40 Best Places to Shop in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Cardow Jewelers

Fodor's choice

You can get gold in several lengths, widths, sizes, and styles, along with jewelry made of diamonds, emeralds, and other precious gems from this small chain's main store. You're guaranteed 40% to 60% savings off U.S. retail prices, or your money will be refunded within 30 days of purchase. There's also a line of classy commemorative Virgin Islands watches made on-site. Branches located at the Cyril E. King Airport; Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas; and Crown Bay Center.

Fruit Bowl

Fodor's choice

This grocery store is the best place on the island to go for fresh fruits and vegetables. There are many ethnic, vegetarian, and health-food items as well as a fresh meat area, seafood department, and extensive salad and hot food bar.

Zora's

Fodor's choice

This store specializes in fine, made-to-order leather sandals. There's also a selection of locally made backpacks, purses, and briefcases in durable, brightly colored canvas.

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A. H. Riise Liquors and Tobacco

This giant duty-free liquor outlet carries a large selection of tobacco (including imported cigars), as well as cordials, wines, and rare vintage Armagnacs, cognacs, ports, and Madeiras. It also stocks fruits in brandy and barware from England. Enjoy rum samples at the tasting bar.

Belgian Chocolate Factory

This store makes its beautiful chocolates before your eyes. Specialties include triple-chocolate rum truffles. You can find imported chocolates here as well. Both the homemade and imported delectables come in decorative boxes, so they make great gifts.

5093 Dronningens Gade, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, 00802, U.S. Virgin Islands
340-777–5247

Boolchand's

Havensight

This store sells brand-name cameras, audio and video equipment, and binoculars.

Camille Pissarro Art Gallery

This second-floor gallery, at the birthplace of St. Thomas's famous artist, offers a fine collection of original paintings and prints by local and regional artists.

14 Main St., Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, 00802, U.S. Virgin Islands
340-774–4621

Cardow Jewelers

Crown Bay

This store is a chain—with gold in several lengths, widths, sizes, and styles—along with diamonds, emeralds, and other precious gems. You're guaranteed 40% to 60% savings off U.S. retail prices or your money will be refunded within 30 days of purchase.

Caribbean Surf Co.

There's something for every beachgoer, surfers and sunbathers alike, at this local, family-owned surf store. Brand-name Billabong, Oakley, and Reef swimwear, sunglasses, and sandals are available for adults and children. There are additional locations in Havensight Mall and Charlotte Amalie's Main Street. Surfboards and surf gear are only available at this location and in Havensight.

6500 Red Hook Plaza, Suite 205, Red Hook, Saint Thomas, 00802, U.S. Virgin Islands
340-774–3583

Cost-U-Less

This is the Caribbean equivalent of Costco and Sam's Club and it sells everything from soup to nuts—in giant sizes and case lots—without a membership fee. The meat-and-seafood department, however, has family-size portions. There's a well-stocked fresh-produce section and a case filled with rotisserie chicken and baked goods.

Rte. 38, Estate Annas Retreat, Saint Thomas, 00802, U.S. Virgin Islands
340-777–3588

Diamonds International

Havensight

At this major chain shop with several outlets on St. Thomas, just choose a diamond, emerald, or tanzanite gem and a mounting, and you can have your dream ring set in an hour. Famous for having the largest inventory of diamonds on the island, this shop welcomes trade-ins, has a U.S. service center, and offers free diamond earrings with every purchase.

Diamonds International

At this large chain with several outlets on St. Thomas, just choose a diamond, emerald, or tanzanite gem and a mounting, and you can have your dream ring set in an hour. Famous for having the largest inventory of diamonds on the island, this shop welcomes trade-ins, has a U.S. service center, and includes diamond earrings with every purchase. Branches located at Crown Bay Center and Havensight Mall.

Duty Free St. Thomas

Havensight

This giant duty-free liquor outlet offers a large selection of tobacco (including imported cigars), as well as cordials, wines, and rare vintage Armagnacs, cognacs, ports, and Madeiras. It also stocks fruits in brandy and barware from England. Enjoy rum samples at the tasting bar. Prices are among the best in St. Thomas.

Rte. 30, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, 00802, U.S. Virgin Islands
340-776–2303

Fabric & Fashion Playroom

Silks and fancy fabrics share space with colorful batiks, African Kente, and Caribbean madras prints, ribbons, and accessories in this small shop off the beaten path.

5412 Store Gade, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, 00802, U.S. Virgin Islands
340-714–4410

Food Center

This supermarket sells fresh produce, meats, and seafood. There's also an on-site bakery and deli with hot and cold prepared foods, which are the big draw here, especially for those renting villas, condos, or charter boats in the East End area.

Jewels

Head here for name-brand jewelry and designer watches in abundance. Locations also at Havensight Mall, Crown Bay Center, and the Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas.

Little Switzerland

Designer jewelry available in this major chain includes David Yurman, Bulgari, Chopard, and Penny Preville. The selection of watches is also extensive.

Little Switzerland

The major Caribbean duty-free chain carries crystal from Baccarat, Waterford, and Orrefors; and china from Kosta Boda, Rosenthal, and Wedgwood, among others. There's also an assortment of Swarovski cut-crystal animals, gemstone globes, and many other affordable collectibles. It also does a booming mail-order business; ask for a catalog.

Little Switzerland

This popular Caribbean chain carries crystal from Baccarat, Waterford, and Orrefors; and china from Kosta Boda, Rosenthal, and Wedgwood. There's also an assortment of Swarovski cut-crystal animals, gemstone globes, and many other affordable collectibles. The Main Street location features separate boutiques showcasing timepieces from Omega, TAG Heuer, Patek Philippe, David Yurman, and Breitling. A branch at the Crown Bay Center is open when ships are in port, and locations are in Havensight Mall and at the Ritz Carlton.

Local Color

Havensight

Local Color has clothes for men, women, and children among its brand-name wear such as Jams World, Fresh Produce, and Urban Safari. There's also St. John artist Sloop Jones's colorful, hand-painted island designs on cool dresses, T-shirts, and sweaters. Find tropically oriented accessories such as big-brim straw hats, bold-color bags, and casual jewelry.

Local Color

This St. Thomas chain has clothes for men, women, and children among its brand names, which include Jams World, Fresh Produce, and Urban Safari. You can also find St. John artist Sloop Jones's colorful, hand-painted island designs on cool dresses, T-shirts, and sweaters. The tropically oriented accessories include big-brimmed straw hats, bold-color bags, and casual jewelry. There's another location at the Havensight Mall.

Made in the U.S. Virgin Islands

This pop-up shop is open from Thanksgiving until early January each year and is located in a historic building across from Fort Christian. Inside, you'll find a treasure trove for bona fide made-in-the-Virgin Islands arts, crafts, and local food products that make the perfect gifts. There are soaps, hot sauces, hand-tied palm brooms, native dolls, books by local authors, T-shirts, jewelry, and much more. Signs next to displays tell you about the respective artists.

23 Dronningens Gade, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, 00802, U.S. Virgin Islands
340-714--1700

Mango Tango

This gallery sells and displays works by popular local artists—originals, prints, and note cards. There's a one-person or multiple-person show at least one weekend a month.

Moe's Fresh Market

This gourmet market near the ferry to St. John has the best deli cheeses, prepared-to-order subs, and selection of organic foods, coffees, and wines on the island. Two other locations are at Yacht Haven Grande near the cruise ship dock in Havensight and at the corner of Waterfront Drive and Espanole Strade in Charlotte Amalie.

Mr. Tablecloth

This store has prices to please, and the friendly staff here will help you choose from the floor-to-ceiling selection of linens, which include Tuscan lace tablecloths and Irish linen pillowcases.

Plaza Extra

This large, U.S.–style supermarket sells everything you need from produce to meat, including fresh seafood, a deli, and a bakery. You can find Caribbean ingredients and there's a liquor department, too.