Caribbean, Wanderlust

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.

Castries market in St lucia - where to buy your chocolate on the island

Starting outside is the fresh fish, straight from the main harbour over the road.

Fish from the harbour across the road at Castries market in St Lucia

And someone to fillet it… (Now that’s what you call a fish knife)

Local man filleting fish with a huge curved knife at Castries market in St Lucia

Fruit and veg, fatter, juicier, more colourful and definitely more exotic than at home…

Some of the array of bright fruit and vegetables on sale at Castries market in St LuciaSpices 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.

Spices and bottles on sale at Castries market in St Lucia

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.


Castries market in St Lucia is one of the island's most buzzing hubs - and this part of the capital is a perfect place to buy solid spiced chocolate from the island plantations, as well as spices or simply watch the locals as they shop for fresh produce, fish and more.

Images copyright MummyTravels/Cathy Winston