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Castries Market
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Owner description: A lively and colorful market bursting with tropical fruit and vegetables.
Reviewed 26 January 2015 via mobile

Castries Market is an absolute dump. It is dirty and it stinks'!!!! The stall holders try to rip you off and then you get hassled by the bums . Don't waste your time or money

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Reviewed 24 January 2015

The market is always busy and full of fresh fruit and food. Followed by spices and gifts for those coming of cruise ships. Although some of the islanders will be persistent for you to look at their stall, bear in mind this is their lively hood and they are trying to make ends meet. We had no issue every-time we drove down here. We brought our salad and fresh fish here and it was great to see the tradition on this island is still there.

This was our regular market as we were based in Gros Islet which is about 15-20mins away depending on traffic. Plenty colour with fruit galore and clothes. Fruits would be apples, custard apples, Water melon etc. Foods to buy, fresh hard yam, soft yam, green banana, ripe plantain, salad etc.

You won't be disappointed.

2  Thank Deanie20002000
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Reviewed 22 January 2015 via mobile

We stayed just outside of Castries and visited the town and market twice. It is vibrant and colourful and we never felt worried being there. It is very different to England but great fun to visit and we really enjoyed going there. Lots of lovely craft stalls. Everyone is very friendly and the traffic can be quite manic at times. The cruise ships come right in to the port which are always very impressive. Worth a visit

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Reviewed 22 January 2015

Visiting local markets on holiday is something I love and does give you a local feel. It was interesting to see what a subsistence diet the locals live on. Sweet potato, yams and bananas featured mostly with some exotic fruits like sour sap and custard apples.
The covered craft market was colourful and the locals friendly and not too pushy accepting a firm no if you didn't want anything.
There was not a lot of variety most people selling the same jewellery but some of the basket work was attractive and cheap. Life is hard here and many people rely entirely on the tourists to give them an income so bartering was rather embarrassing for something that cost peanut prices.
They are obviously geared towards the cruise ship customers. Three cruise ships in the day we visited which made it very busy. If you want something artisan made there were some craftsmen doing carving amongst the stalls. We enjoyed our trip but didn't buy a lot apart from some banana ketchup, some soap and a necklace made from seeds. Very pretty.

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Reviewed 16 January 2015 via mobile

Visited on recent trip, this a covered market opposite harbour. Looks interesting initially but in reality the stall content is v repetitive and of poor quality (though there are one or two stalls selling wooden goods that are the exception). In general there are few (if any) local artisan products, rather most items are mass produced and can be seen across markets in other countries (wooden frogs, Peruvian headbands etc). Prices are v high, haggling is possible but will still only get you to prices that exceed those in the duty free shops (which sell the same things). We ended up buying nothing (despite visiting specifically to get gifts to take home) and instead ended up buying same items from duty free store in Rodney Bay (itself v expensive but still Cheaper than the market!!). Perhaps worth a visit for an hour to get out of the rain.

Thank Doozernomore
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