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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  • After a failure to Atlantis Water Park we walked to the Straw Market. We haven’t been there in years. No more white tent.they have a brand new building which is very tight and booth after booth. It wa...  more »
  • I was told to go visit the Straw Market for the experience. I could have done without it. Lots of small booths with local touristy souvernior type merchandise. Vendors calling out to you trying to get...  more »
  • Stopped at this market on the way to finding a bank since Meliã's ATM didn't work. One of the vendors walked us over to the safe crosswalk and directed us. Upon returning from the bank, did some shopp...  more »
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  • It's a nice place to get souvenirs outside of whatever resort you're staying at, BUT be prepared to be pounced on by people hungry to make a sale. Many of the shops have the same trinkets with the exception of the hand carved items, but even then, some of the designs are the same. If you're in the mood, you can haggle a bit for a better price, just don't be a jerk.
  • I love to shop and LOVE a good deal, so I was super excited to checkout the straw market. If haggling unselfconsciously is your thing, you'll dig it. If you're like me and have a bit of a soul and a dash of empathy, it will probably be more depressing than exciting. The majority of wares aren't made of straw- it's shirts and bags and hats from China, peddled by Bahamians as their source of income from their main industry: tourism. Hats cost $30, but you can haggle it to $10. The next booth looks exactly like the next, except this seller is slightly more ambitious and will sell you the same hat for $8. The next booth seller has three small children to feed, so she'll take $6. And so on. It took me 20 minutes to find a woman actually weaving unique goods from straw, and so I purchased a straw beach mat for $25 (down from $60). On our way out of the market we were constantly asked to look, touch, and buy. It was tough to say no, as these women work very hard for their sales and don't take no for an answer easily.
  • If you like statues, bags, small things then go check it out. No doubt it's just a bunch of Very pushy locals forcing stuff in your face to buy but it's honestly fun to haggle and you might get a deal. They always start high but from $20 they'll go down even to $4.. got a cool little wood carved palm tree for my bar back home.
  • Just a lot of people begging you to browse their stuff that is identical to the selection of items the person beside then has. We walked through maybe only half of it, but we barely saw any hand made stuff. It was actually really annoying getting​ yelled at by each shop owner to come see their items, and they all acted like they were giving us a great deal they offer to no one else, but they were always easily haggled to a cheaper price. It was a nice experience, but I wouldn't wanna go back there if I find myself in Nassau again.
  • It's fun to haggle with the vendors, but most of the items for sale are the usual "authentic" Caribbean items made in another country. Still a fun experience that anyone visiting Nassau should try at least once.

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