The best places to go shopping in St Lucia range from small, independent, artisanal stores to multi-storey malls housing global brand names. Most independent stores are happy to help you find personalized gifts. At some places, you can even watch local artists and craftspeople create their wares.

    The lush plantations and iconic bays of St Lucia host a wide range of stores, so you can enjoy stunning vistas while you shop. And the best bit? Lots of these places are duty-free. Don't forget your passport to enjoy huge discounts on high-end brands.

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    Castries Central Market

    Pick up some fresh produce and local wares

    • Shoppers
    • Budget

    The Castries Central Market hosts plenty of arts and craft stores, restaurants, and hundreds of stalls selling fresh local produce. This historic marketplace is central to St Lucian life – being over 100 years old, it’s easy to see why.

    You’ll always be welcomed with a lively atmosphere. The iconic clock tower façade makes it a great spot to take a selfie. The arts and crafts market is a treasure trove of souvenirs and gifts while the fresh produce section is a great place to shop for tropical fruits and vegetables. If you want to experience the real buzz of the market, visit on a Saturday morning when the locals do their weekly shop.

    Location: 55 John Compton Hwy, Castries, St. Lucia

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 758-460-5596

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    Baywalk Mall

    A duty-free complex on Rodney Bay Strip

    Baywalk Mall is a modern shopping complex with over 50 businesses. You can find a remarkable mix of international and local brands here, covering clothes, accessories, souvenirs, electronics, and beauty products. There’s also an artisanal grocery store if you’re looking for wine, cheese, and imported food items.

    When it’s time for a meal, you can enjoy sushi at Sakuragi, Chinese cuisine at Jade Terrace, or pizzas at Amici. Check out local favorite Elena’s for homemade Italian ice cream – great for cooling off after a few hours in the sun. Baywalk Mall is in St. Lucia’s popular resort area of Rodney Bay.

    Location: Rodney Bay Strip, St. Lucia

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 758-452-6666

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    JQ Rodney Bay Mall

    Buy souvenirs and vacation supplies

    • Shoppers

    JQ Rodney Bay Mall is one of the original shopping malls in St Lucia, housing dozens of businesses over 3 levels. You'll be greeted by an array of cafés and restaurants on the first floor, with pretty much anything you might need on the floors above.

    The mall is great for getting small things you might forget during your vacation. You can shop for comfortable clothes or get a trim at the onsite salon. There's an international grocery store if you fancy a taste of home. You'll also find all sorts of souvenirs and gifts for loved ones back home. The best thing about JQ Rodney Bay Mall is it's all duty-free, so remember to bring your passport.

    Location: Castries-Gros Islet Hwy, Gros Islet, St. Lucia

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 7 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 758-458-0700

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    Sea Island Cotton Shop

    Fashion boutique specializing in traditional woven dresses

    • Shoppers

    Sea Island Cotton Shop is a duty-free fashion boutique in Baywalk Mall. It specializes in an array of locally made beachwear, accessories, and souvenirs, alongside some brand-name clothing. The store has a good selection of REEF sandals, if you need some light but sturdy footwear.

    Sea Island Cotton Shop is known for its duty-free status, so it’s much cheaper to buy gifts here than at the airport. You can pick something up for everyone at home, from locally made ornaments to classic beer mugs and fridge magnets. There’s even hot pepper sauce if you want to recreate some Caribbean recipes at home.

    Location: Bay Walk Mall Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm

    Phone: +1 758-458-4220

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    Diamonds International St. Lucia

    Purchase premium diamonds for your loved ones

    • Shoppers
    • Luxury

    Diamonds International St Lucia is a specialist Caribbean jewelry and watch store. You can find it in Pointe Seraphine, a duty-free shopping complex just outside Castries. It’s been a prominent St Lucia institution since 1988, so you can expect great quality and service.

    Diamonds International St Lucia stocks premium jewelry by Crown of Light and Safi Kilima Tanzanite, as well as its own brand, DI Diamonds. The friendly and professional staff can help you find your preferred styles. The best part is the free gifts that come with some purchases.

    Location: Castries, St. Lucia

    Open: Monday–Friday from 10 am to 4.30 pm (closed on weekends)

    Phone: +1 758-716-8532

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    Island Mix

    Find local art of picture-perfect views

    Island Mix is an art gallery in Rodney Bay, just 650 meters south of Reduit Beach in St Lucia. It's easy to see why artists come here to paint and sell their wares – you can enjoy scenic views of yachts bobbing in the harbor.

    Island Mix has an onsite café, so you can unwind with a drink after browsing the local art. Regular fish fry evenings are a fixture here, so check its online calendar before you arrive. The café has a great daily menu as well as freshly filtered coffee – we recommend pairing it with a local rum cake.

    Location: Rodney Bay, Gros Islet, St. Lucia

    Open: Monday–Wednesday and Friday–Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm, Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 758-584-7877

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    St Lucia Rum Shop

    Stock up on St Lucia’s popular tipple

    • Shoppers

    St Lucia Rum Shop stocks award-winning rums from around the Caribbean. You can find the small store in Pointe Seraphine, just south of the George F. L. Charles Airport. Rum is the Caribbean’s favorite tipple, and this shop has more than you could hope to try in 1 visit.

    Real rum lovers shouldn't miss out on the opportunity to get some St Lucian specials, such as Bounty and Admiral Rodney. You'll find loads of varieties – light, dark, gold, spiced, and everything in between. There's always a friendly atmosphere, with professional staff keen to recommend a rum that suits your taste.

    Location: Pointe Seraphine, Port Castries, St. Lucia

    Open: Monday–Friday and Sunday from 9 am to 4.30 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm

    Phone: +1 758-451-9040

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    Choiseul Art Gallery

    Admire paintings and trinkets by local artists

    • Shoppers

    Choiseul Art Gallery displays unique paintings and handicrafts by St Lucia’s talented local artists. It's located toward the south of Choiseul, around 1 km north of the Riviere Doree Sugar Mill Ruins.

    The gallery houses oil paintings of famous St Lucian vistas, handmade ornaments, and locally crafted ceramics. Everything is as St Lucian as you can get here. The owner will happily explain how each piece was created, and there’s no obligation to buy if you just want to admire the art.

    Location: Choiseul, St. Lucia

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +1 758-715-5740

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    Caribelle Batik

    See how traditional Caribbean clothes are made

    • Shoppers

    Caribelle Batik is an outlet selling handmade cotton fabrics in St Lucia. The store is in Castries, hidden deep within the tropical gardens of the Howelton Estate. You can enjoy plenty of things to do in the area before or after you shop.

    Caribelle Batik uses the finest local cotton fabrics, all made in its downstairs workshop. You can see the artists at work while shopping for your favorite Caribbean-style outfit. The estate also has several workshops producing local specialties, including chocolate.

    Location: Old Victoria Road Morne Fortune Castries, St. Lucia

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 758-452-3785

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    The Batik Studio

    Shop for beachwear with intricate designs

    • Shoppers

    The Batik Studio is a studio and store providing an array of batik-style artworks and clothes. All pieces are created onsite, and the owner will happily talk you through the unique process of batik painting.

    The Batik Studio also sells batik art, including wall coverings and hangings. Caribbean cotton is great for staying cool in the sun, while the batik patterns give you a tropical vibe. The store is located in Bouton, on the west coast of St Lucia.

    Location: Bouton, St. Lucia

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 758-459-7985

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    John Frodsham | Contributing Writer

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