Street Markets: Merchant Stalls
A fun place to shop is at the city's colorful merchant stalls, for which the Caribbean is known.
Street markets are the best places to buy local souvenirs and clothing. They are set up along the marina, next the bus terminal, and on Rockefeller-Straat. They all pretty much sell the same things, local souvenirs, handmade Jewell, and clothing. The stalls along the marina have the most items, but there isn't much variety. The local crafts are nothing special, it's mostly little kids' stuff. The only things I really liked were the water bottles, and shirts.
Some of the shop keepers will haggle with you, so you can get a good deal. Prices tend to be the same, cruise or no cruise.
These stalls are good places to buy clothing, hats, and local crafts, but if you want high quality stuff, or Dutch souvenirs.
The vendors want U.S. dollars, so you may have a little trouble paying with florins, as often, they do not have change for florins. Sometimes they do not even have change for dollars, so sometimes they will ask for both.
They are a bit difficult to deal with, when it comes to paying, so you have to work with them a little. Some vendors are fun, and have a sense of humor, others are strictly business. The experience you have, all depends on whether or not you meet the right vendor.
What to buy: Traditional t-shirts and dresses, hats, local souvenirs, homemade jewelry.
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