Bay Street is where all the main shopping stores are. You will find everything along this street from jewelry to junk shops. There is a large varity of high end stores such as Luis Vuitton, Cartier, Coach , etc. If you do your homework ahead of time you will find some bargains to be had but most of the things for sale seemed like overpriced junk or were the same price or cheaper at home.
It'a a HUGE Tarp. With tons of Baskets, T-Shirts, Towels, purses, shells and lots of other stuff from China. Nothing other than a few basket weavers are even made from there. I did get a big Star Fish shell to bring home.
What to buy: You can't leave without getting T-Shirts, But don't pay much for them. I got 3 for $10.00. My sister got 2 Beach towels for $9.00. This is NOT a place for the faint of heart and SUCKERS!!
What to pay: Around $10-20.00 is the least.
Local, small shop with very friendly people who will sell you conch shells for miniscule fractions of the cost at the Straw Market or other vendors in the city.
What to buy: Conch Shells; with or without the whole cleansing process. You can learn how to clean them yourself when you get home, too.
What to pay: Jason gave me 6 of his own shells, all stunningly beautiful and asked for $5 after I insisted on paying him. You do what you feel is right.
This is an outdoor market of over 100 vendors of straw products and more. You can get anything from t-shirts to little statuettes made of coconut shells in this place. Be sure to bargain, bargain, bargain! Don't let them charge you too much for something that is worth half the demaded value!
What to buy: Straw goods, make sure that you see the women making more things at their stands. That helps you know that their products are authentic and not made somewhere else. There are Fouis-Vuitton bags here and other things one may be interested in buying. Hand-carved wooden pieces and shell jewelery are all available here in this oversized claustrophobic people-oven. Be sure to go in the morning before the cruise ships let out the tourists.
What to pay: Anything from my $3 straw fan to a $10 wooden sculpture to a $25 purse.
This isn't a shop, but downtown Nassau offers a variety of shops from the very best to the very worst. It seemed one jewl;er cum art dealer named Solomon's Mines was very prevalent, but Gucci is there was well. You have Subway and other fast food, as well as souvenier shops and everything in between.
What to buy: I genrally found that some of the stores with closed doors offered some of the better merchandise. This place shown here was pretty cool, and sold imports, mostly from Africa, but also some local stuff.
What to pay: Except for alcohol and duty free, expect to pay more or about the same as in shopping galleries in most typical urban areas.
There is a very convenient mall on the east end of Bay Street. Among other stores there is a very nice supermarket (City Market, PO Box N3738, Nassau 242-393-6060) which is part of the Winn-Dixie chain, but which is called a City Market in Nassau.
There is also a Lowes Pharmacy (393-4813), a Bed Bath and Home (393-4440), an internet cafe/bookstore, a Subway and a Dairy Queen.
What to buy: We got some measuring spoons from the galley at Bed Bath and Home. Bob did major re-provisioning at the City Market.
Then we had lunch at the Subway, and bought two Blizzards at Dairy Queen for dessert. The Blizzards were $2.95.
In addition to the City Markets, Super Value Food Stores is another good grocery store chain on New Providence Island.
After we came back to get the boat, which was in Coral Harbour, Nick took us and dropped us off at one of these grocery stores. (Coral Harbour is very isolated with no services that can be walked to)
What to buy: They had green island grown tomatoes which were way cheaper than the red ones imported from the US - you just have to ripen them in a brown paper bag and if you can wait a day or so, they are just as good as (or better than) the ones that are already red.
In addition to the one in Cable Beach, there's one on East Street (325-5844)
What to pay: Bob did more provisioning here
This shop has some interesting things to buy, but the main reason I came here was to use the internet cafe. I bought most of my souveniers at Island Tings
What to buy: T-shirts, post cards and computer time.
They will let you use the computers for 10 cents a minute even if you don't bring in the ad.
I really loved the things at this shop which were all made locally in the Bahamas, and many of which were not too expensive.
What to buy: Conch shell jewelry - ranged from $5.95 to $13.95
Small prints by Bahamian artists of local scenery - from $23-$25
Stuffed toys (I got an octapus and a sea horse for my granddaughters) about $20
Post cards - 55 cents each.
There are all types of discounted beer and liquor shops throughout the downtown and port area selling spirits MUCH cheaper than in the states. Again, I have found better selection and prices on other carribean islands, but, don't forget to try out the rums produced in Nassua.
What to buy: I loved Nassau Royal liquor, it was smooth with a hint of Vanilla, it is actually produced by Bacardi.
What to pay: 16.95- Litre of CrownRoyal, 13.95- Litre of Nassau Royal
Bay Street is the main shopping street in Nassau and it is lined with high end designer boutiques such as Gucci, Calvin Klein etc, jewelry shops selling Swiss made watches (where I bought mine!), leather goods and other artwork shops, perfume shops and other cheaper clothing shops. There are also a few 'booze' shops that sell duty free liqor especially cheap rum. The bank on the right of the main photo is where I changed money and got a very good rate (better than I got in Miami).
The Bacardi store it's impossible to miss - not only because it's right in the centre and a few steps away from the harbour - but manily because of its bright red colour. You may buy all sorts of bacardi-related things, including hats and t-shirts. The store is pen six days a week, from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
What to buy: bacardi products - some of them at least - are made in the Bahamas - and there's a bacardi Distellery on te island to prove it. My advice is to buy some Nassau Royal liquor - it's produced by bacardi and has a delicious hint of vanilla.
What to pay: about 13 dollars
The Straw Market is located at the west end of Bay St and makes for a nice stroll around. There are well over 100 different vendors selling all kinds of goods from woodwork to T-shirts. Some of it's nice, some of it is tourist rubbish. You can watch some of the craftspeople carving wood or weaving straw. The market can become crowded when the crusie ships are in port and it can be a bit difficult to get around as the aisles are narrow.
We bought this Bahamian made cake to give to our wedding guests as favors, its delicious and comes in a small, or large tin. Makes a fab souvenir and tastes just delicious. we found out later that you can buy them online here: Bacardi Rum Cake
What to buy: Rum Cake
The straw market is a place where many locals come to sell local crafts (i.e. woodwork) and also knock off items (i.e. Coach purses). It is an open air tent with booths set up. Many women grapped on my arm and pulled me saying "come see my stuff come see my stuff". I would politly refuse but they would not stop asking until you completly walked away.
What to pay: They are expecting to bargin, so play the game.