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Shopping in St Maarten

The capital cities Philipsburg (St Maarten) and Marigot (St Martin) overflow with art galleries such as the impressionist Roland Richardson Gallery. Duty-free cosmetics and designer jewellery are popular buys from Little Switzerland. Savings can be about 20% but bargaining can still help. Haggling for souvenirs, crafts and island clothes is customary at the Philipsburg Market Place and Marigot's French Market. Shops open Mon-Sat 9am-12pm &2pm-6pm, later in Maho.

Philipsburg Market Place, St Maarten. Photo by Roberta Sotonoff
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West Indies Mall

Designer clothes

Luxury is a byword at the imposing West Indies Mall, where shoppers can stock up on labels like Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci. The glamorous establishment, with three floors of shops and restaurants, is located on Marigot's waterfront.



Opening Hours

Daily 9am-6pm

Address

Marigot Waterfront, Marigot, St Martin 97150

Telephone

+590 510 774

Transport

Taxi

Website

West Indies Mall Website

Guavaberry Emporium, St Maarten. Courtesy of St Maarten Tourist Bureau
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Guavaberry Emporium

Tipples to taste

Liqueurs, rums, hot sauces and unique hand-painted bottles line the shelves of the colourful Guavaberry Emporium in Philipsburg. Big barrels are arranged around its exterior. Sample one of the extremely strong guavaberry frappes or rums on offer.



Opening Hours

Daily 9am-6pm

Address

8-10, Front Street, Philipsburg, St Maarten

Telephone

+599 542 2965

Transport

Taxi

Website

Guavaberry Emporium Website

French Market, St Martin. Courtesy of St Maarten Tourist Bureau
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French Market

Bargains by the sea

The local ladies of St Martin haggle over bags of spices, varieties of rum, handicrafts and souvenirs at the French Market in Marigot. Fresh fish, fruits and vegetables are also for sale at more than 100 stalls along the waterfront.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 7am-3pm

Address

Marigot Waterfront, Marigot, St Martin 97150

Transport

Taxi

Philipsburg Market Place, St Maarten. Photo by Roberta Sotonoff
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Philipsburg Market Place

Souvenir bargains

Philipsburg's Market Place is crammed full of stalls and friendly vendors. More than happy to let visitors to Philipsburg bargain for souvenirs, T-shirts, sarongs, bathing suits and local crafts, they'll also find time for a good chat.



Opening Hours

Daily 8am-sunset

Address

Back Street, Philipsburg, St Maarten

Telephone

+599 542 2337

Transport

Taxi

Roland Richardson Gallery, St Martin. © Laura Richardson
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Roland Richardson Gallery

Local impressionist artist

A charming historic home in Marigot, St Martin, houses the Roland Richardson Gallery and is the perfect showcase for the famous artist's work. It includes brightly coloured original oils, charcoals and watercolours. Take a peek inside the hidden courtyard garden.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

Address

6, rue de la Republique, Marigot, St Martin 97150

Telephone

+590 590 87 32 24

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Little Switzerland

Designer accessories

The Caribbean duty-free retailer Little Switzerland has been in business for more than 50 years. At this Philipsburg branch, there's a huge array of designer names. Pick up dazzling watches, jewellery, handbags and accessories from the likes of Tiffany.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 9am-6pm

Address

52, Front Street, Philipsburg, St Maarten

Telephone

+599 542 3530

Transport

Taxi

Website

Little Switzerland Website

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