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 you should think about visiting 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. Guests will find them at 12 Frederick Street.

Another possibility is Native Spirit, which is located mi. ( km) from 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, you can do so at (868) 622-7969.

Still another 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 for something specific, call them at (868) 622-7154.

Be sure to look through the following table to find out more about gift and souvenir shops that you'll find in this area.

Gifts and Souvenirs On Trinidad
Name Phone Location
Carib Collection (868) 645-5006 1.6 mi. West of Central St. Augustine
Cocoyea (868) 628-6546 St. James, Northern part of Trinidad
D Gift Box (868) 625-9495 The vicinity of Port of Spain
D' Trini Shop (868) 669-8954 The vicinity of Port of Spain
De Lyla's (868) 662-0770 1.6 mi. West of Central St. Augustine
Gift City (868) 665-8179 Chaguanas
Lasercuts (868) 636-5378 Mac Bean, Central Trinidad
Maharaja Ltd (868) 662-7252 1.6 mi. West of Central St. Augustine
Native Spirit (868) 622-7969 St. James
Paper Mills Ltd (868) 628-6455 3.8 mi. North-Northeast of Central Port of Spain
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
Ronald's Jewelery & Gift Shop (868) 679-0384 Mac Bean, Central Trinidad
Saruna Bajoon (868) 658-2831 San Fernando
Sheila's Flower & Gift Shop (868) 653-0020 San Fernando
Souvenir's Boutique (868) 653-6255 San Fernando
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
The Souvenir Corner (868) 662-9413 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Augustine

Specialty Shops

One of the area's more popular speciality shops is 101 Art Gallery. This store is located within Port of Spain, Trinidad. As the longest running art gallery on Trinidad and Tobago, 101 Art Gallery is a name you can trust. For 28 years, owner Mark Pereira has opened the doors on a daily basis to allow collectors and lovers of fine arts to come browse the collected works of artists that he has hand selected to have permanent exhibits on site. Visit them on facebook and Instagram (@101artgallerytt) for more info. They're at 84 Woodford Street.

Another good option is Horizons Art Gallery, which is found mi. ( km) to the of 101 Art Gallery. 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 are situated at 37 Mucruapo Road.

Rick's Dive World: 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.

Take some time to look through this table for more information about your options.

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) 299-3800 Montrose, Central Trinidad
Anand's Gold and Diamond Collection Jewelry Store (868) 299-2900 Chaguanas, Central Trinidad
Art Creators 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
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
The Gallery 1 2 3 4 Art Gallery (868) 625-5502 1.7 mi. North of Downtown Port of Spain
The Trinidad Art Society Art Gallery (868) 622-9827 Port of Spain
Y Art & Framing Gallery Art Gallery (868) 628-4165 Woodbrook
Yasmin's Art and Framing Art Gallery (868) 628-4165 Woodbrook
Yolisam Jewellers Jewelry Store (868) 633-1131 Port of Spain, Northwestern part of Trinidad

Clothing and Apparel

Want to shop for some clothing? You might want to visit Tish's Fashion -- it's found 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. Guests will be able to find them at 4 Max Street .

A second place to consider is Peter Elias -- which is found 13.9 mi. (22.4 km) to the north-northwest of Tish's Fashion. Having been in the fashion industry for more than three decades, Peter Elias knows a good look when he sees one. That's why you can trust when you walk into his boutique that you will encounter nothing but the best, trendiest designs available. If you are looking for something specific and want to call before making reservations, do so at (868) 622-2896.

A third apparel shop you might want to visit is Flirt By Vs Ltd. Sassy, sexy, flirty, and fun is how you would describe the offering at Flirt By Vs Ltd, where women go to find the perfect outfit to make them feel like the bomb shell that they are. Guests can reach them at (868) 627-5458.

The table just below lists more details on the apparel shops on Trinidad.

Clothing and Apparel On Trinidad
Name Type Phone Location
Abraham's Boutique (868) 672-7646 Enterprise, Central Trinidad
Bang Bang Boutique (868) 640-5002 The vicinity of Port of Spain
Candi's 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
Jabez Boutique (868) 662-9954 1.6 mi. West of Central St. Augustine
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
Solomon Hadeed & Sons Co Ltd Boutique (868) 667-3268 Arima, Northern part of Trinidad
Susan's Exclusive Boutique (868) 623-3172 Port of Spain
The Working Woman Boutique (868) 627-7048 1.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Tish's Fashion Boutique (868) 672-0374 Chaguanas
United Colors Of Benetton Boutique (868) 622-8245 Port of Spain
Visions Boutique Boutique (868) 645-2668 2.2 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Augustine
What's New Pussy Cat Boutique (868) 628-0846 1.9 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain

Food and Grocery

Hungry? Peppercorns is located in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The shop is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Guests can reach them at (868) 628-5573.

Another possibility is Bakery Treatz, which is found 12 and a half miles (20 kilometers) to the southeast of Peppercorns. If you're craving something sweet, head on over to Bakery Treatz where you will find a wide array of freshly baked goods and confections. Guests can find them 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. Find them at 145 Munroe Road.

Look through the following table if you want more information.

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
D & S Maharaj Bakery Bakery (868) 652-2036 San Fernando
Fernandes Fine Wines & Spirits Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (868) 637-1300 Downtown Port of Spain
Hi Lo Food Stores Grocery Store (868) 627-4456 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
Ramadhar's Food & Liquor Centre Co Ltd Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (868) 673-0023 Freeport, Central 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

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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