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Bahamas Craft Center

Find a Cultural Keepsake

Downtown Nassau isn’t the only place known for a fabulous straw market! Conveniently located across the street from Marina Village on Paradise Island is The Bahamas Craft Centre. It features Bahamian handicrafts, conch shell jewelry, Junkanoo art, wooden carvings, clothing, straw work, souvenirs, and more. It’s also a place where you can both test your bargaining skills and watch local artisans work their magic.

The Building

Located across the street from Marina Village and next to Anthony’s Grill and Dunkin’ Donuts, The Bahamas Craft Centre is quite recognizable, because even from the outside it has a style all its own. Noted architect Jackson Burnside of Doongalik Studios designed the large Art Deco building that is painted in many shades of pastel yellows, oranges, and pinks. Overall it has a more quiet and sedate atmosphere than its larger cousin on Bay Street in Nassau.

A collection of wood carvings for sale.

The Handmade Goods

The Bahamas Craft Centre features approximately 100 booths selling everything from clothing to woven straw goods and everything in between. You’ll find Bahamian handicrafts, paintings, sea treasures, blown glass, conch shell jewelry, rum cakes and candies, Junkanoo art, steel drums, candles, driftwood paintings, straw work, and pine seed dolls, as well as Androsia, a unique Bahamian fabric. Open daily 9:00am to 6:00pm.The Art of Bartering

The Art of Bartering

When it comes to shopping at The Bahamas Craft Centre, the art of bartering is a necessary skill. You want to be sure to barter to get a good price, because no price is ever set in stone. However, make sure you don’t start negotiating a price for the fun of it (since it won’t be fun for the vendor). If you’re really interested in an item, find out what the asking price is, then let the bartering games begin!