If you’re in Bermuda, chances are, your idea of a souvenir transcends the ordinary. Shopping and dining at these local Bermuda spots means finding authentically Bermudian goods like pink-sand-inspired jewellery and handmade sandals – and experiencing delicious, Bermuda-made food and drink.
Blissful Sipping at Om Juicery
I Am Happy, I Am Grounded – from their carefully selected ingredients to the wording on their labels, Preston James Ephraim’s cold-pressed juices are designed to give you a daily boost.
Pressed and bottled in small batches from their Elliot Street headquarters, Om Juicery specialises in juice prescription, cleanses, juice cleanses, juice subscriptions and superfood smoothies and raw nut milks.
Ephraim, a life coach and fitness trainer, started as at-home enterprise Mr. Organic, an online distributor of organic and holistic products before moving to a brick-and-mortar spot in the brightly-muralled north Hamilton neighbourhood. He works closely with local farmers to get ingredients that are fresh, seasonal and organic, where possible.
Chocolate Fix & More at The Tuck Shop
An airy space on Southampton’s Middle Road, Alicia Tucker’s store front is an enticing case of sweet desserts and pastries made in the on-site family bakery. Renowned for her chocolate cake, she has branched out to gluten-free products to accommodate dietary needs.
But the “general store” in the back of the Tuck Shop is the real treasure – a veritable trove where you can shop local and global finds. Here, you'll find natural cleaners, homemade play-doh, jewellery, clothes and toys and dry goods. Her philosophy is natural, organic and handmade. Tucker seeks quality, handmade products which she calls “modern day heirlooms” from artisans in India, France, Mexico, Chile, New York and California, preserving traditional trades and ensuring that the maker benefit directly from the purchase.
Her wares ae for the conscious consumer – with toys that support learning and exploration, organic and natural home and beauty products, and apparel handwoven in silk, cotton and linen.
Davidrose Studio: Artfully
She’s third generation jeweller from Toronto and he’s a design-obsessed St. David’s Islander. Now married, David and Avrel Rose Zuill met while at university, and romance is at the heart of their business. The pair share the design process from Davidrose Studio's Water Street flagship, a sparkling space that looks out on St. George’s Harbour – a constant source of inspiration.
While the jewel-encrusted, Bermuda-Triangle inspired designs of their Bermuda Pride and Ocean Collections make excellent souvenirs, their real love is bespoke – custom engagement rings made from conflict-free diamonds.
Their ready-to-wear luxury and hand-crafted statement pieces have earned them an international following from clients in Canada, the U.S., the Middle East, India, and Europe, in part owing to their personal and professional approach to retail. Visit them in the UNESCO World Heritage site that houses their flagship or at their second location on Front Street in Hamilton.
J & B's Wood Fired Pizza Delivers
Chef Tim Jackson and his wife, Michelle Brock Jackson, found success when they debuted their wood-fired, brick oven pizzas at the America’s Cup Village in 2017.
Spectators fell for their family recipe, a sugar-free dough and sauce topped with fresh ingredients with Bermuda-centric names like Onion Patch and Greeze. The race may be history, but you can still enjoy J&B's Wood-Fired Pizza. The mobile pizza service is a regular pop up at community events and delivers to the central parishes on Fridays and Saturdays.
Setting Bermuda Trends at
Stylist Nicole Golden’s retro-futurist mix of new products and vintage items have made Urban Cottage the go-to in Hamilton retail. The shop occupies two floors in the historic Somers Building, and is filled with old Bermuda street signs and vintage inkwells salvaged from shipwrecks, alongside fashion-forward apparel and accessories.
A champion of shopping local and the island's designers, Golden sells colourful cushions with abstract Bermuda-inspired prints as well as locally made jewellery, teas, bath and beauty products and granola.
The tastemaker has a passion for Bermuda and has been featured in international glossy magazines, including Forbes, Vanity Fair, Travel + Leisure and Coastal Living and uses uses her lifestyle store as a platform for art shows and readings. A second location focusing more on homewares, opened in the historic Bridge House in St. George’s.
A Blend of Cultures at & Partners
Bermudian Peter Lapsley and his wife, Norwegian-born Andrea Sundt were living in New York when they dreamt up their contemporary gift and design shop on Par-La-Ville Road.
As its history suggests, &Partners focuses on Scandinavian, Bermudian and North American design brands. The artists wanted to bring affordable, quality design to the island’s retail scene as well as provide a platform for local designers to showcase and sell their wares.
As director of the Bermuda National Gallery, Lapsley is closely connected to the island’s artists and artisans.
Local artworks by James Cooper and Catherine White hang on the walls. Among the products you'll find here are spoons carved from subtropical woods like Bermuda cedar and surinam cherry, door mats braided from salvaged nautical rope, Bermuda beeswax candles, hexagonal concrete vases, bags, glassware and jewellery are some of products on their shelves. Foraged greenery fills the corners of this quirky space.
Made by Hand: Della Valle SandalsNoticing a gap in the market, Vincenzo Delle Valle drew on a dream that had stuck with him since childhood – custom sandals, fashioned from soft, Tuscan leather.
He learnt the craft as a young boy in his native Capri, apprenticing master sandal makers.
The end product and his adopted home married well – his sandals make the perfect souvenir. It’s an original shopping experience, that will take you from the everyday to special occasions. Custom-fit sandal options are endless at Della Valle Sandals, with leather straps in more than 40 colours, crystal embellishments, buckles and a range of heel heights.
You can watch from the window as he works in his Queen Street store surrounded by his driftwood displays, shelves of shoe moulds and an Italian-made 1964 classic Vespa. Delle Valle has expanded his offerings to include Italian loafers and handmade linen apparel.