Guyana — Shopping and Leisure
Jewelry, gifts, crafts, fabrics, and clothing are some of the great products you can buy in Guyana, so shopping should definitely be on your itinerary. Charity Village is one of the recommended hubs, but you can also go to Regent Street, the best shopping district in Georgetown. It is common to find vendors selling their goods at street stalls, but you can also visit malls and arcades to explore more of Guyana’s potential.
Drop by Parika Market on a Sunday. It is situated on Demerara’s west coast and you can find a wide variety of products at good prices. Amerindian hammocks, bows and arrows, salad bowls, and pottery can be purchased, among many other items.
Diamonds and gold are the finest items you can buy in Guyana. They are sold as jewelry designed with unique patterns which you can't find anywhere else in the world. Most of these pieces are handmade by the locals and sold in government-run jewelry stores in Georgetown. However, be sure to obtain official receipts and other necessary documentation to avoid difficulties when passing through customs.
Souvenirs are reasonably priced, so you are likely to find a great selection of goods to bring home without overspending. VAT is usually included in the price of goods and services, although some are exempt.
Shopping hours are usually from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, but stores open earlier on Saturdays. The markets of Bourda and Stabroek run 24 hours, while malls and supercenters open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays.