Bermuda’s shopping scene packs a whole lot of punch. What truly makes shopping in Bermuda so unique are the locations of most of the retail shops. Wherever you go, you’ll find something to tempt you. Even visitors who intend to do no more than window-shop are likely to cave in and make a purchase — or two. Bermuda has several shopping districts, but the most populated with shops is in the City of Hamilton. Here you will find candy-coloured buildings that house both well-known shops and local favourites dotted along Hamilton Harbour.
Whether you are looking for gifts to take back home to loved ones or you want to splurge on something special for yourself, there are a variety of options, from department stores to smaller, more personalised speciality shops. Linens, china and crystal, leather goods, perfumes and locally made art are some of the standout items that can be found along the main thoroughfares of Hamilton.
Bermuda is known for its unique options when it comes to adding a little sparkle. Long-established jewellery stores sell everything from high-end watches, charms and jewellery made from coins recovered from shipwrecks to diamond engagement rings and baubles made from the island’s famous pink coral and sands.
But whilst Front Street and neighbouring Reid Street have a variety of gifts to take home to remember your Bermuda travels, it is some of the smaller, off-the-beaten-path spots where you’ll turn up unique finds. Explore a few alleyways and side streets off Front and Reid Streets, and discover boutiques selling a variety of Bermuda-made products from jewellery to artwork, or consignment stores selling quirky curios, memorabilia and antiques.
Royal Naval Dockyard at the west end of the island also has a plethora of artisans creating hand-blown glass items, rum cakes, pottery, jewellery, crafts and Bermuda-inspired pieces. Several outposts of local favourites are also housed inside the Clocktower Mall, as well as crafts and hand-carved cedar treasures.
The Town of St. George is another favourite for shopping — especially if you’re on the hunt for something truly unique. Sea glass, bright gems and pieces from Bermuda’s local landscape are manipulated into beautiful jewellery and trinkets at several boutiques located in the East End, known as a haven for local artists.