Trinidad & Tobago: Shopping
To locate shops on the Port of Spain Map, look for this symbol in the maps' referenced grids.
For fine jewelry including gold and sterling silver, watches by Cartier, Gucci and Rado, visit Maraj & Sons (1. Port of Spain Map E-6) at the airport or Port of Spain. Stecher's (2. Port of Spain Map E-6) is a good source for perfumes, china and crystal such as Wedgewood or Waterford, and handicrafts. They have a shop at the airport, too.
Discover distinctive original art as well as prints at Art Creators, a world-class gallery in St. Ann's (3. Port of Spain Map A-6). Fine works by many Trinidadians and artists from around the Caribbean are found here. Call 624-4369 for information on current exhibits.
The Market at the Normandie Hotel (4. Port of Spain Map A-6) has a group of interesting small shops. One is Paper Based, a bookstore with an exceptional selection of books by Caribbean authors, works about the region, children's books, cookbooks, cards and periodicals. The Clothe here has original designs appliquéd on fashionable garments. If shopping makes you hungry, the Normandie's Café Trinidad serves a delicious afternoon tea.
Music from Rhyner's Record Shop (5. Port of Spain Map E-6) makes welcome gifts. Take home calypso, steel band, soca or "chutney" music, a blend of Indian music with a Caribbean twist.
At Crews Inn, Chaguaramas (6. Trinidad Map C-3) is d' Yard Gallery with original art and prints by talented local artists at affordable prices. Apasoca's Wine & Gift Shop, also here, has leathercrafts, carved and painted calabash and other handicrafts-great souvenirs.
To locate shops on the Scarborough Map, look for this symbol in the maps' referenced grids.
Varied handicrafts-carved gourds, batiks and leather goods-are easy to find on Tobago. The Scarborough Market has a selection of handmade jewelry and leather sandals. Boutiques at the entrance to Pigeon Point are another good source.
For edible souvenirs try Farro's (1. Scarborough Map
A-1), across from the market. Their homemade chutneys, hot sauces and jellies are great-a favorite is guava jelly.
A visit to The Cotton House (2. Scarborough Map C-3), a studio in an old colonial house specializing in batiks, is fun. Customers can try their hand at the craft. The fabrics are made into wall hangings or casual garments, which can be custom-made and delivered to your hotel! They also carry accessories and locally made ceramics.
For straw baskets, jewelry and local handicrafts, visit Tobago Treasures (3. Scarborough Map A-2).
Look for Kodak logos on the maps for stores carrying Kodak products.