This guide to the best places to go shopping in Martinique will help you discover some of the island’s quintessential retail experiences. With a mix of modern malls and local markets, you can find plenty of goods for sale, including the latest fashion, local handicrafts, and fresh food.

    Many of the Caribbean island’s shopping highlights are located in Fort-de-France. However, you will also find some great shopping malls and art galleries outside the capital city. Whether you’re looking for souvenirs or the latest statement fashion pieces, Martinique has shops for everyone.

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    La Galleria

    One of the most popular shopping malls in Martinique

    La Galleria is a large and modern shopping mall in Martinique. The complex lies northeast of Fort-de-France, on the road leading to the Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport. It houses well over 100 shops, making it one of the largest malls on the island. You can find a wide range of products here, from electronics to fashion and sporting goods.

    La Galleria is also home to a couple of large department stores – Galerie Lafayette and FNAC – and a hypermarket offering everyday goods. If all that shopping makes you a little hungry, you can find various restaurants and fast-food options, including a pizzeria, a steakhouse, and a café.

    Location: Acajou S, Le Lamentin 97232, Martinique

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 9 am to 8.30 pm, Friday–Saturday 9 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +596 (0)596 42 77 46

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    Centre Commercial Genipa

    A large modern shopping mall in Ducos

    Centre Commercial Genipa is a very popular shopping mall in Ducos, on the west coast of Martinique. The air-conditioned building is most well-known for hosting Carrefour, one of the world’s largest supermarket chains.

    You can find a wide range of shops within Centre Commercial Genipa, including fashion boutiques, cosmetics outlets, and electronic stores. The mall has a large food court offering local dishes, burgers, and fresh juices. Plenty of onsite parking is available if you're getting around Martinique by car.

    Location: Ducos, Martinique

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +596 (0)596 42 08 18

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    Grand Marché Couvert de Fort-de-France

    A bustling covered market dating back to 1901

    • Shoppers
    • Budget

    Grand Marché Couvert de Fort-de-France is a historic marketplace in Martinique. Established in 1901, the covered bazaar was designed by French architect Henri Picq. It offers a range of local goods, such as herbs and spices, fresh produce, colourful flower arrangements, and handicrafts.

    Le Grand Marche Couvert is both a great shopping destination and a popular tourist attraction. It's one of the best places to soak up the bustling atmosphere and delve into the local culture. The market is conveniently in Downtown Fort-de-France, within walking distance to many shops, restaurants, and landmarks.

    Location: Rue Isambert, Fort-de-France 97200, Martinique

    Open: Monday–Friday from 4.30 am to 4 pm, Saturday from 4.30 am to 2 pm.

    Phone: +596 (0)596 59 60 00

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    Rue Victor Hugo

    An upmarket shopping thoroughfare in Fort-de-France

    Rue Victor Hugo is a major shopping street in Martinique’s Fort-de-France. This central thoroughfare offers a rather sophisticated shopping experience, thanks to long-established French brands and local boutiques lining its sides. You can find the latest fashion trends, high-end cosmetics, and luxury jewellery in many of these shops.

    Rue Victor Hugo hosts many of the city’s top restaurants, including fine-dining spots, wine bars, and patisseries. It’s a very walkable street with wide footpaths and minimal traffic, so you can easily hop from one store to the next.

    Location: Rue Victor Hugo, Fort-de-France 97200, Martinique

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    Galerie Sophen

    A local art gallery in Pointe du Bout

    • Shoppers

    Galerie Sophen is an art gallery on the French Caribbean island of Martinique. You can find it in the area of Les Trois-Îlets, near the Pointe du Bout Beach and Marina. You can admire and purchase original artwork by local artists Sophie and Henry. The artists use mainly watercolour to depict a range of unique island scenes.

    You can find paintings and drawings of popular wildlife and ocean scenes here. Galerie Sophen is one of the most unique places to pick up a 1-of-a-kind souvenir on the island. Located on Rue du Chacha, the venue is surrounded by several souvenir shops and great restaurants.

    Location: Rue du Chacha, Les Trois-Îlets 97229, Martinique

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 7 pm

    Phone: +596 (0)696 02 32 74

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    Village Creole

    A resort shopping area for souvenirs and clothing

    • Food
    • Shoppers
    • Nightlife
    • Luxury

    Village Creole is one of the best resort shopping areas in Martinique. The plaza is part of the Residence Village Creole tourism complex, located in the seaside village of Les Trois-Îlets.

    Village Creole hosts several exclusive boutique stores in a traditional village design. The high-end stores specialise in jewellery, swimwear, and clothing. The complex also has 8 restaurants and bars that open until late every day. It’s particularly popular for international tourists to visit and enjoy some retail therapy.

    Location: Rue du Chacha, Les Trois-Îlets 97229, Martinique

    Phone: +596 (0)596 66 03 19

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    Village de la Poterie

    A local cultural arts and crafts centre

    • Shoppers

    Village de la Poterie is part of a cultural centre in the seaside village of Les Trois-Îlets. It’s great for purchasing local pottery, thanks to its large terracotta workshop and artisan souvenir shops. The complex, which occupies a former monastery, was originally set up as a clay industry centre in the 18th century.

    Today, Village de la Poterie showcases traditional pottery-making techniques in various workshops. You can view handmade products such as water jugs, vases and dishes in many of the onsite shops. It’s an excellent way to support Martinique’s local artisans, as you can buy various souvenirs like chocolates, soaps and artwork.

    Location: Les Trois-Îlets, Martinique

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm

    Phone: +596 (0)596 68 03 44

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    Downtown Fort-de-France

    The vibrant shopping and dining capital of the island

    • Shoppers

    Fort-de-France is arguably Martinique’s premier shopping destination. As the island’s capital city, it has several bustling streets, markets, and major stores in its vibrant Downtown area. It’s home to some of the best-known shopping destinations in the city, such as Rue Victor Hugo and Le Grand Marche Couvert.

    You can find a range of shops in Downtown Fort-de-France, including Galeries Lafayette and La Cour Perrinon. The side streets are lined with unique boutiques, including jewellers, fashion outlets, and book shops. The area is quite condensed with just a few significant streets and blocks, making it easy to explore on foot.

    Location: Fort-de-France 97200, Martinique

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    Le 1902

    A souvenir and handicraft store in Saint-Pierre

    • Shoppers

    Le 1902 is a souvenir and handicraft store on Saint-Pierre’s main thoroughfare. It’s a popular place for picking up local souvenirs in Martinique. The store is full of trinkets, jewellery, T-shirts, postcards, and artworks that suit a range of tastes.

    Le 1902 is known as a more affordable alternative to most souvenir shops in the busier Fort-de France area. It’s also conveniently close to several speciality shops, including a comic bookstore and art gallery, as well as the Saint-Pierre Market.

    Location: 143 D10, Saint-Pierre, Martinique

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +596 (0)696 18 03 47

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    Marché Couvert de Sainte-Anne

    A local morning market in Sainte-Anne

    • Shoppers
    • Budget

    Marché Couvert de Sainte-Anne is a covered marketplace in the small town of Sainte-Anne. While much more compact than Fort-de-France’s famous covered market, it offers a more laidback local bazaar experience. You can find it right on the coast, towards the southern end of town.

    The morning market is often busy with locals shopping for herbs and spices, a variety of local fruits and vegetables, sauces, and liqueurs. There are several vendors selling arts and crafts, if you're looking for locally made souvenirs in Martinique. The colours and atmosphere of the market are as attractive as the produce, with friendly vendors welcoming everyone.

    Location: Rte des Caraibes, Sainte-Anne, Martinique

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 1 pm

    Phone: +596 (0)596 52 44 85

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    Elisha Donkin | Contributing Writer

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