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Castries Central Market

John Compton Hwy, Castries, St Lucia
+1 758-460-5596
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Castries Central Market Castries  Saint Lucia
Castries Central Market Castries  Saint Lucia
Castries Central Market Castries  Saint Lucia
Castries Central Market Castries  Saint Lucia

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Mon - Sat 7am - 6pm

Castries Central Market

Built in 1891, St. Lucia's most colorful and largest open-air market sits in the heart of its capital. It's a one-stop-shopping favorite for fruits, vegetables, spices, handmade arts and crafts, and even handwoven beachwear. The produce is definitely the highlight. The stall tables are beautifully set and decorated, while the fragrance of herbs and condiments fills the air, turning it into a multisensory island experience. The market is open daily, 7 a.m.–1 p.m., but the most active morning is Saturday. After shopping, grab a seat at the adjacent annex to sample some local foods—a breakfast bowl of cow-foot soup (the perfect hangover cure) or a Creole fish lunch.

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Castries Central Market

The capital city's bustling food and handicraft bazaar is open Monday–Saturday, from around 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and has served St. Lucians for more than a century. Rows of vendors display fresh fruit, vegetables and homemade products from their farms, and visitors are welcome to haggle for straw bags and hats, painted calabash bowls and other hand-crafted goods. Pick up St. Lucian coffee, whole spices and "green figs" (St. Lucian slang for unripe bananas), and bring home some authentic cocoa sticks, which when grated and steeped with bay leaves, cinnamon and nutmeg make the local specialty: hot cocoa tea.