Shopping in Barbados

barbados shoppingBarbados is renowned for its duty-free shopping and designer goods. So if you are looking to buy a special gift such as jewelry, then you will enjoy shopping in Barbados. Boasting high-quality, tax-free merchandise, excellent service by friendly and knowledgeable staff, the comfortable stores and craft stalls makes shopping in Barbados truly beyond your imagination.
The heart and soul of shopping in Barbados is Broad Street in the capital city, Bridgetown. There you will find several large department stores and duty free shops. In addition to the specialty stores, there are several shopping malls offering a wide variety of products and services. Just outside of Bridgetown is the Bayshore Complex, worth a stop for its shopping, and historic value.
If you do have something to celebrate while on the island, or looking something special to wear, for the ladies you will find a bridal department in Cave Shepherd and there are also a few shops on Broad Street that specialize in bridal wear and other clothing for special occasions. For men, you will find a great selection at the Bionic Shop also located on Broad Street.
Duty-free shopping is especially popular, with prices typically being 30 to 50% less than in other islands. But when you are making these purchases, ensure you have your passport or airline ticket with you. Offering a great deal with your purchases, you can have your packages delivered to the airport or sea port for your convenience.
barbados-shopping-pelicanFor gifts to take home from your holiday in Barbados, head to the Pelican Craft Centre, this shopping village is on the outskirts of Bridgetown. While there you will get the best local handicrafts including straw bags, wall hangings, batik, paintings, rum cakes, and much more. Also, at plenty of shops you will see workmen in their studios creating goods in leather and clay. The Pelican Craft Centre is a lovely place to stroll around, as you buy some really unique pieces at a great price.
If you want to buy ornaments, crystal, fine figurines then you will find these items on sale in the Royal Shop, Cave Shepherd or Little Switzerland. Shopping in Barbados is by no means confined to Bridgetown. There are several smaller towns like Holetown in St. James and Speightstown in St. Peter that feature craft and gift shops. You can find these chattel villages at Holetown, St. James, St.Lawrence Gap, and Christ Church. These shops are made in traditional chattel house style and selling souvenirs, gift items, clothing and local arts and crafts.
Another great place for pottery is Earthworks situated in St. Thomas. This is where Caribbean style pottery is featured in bold colors and unusual design. Here you can also see the potter at his wheel making the items from sinks to plates. Enjoy your shopping tour in Barbados as you take home a piece of paradise.