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Guide to Shopping in Trinidad & Tobago

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The lovely island country of  Trinidad and Tobago is a marvelous shopping destination.

Whether visitors are looking for gifts to carry back home or just want to shop randomly, Trinidad and Tobago has it all. Travelers can shop anywhere, from main streets lined with shops to multi-level shopping malls and colorful markets.

The malls in Trinidad can be classified as shopping arcades and suburban shopping centers. Port of Spain has some marvelous arcade malls on the Charlotte, Henry and Frederick streets. Some of these malls include the Aboutique Mall, Capital Plaza, Golden Doors Plaza, Town Center Mall and Voyager Mall on Frederick Street; Bradford City Mall, Hadeed Center Mall, Plaza Espermaria and Time Plaza on Henry Street. There are quite a number of Masaajid within close reach of these streets such as Jami Masjid, Masjid Nur Ul Islam and the Masjid us-Sunnah. Shoppers can dine at the Halal Kitchen and Grill Foods or Ha Ha City Chinese Restaurant and several other Halal eating joints in the area.

In North Trinidad the major shopping centers are MovieTowne Entertainment Complex, the Falls at West Mall, Long Circular Mall, St James, Ellerslie Plaza, Trincity Mall and The City of Grand Bazaar and the Valpark Shopping Center in Valsayn. San Fernando is the main shopping district of South Trinidad and there are several arcade malls on High Street. Masaajid close to this area include the Marabella 'old' Mosque in San Fernando and the San Fernando ASJA Jama Masjid. Some of the Halal eateries in the area include Young Ho Lee's Chinese Restaurant, Amin's Restaurant and Roti Shop, Sweet Hand, etc. Other malls in the area include Shopping Plaza at Lady Hailes Avenue and the Gulf City Shopping Complex in La Romain. The Sitara Authentic Indian Cuisine provides Halal food in the area.

There are several shops selling local handicrafts in Port of Spain. One such fabulous place is the Brian Lara Promenade. Here visitors can shop for leather goods, sandals, woodcrafts, handicrafts, etc. Shopping in Central Trinidad can be enjoyed at the town of Chaguanas and the arcade malls that are located on the Chaguanas Main Road. Chaguanas has several Halal restaurants like Queen Of Arabia, Damas Al Wadi, Food Basket Restaurant, Bakery Treatz, etc. The main road in Chaguanas is home to several shops and gives the feel of an East Indian market where visitors can shop for Indian clothing and pottery. Finding Scandinavian crystal, French perfumes and English china is not a difficult task in the area. The Charlieville Highway Mosque along the Uriah Butler Highway on the outskirts of Chaguanas is the closest Masjid to this area.

Even though shopping in Trinidad is more diverse than in Tobago, still there are some good places where you can spend money. Scarborough has several shops and the local market being the main shopping destination. Travelers can find clothes, handicrafts and also seafood in the area. The market is open from Monday to Saturday. The closest Masjid would be the Masjid Al Tawbah on Milford Road in Scarborough and visitors can dine at the Skewers Halaal Midlle Eastern Food, which is just 2 minutes drive from the Crown Point International Airport. Bacolet too has some wonderful batik wall hangings and attractive textiles.

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Trinidad & Tobago Info

ADMINISTRATIVE/COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Port of Spain

GEOGRAPHY

Located in between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean Trinidad & Tobago owns a land area of 5,128 sq km and has a coastline closer to 362 km's.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 1.3 Million. Muslims account for about 5.8% of the population.

CLIMATE

Tropical climate conditions with an average minimum temperature close to 26°C and a maximum of 33°C. Frequent rainfall can be seen during June till December.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

English is the official language.

LOCAL TIME

GMT-4 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 8 AM to 4 PM
General: 8 AM to 4:30 PM

HOLIDAYS
New Year's Day : January 1st
Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day : March 30th
Indian Arrival Day : May 30th
Republic Day : September 24th
Christmas Day: December 25th
Boxing Day : December 26th

Based on the lunar calandar:
Id-ul-Fitr
Devali(to be announced)

CURRENCY

Trindad & Tobago Dollar

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 999
Medical/Fire: 990

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