In Tobago's capital, Scarborough, you can visit the local market Monday to Saturday mornings. Scarborough's stores have a limited range of merchandise, more to tempt the browser than the serious shopper.
Farro's, Wilson Road (no phone), across from the marketplace, offers the tastiest condiments on the island, packed into little straw baskets for you to carry back home. Sample the delectable lime marmalade, any of the hot sauces, the guava jelly, and most definitely the homemade tamarind chutney.
If you're seeking handicrafts, especially straw baskets, head for the Shaadijas Souvenir & Gift Shop, Port Mall (tel. 868/660-1000), also in Scarborough.
Cotton House Fashion Studio, Old Windward Road, Bacolet (tel. 868/639-2727), is the island's best choice for "hands-on" appreciation of the fine art of batik. In the Indonesian tradition, melted wax is brushed onto fabric, resisting dyes and creating unusual colors and designs. This outlet contains the largest collection of batik clothing and wall hangings on Tobago. Dying techniques are demonstrated to visitors, who can then try their skills.
The Tobago Art Gallery, Hibiscus Drive, Lowlands (tel. 868/631-1424; www.tobagoartgallery.com), across from the Tobago Hilton, features the works of at least 10 artists. On permanent exhibit upstairs is a collection of island watercolors by Rachel Superville and her husband, Martin. Sculptures and a number of handicrafts are also sold here.
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