The Bay Street Straw Market is one of Nassau’s shopping landmarks, and a must-visit if you’re looking for local crafts and an authentic experience. The straw market has been a Nassau tradition for over 70 years! At the straw market you’ll find jewelry, souvenirs, bags, trinkets, and more.
Insider Tip: Don’t be afraid to haggle! Vendors expect some bartering.
The Shops at Graycliff
Not only is Graycliff an excellent place to stay and home to five-star dining, it also houses a collection of shops unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere on the island. The Cigar Factory offers expertly hand-rolled cigars crafted onsite, the Chocolatier sells decadent confections of all shapes and flavors—and even lets you get in on the chocolate-making action—and the Heritage Village features creations by Bahamas artists.
Created for the specific purpose of showcasing Bahamian art and heritage, Doongalik Studio is the place to go if you’re looking for an authentic souvenir unlike anything else. This restored colonial home houses works from close to 40 Bahamas artists and has everything from fine paintings and sculptures to masks and goatskin drums. This place is worth a stop even if you don’t plan on purchasing.
Insider Tip: Visit the Craft Cottage on the grounds of Doongalik for one-of-a-kind artisan creations.
Bahama Art and Handicraft
Just beyond the Paradise Island bridge you’ll find Bahama Art and Handicraft, a locally owned shop filled with crafts and artworks from 300 Bahamian vendors. From jewelry to ceramics to wood carvings, and glass, you’re sure to find a truly unique memento to remind you of your time in Paradise.
Insider Tip: You won’t find Bahama Art and Handicraft online. This mother-daughter shop is on East Shirley Street, about a mile beyond the bridge to Paradise Island.
Have you ever been shopping in Nassau Paradise Island? What’s your favorite store? Tell us in the comments! And don’t forget to share photos of your prized new possessions using the hashtag #InstaParadise.