The best places to go shopping in St Kitts include a surprisingly good range of shops and markets that just might tempt you away from its beautiful beaches. The island is home to several luxury goods and duty-free shops, but shoppers will also find an interesting selection of locally made products and crafts to bring back home.

    Port Zante in Basseterre is the main shopping area in St Kitts, with rows of shops selling jewellery, souvenirs, clothing, cigars and more. Local St Kitts products that are sought after include pottery from Nevis, colourful fabrics from the local batik factory, and art made with locally sourced natural materials like seashells and driftwood.      


    Port Zante

    St Kitts’ shopping district for duty-free and luxury goods

    • Shoppers
    • Luxury

    Port Zante is a cruise terminal and commercial zone in Basseterre that offers shoppers a range of duty-free goods including liquor and watches, plus local crafts and souvenirs. It’s a popular place for arriving cruise ship passengers, sailors and luxury yacht owners to browse for rum, high-end cigars, and brand-name clothing.

    The Port Zante complex has more than 60 shops to explore, all within walking distance from the pier. Many retailers at Port Zante specialise in gems and jewellery, including the long-running family-owned Kay’s Fine Jewelry, Noble Jewelers and Gold Mine.

    Location: Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis

    Phone: +1 869-466-5021


    Pelican Plaza

    A vintage-style shopping arcade near the pier

    • Shoppers

    Pelican Plaza is a 2-storey shopping centre set near the pier in Basseterre. This modest-sized mall has a bank, a restaurant, and about 2 dozen shops selling a range of locally made goods, souvenirs, beachwear and duty-free items. You could also stop at the St Kitts Tourism Office on the plaza’s ground floor to pick up a free map and visitor guide.  

    The plaza opened on Bay Road in 1991 and features a retro shopping arcade design. It’s found just a few minutes’ walk down the road from the National Museum of St Kitts.

    Location: Bay Road, Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9.30 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm

    Phone: +1 869-764-8301


    photo by Gertjan R. (CC BY-SA 4.0) modified


    Amina Craft Market

    Browse for local arts and crafts

    • Shoppers
    • Budget

    Amina Craft Market has a small collection of vendors selling locally made arts and crafts. Here you can find clothing, soaps, essential oils, beach-glass jewellery, pottery, and other unique handmade items with a Caribbean flair.

    The Amina Craft Market is found in the shopping zone of Port Zante, not far from the pier. It’s one of the more low-key places to explore in an area better known for its luxury and duty-free stores. Prices are not fixed, so don’t be shy to do a bit of friendly haggling to get a better deal.

    Location: Port Zante, Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis

    Open: Friday–Wednesday from 9.30 am to 6 pm, Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 869-668-3788


    The Circus

    Popular shopping area in downtown Basseterre

    • Shoppers
    • History
    • Photo
    • Budget

    The Circus is a roundabout in downtown Basseterre with a Victorian-style Berkeley Memorial clocktower at the centre. It’s an easy-to-spot landmark for visitors browsing the shops of the nearby streets. Wander on foot along such streets as Liverpool Row, Bank Street and Fort Street to find a mix of boutique shops, souvenir stores, restaurants and cafes. 

    You’ll find shops selling local products as well as those stocked with imported luxury goods and international brands, anything from cosmetics, shoes and fashion accessories, to T-shirts, jewellery, and handwoven baskets. The Circus, which was named after London’s Piccadilly Circus, is about 500 metres north of Port Zante.

    Location: Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis


    photo by giggel (CC BY 3.0) modified


    The Marina at Christophe Harbour

    Shopping and lifestyle centre for mariners and island lovers

    • Shoppers
    • Photo

    The Marina or Marina Village is a collection of shops and dining spots catering to the yachting community at Christophe Harbour. The harbour is a decidedly high-end area, a development set over a large area with luxury homes and a marina for superyachts. But even those who don’t mingle with celebrities or own luxury yachts could come to explore the village’s boutique shops and art gallery.  

    Among the shops to browse are Joya St. Kitts, with boho-style caftans, tunics and tote bags, and Ballast Bay Outfitters, which has water sports and fishing equipment, plus beachwear and sandals for sale.

    Location: Christophe Harbour, St Kitts and Nevis


    photo by Heather Cowper (CC BY-SA 2.0) modified


    Caribelle Batik

    Eye-catching fabrics made by local artists

    • Shoppers
    • History

    Caribelle Batik is a shop and studio where you can watch local artisans demonstrate how they make their vivid batik creations. While the batiks have a distinctive Caribbean look, the process of making them has been adapted from the ancient Indonesian dye method. Batik products on sale include dresses, scarves, shirts, sarongs, wall hangings and bags.    

    Caribelle Batik is at Romney Manor, a former sugar plantation house with a lovely garden to explore. After shopping, you could stop by the adjacent Rainforest Bar for a refreshing rum punch while overlooking the tropical landscape. If you miss the Romney Manor shop, there’s a smaller Caribelle Batik outlet at Port Zante as well.

    Location: Old Road Town, St Kitts and Nevis, Old Road Town, St Kitts and Nevis

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm (Port Zante shop open Thursday–Saturday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm)

    Phone: +1 869-465-6253


    Fairview Great House gift shop

    An arts and crafts shop in a restored French plantation house

    • Shoppers
    • Couples
    • Families
    • History
    • Photo

    Fairview Great House is an 18th-century mansion that is now a historic site surrounded by vast botanical gardens overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The cellar has been converted into a notable gift shop that offers honey from its own apiary, handpainted cards, pottery, and other arts and crafts for sale.

    The gift shop is a good place to gather up some mementoes of your visit to the Great House, where there's a host of activities on offer including horseback riding, cooking classes, rum tasting, dining, and day passes to the swimming pool and gardens.

    Location: Boyd’s Village, Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis

    Phone: +1 869-465-3141


    St. Kitts Chocolate Factory

    Handcrafted sweets for chocolate lovers

    • Food
    • Shoppers
    • Families

    St. Kitts Chocolate Factory is the place to satisfy your sweet cravings with its range of gourmet truffles and soft-centred chocolates made on site. It’s no wonder that St Kitts is home to some sweet treat expertise, given that the island once had numerous sugar plantations, and a few still remain. 

    St. Kitts Chocolate Factory uses top-quality Belgian chocolate blended with organic ingredients like nuts and spices to offer a range of chocolatey flavours. Tours of the factory are available, and visitors could even learn how to make their own chocolates with the factory’s expert chocolatier.

    Location: Unit #100 building 9, Port Zante, Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 869-465-4977


    Shell Works Boutique at Palms Court Gardens

    Local works of nature art made on site

    • Food
    • Shoppers
    • Families

    Shell Works Boutique is a great spot to meet local artists and see them creating their pieces in its production studio. Find colourful works of art using locally-sourced natural materials including seashells, sugar cane, sand, tree roots, mother of pearl, and driftwood. There are also prints and art pieces from other local artists for sale in the gift shop.   

    Shell Works is found at Palms Court Garden, a private garden with a restaurant, bar and swimming pool about 1.5 km west of Port Zante. If you’ve had enough of shopping, you could linger on here and spend the afternoon lounging by the pool, with day passes available.

    Location: Palms Court Gardens, Brumaire St Kitts and Nevis, St Kitts and Nevis

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 869-465-6060


    NewCastle Pottery

    Hand-crafted pottery made with local clay

    • Shoppers
    • History
    • Unusual

    NewCastle Pottery is a small factory and shop found near the airport on Nevis island. Visitors can watch pottery makers in action using traditional techniques from Africa passed down through the generations. Items such as vases, candle holders, dishes and bowls are made with locally-sourced clay and fired on coconut shells.

    NewCastle Pottery has been around for well over 3 decades and it remains a coveted choice for those seeking quality local crafts that highlight the culture and heritage of St Kitts.

    Location: Nisbetts Settlement, Charlestown, St Kitts and Nevis

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +1 869-469-9746

    Lana Willocks | Contributing Writer

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