Christiansted is the shopping hub of St. Croix, though it does not compare with Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas. The emphasis here is on hole-in-the-wall boutiques selling handmade goods. Most of the shops are compressed into a half-mile or so. Between Company Street and the harbor are many courtyards, antique buildings, arcades, and walkways riddled with shops, many of which are smaller branches of parent stores on St. Thomas. Along the boardwalk is the King's Alley Complex, a pink-sided compound filled with the densest concentration of shops on St. Croix.
In recent years, Frederiksted has also become a popular shopping destination. Its urban mall appeals to cruise-ship passengers arriving at Frederiksted Pier.