Shopping on St. Thomas

Photo credit: © Michael Braxenthaler
 

Of the islands in the US Virgin Islands chain, St. Thomas reigns supreme when it comes to shopping.  From the duty free possibilities to the abundance of shops, tourists descend upon the major towns to sweep up luxury goods at discounted rates, or pick up a few locally crafted souvenirs which will remind them of their getaway.  

As you make your way from shop to shop, be on the lookout for jewelry (emeralds especially), perfume, china, crystal, and pottery, clothing, watches, wood carvings, alcohol, electronics, and Haitian art.  There is a lot to consider, but the deals are so good you won't want to miss out.  

The best shopping can generally be found in Charlotte Amalie on Main Street, Back Street, and along Waterfront Highway.  Cruise ship passengers are especially known to frequent the Havensight Mall.  One thing you should be aware of is that it is illegal for craft vendors to sell their wares outside of Vendors Plaza.  So, if you're looking for a truly authentic gift, head to the plaza which is located at the corer of Tolbod Gade an Veterans Drive from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  

Generally, you'll find operating hours to be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  If you arrive via cruise ship on Sunday, be warned that most shops will be closed by 1:00 p.m., so your best bet is to get in your shopping first and your sightseeing after.  

Gifts and Souvenirs

If you're looking for some gifts or souvenirs you might enjoy visiting Natural Livity Store, which is located within downtown Charlotte Amalie. Stop by the Natural Livity Shop and pick up some vibrant Caribbean clothing and gifts. This store is more festive than it is serious, and the items here make a wonderful gift or keep sake to remember the tropical and vibrant feeling of the island. You'll find them at 9A Norre Gade Street.

Another place to consider is Captain's Corner Downtown, which is located a quarter mile (a half kilometer) of Natural Livity Store. As you're touring downtown Charlotte Amalie, you'll want to make a stop into Captain's Corner to pick up a souvenir or two. Known for their island-style gifts and t-shirts, and for having the best prices on duty free liquor and cigars, this is your one stop souvenir shop. They are located on Main Street.

Still another option is Duty Free St. Thomas. Duty Free St. Thomas is a department store and houses the products of several different companies that sell everything from jewelry to art. You will find a variety of jewelry from the Swarovski Company, unique watches from Swatch, and one of a kind art from the Print Gallery. Visitors will be able to find them at 37 Main Street.

Many of the gift and souvenir shops on St. Thomas are shown here:

Gifts and Souvenirs On St. Thomas
Name Type Phone Location
American Paradise Gifts Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 774-8880 0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Artland Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 776-4544 0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Boolchand's Havensight Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 776-0302 0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Boolchand's Main Street Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 776-0794 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Captain's Corner Downtown Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 774-8435 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Captain's Corner Havensight Duty Free Store (340) 774-7959 0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Captain's Corner Mountain Top Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 777-4708 1.4 mi. Northwest of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Carnival Bazaar Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 774-4166 0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Casa Blanca Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 777-9499 0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Draughting Shaft Gifts Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 776-1822 0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Duty Free St. Thomas Duty Free Store (340) 776-2303 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Get Charmed Airport Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 775-6381 Central St. Thomas
Get Charmed Main Street Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 344-6186 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Hot Look Sunglasses Sunglasses Shop -- Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Natural Livity Store Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 715-1992 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Scandinavian Center Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 776-5030 0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Southern Exposure Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 774-6767 0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Sunglass Hut A.H. Riise Sunglasses Shop (340) 774-9030 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Valentine Gifts Raadets Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 777-9494 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie
We Be Jammin Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 775-1111 East End

Specialty Shops

One of the area's more interesting speciality shops is St. Thomas Diving Club. This venue is found within Bolongo Bay, St. Thomas. Jump in the water and dive with the local diving experts at the St. Thomas Diving Club. Voted the best dive operator for 2010, 2011, and 2012, you can be sure you will be diving at the best spots in the area with the St. Thomas Diving Club. Find them at 7147 Bolongo Bay.

A second option is Tillett Garden Arts and Crafts Gallery, which is found two miles (three and a half kilometers) to the north-northeast of St. Thomas Diving Club. Local artists, mainly those working in the studios, sell their works at the on-site galleries. You can get prints for as low as $20 and originals are available as well. Visitors can find them at 4126 Anna's Retreat Main Road.

Aqua Action Dive and Water Sports Center: One of the local dive resorts which trains divers through their Instructor certification, this PADI 5-Star center focuses on developing the next generation of scuba dive trainers. If you'd like to call in advance, you can do so at (340) 775-6258.

The table right below enables you to learn more information on the the specialty shops located on St. Thomas.

Specialty Shops On St. Thomas
Name Type Phone Location
Admiralty Dive Center Dive Shop (340) 777-9802 0.3 mi. West of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Aqua Action Dive and Water Sports Center Dive Shop (340) 775-6258 East End
Bambini Fine Arts Gallery Art Gallery (340) 514-1200 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Blue Island Divers Dive Shop (340) 774-2001 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie
Camille Pissarro Gallery Art Gallery -- Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Coki Beach Dive Club Dive Shop (340) 775-4220 East End
DYNASTY DAZZLERS Jewelry Store (340) 774-2222 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Dive In! Dive Shop (340) 777-5255 0.6 mi. North of Central Red Hook
Fish Face Art Gallery (340) 775-5129 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Gallery St. Thomas Art Gallery (340) 777-6363 Charlotte Amalie
Jewels Crown Bay Jewelry Store (340) 777-4222 ext. 10040 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Jewels Ritz Carlton Jewelry Store (340) 777-4222 ext. 10050 0.7 mi. Southeast of Central Red Hook
Jonna White Gallery Art Gallery (340) 774-1201 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Liberty Jewelers Jewelry Store (888) 436-7937 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Mango Tango Art Gallery Art Gallery (340) 777-3060 1.0 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Okidanokh Goldcraft Jewelry Store (340) 775-3060 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Renaissance Jewelers Jewelry Store (340) 774-4510 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
St. Thomas Diving Club Dive Shop (340) 776-2381 2.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Anna's Retreat
Tillett Garden Arts and Crafts Gallery Art Gallery (340) 775-1929 Anna's Retreat
West Indian Treasure Company Jewelry Store (340) 776-1234 0.3 mi. Northeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie

Clothing and Apparel

Looking for clothing? You might enjoy a visit to Olga Gloves -- which is located within downtown Charlotte Amalie. Olga Gloves features gloves for ladies, gentlemen, teens, and youth. They also offer accessories such as hand bags, wallets, belts, and roller brief cases. Customers can reach them at (340) 776-4340.

Another shop to consider is Essentric Shoe St. Thomas -- which is found 0.4 mi. (0.6 km) to the east of Olga Gloves. Stop by and browse their selection any time from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They're located at 5406 Store Tvaer Gade.

A third clothing shop to consider is Mr. Tablecloth. The store sells clothing and cloths that are made out of a micro-fiber that is stain resistant and wrinkle resistance, meaning you will rarely have to wash and will never need to iron it. The material is both strong and comfortable, which is why they make more than just tablecloths, but also clothing. Visitors will find them at 6 Main Street.

The following chart has some key facts regarding the 20 apparel shops located on St. Thomas.

Clothing and Apparel On St. Thomas
Name Type Phone Location
BCBG Max Azria Women's Clothing and Accessories Store (340) 775-8921 0.8 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
CLASSIC USVI Clothing Store (904) 410-8390 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Cache Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store -- Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Crocs Havensight Shoe Store (340) 776-0300 0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Eaze Fashion 81 Boutique (340) 774-9122 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie
Elizabeth Jane's Boutique (340) 779-1595 Red Hook
Esquire-Polo Boutique Boutique (340) 774-8018 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie
Essentric Shoe St. Thomas Shoe Store (340) 774-7800 Charlotte Amalie
Evolution Surf & Skate Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (340) 715-0012 Red Hook
He Say-he Say Women's Clothing and Accessories Store -- Anna's Retreat
Hot Look Sunglasses Sunglasses Shop -- Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Louis Vuitton Clothing Accessory and Handbag Store (340) 779-6262 St. Thomas
Mr. Tablecloth Clothing Store (340) 774-4343 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Olga Gloves Boutique (340) 776-4340 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Soft Touch Boutique Boutique (340) 776-1760 0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Splash-A-Caribbean Boutique Boutique (340) 775-6285 0.6 mi. South of Central Red Hook
Sunglass Hut A.H. Riise Sunglasses Shop (340) 774-9030 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Tommy Hilfiger Boutique Boutique (340) 777-1189 Charlotte Amalie
Universal Tee's T-Shirt Shop (340) 774-7788 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie
Zahara's Closet Boutique (3 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie

Food and Grocery

Looking for some food? Belgian Chocolate Factory is found in downtown Charlotte Amalie. Indulge in the sweet treasure of Belgian chocolate from the Belgian Chocolate Factory. You will be able to find everything chocolate related here, so if you or someone you know is a chocoholic, this is the place to be. They are situated at 37 Main Street.

Another option is Laline Drake's Passage, which is located a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer) from Belgian Chocolate Factory. Look your best with the products and gifts from Laline Body Store. You will find everything from moisturizers to lipstick on the shelves at Laline. You'll be able to find them on Main Street.

Laline Crown Bay: While exploring the Crown Bay area, stop by and take a look at the locally owned shop where you'll find something to give yourself a make over. Laline specializes in make-up, perfumes, and lotions that will have you looking refreshed. You will find them on Subbase Road.

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

Food and Grocery Stores On St. Thomas
Name Type Phone Location
A&F Bakery Bakery (340) 776-5145 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie
Amir Grocery Supermarket Grocery Store (340) 777-4442 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie
Belgian Chocolate Factory Confectionery and Nut Store (340) 777-5247 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Break and Cakes Bakery Bakery (340) 774-4143 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie
Centerline Supermarket Grocery Store (340) 692-2660 East End
Charlie's Hangout Grocery Store (340) 777-4194 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie
Cost-U-Less St. Thomas Grocery Store (340) 777-3545 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie
Daylight Bakery Bakery (340) 776-1414 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie
Delicious Delicacies Bakery (340) 776-3868 St. Thomas
Jerry's Bakery Bakery (340) 775-0455 St. Thomas
Johnson's Fingerlicking Bakery Bakery (340) 775-5083 Anna's Retreat
Laline Crown Bay Nutrition and Body Care Store (888) 525-4637 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Laline Drake's Passage Nutrition and Body Care Store (340) 775-1382 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Moe's Fresh Market Grocery Store (340) 693-0254 0.9 mi. East of Central Anna's Retreat
Weekes & Weekes Bakery Bakery (340) 776-0663 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie
 

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