Coste Marigot -- which is found about a hundred yards (a couple hundred meters) from La Boheme. 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. If you would like to call before booking a room, do so at (059) 052-8484.

The table below provides you with some details regarding the 16 apparel shops located in St. Martin.

Clothing and Apparel In St. Martin
Name Phone Location
Boutique Levis (059) 087-7865 Marigot
C'Est La Vie Boutique (059) 087-5214 Grand-Case
Hip-Up (059) 029-3104 Marigot
Homsaga (059) 029-5045 Marigot
Ici Paris (059) 061-6840 Marigot, 1.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Jaine (059) 087-1555 Marigot
Jules Boutique (059) 087-8727 Marigot
L'Atelier (059) 087-1371 Marigot, 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
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
La Plantation Boutique (059) 029-5807 Griselle, 2.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. Martin
Max Mara (059) 052-9975 Marigot
Outremer (059) 087-2461 Marigot
Weekender (059) 087-0018 Marigot
X Pose Boutique (059) 087-0960 Marigot

Food and Grocery

Hungry? Grand Marche Cupecoy is found within western St. Martin. The shop is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visitors will find them on Rhine Road.

Take a moment to read the chart below for more information.

Food and Grocery Stores In St. Martin
Name Type Phone Location
Boulangerie-Parisienne Bakery (059) 087-2521 Marigot
Fine Life Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (059) 051-1227 Marigot
Gourmandises Bakery (059) 051-9765 Marigot
Grand Marche Cupecoy Grocery Store (721) 546-4888 Las Terres Basses, 4.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Jeff De Bruges Confectionery and Nut Store (059) 052-4188 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin
L'Epicerie Bakery (059) 087-1769 Marigot
L'Oliveraie Grocery Store (059) 050-0436 Sandy Ground, 2.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Le Bounty Grocery Store (059) 087-7709 Grand-Case, 1.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central St. Martin
Le Peche Mignon Bakery (059) 087-0383 Sandy Ground, 2.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Le Pelican Bakery (059) 029-1878 Marigot
Market Fruit and Vegetable Market -- Downtown Marigot, 1.4 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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