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Antigua's main shopping areas lie on the edge of the Caribbean Sea in our capital St. John's. Redcliffe Quay and Heritage Quay are not just a magnet for hotel guests, but also a breezy walk from the cruise ship terminal. The adjacent streets are well worth exploring too, the colourful Vendors’ Mall perfect if you’re after local hats, T-shirts and wraps to take home as souvenirs or gifts...


Historic Redcliffe Quay is a particularly quaint shopping enclave that sells everything from local art and limited edition jewellery to couturière evening wear and freshly-made ice cream. The icing on the cake is the historic vibe – 18th century Redcliffe Quay was one of the main trading places in St. John’s and it seems fitting that it still is. Most of today’s businesses are housed in the old sugar and coffee warehouses, their vibrant wooden shutters set off by the crumbling bricks that came to Antigua as ballast in the sailing ships long ago. And, of course, there are also some delightful bars and cafés waiting when you’re finally ready for that slice of pizza, tasty Croque-monsieur or restorative glass of South African chardonnay

Heritage Quay is a modern boulevard that sells a wide choice of international brands at duty-free prices – we’re talking everything from Rolex, Coach and Pandora to Land, Levis and Cohiba cigars. Yet over the two storeys, there’s a delightful mix of local boutiques too, the kind of places you can pick up glamorous resort wear or a cover-up for the beach. And when you’re all done splashing out, you can relax with a local beer or a coffee in one of the alfresco bars. You can even try and win all your money back in a casino...

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Don’t go shopping without reading THE ANTIGUAN. We tell you exactly where to find everything from Cuban cigars to Caribbean beach wraps...