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Tobago Crafts

The visitor will find a wonderful array of beautiful souvenirs (often reflecting an African heritage) from woodcarvings, other unusual sculptured goods, native jewellery, to handmade soaps, all souvenirs produced from the natural products of the Island’s diverse environment. Needlework, basketry and pottery are also well worth a look as well as the bright and colourful sarongs, beachwear and hand-painted T-shirts.

A fine selection of local craft stores and a craft market can be found at Store Bay as well as around the Island at tourist locations and popular beaches. Wayside traders can also be found offering their wares.

Tobago Arts

Tobago artists display their wonderful paintings depicting original flora and fauna as well as wonderful scenes showing the true native spirit of the island and its people.

Tobago now has several Art Galleries exhibiting the work of local artists.
The Art Gallery in Lowlands (opposite the Hilton Hotel) is owned by artists Martin and Rachael Superville who are dedicated to the promotion of a very high standard of Art in Tobago. Other Galleries include Hira’s Tobago Fine Art and Jungle Art, offering high quality local crafts while at Kimme’s Sculpture Museum you will find remarkable wood sculptures (Caribbean figures carved out of tree trunks) by the German Sculptor Luise Kimme. The Cotton House is well known for its colourful batik.

Tobago Food Temptations

Tobago food specialities include wonderful preserves such as pepper jelly, pepper mango, tamarind and pawpaw balls, sugar cake and toolum while their sweet benne balls, made from sesame seeds are delicious. All these can be found at grocery stores in Scarborough and in some village stores.

A General Shopping Experience

Join the Tobagans in the hustle and bustle of Scarborough’s colourful Market which is well worth a visit (particularly on a Friday or Saturday) where everything seems to be on offer, including interesting herbs and spices. The Island’s main shopping mall is nearby with a pharmacy, bank, post office and shops offering a variety of goods including herbal medicines and remedies.
Crown Point Airport is a good place to buy local souvenirs, jewellery, foodstuffs, as well as duty free liquor and tobacco. The larger hotels have various boutiques which carry a selection of fine gift items, beachwear etc.

There is a working pottery on the island at Planet Ceramics, just five minutes from the airport where you can see the unique and original products being handcrafted.

Shopping Hours

Shops are usually open Monday to Friday 8.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. and Saturdays
8.00 a.m. to midday. Limited shopping is available on Sundays.

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