The best places to go shopping in Barbados range from contemporary malls housing premium brands to idyllic villages specialising in folk crafts. You might already know that the island has stunning beaches, tasty food, and glorious year-round sunshine, but did you know that it's also a great shopping destination?

    Here, tourists don't pay tax on most goods, so you can shop for clothes, jewellery, and gifts at duty-free prices. Just bring your passport and plane ticket with you and look out for prices marked “DF”. Barbados is also a centre of folk crafts, and local artists create beautiful and unique ceramics, carvings, and textiles. Whether you're looking to stuff your suitcase or just want to take home an unforgettable souvenir, our favourite places to shop in Barbados have you covered.

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    Broad Street, Bridgetown

    Retail therapy in the island's capital city

    Broad Street, Bridgetown's main thoroughfare, is an eclectic collection of bargain outlets, independent fashion boutiques, and little gift shops. It's one of the best areas to shop for jewellery in Barbados, with offerings ranging from luxury watches at Little Switzerland to exquisite jewellery at The Royal Shop Barbados.

    You shouldn't miss Cave Shepherd, an enormous department store that has been a cornerstone of Bridgetown’s shopping scene since 1906. Browse through a wide range of perfumes, housewares, furniture, electronics, and gifts before heading to the top-floor food hall for tasty Barbadian food.

    Location: Broad St, Bridgetown, Barbados

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    Limegrove Lifestyle Centre

    A modern mall offering premium global brands

    The Limegrove Lifestyle Centre is all about luxury, with an outstanding range of deluxe shopping and dining outlets. You'll find high-end fashion retailers here, like Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Longchamp, and Montblanc. You can visit the Bulgari or Cartier stores for a fun browse through all things sparkly.

    Limegrove has an excellent choice of cafés and restaurants, serving everything from fresh Italian cooking at Pepenero to Southeast Asian delicacies at Lemongrass. Visit Rum Stop for old-fashioned Barbadian rum drinks or creative cocktails at West Bar. On the first floor, Grove Gallery exhibits sculptures, paintings, photography, and multimedia art installations.

    Location: Holetown, Barbados

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 246-620-5463

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    Pelican Craft Village

    Top spot for Barbadian arts and crafts

    Pelican Craft Village is a great place to buy distinctive works by a local artist in Barbados. You can find it in Bridgetown, around 900 metres southeast of the Cruise Port. Here, you can choose from paintings, prints, wall hangings, and traditionally woven straw baskets and mats, as well as unique studio pottery and metalwork. As mahogany carving is an old craft on the island, you'll find several stores selling magnificent sculptures.

    You can wander around Pelican Craft Village’s many studios and watch local craftspeople at work. Among the brightly coloured stores and tropical flowerbeds are plenty of restaurants and cafés, where you can take a break between shopping. Several stores sell local confectionery – keep an eye out for delicious Barbados rum cakes.

    Location: Princess Alice Hwy, Bridgetown, Barbados

    Phone: +1 246-622-1683

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    Colonnade Mall

    The oldest shopping mall in Barbados

    The Colonnade Mall occupies a 19th-century Barbadian building with a distinctive powder pink façade. The shopping complex has more than 40 shops selling clothes, jewellery, electronics, stationery, and souvenirs. Head to First Class the Store for the latest streetwear, or Shoe Palace for trendy footwear.

    The Colonnade Mall is a popular stop for cosmetics. There also are several health food stores and organic beauty shops. Its onsite food court offers a mix of global dishes, including pizzas, burgers, and Chinese dim sum.

    Location: The Colonnade Mall, Broad Street, Bridgetown BB11010, Barbados

    Open: Monday from 9.30 am to 5 pm, Tuesday–Thursday from 8.30 am to 5 pm, Friday from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm, Saturday from 8.30 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +1 246-430-4844

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    Cheapside Public Market

    Energetic market selling tropical fruit and vegetables

    The Cheapside Public Market is where Barbados' farmers and producers gather every day to sell their wares. Shop for sweet potatoes, mangoes and guavas, or try more unusual produce like breadfruit and soursop. The market has a refrigerated section selling locally sourced chicken, pork and lamb, along with several stalls displaying aromatic herbs and spices.

    Half the market is open-air while the other half occupies a beautifully restored market hall. Head upstairs for food stands offering local snacks like marinated plantain and fried chicken. There are also vendors selling jewellery, accessories, handmade dresses, and vintage clothing at the Cheapside Public Market.

    Location: Bridgetown, Barbados

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 5 pm

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    Chattel Village

    Independent shops surrounded by blossoming gardens

    Chattel Village is a collection of repurposed Barbadian wooden homes in pretty pastel colours. Independent boutiques sell one-off clothes and jewellery while art shops are full of creative home décor. Local crafts are big here, so you can take your pick from sculptures, carvings, prints and pottery.

    Stop by Best of Barbados Gift Shop for a wonderful range of mugs, magnets, and maps in colourful Barbadian designs. Local foods and luxury groceries are available at The Gourmet Shop. After exploring Chattel Village, head to Cafe Bar Carizma to enjoy coffee, milkshake, or cocktail with lovely views of tropical flowers.

    Location: 8th Ave E, Barbados

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm (closed on Sundays)

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    Quayside Centre Shopping Plaza

    Seaside mall for surfers and sun-worshippers

    The Quayside Centre Shopping Plaza is right on the edge of Rockley Beach, so you can combine a shopping trip here with a few hours of sunbathing. Pick up some beachwear from The Lazy Days, which stocks big brands like Quiksilver and Billabong. Check out souvenir shirts and island apparel at Ganzee, statement hats and summer dresses at Stacy Stuart Lifestyle, or snorkelling gear and surfboards at Surf Shak.

    The Quayside Centre Shopping Plaza has plenty of excellent restaurants and cafés. Just Grillin' offers juicy steaks, spareribs, and burgers, while Munchies does delicious sandwiches and homemade lemonade. Don’t miss out on The Green Monkey Chocolatier’s extensive range of confectionaries.

    Location: Rockley Terrace, Bridgetown, Barbados

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 246-429-9080

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    Sheraton Mall

    Sprawling mall for dining, shopping and entertainment

    Sheraton Mall is arguably the biggest shopping complex in Barbados, housing a food court, a multiplex cinema, and over 120 shops. Stores are mostly independent and locally owned, with clothing brands like Jeans Inc., Harmony and The Gents Closet alongside stylish jewellery from Solid Gold and Tropicana Jewellers. Head to Cloister's Bookstore for pretty stationery and the latest bestsellers.

    Sheraton Mall’s food court has just about everything, from healthy wraps and salads at To-GO's Deli to indulgent fried pork at Piggies. You can grab a slice of decadent chocolate cake at Yvonne's Cakes and Pastries. The Olympus Theatres has 6 screens showing the latest blockbusters.

    Location: Sargeant's Village Tenantry Rd, Bridgetown, Barbados

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 6.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 246-437-0970

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    Oistins Fish Market

    Traditional fish market and night-time spot

    Oistins Fish Market is the heart of Oistins Village, an old fishing community on Barbados' south coast. Here, you can buy the morning's catch, which generally includes tuna, marlin, swordfish, or lobster, along with the Barbadian special, flying fish. Pick out the fish you want and the vendors will clean and slice it right in front of you.

    The market has a few craft stalls selling pottery, wood carvings and leather goods. On Friday and Saturday nights, the Oistins Fish Fry attracts locals and tourists looking to enjoy grilled fish, drink rum or local beer, and listen to live music in Barbados.

    Location: Oistins Main Rd., Oistins, Barbados

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 9 pm

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    Highland Pottery

    Charming ceramics made with local clay

    Highland Pottery is a locally owned pottery studio that makes stunning handcrafted ceramics. You can find it in the Scotland District of Barbados, which is known for its distinctive red clay. Choose from a nice selection of bowls, plates, teapots, garden planters, and vases, or take home one of the pottery's adorable ceramic turtles as a memento.

    Visit around midday to see an awe-inspiring demonstration of the potters at work. You can even attend a pottery workshop and have a go at making your own ceramics. Thanks to Highland Pottery's location on the hillside of St. Andrews, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the island and the surrounding ocean.

    Location: St. Andrew, Barbados

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +1 246-422-9818

    Victoria Hughes | Contributing Writer

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