Most of the shopping is in Castries, where the principal streets are William Peter Boulevard and Bridge Street. Many stores will sell you goods at duty-free prices (providing you don't take the merchandise with you, but have it delivered to the airport or cruise dock). There are some good (but not remarkable) buys in bone china, jewelry, perfume, watches, liquor, and crystal.
Built for the cruise-ship passenger, Pointe Seraphine, in Castries, has the most comprehensive collection of shops on the island, along with offices for car rentals, organized taxi service (for sightseeing), a bureau de change, a philatelic bureau, an information center, and international phones. Cruise ships berth beside cement piers immediately adjacent to the shopping center. The complex was designed as a labyrinth of arcades and cottages (each capped with terra-cotta roof tiles) that meander amid landscaping in a kind of extended garden. Access to the compound requires that you present a cruise pass or an airline ticket to the shopkeeper when purchasing duty-free goods. Visitors can take away their purchases, except liquor and tobacco, which will be delivered either to the airport or to your cruise ship, depending on your means of transport. The compound is open in winter Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm; off season, hours are Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm. It has extended hours when cruise ships are in port.
On Gros Islet Highway, 3km (2 miles) north of Castries, Gablewoods Mall contains three restaurants and one of the island's densest concentrations of shops.
Local products of note include an inventory of at least seven kinds of locally distilled rums from La Belle Creole (also known as Wilco, Ltd.) Most visible is a delicious version flavored with coconut, and Seventh Heaven, a variety that's (informally and unofficially) advertised for its powers as an aphrodisiac, thanks to the combination of ginger, local herbs, and aromatic bark (suggestively known as bois bandé) that go into it.
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