Photo by Katsuyoshi Tanaka
Shop Like A Local at Le Grand Marché de Fort-de-France
In the market for freshly ground curry powder? How about pure vanilla extract, harvested by hand? Or want to pick up a tipple of the island’s legendary ‘ti punch to go? At Fort-de-France’s century-old Grand Marché, local vendors sell fruits, spices, and homemade rum daily. Stop for sustenance at Chez Carole, a stellar Créole café within the market. The eponymous proprietor dishes out fresh-pressed juices and steaming bowls of accras, the island’s ubiquitous cod fritters, to hungry shoppers. What to bring back? Definitely a bwa lélé, the local version of a spoon, the authentic ti-punch stirrer.
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