Weekend Outing: Cheapside Market

Saturday was my big outing of the weekend. And it really was an amazing day. Shortly after 9am, my phone rang: it was Angela. They were running a bit late and would pick me up at 9:45am. Promptly at 9:45, they pulled up. We were off! On our way to Bridgetown, we stopped at a warehouse style store called Solo. I was able to get a few more things from my Friday list, and they were cheaper than both Jordans and Massey.

We got to Bridgetown, parked the car and started wandering around the Cheapside Market. First up was the outdoor section. There were about 4 rows of stalls, all packed with local produce and herbs.

Outdoor stalls at Cheapside (note: this picture was taken as we were leaving, so some of the vendors had already left)

Outdoor stalls at Cheapside (note: this picture was taken as we were leaving, so some of the vendors had already left)

I picked up 2 lbs ( 13 of them!) of tomatoes (for $2 bbd), 1 lb of onions (for $1.50 bbd), 4 bananas ($2 bbd), a pineapple ($9 bbd and they peeled it, cored it and cut off the brown spots). The tomatoes are AMAZING. They taste the way a tomato is supposed to taste. The 3 I’ve eaten already have all tasted of earth and sun. Mmmm!

Quentin took all of our fruit and veggie purchases and put them in the car. We then headed to the indoor section of Cheapside. This building houses more produce stalls, a meat market (more on that later), spice vendors, hot sauce makers, arts and crafts. On the second level is a food court with several food vendors.

Credit: http://loopbarbados.com/loop-blog/barbados-best-public-farmers-market

Some of the indoor stalls at Cheapside Market

We then made our way to Swan Street. This street is packed full of all kinds of stores and this is where the locals do their shopping. You can buy clothes, shoes, toiletries, underwear, makeup, jewellery, etc., etc. here and you won’t pay anywhere near the prices you will one block over on Broad Street (where the  tourists shop).

We then made our way back to Cheapside where we stopped for lunch. For $9 bbd, I got a cutter (sandwich) with two of the tastiest pork chops I’ve ever had. They were tender and moist, subtly spicy. Yummy!  Angela then took me to the Meat Market area. I will be going back there the next time I need to pick up meat. Lovely 2-3 lb chickens for $4.50 bbd/pound.  I have no problem buying a whole chicken and cutting it into pieces. Lamb and pork for ridiculously cheap! I did pick up a tray of Grade A (as far as I can tell lean or extra lean) ground beef for $2.99 bbd (looks to be about half a pound or so).

As we headed back to the car, we came across a motorcycle rally in front of the General Post Office. I’m not sure what the event was but it sure was drawing a crowd! There was a music truck and bus full of people wearing the same orange shirts as the motorcycle riders.

Motorcycles lined up outside the General Post Office in Bridgetown, Barbados

Motorcycles lined up outside the General Post Office in Bridgetown, Barbados

We then went back to Angela, Quentin and Grace’s house where we spent the rest of the afternoon shooting the breeze.  It really was a wonderful day!

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