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Best Markets in Nonsuch Bay

What are the best markets in Nonsuch Bay? In this article we highlight the best markets in Nonsuch Bay.

Welcome to the vibrant and picturesque Nonsuch Bay in Antigua & Barbuda, a haven for expats and digital nomads seeking the perfect blend of work and leisure in a tropical paradise. For those who love to explore local culture through shopping, Nonsuch Bay and its surroundings offer a variety of markets where you can find everything from fresh produce to artisan crafts. Here are some of the best markets to visit during your stay.

St. John’s Public Market

Location: South of the city’s bus station, St. John’s
Type of Market: Local Produce and Crafts Market
Open: Daily, 5:30 am – 6 pm

St. John’s Public Market is the bustling heart of Antigua’s capital. It’s a colorful and lively spot where local vendors sell fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, and crafts. The market is a great place to immerse yourself in the local culture and to find unique souvenirs and gifts.

We Recommend: Try the local Antiguan Black Pineapple, known for being extra sweet and perfect for a refreshing snack under the tropical sun.

Heritage Quay

Location: Downtown St. John’s
Type of Market: Shopping Complex and Duty-Free Market
Open: Monday to Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm

Heritage Quay is a two-story shopping complex that offers a mix of duty-free shops, local boutiques, and souvenir stalls. It’s an ideal place for expats and digital nomads to find everything from designer goods to locally made products.

We Recommend: Look for the intricate Antiguan madras fabric, perfect for clothing or home decor, showcasing the island’s vibrant style.

Vendor’s Mall

Location: Redcliffe Quay, St. John’s
Type of Market: Souvenir and Craft Market
Open: Monday to Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm

Vendor’s Mall is a charming market where local artisans sell their crafts, jewelry, and souvenirs. It’s a great spot to find handmade items and to support local businesses.

We Recommend: Pick up a piece of unique, handcrafted jewelry made from local materials like sea glass or coconut shell.

Fig Tree Drive Artisans

Location: Fig Tree Drive, Southwestern Antigua
Type of Market: Artisan Market
Open: Varies, but typically daily

Nestled along the scenic Fig Tree Drive, this collection of artisan stalls offers a more intimate shopping experience. Here, you can find a variety of handcrafted goods, from pottery to wood carvings, all made by talented local artists.

We Recommend: Take home a piece of Antigua with a hand-painted ceramic piece, showcasing the island’s colors and landscapes.

Antigua and Barbuda Craft & Gift Market

Location: Redcliffe Quay, St. John’s
Type of Market: Craft and Gift Market
Open: Monday to Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm

This market is a treasure trove for those looking to bring a piece of Antigua & Barbuda back home. With a wide array of local crafts, gifts, and souvenirs, it’s a must-visit for anyone wanting to find something special and authentic.

We Recommend: Look for the beautifully woven baskets and hats, which are not only practical but also a piece of the island’s artisanal heritage.

Green Bay Farmers Market

Location: Green Bay, just outside St. John’s
Type of Market: Farmers Market
Open: Saturdays, 6 am – 12 pm

For those who appreciate fresh, locally-grown produce, the Green Bay Farmers Market is the place to be. Farmers from around the island come here to sell their fruits, vegetables, herbs, and more. It’s a great opportunity to support local agriculture and enjoy some of the freshest food on the island.

We Recommend: Sample the homemade jams and jellies, which come in a variety of tropical flavors unique to the Caribbean.

Please note that while Nonsuch Bay itself may not have a large number of markets, the nearby capital city of St. John’s and surrounding areas offer a variety of shopping experiences that are easily accessible to residents of the bay. Always check the latest opening times and days as they can change seasonally or due to special events.

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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