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Shopping in Trinidad & Tobago


You can find goods from all over the world in Port-of-Spain, but local goods are always available. Special purchases include calypso records, steel drums, leather bags and sandals, ceramics and woodcarvings. Gold and silver jewellery can be good value, as can Indian silks and fabrics. Rum should also be considered. Bright, printed fabrics and other summer garments are available in Trinidad & Tobago, particularly in Port-of-Spain.

In Trinidad, you will find a number of designers and fashion houses, some of them respected internationally like Claudia Pegus, Heather Jones, Meiling, Millhouse, Radical Designs and The Cloth. These designers have retail outlets or ateliers where you can purchase their work.

Prices in shops and stores are generally displayed and do not change according to the customer. Outdoor vendors, however, are another story: they are likely to charge a different, higher price for a foreigner than for a local.

Duty-free shopping is also available at West Mall in Westmoorings, Long Circular Mall in St James, Excellent City Stores in Port-of-Spain, Maraj and Sons (jewellers), Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain and Stechers (luxury items), Long Circular Mall, St James.

Shopping hours are generally Monday to Thursday, 8 am-4 pm; Friday 8 am-6 pm; and Saturday 8 am-1 pm. Some shops stay open later in Port-of-Spain, and malls are often open till 9 pm. Shops close on public holidays, especially during Carnival.


The major shopping centres in North Trinidad are MovieTowne Entertainment Complex, Invader's Bay, Port of Spain; The Falls at West Mall, Westmoorings; Long Circular Mall, St James; Ellerslie Plaza, Maraval; Trincity Mall, Trincity and The City of Grand Bazaar and Valpark Shopping Centre in Valsayn.

In Port-of-Spain you will find arcade malls on Charlotte, Henry and Frederick streets. Craftsmen selling hand-made leather sandals, belts and wood carvings are found on Independence Square at the corner of Henry and Frederick streets. Local craftsman also approach visitors on beaches with displays of beaded bracelets, necklaces and hand-carved pendants.

Fabric stores can be found throughout the island, but Queen and Frederick streets in downtown Port-of-Spain is considered the best place to buy textiles. Some shops have a vast inventory of fabric for all occasions, while others specialise in high-end material for weddings, special events and drapery.

In San Fernando, south Trinidad's main shopping district, arcade malls are located on High Street, where as the main shopping area for central Trinidad is the town of Chaguanas and arcades line the Chaguanas Main Road.

In South Trinidad, Cross Crossing Shopping Plaza at Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando and Gulf City Shopping Complex in La Romain are also popular.

Port-of-Spain's Charlotte Street is a haven for street vending and the place to find bargains on everything, from the local delicacy of salted fish to small appliances. Street vendors also ply their trade on High Street San Fernando and Main Road Chaguanas.

On weekends many locals rise early and make their way to produce markets for the freshest meats (you can buy live chickens), fruits and vegetables. Port-of-Spain's Central Market at Sea Lots is the largest on the island but the towns of San Fernando, Chaguanas, Princes Town, Arima and Sangre Grande also boast a great variety of goods, from traditional medicinal herbs to clothing and household gadgets. The best time to visit the market is between the hours of 6 am and 11 am.





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