24 Best Places to Shop in New Providence and Paradise Islands, Bahamas

Bahama Art and Handicraft

Fodor's choice

This traditional wooden Bahamian home is packed with incredible handmade goods, from jewelry and candles to items made from straw and native wood and even ceramics. You'll also find some great deals on beautiful original Bahamian art. Pick up some unique gifts and souvenirs to remember your trip to the islands.

Bahama Handprints

Fodor's choice

Bahama Handprints fabrics emphasize sophisticated tropical prints by local artists in an array of colors. Also look for leather handbags, a wide range of women's clothing, housewares, and bolts of fabric. Watch as the handmade fabrics are designed right on-site. You can also find their outposts in Marina Village, at the Nassau Cruise Port, and at Baha Mar.

Bahamas Rum Cake Factory

Fodor's choice

At the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory, delicious Bahamian rum-soaked cakes are made and packaged in tins right on the premises (peek into the bakery) and make a great souvenir. Just make sure you take one home for yourself.

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Coin of the Realm

Fodor's choice

Coin of the Realm has Bahamian coins and stamps, native conch pearls, tanzanite, and semiprecious stone jewelry.

Down Home Bahamas

Fodor's choice

Find some of the best locally made gifts, clothing, home goods, and food and drinks to take home with you in this consignment-based store.

John Bull

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Established in 1929 and magnificently decorated in its Bay Street incarnation behind a Georgian-style facade, John Bull fills its complex with wares from Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Mikimoto, Tori Burch, and Yves Saint Laurent. The company has seven locations throughout Nassau, including Atlantis and Baha Mar, and also operates a number of the better-known high-end boutique brand stores, including Gucci and Pandora.

Mortimer Candies

Fodor's choice

Mortimer Candies whips up batches of uniquely Bahamian sweet treats daily. Pop in for a snow cone on a hot day, or buy some bags of benny cakes, coconut-cream candy, or their signature Paradise Sweets in a swirl of the Bahamian flag colors.

My Ocean

Fodor's choice

Here you can find candles, soaps, salt scrubs, and lotions in island- and ocean-inspired scents and colors, all locally made. Locations can also be found in Marina Village on Paradise Island, at Baha Mar, and in the departure terminal at the Lynden Pindling International Airport.

Pirate Republic Brewing Company

Fodor's choice

When you spot a pirate hanging out on Woodes Rogers Walk, you know you've found the home of this local craft brewery. Inside the shop is Pirate Republic beer to sample—Long John Pilsner, Gold and Haze of Piracy, and the Black Beer'd Stout—as well as live music most nights and a limited but tasty grub menu. For a look at how the brew is made, take one of the tours.

The Plait Lady

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If you are looking for authentic Bahamian straw work, this is the place to find it. From bags in all shapes and sizes to floor mats and delightful Christmas ornaments, every piece is handcrafted. They also sell other locally handcrafted items made of conch shell and other shells. You can also buy yards of colorful Androsia fabric here.

Brass & Leather

Here you can find leather goods for men and women, including bags, shoes, and belts. Pick up one of the unique soft-leather passport covers that come in an array of colors emblazoned with your country's coat of arms.

Charlotte St., off Bay St., Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
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Cole's of Nassau

This is a top choice for everything from ball gowns and cocktail dresses to resort wear and bathing suits, with all the shoes and accessories for every look. Two additional boutiques can be found at The Coral at Atlantis and just outside the gates of Lyford Cay on the western end of the island.

Colombian Emeralds International

Colombian Emeralds International is the local branch of this well-known jeweler; its stores carry a variety of fine jewelry in addition to its signature gem. There are also branches in Marina Village and at the Atlantis Paradise Island Royal Towers and Beach Towers.

Bay St. near Rawson Sq., Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas

Da Bee Hive

Beekeeping has taken off in The Bahamas, and this little shop in the Nassau Cruise Port features honey sourced from hives in The Exumas. You can take home amounts ranging from a 2-ounce jar to a gallon jug. The molasses-like amber honey is the most popular. There's a range of locally made beeswax candles as well.

Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas

Emporium de Coconut

The Bahamas' only coconut-processing company takes every single fiber of a locally sourced coconut and transforms them into a dizzying array of organic coconut products—refreshing dairy-free ice cream, vegan Parmesan flakes, oil, flour, cake mixes, rum liquors, and even body products for you and your pets. You can also enjoy fresh coconut water right in the coconut.

Graycliff Cigar Company

Graycliff carries one of Nassau's finest selections of hand-rolled cigars, featuring leaves from throughout Central and South America. Graycliff's operation is so popular that it has been expanded by the hotel to include an entire cigar factory, which is open to the public for tours, purchases, and even a cigar-rolling lesson. More than a dozen Cuban men and women roll the cigars; they live on the premises and work here through a special arrangement with the Cuban government. True cigar buffs will seek out Graycliff's owner, Enrico Garzaroli. In addition to the shop in the hotel, there's another Graycliff boutique at Lynden Pindling International Airport, and you can also find their cigars and a cigar roller in their newest shop inside the Nassau Cruise Port.

International Bazaar

This collection of shops under a huge, spreading bougainvillea sells linens, jewelry, souvenirs, and offbeat items. There's often a small band playing all sorts of music along this funky shopping row.

Bay St. near N. Charlotte St., Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas

Prince George Plaza

Prince George Plaza, which leads from Bay Street to Woodes Rogers Walk near the cruise-ship docks, just east of the International Bazaar, has about two dozen shops with varied wares.

Bay St., Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas

Rip Ty'd Bahamian Craft Beer

Take a seat at the old Bahamian sloop turned bar and order up a pint of this craft beer brewed right on-site. There's Loose Goat and, of course, Tied Goat, The Mudda Sick Sour, and the Sailors Tail. Book a tour of the small brewery to learn the story behind the beer and sample a flight of your choice.

Armstrong and Dowdeswell Streets, Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
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Straw Market

This towering colonial-style marketplace houses hundreds of straw vendors selling straw bags, T-shirts, and other souvenirs. The Straw Market is one place in The Bahamas where bargaining is accepted, so it's best to wander around and price similar items at different stalls before sealing a deal. Besides the wood-carvers on the western side of the market, you're not likely to find any locally made items here.

Bay St., Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas

Tasty Teas Bahamas

Bahamians love their tea—it's a nod to the country's colonial past—but bush tea is also still very popular. Pick up a packet of locally made tea leaves from medicinal bushes that grow wild in the islands. Fever grass, Moringa, hibiscus, and turmeric root all have medicinal benefits, and the 21 Gun Salute tea is considered a natural Viagra.

The Bahamas Craft Centre

The Bahamas Craft Centre offers some top-level Bahamian crafts, including a selection of authentic straw work. Dozens of vendors sell everything from baskets to shell collages inside this vibrantly colored building. You can catch a shuttle bus from Atlantis to the center.

The Cosmetic Boutique

Beauty experts are on hand to demonstrate the latest cosmetics offerings, including products from MAC, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, and La Mer.

Bay St. near Charlotte St., Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas

The Perfume Bar

This shop carries the best-selling French fragrance Boucheron and the Clarins line of skin-care products, as well as scents by Chanel, Fendi, and other well-known designers.