- Type: Shopping
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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The Castries Market has been the capital city's local food and flea market for the last century. Open every day except for Sunday, locals gather to sell homegrown produce and spices as well as St. Lucia-stamped souvenirs for tourists.
The Castries has been a hit or miss for travelers. Some recent visitors were delighted by their experiences and enjoyed interacting with local vendors to buy unique items such as fresh coconut and handcrafted woodworks. However, other visitors said some aggressive vendors they encountered hindered their ability to fully enjoy the market. Most travelers agreed though that there isn't a lot of diversity in the market, as many of the vendors, especially those in the craft market, sell much of the same items.
Although the market is open every day except Sunday, you should time your visit for a busy Friday or Saturday morning when more tourists are around and the market comes to life with plenty of vendors. The Castries Market is located off of John Compton Highway, between Jeremie and Baptiste streets.