Shopping in Montserrat

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Let's be honest! Studying abroad comes in handy with a good shopping culture! Everyone wants to get time to explore markets and pick a few goodies to add to the cart list! Shopaholics welcome to Montserrat, the land of beauty and charming crafts! This is where your shopping impulse is put to the test. With numerous shopping malls, stalls, shops, and supermarkets Montserrat will certainly take thy breath away!

Shopping is typically reserved to handicrafts in South Tarawa and London, while essentials can be purchased at fruit and vegetable markets. The locals churn out a range of art such as basketry and necklaces, while shark swords make excellent Montserrat souvenirs. You can bargain, but keep always remember that they do not earn much.

Travelers may not be able to find shopping malls or chains in Montserrat, but unique and independently owned stores and boutiques are spaced throughout the island. Most Montserrat shops are clustered around the Brades Main Road at the Ryan’s Court and the BBC complex. The yellow and green madras plaid cotton which is Montserrat’s national dress is incorporated into numerous clothing pieces and other crafts. Soufrière Hills volcano postcards, photographs and even volcanic rocks are also popular souvenirs.

Other Montserrat specialities for purchase include handcrafted leather from Wade’s Leather Goods, CDs by local artists, handmade dolls, and homemade preserves like hot pepper sauce and guava jelly. The Montserrat Cultural Centre and Montserrat National Trust both boast gift shops selling astounding collections of fascinating literature and DVDs about the island.

One of Montserrat’s most unusual shops is the newly opened Emerald Spa, whose homemade soaps all contain ash and clay from the Soufriere Hills Volcano believed to have special therapeutic effects. All Emerald Spa soaps are made with fragrant essential oils such as lemon grass, coconut, rosemary, honey, and locally buttered aloe. Each comes with a pumice stone also made from the Soufriere Hills Volcano scree.

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