Bermuda Shopping Guide
There is no sales tax when you shop in Bermuda. However that doesn't make things any cheaper except for a few items. Why? Because there are import duties on goods and most of the items in Bermuda are imported. Import duty is a way the government raises funds. Duty varies on the type of goods, but is always included in the price. So the key to tax free shopping in Bermuda is to go for the locally made quality items which are otherwise not available elsewhere.
There are lots of Bermuda made articles like cedar items, ornaments & charms made with pink sands, blown glass items, handcrafts, pottery, fashions and paintings by local artists. Sports clothes and sun straws are also good buys. There are excellent books on Bermuda on subjects including travel, history, art & architecture, diving and lot more.
With the military and British colonial legacy of Bermuda, and a natural tendency for most Bermudians not to throw anything away, the island has become a treasure trove of collectibles. Many types of small items can be found that reflect a slice of Bermuda's history.
Many of such items have found their way to the island from other countries. Such items include old tins, buttons, bottles, original items of china & brass and lot more. You’ll find many of these items in the small stalls and shops in the alleys of Hamilton City.
The sea has played an important role in Bermuda's history as marine trade and fishing were once the main source of living for the islanders. You can purchase a range of items based on marine theme like displays of propellers, brass plates etc. The marine knots will remind you of the original regatta or ocean yacht races.
Board in front of a Bermuda Store
You can engage yourself for hours searching for that little piece of the past to take back home. You also get excellent imported merchandise in Bermuda like French perfumes, English bone china, Swiss watches, Danish silver and jewelry, cameras, Irish linen, Scottish tweeds, Italian silks, cashmere sweaters, leather goods, liquor and liqueurs and many other great products.
The main shopping hub of Bermuda is Hamilton City
. Front Street, Reid Street, Queen Street in Hamilton are all lined with glittering shops of all kinds... local, boutique and brands. There are also a few shopping malls in Hamilton. Other popular shopping areas include the Clocktower Mall
in Royal Naval Dockyard (at the western end) and Somers Wharf
in St. George's Town (at the eastern end). While departing by air, the airport is a good place to buy duty free items which are less expensive than most stores in the island. Of course the varieties are less, but you get most of the usual stuffs starting from Bermuda rum cakes, food products, accessories to wine & spirits including island's famous Gosling's rum.
Here is a list of items to look for that would make unique and great purchases:
Bermuda Cedar Items: The island has plenty of cedar trees and hence so many uniquely designed handcrafted cedar items are available like mugs, book ends, carvings, sculptures, picture frames, trays etc, most of which are made locally.
Bermuda Gombey Rag Dolls: Gombey is a traditional rhythmic dance of Bermuda where sound and dance are combined to great shows by performers on colorful costumes. You get miniature dolls of such Gombey performers.
Banana Leaf Dolls: Made of Bermuda banana leafs.
Bermuda Longtail Jewelry: The beautiful white-tailed tropic birds known as Longtails, are seen on Bermuda's coastline during summer. The birds spend the winter at the sea looking for fish and come back to the island for nesting during the summer. There are many jewelry and charms of gold and silver that are designed on the longtails.
Jewelry, ornaments and charms encasing Bermuda's signature pink sands.
Bermuda Moongate Jewelry: Moongates in Bermuda are arches that bring good luck to couples who walk through them. This is a very special tradition of Bermuda. You get lovely moongate silver charms and jewelry in the island.
Hand crafted glass items: Talented local flame artists create exquisite glass items right in front of you in glass blowing studios. Items include vases, plates, glass models of animals & birds found in Bermuda, and lot more.
Bermuda Perfumes: There are some great fragrances produced locally. Some are inspired by the ocean & sky and capture the essence of the island. Bermuda Blue Perfume and few products of Bermuda Perfumery are our favorites.
Bermuda Rum Cakes: Local Black Seal rum is used as an ingredient. The cakes are delicious and have unique flavor.
Gosling's Black Seal Rum: Produced in the island since early 1800s, very popular in the island but quite strong :)
And of course, Bermuda Shorts ... a popular worldwide name which has originated from this island. But the proper Bermuda shorts are way different from what we know them to be. They are also official wears for men in the island.
In general, you can shop 9am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday. Except for the stores at Clocktower Mall in Dockyard, shops in Bermuda are usually closed on Sundays and other public holidays. So if you reach Hamilton City after 5pm on a week day or anytime on Sunday, it will look quite deserted. However the Supermarkets remain open for extended hours (usually from 8am to 10pm Monday-Saturday and 1pm - 5pm on Sundays).
celebration takes place on every Wednesday in Hamilton city (April through September), when most of the shops and restaurants on Front street remain open till late evening. Many stores & shops on such nights are usually open until 9pm and some even beyond. Same is the case in St George on Tuesdays when Market Nights
are celebrated. Also, stores stay open late on Fridays during the Christmas shopping season.
Click a shopping category link below to know about the items that are usually available in the island in that category and find out the best stores in Bermuda selling them.
Information about art galleries, studios and craft centers in Bermuda exhibiting & selling paintings, drawings, photos, sculptors, models and other artworks from renowned artists.
Here I have reviewed a number of outstanding Bermuda books covering diverse subjects. I've also listed the top bookstores in the island.
Know all about Bermuda shorts - what are their origins, why are they so popular, the top stores in the island that sell authentic Bermuda shorts.
A review of the clothing or apparel shopping options in Bermuda and the top stores in the island.
If you are looking for the best of Bermuda food products, wine or spirits, or even Cuban cigars, check out these great offerings and places you get them.
Here you will know about some great Bermuda shops on glassware & ceramics, like the Dockyard Glassworks, Bermuda Clay Works Pottery, Island Shop, Bluck's, Bermuda Glass Bowling Studio and such.
Bermuda not only offers the beautiful experience of nature to its visitors, its art and creativity extends a piece of the island for everyone to treasure for life. Cedar finds its place even in the history of the island as this was used by the men of the shipwrecked Admiral Somers to build the ships Deliverance and Patience that got them to Jamestown. At The Little Drawbridge Gift Shop at the Royal Naval Dockyard you will find handmade cedar items like vases, bowls and pens along with cedar essential oils.
For beautiful paintings of the island landscapes visit Lisa-Anne Rego's Artwork at her studio at the Royal Naval Dockyard. The fresh feeling of the Bermuda waters can be carried back home with their hand-made soaps with the map of Bermuda carved into the bar, body butters and lip balms at Salt Spray Soap Co. (7 Water Street St. George's).
The Bermuda Rum Cakes
packed in their heat seal packs remain moist, buttery and fresh and perfect for a trip back home. You can also try the delicious cinnamon buns with homemade cream frosting at the Sweet Saak Bakery (16 York Street, St. George's, Bermuda).
In Bermuda, you can find artists selling their handmade jewelry or accessories which often have island themes and are just lovely.
Some great shops on Bermuda perfumes and cosmetics include Bermuda Perfumery, Gibbon's Perfume Shop, A.S Coopers & Sons, Dockyard shops etc.
Here are the best kids stores in Bermuda selling all sorts of children's items like clothing, art & craft, games, DVDs and lot more.
There are several thrift stores in Bermuda where you can get a lot of value buys. These stores are generally attached to charities and provide various kinds of value items in low price. So if you are looking for small local items that are cheap and at the same time serving as excellent gift or souvenir or even as great household items, then explore some of the thrift stores in Bermuda. Most of the items come through donations and can be used ones.
How about finding a clean reputable tattoo parlor in the island and getting a tattoo done on yourself to serve as a nice memory of your time in Bermuda?
This is an open area market where vendors sell all kinds of items in an affordable price and in an atmosphere which is family friendly and inviting. It's a great place to pick up traditional Bermudian items like art & craft, food items, clothes, books including used ones, jewelry items, bags & shoes and lot more. The market is held on every Saturday and more like a community event where you can meet many locals. There is also free live music, dance shows and loads of games for children. The weekly theme changes. There is no entry fee. It is held at Cedar Bridge Academy School campus in Devonshire parish.
There are no duty free stores in Bermuda, the only exceptions are the stores at International Airport and the one at Royal Naval Dockyard near the cruise pier. The airport has several stores selling various items including gifts & souvenirs, wine & spirits, clothes, accessories, perfumes etc. The one at the cruise pier mostly offers gifts & souvenirs, and also some original produce of the island including Bermuda made rum.
Shopping Malls in Bermuda
If you are hard pressed for time and need everything under one roof, Bermuda has a few shopping malls where you can directly head. The decor and ambience in some of the shops here are done with such good care and detailing that you often don’t miss the experience of regular shopping along the waterfront or in architecturally prominent edifices.
The Washington Mall (20, Church Street, Hamilton City) is located in the heart of Hamilton and one of the busiest. It has a variety of shops (mostly locally owned) and restaurants catering to the local population and visitors. It also offers a food court with great food options here .
Clock Tower Mall
was originally built as a warehouse for the Royal Navy in Bermuda, today you will find here a choice selection of galleries, boutiques and stores including branches of those in the City of Hamilton. It's located at the Royal Naval Dockyard (cruise port area), Sandys Parish.
Bermudiana Arcade (27 Queen Street, Hamilton City) has varieties of stores and restaurants and Walker Arcade (12 Reid Street, Hamilton) is a great place if you ate looking for upscale brands.
Shopping scene at Hamilton
Set in a beautiful waterfront location, The City of Hamilton offers an air of exclusivity to the shopping experience here and an edge over many other cities where you might want to shop. The Front Street
, also your first glimpse of the island as you come in by a cruise ship, is where you start. Lined with a row of high end boutique stops and department stores, you will be spoilt for choice.
Whether it is the Lili Bermuda Perfumery
with its intoxicating fragrances or beautiful home decor items at A.S. Cooper & Sons
. You will also find sweatshirts emblazoned with "Bermuda" on them here. At TABS
you will find the Bermuda style knee length shorts and socks in vibrant colors to fit all palates and Coral Coast
offers you a choice variety of pastel colored smart casual shirts along with branded caps, polo shirts and much more.
&-Partners is where the husband and wife pair Peter and Andrea have engaged a number of Bermudian designers and artists who create unique well made objects. At this gift and design store you will find artists who are experts at glassblowing while some who are adept at woodwork and use cedar and cherry braces for their creations. You will find an eclectic mix of contemporary and vintage collections at Urban Cottage with a wide range of products from home wares, cushions and towels in exciting colors and Bermuda prints to locally created bath and beauty products.
Step into Makin' Waves, the go-to place for gear and apparel you will need for your time in the water. Branded swimwear, sunglasses, wetsuits, surfboards, paddleboards and a lot more with fun prints of sharks, turtles etc adorn their racks. If shoes are your thing, don't miss stepping into world of Della Valle. Here you will get custom made sandals fitted to your foot in a variety of heel heights. They use Italian leather and a variety of island flora and fauna inspired embellishments. Each pair is literally unique as it comes with your initials embossed in the sole. The local drugstore Phoenix offers a variety of goods and items that cater to your every need.
For a sampling of the original Black Seal Rum and other fine wines sourced from across the globe, visit Gosling's on the corner of Queen and Front Street. Give your buys a bohemian touch with the fanciful designs in semiprecious jewelry at 1609 Design next to the English Sports Shop. The dainty pieces of jewelry here make for a fashionable souvenir of your visit. Nearby there is Naked Zero which houses a proud stock of eco-friendly and waste free goods. From bamboo toothbrushes and plant based shampoos and conditioners to organic teas and essential body oils, the store boasts a distinct collection.
Don't miss out on a coffee break if all the shopping wears you down. Stop by at The Rock Island Cafe
for a classic cappuccino along with locally baked and richly flavored cakes, croissant and scones. You can also stop for a bite at Devil's Isle
. With its very eclectic menu, there's something here for everyone.
Shopping scene at St. George
Creativity and innovation and an innate sense of aesthetics... these are the undertones and the key features in the wares that this part of the island offers. Hence when it comes to art, you will find an entire section of the island dedicated to displays of artistic work and celebrating their artists and artisans. As you traverse down the lanes in the Eastern end of the island, it is like getting transformed into another quaintly artistic world. And what's more.. You also get a chance to interact with the artists in action.
Address: 5 Bridge St, Town of St. George
Phone: +1 441-705-2787
Little creations by designer Tara Cassidy using nature as her inspiration and source, are true collectibles. There are hair clips and earrings made of preserved lionfish fins, necklaces from sea urchins and shells and pendants of crab sheds and claws. Look out for her Plastisea collection- items made out of rainbow plastics bits she finds washed on the seashore.
Saltwater Jewellery Design
Address: Water St, St. George's, Bermuda
Phone: +1 441-519-9906
Yet another niche shop in the old Town of St. George that sells pieces of jewelry made from Bermuda sea grass, fresh water pearls and Venetian glass. The mother-daughter duo Kelly and Rose Thompson who are the owners and creators of the designs also provide a design wall where visitors can create their own pieces with their choice of beads.
Address: 20 Water St., St. George's
Phone: +1 (441) 293-7673
The husband and wife team David and Rose create unique island inspired pieces. You will find the typical island hues like aqua, turquoise and pink... a key feature in their collection. One of their very famous pieces is called The Bermuda Triangle, designs depicting their national flower- Bermudiana and also the longtail bird that can be seen on the island just before the onset of spring.
A nice collection of boutique stores along with art & craft as well as nice eateries. Somers Wharf is located on Water Street, St. George.
A.S. Cooper & Sons
29 Front Street, Hamilton City. Phone: +1 441 295-3961
You cannot miss this one as this is a very popular family owned department store since 1897, with six outlets across the island. You can find cosmetics, men's, women's and children's apparel, fine jewelry, home decor items of china and crystal and also duty free perfume here. Labels like Calvin Klein, Brooks Brothers and Swarovski feature here. The store is also wheelchair accessible.
Alexandra Mosher Studio Jewelry
Address: 5 Front Street, Hamilton City, Phone: +1 441-236-9009
In the designer's very own words, this place is a "little wonderland of treasures". The iconic pink hue of Bermuda's sand is a predominant feature in her collection with her line of pink sand rings, earrings, pendants and necklaces which are mostly set in sterling silver. You will find a veritable inspiration from the island's flora and fauna featuring in her collection. For instance there are textures directly pulled from palm fronds, lichens and even a sea urchin that was found washed up. Her stunning pieces really get you into the experience of Bermuda and makes it a part of your Bermuda story.
Address: 9 Reid Street, Hamilton, Bermuda. Phone: +1 441-296-0280
Ensconced in The Washington Mall in the city of Hamilton, this boutique offers high end women's apparel and fashion accessories for style lovers. It features prominent brands such as Vince, Helmut Lang, Diane von Furstenberg and also resort collection from Mara Hoffman, Roberta Freymann and much more. The key attraction of this store is its custom made costume and cocktail jewelry with Bermuda maps and allusions.
The Island Shop
Address: 11 Queen Street, Hamilton, Bermuda, Phone: +1 441-292-5292
The perfect outlet if you are looking for handicraft or artisanal designs on home decor and also gifts and souvenir. There are three outlets of this island inspired gift ware shop. The artisan behind the designs, hand paintings and embroidered artefacts, Barbara Finsness is often present at the boutique to greet you with her hand painted designs of the island’s natural, ethnic and architectural details on almost everything there including ceramics, hand towels, napkins and even wine glasses. You can pick up gifts and souvenirs here which are different and have an edge over others.
The Irish linen shop
Address: 31 Front Street, Hamilton, Phone: +1 (441) 295-4089
This quaint cottage style boutique gives you an old world feel as you walk into it and the classic linen, fine textile and other home decor items sourced from different parts of the world, add to its allure. It houses unique gift items with beautiful sterling silver picture frames, decorative pillows, a whole range of nautically inspired home goods, fragrances and accent pieces. It is also renowned for exclusive retailing of the French textile brand Souleiado known for its vivid prints; French candles from Cire Trudon, the world's oldest candle maker; banana leaf angels used to decorate Christmas trees, handcrafted by the island’s artist Robbie Chameau.
Address: 55 Front Street, Hamilton, Bermuda, Phone: +1 441-295-2351
Home to world class brands of watches, high-end jewelry and brilliant diamonds, this is the biggest jewelry store on the island. They are all sold at the lowest possible retail price without the added sales tax. They are the exclusive retailers of Rolex as well as other brands like Tag Haeur, Ulysee Nardin etc.
Bermuda Book Store
Address: 11 Queen Street, Hamilton, Bermuda, Phone: +1 441-295-3698
Whether you are an ardent reader or someone who just likes to skim through the pages, the cozy atmosphere of this old world establishment beckons you to step in and turn a page or two. Apart from the usual best sellers, children’s books etc. you will find here a huge collection of books about the island and those written by local authors. There is the popular children’s series Tiny the Treefrog, written and illustrated by Elizabeth Mulderig, Bermuda Five Centuries by Rosemary Jones, which is the complete history of the island right from 1609.
Phone: +1 441-234-2809
This is an initiative by the local government to support their artists. It also provides you a great opportunity to interact with them, see them while at work or even attend one of their workshops. This is Bermuda’a largest art and sculpture collection for sale. So if you are looking for that unique wall decoration or piece to art to induce a part of Bermuda at your home, this is where you should go. Four artists are always in residence to meet visitors. The extensive collection of Bermuda cedar sculpture by them is something to keep an eye out for.
Address: 5 Queen St, St. George's, Bermuda, Phone: +1 441-293-0627
A wonderful way to capture the essence of the island, in a bottle of perfume, the Bermuda perfumery is a must-visit on your itinerary. Housed in the historic Stewart’s Hall in the Town of St. George, they also hold workshops where you can concoct your very own signature fragrance. The ingredients used are entirely sourced from the island’s bountiful nature. Some of the scents to look out for are Lily, for the ladies, with its floral whiff or 64 W a woody cologne with hints if Bermudian cedar, for the gentlemen. There is also the Marie Celeste which is an unisex citrusy variety. Many of these perfumes are modeled after samples found on shipwrecks and have interesting facts to learn about.
Phone: +1 441-234-4216
Visit the Dockyard Glassworks to see the artful creation of beautiful glass ware with molten glass by deft artisans. You will find unique glass pieces for sale here. The same establishment also houses the Bermuda Rum Cake Company. So you can just hop to the adjacent bakery, where you can sample a variety of homemade cakes all made with the local Black Seal rum. You will surely find something that suits your palate to take back home.
Address: 7 Camber Road, Royal Naval Dockyard, Phone: +1 441-234-5116
Here you will not only find handmade ceramics, you can also do your own painting on the pottery of your choice and have a keepsake.
12 Reid Street, Hamilton City, Phone: +1 441-704-8227
No shopping expedition in Bermuda is complete unless you have indulged in an authentic pair of Bermuda shorts. TABS located in Central Hamilton offers a range of high quality weaves in vivid colours keeping up with the spirit of the island.
You can use Bermuda or US dollars here. At any of the banks here you can exchange foreign currencies for Bermuda dollars.
For small purchases, taxi fares or tips, you might need cash. There are several ATM machines all across the island where cash can be easily withdrawn using a debit card. Major international credit cards like Visa and Master cards are widely accepted on the island but Discovery Cards are not. Some vendors here might require you to use a PIN with your credit cards. So in case you don't have one, contact your bank before leaving for the island. While you do that you can also inquire about applicable fees for the usage of debit and credit cards internationally.
Although shopping in Bermuda does not require you to pay any sales tax, you might need to pay duty on certain items on your return home. It is worth noting that the US law about the "Generalised System of Preferences" applies to Bermuda. This entails that if 35% of an item is made in Bermuda, it can be brought into the US duty free regardless of how much you spent. However if you spill over your $800 allotment, make a separate list of goods made in Bermuda that you've purchased. This helps greatly for customs duties. Read: Bermuda Customs Duties.
Most shops in Bermuda are closed on Sundays and public holidays. On other days, they mostly shut shop around 17:30-18:00hours. However, when cruise ships are docked, some might be seen extending their hours.
The City of Hamilton offers the widest range of shopping choices in Bermuda with the largest shopping mall on the island, the entire Front street lined with high end shops and several long established department stores. At the Town of St. George you can shop mostly at the branches of those that have flagship stores in Hamilton. You will find the largest craft market in Bermuda at the Royal Naval Dockyard.
When you are shopping, you will find authentic island made and crafted wares which make for good buys and keepsakes. There are several stores that specialize in items that reflect the island's culture, heritage and tradition. High-end clothing, luxury jewelry and watches are also a specialty in Bermuda's shops. There are a lot of items that are recovered from or inspired by the hundreds of shipwrecks around the island that you can look out for. Local gourmet like rum cakes and hot pepper sauce are great to sample and take back home. Cuban cigars are also sold here but note that they cannot be brought back into the US.
Finding an address here can be tricky because not all outlets post the street numbers outside their shops. You can always ask for directions as the locals here are more than willing to help. Outside the City of Hamilton, sometimes even street names don't feature.
Keep an eye out for sale signs especially during the fall and winter seasons which are considered “off-seasons”. During this time, stores offer goods at reduced prices to make way for the new season goods.
At major resorts on the island you will find there are branches of some stores that have main outlets in the city of Hamilton. These stores, although have limited stock, remain open on Sundays and public holidays and also offer goods at the same prices as the mother store- even during sale season.
The Bermuda International Airport offers duty free shops selling items such as perfume and cigarettes prices for the last minute shoppers. Most of these shops are near the US departures lounge.
When checking on the sizes of garments, keep in mind that shop owners here often re-label garments from European or British manufacturers so that they are in consistency with the North American visitors’ average built (most visitors to the island are from the US). However if you find a clothing of your liking which holds an European or a British label and hasn’t been relabeled, you can ask for assistance from the store personnel, all of whom maintain conversion charts here.
These are but just a few names, the list of shopping venues just go on and on, each one-of-a-kind and each offering a tasteful variety to pick from. It is not only the wares of the local artists and artisans here that beckon you, but also the artistic way they are displayed, the ambience and decor of each outlet, the warmth that the creators of these items exude and the knowledge they share and even the establishments that these outlets are housed in.... all these make shopping in Bermuda not just an exercise but an experience in itself.
Visitors' Reviews & Comments
John Killingsley-Smith (May 2016)
Can you help me please. Earlier this year we were lucky enough to visit your beautiful island on a cruise. Whilst there (we only had a very limited time) we tried to cram in too much in the short time there and subsequently missed out on somethings. Whilst in Hamilton and also in the Naval Dockyard I saw some navy blue hooded zipped sweat shirts with something like - NAVAL DOCKYARD BERMUDA - in large letters on the front. Didn't have the time to obtain one, which I now regret and wonder if you were able to put me in touch with a shop/store that sells them so I could perhaps get one sent over here as a souvenir please,. I would be grateful if you could assist please. I am nearly 78 yrs old and am an army veteran (Grenadier Guards) and live in Derbyshire, England. Sorry to put you to so much trouble.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) May 2016
Good day, The store 'Flying Colours' sells hooded sweatshirts (hoodies) with Bermuda impressions (there could be few others as well). Designs however change. They are located in Hamilton. Here is their contact info:
Postal Address: Riihiluoma's Flying Colours, Box 895, Hamilton, HM DX, Bermuda
Street Address: 5 Queen Street, Hamilton.
Barbara Dyer (April 2015)
I will be in Bermuda in a couple months an my son is hoping I can find a Harley Davidson store to bring him back a shirt an hat. Is there a store in Bermuda an where?
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) April 2015
There is no Harley Davidson store in Bermuda. However Harley Davidson T-shirts are sold in few stores around the island. You can check in the Clocktower mall at the dockyard.
April Ouellette (March 2015)
Hello, I have been searching for Bermuda Longtail Bird medallions like the ones I saw on many homes across the island. They appeared to be made of plaster and were flat on the back and easily attached to the exterior of the home. Can you give me an idea where I could purchase a few? I have searched the internet and have not found any. Please help! This would be the perfect 50th Anniversary present for my parents. Thank you for your time,
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) March 2015
Hi, Bermuda Clayworks at dockyard makes varieties of plaques (house signs) with impressions of birds, animals, flowers, houses and many other things native to Bermuda. They are mostly pottery items. You can also customize your plaque, make it square instead of oval and with your own choice of impressions. They also make various other pottery and clay items.
Elaine Grierson (October 2014)
Could you let me know if the shops are open on Sunday. How far is it to Hamilton City from King's Wharf port?
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) October 2014
Shops at Clocktower Mall at the Kings Wharf port (dockyard) are open on Sundays, but not in Hamilton.
Jessica Lewis (July 2013)
Hi, I am traveling with my 79 year old mother. She was in Bermuda many years ago and said she wants to buy Irish knitwear for her great grandchild. Are there any stores that sell these?? Thanks,
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) July 2013
Hi, You may not get Irish knitwear like sweaters etc in Bermuda. You can try Irish Linen Shop (31 Front Street, Hamilton City). They mainly keep Irish linen items, table cloths, handkerchiefs, napkins etc and even children dress materials. Regards,
Jean Klug (June 2013)
OK, Bear with me. I was in Hamilton last August wondering around and I came across a building that looked interesting so I went inside. Well, I found myself with 3 floors to explore. Everything from linens to toys, crystal and something that I want to find again. I bought a jar of candy. It was different colored candy coated sea shells.
Not very expensive and for the life of me I can't remember the name of this wonderful place I found. Guess I was watching the time and wanted to get back to the ferry to take me back to the ship. Is The Bermuda Shop what I was in and where I found that wonderful candy? I am going back to Bermuda in October and would like to find that candy again and buy extras for gifts. Hope you can help me. Blessings, Jean
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2013
Hi, From your description it sounds like you went to Phoenix building which is located at the corner of Queen and Reid Streets in Hamilton City. Phoenix Group originally started as a drug store in 1902 (this was their original store, The Phoenix Center). The group later expanded to a major chain of pharmacies in the island and then added the large department stores (Brown & Co.).
The Phoenix Building at Hamilton City (3 Reid Street) houses both the pharmacy and a branch of Brown & Co over three floors. You will find all sorts of items here including gifts & souvenirs, accessories, perfumes & cosmetics, jewelry, greeting cards, chocolates & candies, sunglasses, handbags etc. It's a great place to shop at reasonable prices. The Brown & Co. (which is part of the Phoenix group) also has a separate building of its own in Hamilton (35 Front Street). Open hours (at both places): Monday - Saturday (8:30am to 5:30pm), Sunday & Holidays (1pm to 5pm)