One of the southern Caribbean gems, is St. George’s Grenada. This island is known for it’s spices, so make sure to pick some up during your visit. While the shops are mostly closed on Saturdays, there is still plenty to do. Near the dock is a fort that is an easy walk and worth exploring. For lunch we highly recommend BB’s Crabback. If you have the time to dine here, just do it. You’ll love it. Also an absolutely wonderful shop is Art Fabrik Grenada. Luckily they were open during our visit. If you are tired of the same old trinkets, seek this store out. Their wares are wonderful.
St. George’s Grenada – The Spice Island
No stop to St. George’s Grenada is complete without a trip to the spice market. Just a short walk from the pier you’ll find a wide variety of spices like cocoa, hot sauces and honey. Happily, there is something to please everyone’s tastes. At the market there are gift packs available to take home to friends and family for very reasonable prices. Naturally, cash is the best way to handle these transactions. Of course, it never hurts to negotiate when you are buying a few items.
We try to bring a bit of everything back with us when it comes to spices, sauces and such. There’s nothing quite like cooking a dish with fresh island spices, or having local island honey on your morning toast or bagel while remembering your Caribbean vacation. As winter arrives, you’ll be glad you picked up the local cocoa to create amazing hot chocolate with. Indecently, in our house it seems like we always have about five different bottles of hot sauce on our dining room table. Fortunately, many of the stalls have a tasters out for hot sauces, with little pieces of chips or saltines to try them on.
Grenada’s Spices & Souvenirs
Art Fabrik Grenada is an amazing little store with a funky creative vibe that you won’t want to miss. Boasting jewelry and batiks that are handmade and extremely colorful, this shop is a must visit. Unique handmade gifts are found throughout the store. The owner is extremely helpful and attentive. While it is a little off of the beaten path, it is worth the walk. You’ll have to walk up a winding street to get to it, but it’s worth it! Art Fabrik Grenada is open on Saturday, while most stores are not.
Just about the only heads up to give you here, is that if you are walking around in port, a local may offer their tour guide services as they walk along side of you, telling you all about Grenada and the port. If you like you can tip them, or if you prefer your peace and solitude just simply tell them no thank you. Remember, they are trying to make a living and for them, this is a part of their livelihood. Kindness goes a long way.