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Best Markets in Jolly Harbour

What are the best markets in Jolly Harbour? In this article we highlight the best markets in Jolly Harbour.
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For expats and digital nomads who have chosen the picturesque Jolly Harbour in Antigua & Barbuda as their temporary or permanent haven, exploring local markets is a delightful way to immerse oneself in the vibrant culture and procure unique items. Jolly Harbour, while not a large metropolis, offers a variety of markets that cater to different tastes, from fresh local produce to artisan crafts and more. Here are some of the best markets to visit during your stay.

Jolly Harbour Commercial Centre

Location: Jolly Harbour Marina
Type of Market: Mixed Market
Open: Daily, 9 AM – 5 PM

The Jolly Harbour Commercial Centre is a convenient spot for expats and digital nomads living in the area. It hosts a variety of shops and stalls offering everything from groceries to souvenirs. The market is an excellent place to find local produce, freshly baked goods, and a range of services.

We Recommend: Visit the local bakery for some freshly made coconut bread, a sweet and fluffy treat that’s popular among both locals and visitors.

Epicurean Fine Foods & Pharmacy

Location: Jolly Harbour
Type of Market: Gourmet Supermarket
Open: Daily, 7 AM – 9 PM

Epicurean Fine Foods & Pharmacy is not a traditional market, but it’s a must-visit for foodies looking for international and gourmet ingredients. As the largest supermarket in Antigua, it offers a wide selection of products, including organic and gluten-free options, making it a perfect spot for expats and digital nomads with specific dietary preferences.

We Recommend: Check out the extensive wine and cheese selection for a perfect pairing for your next sunset viewing.

St. John’s Public Market

Location: South of the West Bus Station in St. John’s
Type of Market: Local Produce and Crafts Market
Open: Daily, early morning until around 2 PM

While not in Jolly Harbour itself, the St. John’s Public Market is a short drive away and is the largest fresh produce market on the island. It’s a bustling hub where you can find a variety of fruits, vegetables, spices, and crafts. Saturdays are the busiest and best days to visit when the market is at its most vibrant.

We Recommend: Sample some of the local spices and hot sauces to add a kick to your home-cooked meals.

Heritage Quay

Location: St. John’s
Type of Market: Shopping and Duty-Free Market
Open: Daily, 9 AM – 5 PM

Another short trip from Jolly Harbour, Heritage Quay is the place to go for duty-free shopping. With a variety of stores selling jewelry, electronics, and designer goods, it’s a great place to find high-end items at reduced prices.

We Recommend: Look for Antiguan-made jewelry for a unique and beautiful keepsake or gift.

Vendor’s Mall

Location: Redcliffe Quay, St. John’s
Type of Market: Souvenir and Craft Market
Open: Daily, 9 AM – 5 PM

Vendor’s Mall is a collection of small shops and stands where local artisans sell their crafts. It’s an excellent place for expats and digital nomads to find handmade souvenirs, such as pottery, paintings, and textiles, that showcase the island’s culture.

We Recommend: Pick up a hand-woven Antiguan “madras” cloth, a colorful fabric used in traditional dress and for decorative purposes.

Fig Tree Drive Artisans

Location: Fig Tree Drive, Southwestern Antigua
Type of Market: Artisan Market
Open: Varies, typically daily with more artisans present on weekends

Driving along Fig Tree Drive, you’ll encounter local artisans selling their wares right by the roadside. This informal market experience allows you to meet the makers of a wide array of crafts and artworks, from pottery to wood carvings.

We Recommend: Look for the intricate wood carvings, which often depict scenes from Antiguan life and nature.

Island Gourmet Boutique

Location: Inside the Sugar Ridge Hotel, close to Jolly Harbour
Type of Market: Gourmet Food Shop
Open: Daily, times may vary

Island Gourmet Boutique is a small shop that specializes in gourmet food items, many of which are locally made or sourced. It’s a great place to find unique edible gifts or treats for yourself, such as artisanal chocolates, jams, and sauces.

We Recommend: Try the locally made hot pepper sauces for a true taste of Antiguan heat.

Please note that opening hours may vary, especially during public holidays or special events, so it’s always a good idea to check ahead before planning your visit.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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