Beyond The Straw Market: Nassau Paradise Island Art Galleries & Boutique Stores
Posted by: Nassau Paradise Island on August 13, 2014
Many people know that Nassau Paradise Island is renowned as a fantastic place to shop because of its world-famous Straw Market and variety of shops and duty-free stores. But did you know that we’re also home to some wonderful boutiques and art galleries that, while a little off the beaten path, are treasure troves for one-of-a-kind keepsakes and gifts?
Here are just a few of the hidden gems for you to discover on your next (shopping!) trip to paradise:
Bahama Art & Handicraft
Family-owned and operated by locals Lou Moseley Cuevas and Lucianna, Bahama Art & Handicraft is a cozy souvenir shop and a true delight, especially due to its setting in a restored Bahamian home. It features a lovely array of Bahamian-made items such as polished woodworks, ceramics, straw and shell works, books, ornaments, paintings and prints, jewelry, and much more. Located just up the road from downtown Nassau, Bahama Art & Handicraft is only a short taxi ride from Paradise Island. It’s definitely a place to stop, shop, and explore.
Open 9:00am to 4:30pm, Monday to Saturday; Shirley Street, Nassau, (242) 394-7892
Coin of the Realm
Featuring Nassau’s largest selection of Bahamian gold and silver, Spanish treasure, ancient Greek and Roman Coins—as well as the largest collection of coin jewelry on the island—Coin of the Realm truly has something for everyone who loves a little dazzle in life! This family-owned shop is located in the heart of downtown Nassau in a beautiful building that dates back to 1700, offering jewelry that incorporates the latest design trends from around the world and a gift gallery with an array of corporate gifts and personalized pieces. It was even recently selected by USA Today as one of the top 10 Best Places to Shop in Nassau. So be sure to visit Coin of the Realm and see if it makes your own personal Top 10 shopping list!
Open 10:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Saturday; Charlotte Street, Nassau, (242) 322-4862
Bahama Hand Prints
First established in Nassau in 1966 by artists Helen Astraita and Berta Sands—and now owned and operated by Linda Brown and Joie Lamara, along with Master Printer & Designer, Dylan Rapillard—Bahama Hand Prints combines original techniques with new designs to capture the beauty of The Bahamas. Using silk screens, mixed inks, and hand-printing techniques, Bahama Hand Prints produces brilliant and bold island designs on everything from garments and bags to home accessories. You can even request to have custom gifts made! All visitors are welcome to drop-in to the factory and watch as yards of fabric are transformed into colorful works of art.
Open 10:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday; 10:00am to 2:00pm Saturdays; Ernest & Mackey Streets, Nassau; (242) 394-4111
Learn more about the owners and watch the printing process here:
Craft Cottage Bahamas
Craft Cottage Bahamas is a charming gift shop and gallery that sells locally made home décor, jewelry, whimsical glassware like beautiful vases and wine glasses, and colorful Bahamian-inspired artwork. The shop’s space is shared with a variety of local Bahamian artists who use the property to work on their own art pieces and products. Drop by, and you’re bound to meet one of the artists in person! Craft Cottage Bahamas believes that no material is off limits, and no idea too unusual, so you’re sure to find that special souvenir or gift to take home.
20 Village Road, Nassau, (242) 446-7373
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With quaint picturesque streets, beautiful views around each corner, and friendly faces welcoming you at every stop—not to mention a huge array of stores and boutiques—Nassau Paradise Island truly offers the best shopping experience in The Bahamas. Come see for yourself why shopping is better in The Bahamas!