Exploring Castries market in St Lucia
I love a good market. At home or abroad, there’s something about wandering aimlessly, seeing what you stumble upon and snaffling a bargain (even if that involves using my rusty haggling skills).
And Castries market in St Lucia definitely didn’t disappoint. Split into different sections for food, drink and spices, as well as areas for carvings, jewellery and souvenirs/tat (depending on your point of view), there’s almost as much to see as there is to buy.
Starting outside is the fresh fish, straight from the main harbour over the road.
And someone to fillet it… (Now that’s what you call a fish knife)
Fruit and veg, fatter, juicier, more colourful and definitely more exotic than at home…
Spices galore – nutmeg still in its mace fruit, packets and packets of powdered versions, cocoa sticks to make chocolate tea, rum and more rum, plus sauces including banana ketchup mostly for just a few dollars.
And plenty of brightly coloured stalls selling food to eat on the go, including the national dish of salt fish and green bananas – if I hadn’t been short on time, I’d have been very tempted to stop and try some.
Thankfully Minnie is too young to have grasped pester power just yet as the stallholders laughingly tried to persuade her to ask me to buy everything from a reversible doll to a crochet dress to a kids’ T-shirt.
It’s easy to wheel a buggy round while older kids would love the bustle and colour just as much – and with plenty of locals shopping, chatting and eating, it’s a great glimpse into a very different world from a supermarket shop at home.
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