If you are looking for a truly local shopping experience in Barbados, then look no further than the many town markets that can be found all over the island. No matter where your Barbados villa is located, there is sure to be a market nearby. In these markets you will find locals selling everything from fresh, exotic fruits to homemade, authentic gifts that you will struggle to find anywhere else.
What’s more, it can be great fun talking to and haggling with the stall owners as they try to convince you to purchase some of their wares.
Cheapside market is likely to be one of the most popular markets in Barbados. It is an area that the government has designated to local artisans to display and sell their produce, as well as plenty of fresh local foods. The market is located in a large open building in Bridgetown, and is filled with rows and rows of market vendors selling jewellery, crafts, meat, vegetables and more. It is also a great place to look for your next clothing purchase thanks to the vintage stalls upstairs.
As the name of the market suggests, everything is very reasonably priced, so you are sure to bag a bargain. The majority of the stall owners will be willing to haggle, and are more likely to slash their prices if you want to buy in bulk.
The best time to visit the market is on the Saturday, when the area really seems to come to life with colour and people. This tends to be when the locals come out to do their shopping, so you’ll get a real sense of the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Just opposite the market is an area that is known as Temple Yard, which is dedicated to local artisans who are not only selling their wares, but they also create them. Expect to see leather goods, foods, carvings, art and more, and makes a great spot to grab a bite to eat after a long day shopping.
It is an excellent place for you to witness Barbadian culture at its finest, and is also the ideal spot to find and buy a unique and genuine souvenir to take back to your villa in Barbados.