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 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.

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
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
Pocket Pinchers (868) 653-7413 San Fernando
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 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.

Specialty Shops On Trinidad
Name Type Phone Location
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 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
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
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

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.

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
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
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
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

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.

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
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
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
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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