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.
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 Plaza, Ellerslie Plaza, Falls at West Mall, Gulf City Shopping Complex, Long Circular Mall, MovieTowne Entertainment Complex,Trincity Mall, and Valpark Shopping Centre.
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 hoping to find some gifts or souvenirs you should think about visiting Sun Tings, which is located within 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. You'll be able to find them at 12 Frederick Street.
Another possibility is Native Spirit, which is found mi. ( km) from Sun Tings. Known for the Running Man symbol that is printed on most of their apparel, Native Spirit symbolizes fun and freedom. Offering Caribbean inspired art that you wear, this spot has been designing and printing garments for over 25 years. If you want to be sure they're open , call them at (868) 622-7969.
Still another option is Pocket Pinchers. You can find great deals at Pocket Pinchers every day of the week except for Sunday. Stop by between 8:30 a.m. If you have questions and want to call before booking a room, you can do so at (868) 653-7413.
Many of the gift and souvenir shops located on Trinidad can be seen in the table below.
|(868) 645-5006||1.6 mi. West of Central St. Augustine|
|(868) 628-6546||St. James, Northern part of Trinidad|
|(868) 625-9495||The vicinity of Port of Spain|
|(868) 662-0770||1.6 mi. West of Central St. Augustine|
|(868) 636-5378||Mac Bean, Central Trinidad|
|(868) 662-7252||1.6 mi. West of Central St. Augustine|
|Native Spirit||(868) 622-7969||St. James|
|(868) 628-6455||3.8 mi. North-Northeast of Central Port of Spain|
|Pocket Pinchers||(868) 653-7413||San Fernando|
|(868) 622-7262||3.8 mi. North-Northeast of Central Port of Spain|
|Ray Cool||(868) 622-7154||St. James, Northern part of Trinidad|
|(868) 679-0384||Mac Bean, Central Trinidad|
|(868) 658-2831||San Fernando|
|(868) 653-0020||San Fernando|
|(868) 653-6255||San Fernando|
|(868) 622-8870||1.9 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain|
|Sun Tings||(868) 625-5901||Port of Spain|
|(868) 625-2195||1.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain|
|(868) 662-9413||1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Augustine|
One of the interesting specialty retailers in the area is Horizons Art Gallery. They are situated on Trinidad. The vast showroom at Horizons Art Gallery features artwork by a wide berth of popular Trinidadian artists, as well as a few from other Caribbean countries. Collectors and art industry workers will love to tour this spot. They can be found at 37 Mucruapo Road.
A second option is Rick's Dive World, which is found to the of Horizons Art Gallery. A full-service dive center that offers everything from PADI training and certification to daily dives, this location is also preferred by those who need their dive equipment serviced thanks to the knowledgeable staff that is on-site daily. You can contact them at (868) 634-3483.
The Trinidad Art Society: Once upon a time, a group of artists working in various mediums joined together and decided that Trinidad needed a place that worked to promote modern art amongst the masses. And so the Trinidad Art Society was born. They are located on Jamaican Boulevard and St Vincent Circle .
Take a moment to look through the following table for more information about your options.
|101 Art Gallery||Art Gallery||(868) 628-4081||Woodbrook|
|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) 299-3800||Montrose, Central Trinidad|
|Art Gallery||(868) 624-4369||Downtown Port of Spain|
|Beach Break Surf Shop||Surfing Gear Store||(868) 632-7873||Port of Spain, Northwestern part of Trinidad|
|Colombian Emeralds Piarco||Jewelry Store||(868) 669-6169||The vicinity of Port of Spain|
|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|
|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|
|Kaur Collections||Jewelry Store||(868) 625-9186||1.1 mi. Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain|
|Rick's Dive World||Dive Shop||(868) 634-3483||Chaguaramas, Northwestern part of Trinidad|
|Shiva Jewellers||Jewelry Store||(868) 645-5345||1.6 mi. West of Central St. Augustine|
|The Trinidad Art Society||Art Gallery||(868) 622-9827||Port of Spain|
|Art Gallery||(868) 628-4165||Woodbrook|
|Yasmin's Art and Framing||Art Gallery||(868) 628-4165||Woodbrook|
|Jewelry Store||(868) 633-1131||Port of Spain, Northwestern part of Trinidad|
Interested in shopping for clothing? Consider dropping by Tish's Fashion -- which is located in 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 at 4 Max Street .
A second place to consider is Jungle Glamour -- which is found mi. ( km) to the of Tish's Fashion. Jungle Glamour sells clothing, sleep wear, lingerie, maternity wear, and bathing suits in loud, expressive prints that make a woman feel almost primal. Additionally, there is a wide selection of handbags and accessories on sale. If you would like to call ahead, you can do so at (868) 652-6958.
A third apparel shop you might want to visit 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. If you are looking to call ahead of time, you can do so at (868) 622-2896.
The table directly below enables you to get some key facts concerning the apparel shops located on Trinidad.
|Boutique||(868) 672-7646||Enterprise, Central Trinidad|
|Boutique||(868) 640-5002||The vicinity of Port of Spain|
|Boutique||(868) 667-8792||Valencia, Northeastern part of Trinidad|
|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|
|Haven Of Elegance||Clothing Store||(868) 633-4954||St. James|
|Boutique||(868) 662-9954||1.6 mi. West of Central St. Augustine|
|Jungle Glamour||Boutique||(868) 652-6958||San Fernando|
|Livin Trini||Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store||(868) 348-9973||0.8 mi. Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain|
|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|
|Boutique||(868) 667-3268||Arima, Northern part of Trinidad|
|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|
|Boutique||(868) 645-2668||2.2 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Augustine|
|Boutique||(868) 628-0846||1.9 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain|
Got the munchies? Peppercorns is located in Port of Spain, Trinidad. A small, family owned and operated business, Peppercorns specializes in quality, gourmet products. To contact them, call (868) 628-5573.
A second place to consider is Bakery Treatz, which is found 12 and a half miles (20 kilometers) to the southeast of Peppercorns. Bakery Treatz is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You will find them at 75 Rodney Road .
Vanilla Bean Gourmet Store: A small local grocery store specializing in gourmet products, Vanilla Bean is where you go for high-quality options. Visitors will find them at 145 Munroe Road.
You can look through the following table for more information.
|Bakery Treatz||Bakery||(868) 672-9625||Chaguanas|
|Bakery||(868) 623-4607||Downtown Port of Spain|
|Bakery||(868) 652-2036||San Fernando|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(868) 637-1300||Downtown Port of Spain|
|Grocery Store||(868) 627-4456||Trinidad|
|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|
|Grocery Store||--||1.6 mi. West of Downtown Port of Spain|
|Bakery||(868) 657-5920||San Fernando|
|Bakery||(868) 657-5920||San Fernando|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(868) 673-0023||Freeport, Central Trinidad|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(868) 628-6252||St. James|
|Grocery Store||(868) 648-4885||La Brea, Southwestern part of Trinidad|
|Vanilla Bean Gourmet Store||Grocery Store||(868) 693-0627||Chaguanas, Central Trinidad|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(868) 628-4592||Woodbrook|
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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