Straw Market, Nassau

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Bargain away as you browse through stalls of handicrafts and souvenirs at Straw Market. You'll find woodcarvings, T-shirts, bags, and other trinkets to take back home from your travels. Get ready to be pestered if you so much as take a glance at a specific item--merchants are determined to sell their wares, though that does leave you enough leverage to get a good bargain. Make Straw Market part of your personalized Nassau itinerary using our Nassau trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • The people where very friendly and some items where hand made there, but everyone has the same cheap stuff that is mass produced and over priced.  more »
  • There were so many things to see and buy from vendors here. I wish we would have walked the perimeter of the Straw Market before stepping into individual booths. They really push you hard for a sale a...  more »
  • Walking along Bay Street I saw signs for the straw market and I couldn't help but get in. It is a large factory building located near the harbour within which there is a multitude of stalls, shops, selling everything: clothing, jewellery, wooden crafts and with banana leaves and more. To visit.
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  • ; I will give the Straw Market two stars just for all the different type of items that were being sold. Yet, this was the worse experience on my trip!! These ladies were aggressive. They did not understand the meaning of " I am just looking or browsing" (There was so much stuff its a lot to take in!). They did not stop talking to my friends and I as we just wanted to look at first. I had to put on my sunglasses because anything I looked at they immediately ask if i wanted it. Its better not to even touch, or point to anything until you are for certain you want it or else they will be on you like vultures! Its "Come here ladies, I have what you want." , "ladies I am having a blow out sale, everything must go."....To be honest, I found everything I wanted in the stores for a better price, and also at the port shops. They were a lot nicer. I will not go to the market if I ever visit again. The anxiety I had was horrible. Also be careful of the ones handing out bracelets for a donation to support education. I received a bracelet and only had a 20,when I asked for change for a twenty, she gave me 12 dollars back. After I exchange of words she gave me some more of my money back and kept 4 to support kids education.
  • I absolutely loved the straw market. It was filled with local vendors and their goods. To one side they had amazing wooden figures and lots of different stuff made out of wood. You can even watch them making these figures it is really very interesting. Inside the stalls are all very close together so if you suffer claustrophobia be warned. There are a ton of people and it can get pretty tight in there. Nevertheless it is a real experience walking through there. And who knows: Maybe you'll find something you'll like. I sure did =D
  • Do your best to ignore the people standing out front. They'll want you to follow them into their booth. They're usually harmless (if the straw market turned into a crime pit people would quickly stop going), but it's a high pressure tactic to get you to buy. Still you're not in a small town so keep valuables on the ship and keep your money where you know where it is at all times. As with any flea market this is cash only. You have to go in a few layers to get past the mass produced stuff that you could get on eBay. It is a huge market so don't be overwhelmed. Once you walk around a bit and find the truly original stuff, you find a treasure. On our first trip here we found a painter who produces beautiful original works of art and we've tried to purchase new paintings on every trip. The straw market is a great place to go to get cheap t-shirts, ashtrays, "tobacco" pipes, etc., but it's also one of the best cruise destinations for original pieces you can only get there.
  • The stuff in the inside is the normal tourist stuff: hats, t-shirts, trinkets. Outside is some quality wood carved items like elephants, turtles, wind chimes and middle fingers. I did find the occasional "treasure" a used Bahamian license plate. Go inside & walk around. But the wood carvings outside are more Impressive.
  • Negotiate with them, they were almost always give you a better deal! I wanted a wooden seahorse made. ( so it would be local of course ) This elderly man with his booth on the side, said he could make one. Was a bit puzzled at first because he didn't really know what a seahorse was. But he said come back 2 hrs later and it would be ready. Came back 2 hrs later and couldn't have imagined it to have been any better! It's was gorgeous! He even carved his name in the back of it. Best present for a family member ever! It was even made out of a local wood found on the island. Very cool place. A bit overly done, but all in all a cool place!
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