The best shopping in Jamaica is split between vibrant markets and peaceful shopping malls. You’ll struggle to find the latest high-end brands here, but Jamaica excels in fashionable beachwear and one-of-a-kind handmade crafts.

    Several of the best shopping experiences are found in and around Montego Bay, but you’ll be well catered for wherever you find yourself in Jamaica – especially for beachwear and souvenirs. When visiting markets, take the right precautions to be discreet with valuables and keep your belongings with you at all times.

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    Main Street Jamaica

    High-end shopping complex in Montego Bay

    Main Street Jamaica (formerly The Shoppes at Rose Hall) is one of the best places to go shopping for luxury goods in Jamaica. There's a focus on locally made, high-quality items, such as jewellery, homeware and fashion. A nice selection of souvenirs, especially premium ingredients, is also available to stock the kitchen cupboards back home. Several restaurants and stalls ensure you won’t get hungry.

    The open-air mall is located in St Bran’s Burg, on the north shore of Jamaica. It’s connected to Montego Bay Convention Centre and surrounded by some of the island’s finest 5-star resorts.

    Location: Main Street Jamaica Rose Hall, Jamaica

    Open: Wednesday–Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm (closed Sunday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +1 876-953-3245

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    Coronation Market

    Soak up Kingston life in this buzzing hive of activity

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    Coronation Market is a vibrant market packed with charming stalls selling all manner of eclectic produce. Lovingly referred to as “the stomach of Jamaica”, the vast, iron-covered market is famous for its array of farmers' market stalls, offering mouthwatering fruits and vegetables, fresh meats and fish, spices and prepared meals.

    But it's not just delicious food on sale here, as Coronation Market hosts charismatic vendors from all over the island, selling textiles, car parts, electronics, music, clothing, and almost anything else you care to imagine. The bustling market is a wonderful spot to soak up local culture while browsing for bargains, and a unique opportunity to experience unfiltered Jamaican life just a few steps off the standard tourist trail.

    Location: Pechon St, Kingston, Jamaica

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 5 am to 10 pm (closed on Sundays)

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    Island Village Jamaica

    Duty-free shopping in Ocho Rios

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    Island Village Jamaica is a tourist-centred shopping complex that’s directly in front of Ocho Rios cruise terminal. It welcomes waves of visiting passengers to its landscaped grounds, with shops and stalls laid out like a village around a central garden.

    The items on offer here are focused mostly on Jamaican souvenirs, such as jewellery, fashion, cigars, and liquor. Most items are duty-free, meaning substantial savings for foreign visitors. It’s all open-air, so it’s best to visit Island Village Jamaica in the morning or late afternoon. Try to avoid Wednesdays as this is an especially busy day for cruise passenger arrivals.

    Location: Turtle River Road, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 876-613-3719

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    Kingston Craft Market

    Search for one-of-a-kind items in Jamaica’s capital

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    Kingston Craft Market presents a sprawling selection of waterfront stalls selling a near-boundless array of Jamaican craft items. Positioned on the coastline in downtown Kingston, the market offers fantastic ocean views to admire while you shop for souvenirs and curios.

    Aimed at providing a welcoming shopping destination for tourists, the Kingston Craft Market's friendly stall owners sell locally produced and Jamaican-themed trinkets, clothing, paintings and memorabilia. You'll also find plenty of delicious food and drink to keep you fuelled as you hunt for the perfect gifts to take home. Feel-good reggae music rings out throughout this lively market, making it a hugely enjoyable way to spend a few carefree and sun-soaked hours.

    Location: 174 Harbour St, Kingston, Jamaica

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 7 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays)

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    Musgrave Market

    Shop for fresh produce in Port Antonio

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    Musgrave Market is a local shopping spot in Port Antonio, on Jamaica’s northeast coast. This farmers' market brings together the best of the island’s natural produce, such as fruit and vegetables, local crafts, and plenty of delicious street food. As this is geared towards locals, you can be confident that you’re getting the ‘real’ Jamaica, as opposed to the more tourist-focused markets in Montego Bay. The prices for most purchases are usually cheaper, too.

    It’s easy to find Musgrave Market along the coast road in the centre of Port Antonio. It’s open 6 days a week, but the market is best experienced on Saturday mornings.

    Location: West St, Port Antonio, Jamaica

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

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    Pavillion Mall

    Hassle-free shopping in Kingston

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    Pavillion Mall is a safe and convenient place to shop in Kingston, with a wide range of products on offer. Although prices might be slightly higher than downtown, this is hassle-free shopping for families and couples.

    You’ll find clothes, books, electronics, and hairdressers – all the typical shopping mall conveniences. Several banks are also found here, too. If you get hungry, there's a range of restaurants serving regional cuisine as well as a food court for cheap and cheerful local dishes.

    Location: 2-4 Constant Spring Rd, Kingston, Jamaica

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 7.30 pm, open until 9.30 pm on Sunday

    Phone: +1 876-926-1236

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    City Centre Shopping Mall

    A large, modern mall next to Harmony Beach in Montego Bay

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    City Centre Shopping Mall is a large, modern shopping complex in the centre of Montego Bay. It’s a recognisable landmark with a wide variety of shops within. You can pick up something for all the family here, from fashion to jewellery to electronics.

    You’ll find plenty of American brands here, and it’s a good bet if you need something specific while in Jamaica. Prices are set and will be on par with what you might pay in other countries for the same product. Food-wise, you’ll be mostly limited to franchise fast food outlets, which are at least quick and convenient.

    Location: Fort St, Montego Bay, Jamaica

    Open: Daily from 9.30 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 876-993-2616

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    Old Fort Craft Park

    A charming art market in Montego Bay

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    Old Fort Craft Park is a huge art market in Montego Bay that’s home to up to 200 different traders on any given day. Come here to pick up handmade jewellery, art, homeware, and unique crafts that you’re unlikely to find elsewhere. Prices vary here, so take your time to browse and don’t accept the first price quoted.

    The market is held in an old artillery base that was first built in the 17th century. Chatting to the local artisans is part of the experience here. It’s a truly memorable shopping experience in Jamaica.

    Location: Fort St, Montego Bay, Jamaica

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 876-476-4972

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    Half Moon Shopping Village

    Souvenir shopping in Montego Bay

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    Half Moon Shopping Village is one of the best places to shop if you’re staying in the Montego Bay area of Jamaica. It has around 20 different outlets selling a wide range of goods. Top picks include designer fashion, cosmetics, and plenty of beachwear – not surprising when you consider it's surrounded by several popular beaches. Other shops located here include banks, a medical centre, and a dental clinic.

    The shopping avenue is open-air and contains plenty of family-friendly restaurants and bars, including the popular Royal Stocks English-style pub, meaning you’ll be able to stop frequently. Half Moon Shopping Village is located next to The Bob Marley Experience, so there’s also a whole load of reggae-themed souvenirs on offer as well.

    Location: Half Moon, Montego Bay, Jamaica

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    Times Square Shopping Mall

    A popular shopping spot in Negril

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    Times Square Shopping Mall offers convenient shopping close to the beach in Negril, on Jamaica’s west coast. Shops are split between duty-free items and full-priced items. Most people shopping here are looking for good value souvenirs and mementoes like T-shirts and hats in Rasta colours, liquor, cigars, and common electronics. Everything is open to bartering here so don’t take the first price quoted.

    Highlights include Casa Rasta, Caribanas, and Made in Jamaica for locally produced fashion items, along with Island Treasures for cheap souvenirs like ashtrays and keyrings. If you get hungry, you can grab some local food like Jamaican patties here.

    Location: Norman Manley Blvd, Negril, Jamaica

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 876-957-9263

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