Trinidad is a major shopping centre in the Caribbean, attracting shoppers from all over the region and even from neighbouring Latin American countries. What you’ll find in Trinidad, is a retail sector offering the best in local products alongside imported international brands of every description.
Shopping options are extensive, with bargain shopping in downtown Port of Spain, San Fernando, Chaguanas, Arima, Tunapuna and main streets in other districts. Anything you need or want can be found in Trinidad. The first step to enjoying your shopping experience is to know what you want and where to find it.
There are five major malls in Trinidad: The Falls at West Mall (Cocorite), Long Circular Mall (St. James), Trincity Mall, Gulf City (La Romaine) and Grand Bazaar (Chaguanas).
These modern shopping malls offer an ever-growing range of retailers including popular high street stores and high-end stores you won’t find anywhere else.
In addition to the major malls, Trinidad also has a number of smaller shopping plazas and mini malls that house a range of stores.
In every major district in Trinidad, shopping is centered on a few key streets. Bargain hunters will want to check out the street vendors, markets and mini-malls of downtown Port of Spain (Charlotte and Frederick Streets), San Fernando (High Street) and Chaguanas (Main Street).
Books and magazines are always a good buy – local novels, coffee table books, non-fiction, historical accounts, biographies, poetry and more. You’ll find local fiction and poetry at most bookstores; publications about Trinidad history and culture; and some stunning coffee-table books dealing with Trinidad’s natural history, people and architecture.
Imported wares and international designer goods can be found in Tobago’s malls, but Tobago also offers unique local finds and souvenirs including locally made wood carvings, jewellery made from natural products, handmade soap, beachwear and accessories. There is a 35-booth Craft Market at Store Bay, several good craft and gift stores and vendors in tourist locations and at popular beaches.