Having a relatively small population does not mean there isn’t a demand for diverse shopping options in Cayman.
‘Buy local’ is the oft-repeated mantra, and, thankfully, it’s an easy request to fulfill. Home décor, furniture, handmade art pieces, clothes, shoes, jewellery, accessories, beauty products – there are shops and boutiques aplenty to choose from, whether you’re looking for casual goods or high-end brand names.
Cayman is renowned for its duty-free shopping, with many shops in the capital of George Town stocking storied designer products from Chanel, Cartier, Rolex, Tumi, Waterford, Mont Blanc, Baccarat, and Swarovski. You’ll find better prices here than stateside, which is why visitors love browsing these boutiques.
There are also specific duty-free shops in Camana Bay and the larger resorts, such as The Ritz-Carlton.
The arts and crafts market is thriving in Cayman. In fact, local artisans display their wares every Wednesday
throughout the streets of Camana Bay and at speciality fairs. You’ll find unique pottery, paintings, sculptures, and jewellery at these markets, along with handmade soaps, candles, and edible products like pepper jelly and jams.
The home store names of A. L. Thompson’s, Cox Lumber, Kirk Home Centre, and Uncle Bill’s may not be familiar to anyone who lives outside Cayman, but these large edifices house aisles and aisles of brands that will definitely ring a bell. KitchenAid, Kohler, Hansgrohe, Whirlpool, and DeWalt are just a few brands they stock as authorised retailers. Whether you want to upgrade a room or gut it and rebuild it as new, these stores have you covered.
Boutique shops such as Bon Vivant in Camana Bay offer upmarket brands and kitchen planning services. Home chefs will undoubtedly recognise names like Gaggenau, Bosch, and Futuro Futuro, with Breville, Le Creuset, and Big Green Egg also on the list.
Clothes and shoe boutiques can be found in every district, running from casual sportswear to designer fashions. In Camana Bay, the NKY shops carry the likes of Hugo Boss, Tommy Bahama, Birkenstock, Bugatchi, Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, Cole Haan, and Marc Jacobs.
Of course, swimsuits and beachwear are de rigueur when visiting or living in the Cayman Islands, and if you want to make a fashion statement, stop by Sand Angels, also in Camana Bay. Melissa Odabash, Tory Burch, and Eberjey styles will ensure you’re never boring on the beach.
When it comes to supermarket shopping, you’ll be surprised at the vast selection of international foods. With such a mix of cultures in Cayman, the supermarkets cater to a wide range of tastes. British brands Waitrose and Tesco are well represented, with sections dedicated to other countries such as India, Italy, and the Philippines. Cheese lovers will consider it very important that supermarkets in Cayman carry an impressive array of their favourites, along with dried meats, fresh seafood, and imported luxury items.
Purveyors of fine wines and spirits are much the same – they know their audience and carry rare bottles in their cellars that would dazzle even the most experienced enthusiast.
No one has to sacrifice their love of shopping when in Cayman, and if it isn’t immediately available, shipping it in is not a problem. A discerning population has created an opportunity for shops, stores, and boutiques to stock the very best, which is excellent news for anyone on the island seeking a spot of retail therapy.