Enita's Stand: The Market
If you've ever been to Grenada, you will know how hard it is just to walk up the street without hearing "buy this!" "this is the cheapest", etc., etc. Unfortunately, hard sells make me walk faster and tune out the sales pitch. I wanted to buy some real nutmeg so I passed by all of the sellers on the main street and even the ones in the mall (which were slightly higher--but obviously closer to the ship) and headed for the "market". When I found that area, there were lots of stalls and sellers but one lady won my heart. Her name was Enita. No hard sell at all--she gave me a great deal on a bag of nutmeg (wish I'd bought a grater--those are hard to find cheaply back in the states) and a big clump of the best smelling cocoa ever. I told her I was going to take a photo of her and put her on the internet. So--here she is smiling and holding up her own version of the Grenada variety pack of spices. Very sweet and very helpful.
What to buy: Definitely nutmeg (and grater if you don't have one). The cocoa was also good! Once again--don't buy Saffron unless you are aware that you are actually getting turmeric (they call turmeric by the word saffron, which is a much different and much more expensive spice).
Veronica's Vision: Grenada's History in Fabric
Veronica's Vision was one of those places where you make a stop that was not really part of your excursion - when you think the driver must be getting a commission by bringing tourists in. In any case, we were offered complimentary rum drinks (which were very good), the employees were very nice and they did have some interesting items for sale.
From their website:
Veronica’s Visions fabric designs and hand printed products was created in 2004 by artist Jessie-Ann Jessamy. Today, it is recognized for the cultural history and stories that are reflective of the island of Grenada – The Isle of Spice.The studio and incubation site of these ideas are located in Concord St. John’s, a rural village, heart of where the artist grew up. The showroom and production site is presently housed in the Concord Nutmeg Receiving Station, which is the perfect back drop for the iconic national symbol – The nutmeg.
THE CREATIVE INSPIRATION: What we do at Veronica’s Visions.
Signature Prints & Designs : THE FIRST COLLECTON- SpiceWear
All prints and designs are original, that draw its inspiration from all that is Grenada – The history , its people and the beautiful lush landscape.
Hand Print Fabric: Using the traditional screen printing technique, the artist, has custom all her tools and equipment to creating her own unique way of developing all her prints and fabrics. In other words every piece purchased is not mass produce but is considered ‘wearable art work’.
Custom Print Fabric: We sell ready printed fabric by the yard (two yard minimum )and provide customers with products such a s drapery, bedding ,cushionsetc. . You can select any design from our repertoire and print in any colour you desire.
Manufacture: We print and manufacture all the products we carry including women’s clothing, men’s shirts, neck ties, household items , accessories – bags, scarves, belts etc.
Art Fabrik: Beautiful One-Off Batik Shop
Art Fabrik is a beautiful cornucopia of colour, warmth, texture and style. Created by two women with a dream to bring the finer aspects of Batik to the beautiful island of Grenada, Art Fabrik creates a warm, welcoming, embracing environment in which to sample these extraordinary designs.
What to buy: Hand designed and created clothes for adults and children.
What to pay: From 20EC$ to several hundreds depending on what you chooseRelated to:
- Arts and Culture
Tikal: Tikal - Grenada's Gorgeous Gift Shop
Tikal is just sublime. You enter, and it's like being hugged. Every single piece of "merchandise" has a wonderful story to tell.
The staff are unobtrusive but helpful to a fault. The prices are fair and reasonable. The goods are heavenly.
An absolute MUST.
If you can't find it, it's just up the hill from St George's Museum on the same side of the road.
What to buy: Gifts, post cards, art, clothes, hats, fans and jewellery plus MUCH more
What to pay: As much or as little as you wish. You MUST bear in mind that Grenada has to pay huge taxes, therefore please don't go there expecting to find something exquisite for 5EC$ - it's unrealistic and unfair to the locals who have to live on an island that must import most of its essentials.
Whatever you spend in Tikal, realise that Jean, the owner, is one of the fairest minded, just, honest and decent people you could ever hope to imagine, and that your money will go where it is needed - sincerely.Related to:
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Various: Shopping near the ship port
Around the port area there are booths set up selling local crafts and goods, since Grenada is the spice island we stopped and bought a few spice samplers to bring home as gifts. If you buy whole nutmeg, they will give you a grater to go along with it, you have to crack the dark brown outer shell to get at the lighter brown nut that is nutmeg spice. Also in most of the gift baskets are cinnamon, cloves, mace, bay leaves and saffron which is actually tumeric. Mace is also part of the whole nutmeg, it's the dried "lacy" reddish covering of the seed.
What to buy: I was very excited when I saw the cheap prices for saffron. After we got home, I did some research and discovered why. The saffron that we pay an arm & leg for in the store is not the same as sold in Grenada. The spice labelled saffron in Grenada is actually turmeric, which is a wonderful spice--just not quite the major bargain it appears to be when you believe you are getting "real" saffron!
You can much better deals on spices if you go outside of the mall. However, be warned that everyone wants your business so be prepared to say no thank you a LOT. The very best prices we found were from the vendors up the street. There were lots of them and again you will get tired of saying no thank you but you'll find a deal.
We also bought a big bottle of vanilla for what seemed like a very good price but it might as well be vanilla flavored water. No kick to it whatsoever.
THE ESPLANADE MALL: SOUVENIR CENTRAL
If they don’t sell it here, they don’t make it. This very large mall right next to the cruise ship dock has about any sort of souvenir or gift you want. Shops inside sell a variety of electronics, jewellery, gift items, local crafts, alcohol, and fragrances. You can also buy a huge variety of Bob Marley items including lighters (big surprise) and underwear. Prices can sometimes be stupidly high for some items here. There are some other ‘shops’ just outside who are a little better to haggle the price with. Inside the mall is also a VERY fast and VERY expensive internet service. The Tourist Board also has an office here and they are excellent. If you need a cold beer, there is a bar, but that’s another tip!
OPENING HOURS: 9am – 7 pm Monday – Saturday. Closed Sundays & HolidaysRelated to:
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The Esplanade Mall: Your Mall Experience here
There are a variety of shops here- so it makes your shopping experience very easy.
When thirsty try a variety of local juices that are blended from fresh fruits.
What to buy: In the local juice section try the fruit punch. Mine was banana, pawpaw and mango!
What to pay: walk with around $100.00EC
Val U Garden: Shopping For Produce
This shop specializes in vegetables and fruits, and seems to have better quality and quantity than the supermarkets.
Other shops in the Excel Plaza Shopping Center include:
Body Image Health Club - Gym, Aerobics,
Cable & Wireless
Chef's Castle Restaurant & Bakery
Going Places - Travel Agency
Head over Heels - Ladies Accessories
MNIB Valu Garden
Mitchell's Wellness Centre - Pharmacy
Presents - Gifts and Souvenirs
TCBY - Ice Cream, Forzen Yoghurt and Desserts
Smith's of Grenada - Ladies Clothing and Accessories
Dr. Yaw - Dentist
What to buy: We purchased watermelon and bananas here; our friends purchased eggs, yams, tomatoes, etc.
What to pay: Vegetables and fruits are quite expensive in Grenada now, since most have to be imported from St. Lucie or St. Vincent.
We paid $10 US for a 10# watermelon, and about 50 cents per pound for bananas.Related to:
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Food Fair: Groceries After Ivan
Food Fare on the Carenage in St. Georges probably has the greatest selection of groceries- including cheeses and meats- and a good variety of Rum and other alcoholic beverages.
What to buy: The 'special items' are spices and Rums.
Food Fair has a great selection of individually packaged spices (ground and unground). They also sell Spice Gift Packs that contain an ounce or so of Ginger, Nutmeg, Saffron, Cinnamon, and Clove, which make great gifts for friends back home.
This is also the place to buy cokes, beer, bottled water, plastic utensils, etc. at a much cheaper price than you pay at the resorts.
What to pay: The Assorted Spice Gift Pack costs a little less than $6 US.
Canned coke is about 80 cents.
Bottled water is about 75 cents.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Grand Anse Vendors Market: Souvenirs!
It is apparently illegal for you to be approached by vendors in Grenada - they class it as harrassment.
Instead a vendors maret area was opened near Grand Anse Beach, just up the way from the Grenada Grand Beach Resort Hotel, selling all the souvenirs you could want.
What to buy: Nutmeg syrup, spices, hot sauce to name but a few.
Art Fabrik: Good for gifts
Art Fabrik is an excellent craft shop situated near the museum in St. George's. It specialises in batik work, and you can watch the artists producing batik when you visit. The batik is used to make wall hangings, clothes, purses etc., all for purchase. Other items for sale include candles, pictures, food, locally produced potions and lotions and ornaments. Prices are very reasonable when compared to some of the shops we saw in the malls. We got some great souvenirs here, and even did a bit of Christmas shopping!
What to buy: Look for things produced using local spices - there are some nice bath products scented with cinnamon and nutmeg.
What to pay: From a few cents upwards, it suits all pockets.Related to:
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Spice market: Dazzle your senses!
The market is easy to find - just go to St George's and follow your nose! The delicious scent of spices hangs in the air, mixing nutmeg with ginger and cinnamon. There are lots of spice stalls on the market and you can bargain over the price of what you buy. Even if you don't want to take any home with you, you should visit the market for the sheer sensory experience!
What to buy: Spices! Grenada supplies a third of the world's nutmeg needs, so why not buy direct from the source?
What to pay: From a few pence to a few pounds.
most supermarkets: Grab some Cuban coffee & Arawak Islands stuff
Foodland has the 250 mg vac-pac of Cuban dark roast for about $20EC (around $8US) but it is GREAT coffee.
What to buy: The Arawak Islands shop between GA beach and downtown St. George's makes great stuff including perfumes, soaps and really good natural insect repellent that actually works.
What to pay: Depends
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