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“Great place for gifts”
Review of Castries Market

Castries Market
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Owner description: A lively and colorful market bursting with tropical fruit and vegetables.
Reviewed May 1, 2013

This market is the essential stop for souvenirs when you are in St. Lucia. It is a little crowded and they try to get you to buy EVERYTHING, but just resist and say "No Thanks" if you don't want to buy. Also, HAGGLE with people. They will be resistant at first, but make them a fair offer and be firm - they will eventually give in!

Thank Richard B
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

We decided to visit Castries market to look for some presents to take home. There are 2 parts to the market, goods and spices. Within the goods section you can find the usual mix of ornaments, tee shirts, hats, bags and Nik naks. Most of the stalls have similar items.make sure you barter if you want something. If you don't like the constant 'sell' of these types of places then don't go. In the spices section there were stalls with various spices, ginger, vanilla pods, nutmegs, etc. they also sell vegetables and live chickens.
To complete our little adventure we caught one of the local buses (small minibus with green number plates) to Rodney Bay, the cost was 2.25EC dollars each which is considerably cheaper than hotel taxis and far more interesting.

1  Thank Paul E
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Don't go here just to shop...

Go to see St. Lucian life and culture. Notice how many elderly men and women are manning their stalls. Ask who made the basketware and discover it's the younger stall holders' relatives. Peer into the tiny bars which line the market to see what's happening on a Saturday afternoon. It's a fascinating insight into life in St. Lucia and the obvious hardship that many people face.

The market is the best I have seen. It's extensive and packed with luscious fresh fruit, vegetables, spices and crafts. I bought star anise and also two baskets - both very different designs - from separate stalls.

Visit open-eyed and with an open mind.

6  Thank Wendy R
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

there are a lot of vendors there but after awhile things just seem to repeat themselves. There are some deals to be had but you need to look hard

Thank sportsbuff
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

good place to buy local crafts like carved wooden animals, Piton Beer tee shirts and great local fruit and spices. We got a huge papaya and a bag of mangoes and took them back to the ship for lunch – incredibly sweet. We also bought a big bag of jerk seasoning and took it back to Virginia where it was a big hit at an Easter barbecue. The local St. Lucian jerk cooking advice was to partially cook the chicken in the microwave – coat it with jerk spice and leave it overnight in the fridge to marinate. Then finish it on the grill with a little bit of barbecue sauce just before eating – really good. By the way jewelry and watch pricing at the cruise ship dock was better than U.S. Stores or Internet pricing. My wide got a very good price on a pair of J Hardy earings.

3  Thank Frank B
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