Shopping in Barbados is a uniquely varied experience. Your shopping can take place in the simplest of forms with roadside vendors or small wooden shops to the more sophisticated, air-conditioned, duty-free malls. Your options can lead you into the purchasing locally made products to imported ones. These selections are not in any way meant to confuse you but simply add intrigue and excitement to your on island shopping experience.
In Barbados, the principal place to go shopping is in the capital city of Bridgetown where you will get most of your duty-free items on its main street, Broad Street. These duty-free purchases are made via visitors producing their passports or other ID and departure airline ticket. Duty-free purchases in Barbados can include but not limited to jewellery, rum, perfumes, clothing and crystal.
As we are in Barbados' capital city, let's take a look at what the Pelican Craft Village has to offer. Located on the outskirts of Bridgetown, this unique, expansive shopping village offers tourists and visitors a chance to purchase locally made crafts and also provides them with the opportunity to see Barbados' craftsmen at work on some of the most indigenous products on offer. This particular shopping experience should certainly augur well for you truly embracing Barbados' culture.
There are Chattel Villages located in Holetown on the West Coast and in St. Lawrence Gap on the south coast of the island. Here is where you can find an interesting array of shops all designed in the traditional chattel house style that was once quite prevalent in years gone by in Barbados. These shops sell locally made products, souvenirs, clothing and gift items. Duty-free purchases are also available.
The aforementioned places are but a drop in the bucket of what is available on the island for your shopping pleasure.