A walk through Kingstown (or just “town” as locals refer to it) during the day can be terribly difficult sometimes. For a person in town on a mission, Kingstown can provide many a distraction.
The first and most obvious distraction is the many stores in Kingstown. While there may not be any H&M, Marks and Spencer, or Gap outlets, if one knows where to look, one can end up leaving town with a few hundreds of dollars less. A little boutique called, Amnejaa is the one store I know I can get the perfect dress for an event in a pinch and Elegance and Fragrances are other staple stores for any Vincentian woman. For makeup and beauty products, there is no store better than Acute Cosmetics. I know I’ve clearly excluded our readers of the more masculine persuasion, but the Trend provides top-notch boy and girl-friendly shopping. A trip there can get you a great pair of designer (as in Prada, Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana) sunglasses, or makeup from their exclusive L’Oreal counter.
The second distraction is the vendors along every major walkway in Kingstown. From handmade jewelry using indigenous materials to traditional Vincentian snacks and sweets, the offerings make it very hard to focus on why you came into town in the first place. The quality of many of the products easily rival that of the craft boutiques but for half the price!
Distraction number three: Heritage Square. From morning until night, Heritage Square is full of energy. With several food-vending trucks, including the famous Richie’s and Mac’s Snack Shack, I don’t think there is ever a time that a throng of people aren’t milling about. Whether it’s a weekday or a Saturday night, there is always a group of good-vibed Vincentians chilling and having a drink (yeah, even on weekdays) at Heritage Square. Let the good times roll!
Other places to check out: Kingstown Market (for fresh fruit and veggies and excellent quality organic coconut oil – great for hair and skin), The Bounty Restaurant (delicious Vincentian patties and local juices and the sweetest café-style ambiance) and the Cruise-Ship Terminal (boutiques and restaurants catering specially to tourists visiting our beautiful island).
Now get off your butt and go for a walk through town! There’s loads more to see than I could fit into this one post. Happy Trekking!