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Straw Market

Bay Street | Bay Street Nassau, Bahamas, Nassau, New Providence Island
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Ranked #8 of 14 Shopping in Nassau
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping
Description: At this market you will find people weaving straw into anything and everything.
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new york, ny
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The fun is trying to find something different. Every stall has about the same thing. So some of the vendors meet you outside so that you are sure to make it to their stall. Don't be in a rush and don't pay the asking price.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

This is a must visit for Nassau. You get a taste of the local flavor just talking with and bargaining with the vendors/craftsmen. Also, there are carvers and other craftspeople making items you can watch. However, you can get as good, or better prices at some of the shops in the downtown area, but no haggling. Most of the items... More

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Waretown, New Jersey
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79 reviews 79 reviews
4 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We've visited the Straw Market in Nassau several times on our cruise visits. The Market is akin to a US flea market, with rows, and rows and rows of local merchants trying to sell their wares. Most of the item appear to be locally made items, but the true key to taking home favorite souvenirs is to bargain. Don't be... More

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Glasco, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I loved this place, it is a hustlers paradise. 99% of the shops have the exact safe stuff. They are aggressive, if you are timid and do not like people in your face, stay away. I love to haggle over prices so this was a blast. A typical transaction, sounds like this: Hey handsome man/pretty girl, come here... "how much... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If you go give yourself plenty of time there are a lot of stalls and good deals if your patient,it pays to walk away when a price is not to your liking the price will quickly come down

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Maryland
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229 reviews 229 reviews
79 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you can tolerate pushy locals trying to sell their merchandise to you, this is a really cool place to shop. Never accept full price for something. I have always gotten at least half off the cost of everything I have purchased here. Don't be fooled into being told the item is made locally because most of it says made... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It is a fairly big market with rows of vendors selling about the same staff. It does not have air conditioning and it is too hot for me to shop around. In addition, you must negotiate with the vendor and it is not my cup of tea.

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Corning, New York
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61 reviews 61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This place is pretty big and many of the same items are redundantly sold (especially shirts.) Beware, though, that each 12-20 feet is owned and operated by a separate person who will try to sell you on whatever they have over the competitor right next to them. Beware though, that you aren't at WalMart and aren't in America anymore. This... More

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Quebec City, Canada
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10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

On my vacation in the Bahamas, I went to the Straw Market. I didn't know what I was supposed find there since I haven't read the tripadvisor review before going. Overall it's all the same; cheap necklace, bracelets and rings, small tamtam, many wood carved souvenirs, scarves. Walk a lot most of the kiosk have the same stuff. We also... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We went to the Straw Market while visiting the Bahamas for a week. This is the go-to place for souvenirs! So many merchants selling; dresses, purses and bags, jewelry, hats, etc. Don't buy at the first merchant you see when you arrive as they all carry similar stock and the prices vary greatly. You can barter for a better deal... More

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