You may have already heard about the island’s well-earned reputation as a shopper's paradise. From local arts and crafts to fine foods, and rare jewelry, Saint Martin | Sint Maarten has it all. Many designer brands are commonly discounted to around 40% less than US retail prices. Assortments of duty free liquor, tobacco, leather goods, and more add to the bevy of delights the island has to offer.
There are mainly two shopping areas on the island.
In chic Marigot and classy Philipsburg on the French and Dutch side respectively.
At the latter, peruse Front Street for over a mile of shopping, mainly jewelry stores. This area includes more than high fashion outlets and name-brands like Tiffany and Tommy Hilfiger, tax-free tobaccos, and exotic rums. At the Sint Rose Mall you’ll find swanky top-shelf brands like Cartier, Lalique, and Faconnable. In Philipsburg there is also an array or attractive gift stores and art galleries on Old Street. Just a short walk away, Back Street is home to a colorful local market, several souvenir shoppes, and a spree of discounted designer clothing.
In Marigot on the other hand, you’ll find a splendid assortment of old Créole houses, bistros, bars, cafés, restaurants, perfume shops, fashion and three stories of designer boutiques at Le West Indies Mall.