A Practical Guide to Shopping in Marigot St. Martin
Marigot is a Quite Different Shopping Experience to Philipsburg…
It has it’s own unique charm – reminiscent of the French Riviera
The Mediterranean/ Continental ambience of the French side capital Marigot (pronounced ‘marry-go’) where you can have breakfast at one of the fine ‘croissanteries’ of Marina Royale.. The aptly named ‘Le Croissanterie’ is a modest establishment, right by the water, that probably has the best croissants on the island and where you can get a filling breakfast for a family of four for a great price. Perfect to get your day started.
Parking in Marigot is rarely the same struggle as in Philipsburg, although you should be aware that the layout of the French side capital is more spaced out than Philipsburg so you’ll need to take some good shoes or, if you cannot walk far, plan your trip in advance so you can park close to where you need to be. A large parking lot at the south end of Marina Royale (where you will find the Tourist office and Arhawak museum) will give you access to the main town center where you will find classy French boutiques and brand names alongside inexpensive gift and souvenir shops.
Rue Charles De Gaulle opposite the Marina has a vast assortment of boutiques and shops including, Jewels by Love, Plaza Caraibes, perfume stores, shoe shops and even a wine merchant where you can stop off for a wine- tasting (Le Gout Du Vin or Vinissimo) if it’s the right time of day…
which in France is anytime – they say “a day without wine is a day without sunshine!”.
By this time you will probably need lunch and there is no shortage of choices on Marina Royale (there are some old-time favorites like Chanteclair, Tropicana or La Belle Epoque) or if you wander east a little further through the quaint side streets you can sample some freshly bbq’d local dishes at the stalls next to the market place on the waterfront.
The one-of-a-kind ‘Le West Indies Mall’ by the Anguilla ferry terminal is well worth a visit not only for the shopping but also the restaurants, the architecture and the general ambience (and don’t forget the fabulous air conditioning toget a break from the heat!)
Behind the mall is Fort Louis – once the monolithic stronghold of this small French colonial outpost. Climb the stairs to the top for a historic flashback to the days or pirates and conquests and catch up on a little of the history of French St. Martin.
Afterwards you can browse through the collection of flamboyant tree paintings by the iconic Roland Richardson at his gallery in Front of the historic Catholic church or, if evening is creeping in, head over to Sandy Ground at the southern side of Marigot to finish off your day with a fine dining experience at the legendary Marios Bistro or Le Santal located next to ‘The Bridge’ that is the gateway to the French side lagoon.
Do you want to know where are our Top 5 dining experiences, we believe you must have before you leave us? Check Chapter 12 on our Ultimate St. Martin Guide…Bon Appetit!!