As a French territory, Guadeloupe offers some of the finest imports from the mainland along with locally made goods. All luxury items are imported from France, including designer goods, perfumes, cheese, fine china, and liquor. If you are looking for something to take home with you, head to the markets to find hand-woven mats, locally sourced spices, coffee and distilled rum. Dolls wearing madras and fisherman hats made from split bamboo make interesting souvenirs and support the economy.
Point-A-Pitre, the economic capital, is the best shopping destination because it is home to many open-air markets where women sell their crafts, spices and homemade foods. Head to Place de la Victoire or the main square to find the central market, or wander around Rue Schoelcher, Nozieres and Frebault to find French boutiques. If you happen to be here on the first Sunday of the month, try visiting Darse for its flea market. You can also go to Saint-Claude, Sainte-Anne and Moule, where flea markets are held on alternating Sundays. Other worthwhile purchases in Guadeloupe include voodoo dolls and handmade lace. Local artisans sell their works at galleries throughout the island, but if you want to visit a mall, Carrefour is the place to go, which is close to Le Raizet International Airport.
Most shops in Guadeloupe are open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m., and then from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Many stores are closed on holidays and Sundays.