Get Your Shop On in Bermuda
If your idea of sightseeing is a day of retail therapy, then look no further. Uncover a treasure trove of stylish apparel, one-of-a-kind finds and made-in-Bermuda keepsakes.
THE EAST END
The parish of St. George’s at the eastern end of the island is known for being the oldest settled area in Bermuda, (its town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of this fact). By default, St. George’s possesses Bermuda’s oldest culinary secrets, too. Locals from ‘down east’ contend the best Bermuda food is found in establishments here. Don’t just take their word for it, though — go and taste for yourself!
Nestled amid 17th-century structures are independent retailers with a 21st-century sensibility. Merch, an aesthetically focused boutique, carries accessories, jewellery and gift items from sustainable and ethically produced brands.
Along the nearby cobblestones of Water Street, you’ll find the thoughtfully curated Long Story Short, a vibrant gift and book store that highlights literary works by female authors, artisans and entrepreneurs of colour. Sharing this charming space – there’s a vintage pedal bike named ‘Shosh’ perched outside – is Salt Spray Soap Company, which sells its own natural-ingredient, handmade soaps, luscious body butters, salt scrubs, balms and oils. A few doors away is Saltwater Jewellery, specialising in pieces made in-store out of semi-precious and weathered Bermuda sea glass.
Fine jewellery boutique Davidrose carries a selection of elegant, custom statement pieces inspired by Bermuda’s ocean and natural beauty. Close by is Things We Love boutique, carrying a colourful array of rompers, flowy dresses and boho-chic fashions.
Craft your own signature scent at the Bermuda Perfumery, located in the meticulously restored Stewart Hall. Here, you’ll find Bermuda-inspired fragrances harvested from the island’s indigenous plants that are blended and bottled on site. Custom, store-branded scents are available.
Head to the City of Hamilton and walk the vibrant streets of Bermuda’s capital. Make your first stop at Urban Cottage for a carefully curated collection of must-have items. For a taste of ‘la dolce vita,’ head next door to Milan Milan to enjoy delicious baked goods along with a frothy cup of cappuccino.
Peruse literary works that celebrate artists, writers, musicians and spiritual teachers from the African diaspora at The Griot, a shared cultural space and retail store.
Make a statement with a handcrafted creation from fine jewellery boutique Davidrose. Handmade sandals fitted to your feet can be yours within 24 hours from Della Valle’s cozy studio. Choose from an array of prints and colours of leather and crystal embellishments to customise your pair. Complement your look with unique accessories from Touché and Embellish Boutique, which also offers on-trend plus-size clothing.
Exclusively for men, MenCo carries fashion-forward clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as grooming products and gift items. Choices Menswear offers the latest in streetwear and designer clothing, and Banter & Steel lifestyle store features a selection of contemporary clothing, workwear, accessories and grooming products.
The hunt for retail treasure continues after lunch as you head to North Hamilton aka ‘Back-a-town.’ Must-browse shops in this area include: Orange Bay Company, a consignment store of well-maintained, barely used designer label apparel, accessories and home furnishings; Toxic Rose Boutique, offering stylish looks with a feminine flair; and Strictly Vintage Terry, which caters to fashionistas with a passion for hard-to-find pieces with hints of the ’80s and ’90s, as well as today’s trends.
There are plenty of shopping stops to make as you head west toward the The Royal Naval Dockyard.
Located on Middle Road, in the parish of Southampton, are two stylish boutiques. Tuck Shop, a bakery in the front and ‘general store’ out back, is where you will find heirloom pieces and unique free-trade-certified, sustainable fashion brands.
Continuing further west, De Oil Shop conveniently sits along the roadside with fragrant creations subtly filling the air as you drive by. Scented body oils, incense and locally made bath and body products are available in this cozy setting.
For travel toiletries, beauty products and gift items, Caesar’s Pharmacy carries all the necessary items.
As you reach the western tip of the island you will find clusters of shops with a variety of fashion items and souvenirs. Most of the spots are housed in either the Clocktower Mall or smaller booths set up within The Bermuda Craft Market.
Bermuda information and tour bookings can be obtained at the Visitor Services Centre in the Royal Naval Dockyard, but unique Bermuda-branded items are the coveted brag-worthy must-buys.