Castries Market is one of St Lucia’s most iconic buildings, and inside you’ll find some 300 vendors selling their wares, which include gifts and souvenirs, clothing, spices, food and much more.
The decision to build the market was made in 1891, when the Castries Town Board decided to commission plans and specifications from America and Europe. The building was eventually designed and constructed by Bruce & Still Ltd of Liverpool, and formally opened on 2 July 1894 by His Excellency Sir Charles Bruce.
As well as the 300 permanent vendors and the hundred or so additional stallholders setting up shop on market days, there is also a number of small restaurants serving local food, so visiting is a real must if you want to get a taste of the real St Lucia.
More recently, Castries Market ranked #3 in the National Geographic’s “World’s top ten food markets” list – and was in fact the only Caribbean island to be included.
Castries Market is open Monday to Saturday, and most people will tell you that Saturday is the best day to visit as this is the most vibrant and lively, with more local people around doing their own shopping.
Don’t forget – if you’re staying at Marigot Beach Club and Dive Resort and would like to visit Castries Market or any other St Lucian attraction, please talk to our front desk team who will be happy to help you organise transport.