Grenada

Grenada is truly a nation of entrepreneurs, from retail businesses and processing operations, both with employees, to vendors (about one-third of the population) who personally sell their handicrafts in the markets. Note that bargaining isn't customary either in shops or markets.

Stores in Grenada are generally open weekdays from 8 to 4 or 4:30 and Saturday from 8 to 1; some close from noon to 1 during the week. Most are closed Sunday, although tourist shops usually open if a cruise ship is in port, and some mall stores, particularly supermarkets, are open for longer hours on weekends.

Some unique, locally made goods to look for in gift shops and supermarkets are locally made chocolate bars, nutmeg jam and syrup, spice-scented soaps and body oils, and (no kidding) Nut-Med Pain-Relieving Spray. Grenada's best souvenirs or gifts for friends back home, though, are spice baskets in a variety of shapes and sizes that are filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, bay leaves, cloves, turmeric, and ginger. You can buy them for as little as $5 to $10 in practically every shop, at the open-air produce market at Market Square in St. George's, at vendor stalls along the Esplanade near the port, and at the Vendor's Craft & Spice Market on Grand Anse Beach. Vendors also sell handmade fabric dolls, coral jewelry, seashells, spice necklaces, and hats and baskets handwoven from green palm fronds.

Here's some local terminology you should know. If someone asks if you'd like a "sweetie," you're being offered a candy. When you buy spices, you may be offered "saffron" and "vanilla." The "saffron" is really turmeric, a ground yellow root, rather than the (much more expensive) fragile pistils of crocus flowers; the "vanilla" is extracted from locally grown tonka beans rather than from actual (also much more expensive) vanilla beans. No one is trying to pull the wool over your eyes; these are common local terms. That said, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that "vanilla" extracts made from tonka beans can have toxic effects and may pose a significant health risk for individuals taking certain medications.

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  • 1. Art Fabrik

    Crafts

    At Art Fabrik, you'll find batik fabric created by hand by as many as 45 home workers. It's sold by the yard or fashioned into pareus, dresses...Read More

  • 2. Market Square

    Crafts

    This bustling produce market is open mornings and the best place to stock up on fresh fruit to enjoy during your stay and to buy packets or...Read More

  • 3. Arawak Islands

    Souvenirs

    This workshop's spice-scented soaps, body oils, perfumes, insect repellents, balms, beeswax candles, and incense are all made by hand from 100...Read More

  • 4. De La Grenade Industries

    Other Specialty Store

    Nutmeg and guava jams and jellies, nutmeg syrup, nutmeg liqueur (from a 200-year-old family recipe), and a dozen other kinds of delicious jellies...Read More

  • 5. Fidel Productions

    Souvenirs

    Fidel Productions is a small cottage industry of local artisans from Carriacou. At this little gift shop at Port Louis Marina, you'll find locally...Read More

  • 6. Food Fair

    Food/Candy

    The local supermarket chain is a great spot to buy spices, hot sauce, candy, snacks, and other edible gifts. Prices of locally produced goods...Read More

  • 7. Gittens

    Duty-Free

    The Gittens duty-free shops, spin-offs of a downtown pharmacy that opened in the 1940s, carry perfume and cosmetics. There's a second location...Read More

  • 8. Grenada Chocolate Company

    Other Specialty Store

    The small Grenada Chocolate Company, founded in 1999 by "free spirit" Mott Green, initially produced its now-famous chocolate bars in a small...Read More

  • 9. Marketing & National Importing Board

    Food/Candy

    At this local market, you'll find fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, hot sauces, and local syrups and jams at lower prices than in most gift shops. ...Read More

  • 10. Real Value IGA Supermarket

    Food/Candy

    This large, modern supermarket carries a huge variety of familiar products, as well as local produce, meats and seafood, spices, sauces, snacks...Read More

  • 11. Susan Mains Gallery

    Art Galleries

    Owned by noted Grenadian artist Susan Mains, this full-service gallery (formerly called Art and Soul Gallery) features original works by local...Read More

  • 12. Tikal

    Clothing

    Regional artwork, carvings, jewelry, home goods, batik items, and a few fashions are the specialties at Tikal, established in 1959 as one of...Read More

  • 13. Vendor's Craft & Spice Market at Grand Anse

    Crafts

    Managed by the Grenada Tourism Authority, this market has 82 booths for vendors who sell art, crafts, spices, music tapes, clothing, produce...Read More

  • 14. Veronica's Vision

    Crafts

    Find colorful silk-screened lengths of fabric, along with handmade totes, bags, women's dresses, men's shirts and ties, T-shirts, scarves, belts...Read More

  • 15. Art Grenada

    Art Galleries

    Exhibitions change monthly at Art Grenada, which sells paintings, drawings, and watercolors exclusively by Grenadian artists, among them Canute...Read More

  • 16. Figleaf

    Souvenirs

    Figleaf is a small gift shop where you can find an interesting selection of Caribbean arts and crafts, aromatherapy and herbal bath products...Read More

  • 17. Pssst Boutique

    Souvenirs

    Pssst Boutique will catch your eye; it's chock-full of unusual costume jewelry, colorful island clothing, and fascinating gift items for the home. ...Read More

  • 18. Sea Change

    Books/Stationery

    This handy bookstore is on the waterfront, below the New Nutmeg restaurant. ...Read More

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