International brand names, fine clothing, beautiful art and handmade crafts – all are to be found in St. Lucia’s stores.
St. Lucia’s stores are a lot smaller than commercial centres overseas, nevertheless they do offer exquisite things that shoppers won’t find anywhere else. Colombian Emeralds and Little Switzerland, two fine international stores, located at Pointe Seraphine and La Place Carenage duty free shopping centres, sell the finest in timepieces, china, crystal and jewellery, all at tax free prices.
Discover St. Lucia’s colourful, friendly nature while visiting the 100-year-old Saturday Market in the capital of Castries. Here you’ll find bountiful bananas, today’s catch, local spices such as mace, nutmeg, cinnamon, cocoa and hot pepper sauces which make great gifts and souvenirs. In the adjacent Craft Market are baskets, brooms and other straw goods, wood carvings, pottery and local artists wares at good prices. There is also a small market on the waterfront in Soufriére where some handicrafts and spices are sold.
The Rodney Bay Shopping Mall, in Rodney Bay, has a great supermarket at street level. Upstairs is the Sunshine Bookshop, which also has a store in Gablewoods Mall . They carry Caribbean authors, newspapers and a good selection of Caribbean cookbooks. The Mall has a variety of food stalls, good for take-out, and Koko Tok, an apparel shop with particularly nice linen and cotton goods.
On the beautiful coast south of Soufriére is Choiseul Arts and Crafts Centre which carries Amerindian baskets and other straw goods plus excellent wood carvings and pottery – well worth the excursion.