People come from all over the region to shop in Trinidad. Whether you’re looking for international brands, or something distinctly local, something for yourself or a gift for someone else, we’ll point you toward what to get, and where to get it.
Distinctive local buys
ALCOHOL & BEVERAGES
Think local beers, award-winning local rums (like Angostura 1919), and the world-famous Angostura Bitters.
COCOA & CHOCOLATE
T&T produces award-winning cocoa and chocolate. Try products from Cacique, Cocobel, Ortinola Great House, and the Trinidad & Tobago Fine Cocoa Company. Trinitario, the variety of cocoa developed here, is used by French luxury chocolate manufacturer Valrhona, and many others.
If you’ve fallen in love with our food, then pastelles, roti skins, seasonings, spices, pepper sauces, and chutneys are things that you might want to load up on. For the brave, try the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper (once ranked as the world’s hottest pepper by the Guinness Book of Records).
ART, MUSIC, BOOKS, FASHION & MORE
Steelpans are a popular take-away, from the miniatures available at souvenir shops to a full-fledged tenor pan (contact Pan Trinbago, pantrinbago.co.tt). If you want to get some local fashion, music, art, and literature, see our Arts & Culture section for which names and brands to look out for.
Trinidad has five major air-conditioned shopping malls: the Falls at West Mall (Westmoorings); Grand Bazaar (Valsayn); Gulf City (San Fernando); Long Circular Mall (St James); and Trincity Mall, plus many smaller shopping plazas and mini-malls.
Make a beeline for Frederick and Charlotte streets (Port of Spain); High St (San Fernando); and Main St (Chaguanas).
The Green Market Santa Cruz offers fresh local produce, meals, artisanal items and more each Saturday morning. Once a month, UpMarket showcases local artisans at the Woodbrook Youth Centre.
SEASONAL MARKETS & TRADE FAIRS
Travelling trade fairs from India offer bargains on Indian fashion and jewellery. And each year around Carnival and Emancipation Day, the Queen’s Park Savannah hosts a number of vendors selling local and international art, craft, and fashion.
Advertorial: brand voices
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Two locations for your convenience:
- The Royal Palm Plaza, tel: 622 9733; and
- The Falls at West Mall, upper level, tel: 633 4736