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The island has a lot of desirable French products, from designer fashions for women and men and sensual lingerie to French china and liqueurs. As for local handicrafts, you can find attractive wood carvings, madras table linens, island dolls dressed in madras, woven straw baskets and hats, and salakos – fishermen's hats made of split bamboo, some covered in madras – which make great wall decorations. A popular Guadeloupean souvenir is rum. Look for rhum vieux, the top of the line.

For foodies, the market ladies sell aromatic fresh spices, criss-crossed with cinnamon sticks, in little baskets lined with madras. Sweet-toothed tourists will delight in the island’s special crystallised fruit.

Art lovers have a great number of art galleries to choose from all around the island, though most often situated in the vicinity of more popular tourist areas. Galleries are privately owned but usually free of charge, displaying the works of local or foreign artists dealing with Caribbean themes, forms and colours.

Shopping hours are generally Monday-Friday 8:30 am-6 pm, Saturday 8:30 am-1 pm.

 

 
 

 



 


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