Castries Market
Castries Market
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A lively and colorful market bursting with tropical fruit and vegetables.
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  • johnl1950
    Barnsley, United Kingdom777 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Usual caribbean market
    We went on Saturday as full market, quite safe, interesting stalls most for locals to purchase fresh produce, also a tourist market with all the usual stuff. Prices a bit steep due to cruise ships in port every day, so haggle like crazy. Worth having a wander around nearby streets, Cathedral worth a visit, also supermarkets and duty free shops( prices a bit steep stuff cheaper in supermarket)
    Visited February 2023
    Written 9 March 2023
  • JRCParis
    35 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A colourful snippet of "real life" in St Lucia
    This is a colourful & interesting place to visit to see a snippet of "real life" in St Lucia. We left our "luxury hotel bubble" for a few hours and enjoyed the buzz of the different parts of the market. I had a lovely chat with a delightful seamstress who was sewing traditional St Lucian childrens dresses & we shared our views; this was one of the highlights of my visit to the market.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 April 2023
  • nbywg
    Winnipeg, Canada45 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good for a visit
    This market is divided by two parts: one part is for food and another is for souvenirs. Food part is relatively clean and offers island fruits and vegetables along with some herbs. Souvenir part carries good choice of tropical vacation closing and T-Shirts. Prices are reasonable and you can bargain. Overall, worth for short visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Sylvia M
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great market - visit Sylvia’s Place for authentic lunch at a great price
    Great location for souvenirs and a real insight into local culture and way of life. I visited twice and enjoyed both my visits. On Saturdays there are more stalls, food spots and vendors open so worth a visit on the weekend but still an enjoyable experience on a weekday. If looking for authentic cuisine for a ridiculously good price I highly recommend Sylvia’s place (one of the booths between the markets where many of the street food stalls are located) - a spectacular homemade meal that I can say has been the tastiest and most filling meal I’ve had on the island for a month!! Just take a look at the pictures, it will not disappoint
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 May 2023
  • asiftraveller2018
    County Antrim, United Kingdom2,252 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good for a browse and a haggle.
    I always go to local markets to buy some bits and pieces , Yes you will be asked to look at every stall but as long as you are polite all’s good. If something is $30 then offer $10 and you will end up at $15-20. A nice way to spend a Saturday morning
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Irene L
    5 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Standard Island Market
    We enjoyed walking through the market, but definitely go here after 10. Although it opens around 9 am, it’s Island time and most vendors aren’t ready until after 10 am. Talk a walk through viewing each stall before buying as many sell the same items at different prices. Be able to negotiate a price as most vendors (but not all) will offer a higher price. Don’t buy shells or sand from vendors selling it. They are illegal to take from the beaches in Saint Lucia and shouldn’t be supported. We only saw one vendor of the many selling shells or sand. Definitely go to the food stalls/market for lunch. There are some amazing local food vendors offering fresh juices and amazing food. The vegetable market was good as well. You can get plenty of fresh produce for reasonable prices. It was also the only place we were able to find coca tea for sale.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 December 2023
  • Dani
    Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom96 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting
    Great place to visit. Yes it puts you out of your comfort zone but all the people were really lovely to talk to and it was really fun to see the fruit,fish and vegetables the locals eat here. We had a great time and I would strongly recommend it. Just dont walk around ignoring people.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 December 2023
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Terry Anzur
Jupiter, FL1,541 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Located in a busy cruise port, the souvenir stands aren’t shy about making their sales pitch to anyone browsing. Some bargaining is expected. The price went quickly from $30 US to 20 for a cute sundress made in India. Disappointed not to find more local goods. I would gladly pay a premium to support local artisans. I came here hoping to find decorative masks like the ones in our rental house but most goods seemed imported from China and machine made. Overall, a disappointing stop.
Written 3 March 2024
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Angela K
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Castries was the last port on our Tui Cruise. We were walking around the market (full of other tourists) when a man jumped out, grabbed my husbands throat and tore the chain from his neck. We have never felt to unsafe and vulnerable. A local took us to the police station and they then drove us back to the port as we did not want to walk anywhere. Would never go back
Written 26 February 2024
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snorkler09
Venice, FL360 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
this was typical flea market type stalls. People were friendly, but it was hot and a lot of the stuff was typical tourist items and all the same.
Written 22 February 2024
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Dani
Gerrards Cross, UK96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Great place to visit. Yes it puts you out of your comfort zone but all the people were really lovely to talk to and it was really fun to see the fruit,fish and vegetables the locals eat here. We had a great time and I would strongly recommend it. Just dont walk around ignoring people.
Written 16 December 2023
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Irene L
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed walking through the market, but definitely go here after 10. Although it opens around 9 am, it’s Island time and most vendors aren’t ready until after 10 am. Talk a walk through viewing each stall before buying as many sell the same items at different prices. Be able to negotiate a price as most vendors (but not all) will offer a higher price. Don’t buy shells or sand from vendors selling it. They are illegal to take from the beaches in Saint Lucia and shouldn’t be supported. We only saw one vendor of the many selling shells or sand. Definitely go to the food stalls/market for lunch. There are some amazing local food vendors offering fresh juices and amazing food. The vegetable market was good as well. You can get plenty of fresh produce for reasonable prices. It was also the only place we were able to find coca tea for sale.
Written 10 December 2023
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Karl1664
Sandhurst, UK117 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Be aware when walking around here.Ive worked in quite a few dodgy places,but this takes the biscuit.
Also being called an English white #### and I'm going to get my throat slit,isn't the greatest thing to hear.
Go here at your own risk
Written 25 October 2023
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mirglip
Rockingham, UK31 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This please is a dirty dump and as a capital of the island I am surprised that they have not cleaned it up.You will get harassed by people try to sell u rubbish .If u want to visit a nice shopping experience in at Lucia’s go to Rodney bay
Written 14 October 2023
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asiftraveller2018
County Antrim, UK2,252 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
I always go to local markets to
buy some bits and pieces , Yes you will be asked to look at every stall but as long as you are polite all’s good. If something is $30 then offer $10 and you will end up at $15-20. A nice way to spend a Saturday morning
Written 17 July 2023
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Globetrotter008
London, UK1,412 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Most people have this image of Caribbean as some sort of paradise on earth. White beaches, palm trees, all-year-round sunshine, rum and enchanting music.

Yet step outside the shiny resorts and its environs and artificial Duty Free zones and you are met with poverty and very simple amenities. The real Caribbean.

Yes, these touristy edifices do provide a lot of employment and have made some locals very rich. But that elusive trickle-down effect is not evident to the rest of the population.

So, if you want to see how the locals really live, take the local bus to Castries and then explore the town itself, on foot. There is a very interesting architecture laid out in the grid pattern. Visit the Derek Walcott Square as well as the splendid Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception towering over it. Take your time and soak up the atmosphere of the bustling town.

The hotels try to discourage guests from individual visits, for obvious reasons, but I found the place very busy and lively but unthreatening. The locals were very helpful and friendly and only too happy to direct you to places. So perhaps try to go at least in a pair?

Recommended duration for visit = 1.5 hours, longer if you want to climb up to the Fort Charlotte (4.6 km circular route, 82 metres elevation).
Written 12 May 2023
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Sylvia M
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Great location for souvenirs and a real insight into local culture and way of life. I visited twice and enjoyed both my visits. On Saturdays there are more stalls, food spots and vendors open so worth a visit on the weekend but still an enjoyable experience on a weekday. If looking for authentic cuisine for a ridiculously good price I highly recommend Sylvia’s place (one of the booths between the markets where many of the street food stalls are located) - a spectacular homemade meal that I can say has been the tastiest and most filling meal I’ve had on the island for a month!! Just take a look at the pictures, it will not disappoint
Written 6 May 2023
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