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“The place for Produce”
Review of Castries Market

Castries Market
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$20.00*
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St Lucia North Island Half-Day Shopping Excursion
Ranked #17 of 54 things to do in Castries
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Owner description: A lively and colorful market bursting with tropical fruit and vegetables.
Reviewed January 30, 2013

This market is crowded, noisy, and can be confusing, but that being said it is THE place to get fresh produce on the island. There are a wide variety of vendors selling all types of goods. We usually avoid the "tourist" mkt selling trinkets, clothing, etc and frequent the Straw Mkt selling spices, baskets,sauces, as well as fresh produce and fresh fish. We buy most of our groceries at the supermarket, but get all of our produce from the Market. A must see if in Castries

Thank stndglasLenoirNC
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

All the locals are out on Saturdays. Visit the local bars as well as the people are lots of fun. Market is great like other reveiwers said and the spices and tourist items are great. Bought 5 bottles of locally made hot sauces and my wife didn't pack them in checked baggage so they took them away at the airport but thankfullly the airport gift shop sold the same stuff. If you hang out on the streets you will be offered pot multiple times. I was sitting with a beer in front of the market entrance while my wife was shopping inside and got hit up about 5 times! Oh, if you need a bathroom go to a bar and buy a beer as the "public" facilities charge $2.00 to use so you might as well have drink and use the bars bathroom for free,

2  Thank jgumms
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Saturday morning is the day to visit Castries Market. That is when the locals do their shopping - they are there early so if you want to be there at the peak of the frenzy go early. And if you are lucky enough to be there when there are no cruise ships, it is all the more authentic (no monstrous floating structures in sight).

There are two sides to the market. The tourist trap side is evident and not that much fun unless you are shopping for souvenirs (it is the place to do it as you will find the cheapest prices on the island). The more enjoyable side is the food vendors - produce, spices and fish. It is here that you can get an appreciation of the different foods, flavours and the people of Saint Lucia. If you like spices, you will find all kinds of great deals. Don't miss out on the raw cacao sticks if you are a fan of chocolate.

I must say, I had more fun walking and looking than shopping.

Thank Ottawajester
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

This is a local market. Yes, they have t-shirts and kitschy tourist items. Yes, at the Saturday market they have a lot of locals and sell basic items including clothing that they use. Yes, there is fruit that will never see mainland US. What they do have in abundance in the covered market (mostly on the right hand side) is spices. They have bags of spices - fresh nutmeg (to crack), cinnamon to bake, safron, massala, Caribbean pepper spice, and cocoa sticks. A reasonable price for each bag is currently about $2 each US. They have them in the separate bags and in baskets. This is the true flavor of the Caribbean and is why I like to go to the market. The people are also very friendly and speak English.

2  Thank cdaughe
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

I may have just had my expectations too high but the trip down the Castries in my opinion was just a waste of time. Nothing down there is authentic, its all mass produced or bought from a different local store and then sold to tourists for a profit.

1  Thank sarahlynnmeyer
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