Experience Shopping in Bermuda

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Shopping in the islands of Bermuda is an experience like no other. There are stores in the City of Hamilton offering products from designer clothing, shoes and handbags to exotic teas and everything in between. Many shops offer exclusive retails not found or sold anywhere else in the world. But the real treasures are found outside the city and in some cases along the streets.craft marketIt is here you can find local vendors selling home grown vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, flowers, hand made ceramics, carved Bermuda cedar trinkets, jewellrey, ornaments, bags, clothing, photography pictures, local art, books written by locals, music albums produced by local entertainers, homemade marmalades, jams, honey, fresh fish, mussels, spiny lobsters when in season and tasty food delights. There are several farmers market that host a huge turnout in the Bulls Head Car Park on Saturdays, another in the town of St. Georges on Sunday's called Old Town Market and The Hidden Treasures Flea Market in Somerset every second and fourth Saturday of each month. Rubber Tree market is held every Saturday in Warwick but here you will generally find good clothing bargains and food. On early Saturday morning you can also find small farms selling their produce, flowers and potted plants.

One thing I thoroughly enjoy about the city of Hamilton is the exclusivity of what the retail sector offers. Calypso Store One of my favourite stores is Calypso, located on Front Street. In here you can find exclusive Italian shoes and handbags, costume jewellrey, clothing, even items for your house! In the summer months you can also find sexy bathing suits and beautiful evening gowns during the winter months. Astwood Dickson and Crissons offer exclusive watches, jewellrey, pens and the like. For excellent selection of sun glasses you can try Prada, Makin Waves, and Sail On. Perry Footwear sell women, children and men shoes. Pulp and Circumstance is where you can find top of the line quality and affordable stationary, photo albums and notepads etc.

Louis VuittonWhile shopping in Bermuda you can also find a Louis Vuitton store offering shoes, handbags, suitcases, trunks and wallets. Jewellery stores that offer Rolex, Omega, Tiffany, Hearts On Fire, Tag Huer, Esq, Movado, Christian Dior, Swiss Army and Pandora just to name a few. Designer labels such as Gucci, Nine West, Kenneth Cole, DKNY, Calvin Klein, Max Mara, Prada, Jones of New York, Liz Claiborne, Joseph Ribkoff, Custo Barcelona are readily available at reasonable costs with some even below U.S. prices. You can also find stunning tableware from designers such as Royal Crown, Herend and Wedgewood as well as georgous crystal from baccarat and Artel. Or you can get top of the line kitchenware that offers brands such as Wusthof knives, Breville, Grand City, Kraftmaid and the like.

During the summer months, Front Street hosts what is known as Harbour Nights every Wednesday night where locals and tourists alike can go and experience live local entertainment of all kinds like karate demonstrations, Gombey dancers, singers, comedians, performances by the Bermuda Regiment Band and various middle school drumlines, majorettes, talented tumblers. The stores along Front Street have extended their operating hours in order to cater to the crowds until 9pm however the nights festivites continue on to 10pm. St. George's hosts what is known as Market Nights on Tuesdays. This generally caters to the cruise ship visitors. You will find the same sort of things as you would in the city of Hamilton however, you can take heritage walks in the historic old town, fun castles for the kids or enjoy a lovely dinner at one of the many restaurants inconspicuously placed along the cobble stone streets. Dockyard hosts a similar experience on Thursday nights. All of these venues make up an unusual but rewarding shopping experience. There are excellent bargins, deals, duty free items such as locally made rum, perfumes, mens colognes and jewellry and best of all these items are made locally by Bermudians.

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