One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the island vibe again and again is to visit the artisan markets. Hardly a weekend goes by without a gathering of artisans, chefs, entrepreneurs and farmers displaying their fare on decorated tables, while the aroma of freshly baked breads and pastries and the sound of Caribbean music fills the air.
Indulge Your Inner Gourmand
Sample local delicacies . . . many of them whipped-up on the spot. Move from booth to booth and put together a three-course meal, with appetizers like corn soup, arepas or accras; entrees like roasted meats with sweet potatoes or macaroni pie; and crave-able desserts. Then it’s your choice of freshly-squeezed juices, coconut water or home-made wines.
Hunt For Bargains
Handmade jewellery, souvenirs and ornaments; soaps, body butters and perfumed oils; designer clothing, cotton sundresses and comfy leather sandals; fresh fruit and veggies. You won’t leave empty-handed.
Learn & Live
Many markets hold mini-lectures, demonstrations and awareness days. Discover the art of paper-making, learn how to make chocolate truffles, get tips on organic farming or recycling. It’s food for your mind.
Spend a few hours sampling, tasting and trying on. Find the perfect gift—for yourself or someone else. Chat with the vendors. Reconnect with old acquaintances or make new ones. Fill your basket with treasures . . . and fill your heart with joy at the artisan markets.
Markets Worth A Visit
Green Market Santa Cruz
Green Market offers a mix of fresh produce (including unusual indigenous fruits, vegetables, herbs and seasonings), specialty foods (pastelle, payme, cocoa powder, goat's milk) and artisanal items (wooden bowls and platters, handmade soaps etc), which may vary from season to season.
Located on Saddle Road, near Cutucupano Road in Upper Santa Cruz, the Green Market is open every Saturday from 6am-1pm
Namdevco Farmers' Markets
Visit a Farmers' Market today or over the weekend for some exotic fresh produce, agro-processed items and plants.
Point Fortin, Friday: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
San Fernando, Saturday: 6:00am - 12:00 noon
Chaguanas, Saturday: 6:00 am - 12:00 noon
Diego Martin, Saturday: 6:00 am - 12:00 noon
Queen's Park Savannah, Saturday: 6:00 am - 12:00 noon
Couva, Sunday: 6:00 am - 12:00 noon
Macoya, Sunday: 6:00 am - 12:00 noon
Arima, Sunday: 6:00 am - 12:00 noon
The South Market
As the name ‘South Market’ suggests, all markets are held in South Trinidad. The South Market provides an avenue for a diversity of merchants, small entrepreneurs, local artisans and craft makers to promote and sell their goods and services.
Located on Tucker Valley Road, Chaguaramas, customers can pick their fresh fruits and vegetables.
UpMarket is a monthly craft, food and small business market that allows chefs, passionate cooks, craftsmen, and new entrepreneurs to bring their specialty to the table and directly interact with the customer.