St Peter Port High Street: General Shopping Tip
St Peter Port's pedestrianised High Street is its main shopping area with its cobbled street running behind, and parallel to, The Quay and North Esplanade. Here you'll find a mix of familiar (UK familiar that is) chain stores side by side with many smaller individual establishments. There's the practical places such as branches of most major banks as well as the local Co-op grocery stores and Boots pharmacy and the more aesthetic little jewelry, craft and souvenir shops.
Interspersed amongs the retailers are a variety of cafes and restaurants, many with pavement terraces when the sun's out, which are equally ideal for resting your baggages or for just sitting watching the world go by.
Because Guernsey isn't a member of the EU there's no VAT payable on purchases and, at the time of writing, no local sales tax either - though this may change in the future as the Islands are in the process of discussing legislation to enable such a tax. This makes St Peter Port a shopper's paradise and has the added benefit of keeping prices in the cafes and restaurants down too.
However rather than being cheap most places concentrate on maximising quality and unlike most "Tourist Traps" there's many genuine bargains and very little tack around.
- Luxury Travel
- Budget Travel
Seafresh: Where To Get Your Fresh Fish
if you are lucky enough to be self-catering here on Guernsey it's an absolute must to partake of the local fish and shellfish and of course the plaice (HeHe) to get it is down at the docks where it's all landed.
Seafresh is quite a new company who about a year ago took over the former depot of the local fisherman's co-operative and now run both a wholesale and retail operation selling the day's catches to the Island's restaurants and the general public.
Inside is an impressive chilled display of what's available as well as seawater tanks with live lobsters and crabs.
The retail outlet is staffed by experienced fishmongers who can do whatever filletting and trimming you may require and can even advise on recipes.
What to pay: Don't expect things to be cheap but everything is top quality and guaranteed fresh off the boats and so everything is a bargain!
- Budget Travel
- Food and Dining
Guernsey Freesia Centre: Send some flowers
Visit one of the large nurserys to see the freesias in production. Of course they are not actually in bloom as the whole point is to get them to the customer just not opened.
Send a bunch whilst you are there as they are not as expensive as you might think, and the quality is excellent. My friend loved hers and said they lasted for ages and the fragrance was wonderful