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Only steps from the cruise ship port, the Bay Street Straw Market has been a Nassau tradition since the 1940s. The original straw market comprised a block's worth of vendors under one roof; it... Read More
Only steps from the cruise ship port, the Bay Street Straw Market has been a Nassau tradition since the 1940s. The original straw market comprised a block's worth of vendors under one roof; it burned down in 2001. In 2011, a sturdy, concrete, two-story building replaced a temporary tent structure. The new market, although not as locally colorful as the one that burned down, provides a more comfortable, air-conditioned setting. With the new building came new standards for artisan wares, but you still find mostly cheap jewelry and T-shirts imported from Taiwan, knock-off designer bags and other trinkets that have nothing to do with hand-crafting in the Bahamas. As in most island markets, the vendors expect you to bargain with them on prices. Besides 400-some vendors the new straw market also has a stage for live entertainment.
- Best Shopping: "Beware, of the too-good-to-be-true T-shirt deals - the shirts often shrink to nothing after one washing."
- Recommended as Best Shopping Because: A longtime Nassau tradition, despite its imported cheap wares, it remains one of the top shopping destinations on the island.