Shop Fresh Foods at a Public Market
To enjoy an authentic local shopping experience, you can head to one of the local public markets. Whilst we’re sure you will enjoy the beauty and colour of the local fruits and vegetables on display, you won’t find it easy to resist the beautiful pieces of locally made clothing and jewelry on offer. You’ll relish the very lively chatter from the local market vendors as they set out their vendibles and encourage you to buy.
You can take a trip to the Cheapside Market in Bridgetown early on a Saturday morning and you’ll find the locals there eager to take advantage of all the bargains. This is where you’ll find vendors setting up stalls brimmed with mouthwatering Caribbean fruit and vegetables. You’ll also have the option of visiting the Hastings Farmer’s Market located on Hastings Main Road which is on the South Coast of the island. Located in the central parish of St. George you’ll also find the Brighton Farmer’s Market at Brighton Plantation
Brighton Farmers' Market, St. George
Take an early morning drive to the central St. George parish and enjoy the cool countryside breezes at the Brighton Farmer’s Market, located at Brighton, Plantation. This popular Saturday morning open-air shopping experience is a hit with both locals and expatriates alike. The atmosphere is great for social interaction and the goods on sale range beyond seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables. You’ll find pastry treats such as patties and croissants as well as quiche, coffee and juices. There’s comfortable seating available in a picnic-like area should you wish to grab some breakfast while taking in the fresh countryside air.
You’ll also find craft and other locally-made items on sale like pottery and jewelry as well as clothing also made by local designers. The gourmet stall is a hit, and offers a variety of exotic cheeses, jellies, sausages and other meats.
If you enjoy social interaction in a beautiful countryside open-air setting in the early morning hours, then Brighton Farmers’ Market is the place for you. The action starts at 6:00 am and continues until 10:00 am every Saturday ‘come rain or shine’.
Brighton Plantation is located approximately fifteen (15) minutes outside of Bridgetown.
St. George, Barbados
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Hastings Farmers' Market, Hastings, Christ Church
Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday morning from 8 am to 2 pm year-round, you can shop for your fresh fruits and vegetables at the Hastings Farmers Market located at Hastings, Christ Church which is on the south coast of the island. Everything sold at this market is Home Made, Home Grown or Home Created … all in Barbados. You will find a wide selection of local and organic fruits, vegetables, eggs and freshly baked breads and treats including a few gluten free options. You’ll also find a lovely selection of prepared meals including Trinidadian and Bajan dishes, Tiki Pies, sushi and some freshly squeezed juices and elixirs.
Hand-crafted items are also available and range from home- made soaps, hand-carved sculptures, leather dress shoes and metal crafted pieces. As you shop, you can enjoy a latte or an iced coffee from the Coffee Dock. You can relax and grab a seat on the front veranda and take in the sea views and salty breeze. Enjoy a freshly made gluten-free breakfast of waffles, eggs and bacon. If you’re feeling for something lighter, the ArtSplash Centre Café offers fresh smoothies and juices made to order. Arty’s Play Park is the best place for the kids to play while you shop around and it’s free entry on Market day!
The Market is super easy to find! Whether you’re driving or taking the route 11 van, you just cannot miss the big pink ArtSplash building opposite the Boardwalk Bank Stand on Hastings Main Road on the South Coast of the island.
Hastings Farmers Market
The ArtSplash Centre, Hwy 7
Cheapside Market, Cheapside Road, Bridgetown, St. Michael
This popular indoor and open-air public market is located in the island’s capital of Bridgetown and offers an extensive selection of fruits, vegetables, local ground provisions, aromatic herbs, spices as well as butcher’s section for a wide selection of meat cuts. You’ll find many vendors plying their trade and are often quite willing to negotiate their prices for large purchases. All this can be found on the ground floor of the building, which is located right next to the General Post Office.
On the second floor of the market, you’ll find vendors selling jewelry, second-hand clothing, and a range of food stalls.
Some vendors opt to ply their trade on the outside of the market building, and you’ll be able to purchase beautifully crafted handmade leather goods, clothing, jewelry, clothing, bags, belts and a variety of other items including artwork.
Saturday is the best day to do your shopping at Cheapside Market and it’s when you’ll find the many locals doing their shopping for their weekly fresh fruit and vegetables. It’s one of the best times and a really great way to experience true Barbadian culture.