Shopping on Trinidad

Shoppers on Trinidad can purchase fine goods from around the globe

Photo credit: © Nelson Wu
 

Shopping on Trinidad and Tobago is all about variety. In one instant you can be making your way through a busy street bazaar, and the next walking through a department store in the mall. There are also locally owned businesses and various souvenir shops.

Where to Shop

Outdoor markets are a great place to find the best prices on handicrafts, textiles, produce, and livestock. Charlotte Street in Port of Spain is well known for street vending, but also be on the look out for street vendors on High Street, Main Street in Chaguanas, and the Central Market at Sea Lots.

The bazaar in Port-of-Spain showcases luxury items from around the globe. Shoppers will find everything they could dream of, from Irish linens and English china to Swiss watches and French perfume. At each shop in the bazaar you'll feel as though you've left Trinidad and gone to a whole new country, with the exciting opportunity to bring home a souvenir.

Trinidad's malls come in two forms: arcade and shopping centers. Arcades are what Americans recognize as a shopping mall, with department stores flanking dozens of smaller chains, restaurants, salons, movie theaters, and kiosks. These can be found throughout Trinidad on Chaguanas, Charlotte, Frederick, Henry, and High Roads. You can expect to pay more at the arcade malls than in the shopping centers.

The shopping centers, meanwhile, are open air shopping plazas, where guests must walk outdoors to move between the shops. In Trinidad, these include City of Grand Bazaar,Cross Crossing Shopping PlazaEllerslie PlazaFalls at West MallGulf City Shopping ComplexLong Circular MallMovieTowne Entertainment Complex,Trincity Mall, and Valpark Shopping Centre.

Gifts and Souvenirs

Much like the people of Trinidad and Tobago, their craft industry is a vibrant one. If you are looking to take home a souvenir symbolic of the island, look towards the locally made items. In this category you will find mini steel pan drums, leather crafts, beaded jewelry, and wood carvings.

Don't forget about souvenirs you can swallow, from local rum to a wide variety of regional spices.

Also, along with the abundance of products that come from international sources, Trinidad is known for it's great fashion and jewelry industry. Hand printed sarongs and sun dresses, Trinidad t-shirts, painstakingly crafted jewelry, and various other high end designs can be found in boutiques throughout the country.

If you're looking for some souvenirs or gifts you might want to try Sun Tings, which is located in Port of Spain. Don't return home from Trinidad and Tobago empty handed. Instead, make Sun Tings a planned stop as you tour Port of Spain, where you'll find a huge array of souvenirs to choose from. Visitors will find them at 12 Frederick Street.

A second possibility is Native Spirit, which is found mi. ( km) to the of Sun Tings. The t-shirts printed by Native Spirit are inspired by the culture of Trinidad and the Caribbean. You'll be able to purchase clothing for kids and adults of all ages and sizes, as well as accessories like caps, beach bags, and more. If you have questions and want to call before making reservations, do so at (868) 622-7969.

A third option is Ray Cool. In addition to brand name sunglasses, a variety of high end fragrances are available at Ray Cool as well. These include Armani, Curve, Nautica, and Guess. If you're looking to call ahead, you can do so at (868) 622-7154.

The following chart summarizes more information on the 20 gift and souvenir shops on Trinidad.

Gifts and Souvenirs On Trinidad
Name Phone Location
Apadoca's Gift Shop (868) 634-2080 Chaguanas
Bambu Gift Shop (868) 632-7567 The vicinity of Port of Spain
Chhavals (868) 652-9273 San Fernando
D' Trini Shop (868) 669-8954 The vicinity of Port of Spain
Elgee Wholesalers Ltd (868) 675-7376 Port of Spain
Fancy Me (868) 652-9525 Trinidad
Home Of Fantasies (868) 657-8024 San Fernando
Home Shop (868) 671-1047 Chaguanas
Khemlani's Souvenir Shop (868) 623-4518 Downtown Port of Spain
Lasercuts (868) 636-5378 Mac Bean, Central Trinidad
Maharaja Ltd (868) 662-7252 1.6 mi. West of Central St. Augustine
Majestic Glass & Gift Centre (868) 652-6675 San Fernando
Native Spirit (868) 622-7969 St. James
Pop-In (868) 622-7262 3.8 mi. North-Northeast of Central Port of Spain
Ray Cool (868) 622-7154 St. James, Northern part of Trinidad
Sapodilla Gift Shop (868) 640-8634 The vicinity of Port of Spain
Stechers Limited (868) 622-8870 1.9 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Sun Tings (868) 625-5901 Port of Spain
The Gift Shoppe (868) 625-2195 1.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Vishala's (868) 640-2601 The vicinity of Port of Spain

Specialty Shops

One of the more popular specialty retailers in this area is 101 Art Gallery. They're located in Port of Spain, Trinidad. As the longest running art gallery on Trinidad and Tobago, 101 Art Gallery is a name you can trust. They're located at 84 Woodford Street.

Another option is The Trinidad Art Society, which is found mi. ( km) to the of 101 Art Gallery. As a group, the Trinidad Art Society works to promote the arts. This is done by hosting exhibitions, readings, concerts, classes and more. You will find them on Jamaican Boulevard and St Vincent Circle .

Horizons Art Gallery: Horizons opens its doors every morning at 9:00 a.m., closing at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1:00 p.m. Guests will find them at 37 Mucruapo Road.

Several specialty shops on Trinidad are summarized in the chart below.

Specialty Shops On Trinidad
Name Type Phone Location
101 Art Gallery Art Gallery (868) 628-4081 1.0 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Anand's Gold & Diamond Collection Ltd Jewelry Store (868) 653-1735 1.3 mi. South of Central San Fernando
Anand's Gold and Diamond Collection Jewelry Store (868) 299-2900 Chaguanas, Central Trinidad
Anand's Gold and Diamond Collection Jewelry Store (868) 299-3800 Montrose, Central Trinidad
Beach Break Surf Shop Surfing Gear Store (868) 632-7873 Port of Spain, Northwestern part of Trinidad
Dave Jewellers Jewelry Store (868) 652-3304 San Fernando
Dipak Jewellers Limited Jewelry Store (868) 655-9210 Princes Town, Southern part of Trinidad
Gregory Scott Art Studio Art Gallery (868) 717-7545 Downtown Port of Spain
Horizons Art Gallery Art Gallery (868) 628-9769 Trinidad
In2 Art Ltd Art Gallery -- St. Ann's
Janice's Studio Jewelry Store (868) 621-3319 1.2 mi. North-Northeast of Central Belmont
Jewellery Paradise Jewelry Store (868) 657-2229 3.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central St. Augustine
Rick's Dive World Dive Shop (868) 634-3483 Chaguaramas, Northwestern part of Trinidad
Soft Box Studios Ltd Art Gallery (868) 622-8610 1.2 mi. Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
The Gallery of Fine Art Art Gallery (868) 628-4669 1.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
The Trinidad Art Society Art Gallery (868) 622-9827 Port of Spain
Tiana's Jewellery Jewelry Store (868) 672-9822 Chaguanas, Central Trinidad
Y Art & Framing Gallery Art Gallery (868) 628-4165 Woodbrook
Yasmin's Art and Framing Art Gallery (868) 628-4165 Woodbrook
Zina's Jewellery & Cosmetics Ltd Jewelry Store (868) 640-2543 The vicinity of Port of Spain

Clothing and Apparel

Enjoy shopping for clothing? You might want to try Tish's Fashion -- which is located within Chaguanas. With an eye for the diverse fashions of Trinidad and Tobago, Tish's Fashion has amassed an eclectic selection of clothing for the women of the islands to choose from. Whether classic and subdued, or vibrant and edgy, you'll find something to suit your style at this boutique. They're located at 4 Max Street .

Another place to consider is Flirt By Vs Ltd -- which is found 11.9 mi. (19.1 km) to the northwest of Tish's Fashion. It's never too late to learn how to flirt. Check the store out from 8:30 a.m. If you're looking to call ahead of time, you can do so at (868) 627-5458.

Another clothing shop you might enjoy is Peter Elias. The clothing available at Peter Elias's boutique vary with the season, but you can typically find designs that compliment that Caribbean, resort-casual atmosphere, as well as a polished line up of formal wear. Visitors can reach them at (868) 622-2896.

Lots of apparel shops located on Trinidad are shown here:

Clothing and Apparel On Trinidad
Name Type Phone Location
Bang Bang Boutique (868) 640-5002 The vicinity of Port of Spain
Brands Galore Boutique Boutique (868) 653-2079 Downtown Port of Spain
Caliente Boutique (868) 655-1140 Princes Town, Southern part of Trinidad
Candy's Collection Boutique (868) 652-6191 San Fernando
Charrans-Vani's Valpark Boutique (868) 645-8792 Downtown Port of Spain
Cream Soda Boutique (868) 625-7051 Downtown Port of Spain
Flirt By Vs Ltd Boutique (868) 627-5458 1.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Geopa Designs Boutique (868) 633-6984 The vicinity of Port of Spain
Hazena's Boutique (868) 652-3874 San Fernando
Ilda's Boutique Boutique (868) 622-5980 St. James
Kool Kloset Clothing Store (868) 221-1188 3.8 mi. North-Northeast of Central Port of Spain
Livin Trini Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (868) 348-9973 0.8 mi. Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Nicole's Family Boutique Boutique (868) 636-2136 Downtown Port of Spain
Peter Elias Boutique (868) 622-2896 3.8 mi. North-Northeast of Central Port of Spain
Priya's Creations Boutique (868) 652-5734 San Fernando
Ray Cool Sunglasses Shop (868) 622-7154 St. James, Northern part of Trinidad
Sportit Boutique (868) 672-1417 Chaguanas, Central Trinidad
Susan's Exclusive Boutique (868) 623-3172 Port of Spain
Tish's Fashion Boutique (868) 672-0374 Chaguanas
United Colors Of Benetton Boutique (868) 622-8245 Port of Spain

Food and Grocery

Got the munchies? Peppercorns is found in Port of Spain, Trinidad. A small, family owned and operated business, Peppercorns specializes in quality, gourmet products. For customers who want to call ahead, do so at (868) 628-5573.

Another option is Bakery Treatz, which is located 12.6 mi. (20.2 km) to the southeast of Peppercorns. Bakery Treatz is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The property is located at 75 Rodney Road .

Vanilla Bean Gourmet Store: Vanilla Bean offers a variety of gourmet items including jams, jellies, oils, cooking wines, coffees, teas, and many baking products. They also have a wide selection of gluten and wheat free products, fresh produce, and decadent desserts. You'll find them at 145 Munroe Road.

You can look through the following table to learn more.

Food and Grocery Stores On Trinidad
Name Type Phone Location
Bakery Treatz Bakery (868) 672-9625 Chaguanas
Chee Mooke Bakery Ltd Bakery (868) 623-4607 Downtown Port of Spain
Fernandes Fine Wines & Spirits Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (868) 637-1300 Downtown Port of Spain
Maharaj West Side Supermarket Ltd Grocery Store (868) 667-6977 Arima, Northern part of Trinidad
Peppercorns Grocery Store (868) 628-5573 1.9 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Pricesmart Grocery Store -- 1.6 mi. West of Downtown Port of Spain
Puff 'N' Stuff Bakery Bakery (868) 657-5920 San Fernando
Puff 'N' Stuff Bakery Bakery (868) 657-5920 San Fernando
S & S Persad Supermarket Wholesale & Grocery Store 91 High St Rio Claro Trinidad
Singh's Liquor Mart Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (868) 628-6252 St. James
Symmetry Trinidad Organic / Health Food Store (868) 625-2286 Woodbrook
Tang Hap Supermarket Grocery Store (868) 648-4885 La Brea, Southwestern part of Trinidad
Vanilla Bean Gourmet Store Grocery Store (868) 693-0627 Chaguanas, Central Trinidad
Vintage Imports Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (868) 628-4592 Woodbrook
Xtra Foods Supermarket Grocery Store (868) 665-7550 Chaguanas

Duties, Taxes, and Tips

The official currency of Trinidad and Tobago is the Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TT$), however, many shops will accept major credit cards and the United States Dollar (USD).

Trinidad does offer guests duty free shopping, allowing $200 worth of gifts, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 1.5 liters of wine or spirits, and perfume to leave the country with visitors at no charge. Visitors will find duty free shopping at Excellent City Stores and Maraj and Sons in Port of Spain, Long Circular Mall in St James, and West Mall in Westmoorings.

The eclectic mix of local products and international goods is what is so special about shopping on Trinidad. Make the most of your $200 duty free limit, and bring home fine goods as well as handcrafted souvenirs.

 

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