Historic meets modern in downtown St. John’s where two charming shopping areas, the modern Heritage Quay and historic Redcliffe Quay are located near to the waterfront. For those seeking a bit of retail therapy, duty-free shopping is available in the Heritage Quay, where purchasers need only show their valid departure details, to purchase duty-free items from internationally recognized brands. The nearby Vendors mall offers a selection of local arts and crafts, straw goods, pottery and jewelry, while the boutiques at the historic Redcliffe Quay provides artisan products, trendy wine bars and cafes. Most shops are open Monday through Saturday from, 9am to 5pm.
During the week, the St. John’s Public Market on the southern edge of the city has folk crafts, colorful tropical fruits and vegetables, fresh fish and meats as well as a buzzing crowd that make for a lively morning especially on the busiest of days, Saturday.
Along the Friar’s Hill Road on the northern side of the island, visitors will also find a growing commercial district, where they will find restaurants, banks, telecommunication services and other businesses.