It’s always nice to bring souvenirs home from your vacay, for yourself & your friends/family! More often than not, your souvenirs are mass-produced somewhere in Asia or South America. This is why I’ve created a post to help you shop local and support local businesses. All the shops below have true handcrafted trinkets & art, from the Bahamas, made by Bahamians! Take the extra cab or drive over to these hidden gems and find some great authentic gifts!
I started out as a customer of Jessica’s and we have now become friends after a few visits to her studio. She creates some of the most beautiful ceramics I’ve ever seen. From teapots to coffee mugs to wall art, Jessica has an eclectic and unique studio filled with tons of authentically Bahamian Inspired artwork. If you want to support someone directly, this is who you should go and see, I promise, you won’t be disappointed with her work. Jessica’s artwork will be the perfect memento from the Bahamas or a great gift to bring back home! Message her on Instagram @jessicastileworks to schedule a visit!
This is a traditional Bahamian-style cottage on a large piece of property surrounded by lush greenery. The property itself is beautiful and is home to a must-see art exhibit! This little shop is filled with handmade items, from clothes to REAL straw items, to cups and tons of fun little knick-knacks. They have an assortment of colorful items that will bring you back to the Bahamas every time you look at them! Everyone that works here is extremely kind and welcoming. They won’t hesitate to tell you about each item, and all the love that was included in making it!
Bahama Art and Handicraft
This is one of my favorite spots to take visitors. I love to buy artwork here, and I always check back for new items as they update often! You will know you’ve reached as soon as you see the beautifully colored bright building with all the crafty knickknacks and art outside. As you make your way into the little cottage you will find an array of Bahamian books, locally made trinkets, driftwood art and beautiful locally made paintings. Before you leave, make sure to check out the upstairs area. You don’t want to miss all the additional wood furniture and paintings!
This is a one-of-a-kind spot! This fabric shop has been open since the 1960s and is a must-see for bags, pillows, caftans, and more! Their east location (by Paradise Island) is where all the items are actually printed and created in their workshop! They have an array of beautiful, bright island fabrics that can be transformed into pillows, pants, duffle bags, ties, or WHATEVER YOU WANT! If you are looking to bring a little of The Bahamas back with you, I suggest stopping by and picking up a pillowcase for your home to always remember your trip! They have also recently opened a shop on the western side of Nassau, located in Sandyport, and a store in Governors Harbour, Eleuthera!
Straw Market, Bahamas Photo by: Steve Grundy
*Pro Tips for The Bahamas: don’t use Apple Maps, Google is more accurate! Just type in the shop name and you will be directed!