Pointe-à-Pitre#6 in Best Things To Do in Guadeloupe
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Shoppers looking for discounted French wares—including perfumes, scarves, and cosmetics—should head straight to Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe's fashion hub and Grande-Terre's largest city. The streets are narrow and almost always jam-packed during the day, so you'll want to arrive early to beat the rush of fellow shoppers. Apart from perusing the eclectic array of stores lining the waterfront, you'll also want to stop by the Marché Couvert, a vibrant marketplace surrounded by rue Frebault, rue St-John Perse, rue Schoelcher, and rue Dublessis. The colorful market stalls sell everything from aromatic spices, to fresh papaya to locally woven fabrics.
If you have any interest in French architecture, you'll also want to stop at rue de l'Eglise to admire the bright yellow Cathédrale de St-Pierre et St-Paul. The cathedral showcases elaborate metal buttresses that look as though they could've been taken off the Eiffel Tower.
Most shops open their doors every day except Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; after a lunch break, they re-open from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Most shops also close Saturday afternoons and holidays; however, when large cruise ships dock at the city's major port, shop-owners stay open longer.
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