Saint Peter Port Shopping
This quaint village does not have any mega malls or huge shopping complexes. Instead, you will find yourself mixing with the locals and enjoying shopping in tiny shops that are reminiscent of days gone by.
Send a bunch of flowers whilst you are there to others that are not as lucky as you are to be visiting Saint Peter Port. Flowers from this area are not as expensive as you might think and the quality is excellent. My friend loved hers and said they lasted for ages and the fragrance was wonderful.
St Peter Port’s pedestrianized High Street is its main shopping area with its cobbled street running behind, and parallel to the Quay and the North Esplanade.
Here you’ll find a mix of familiar (UK familiar that is) chain stores side-by-side with many smaller individual establishments. There are the practical places such as branches of most major banks as well as the local co-op grocery stores and the Boots pharmacy, mixed in with the more aesthetic little jewelry, craft, and souvenir shops.
Interspersed amongst the retailers are a variety of cafes and restaurants, many with pavement terraces that are a terrific place to be when the sun’s out, which are equally ideal for resting a bit or for just sitting to watch the world go by.
Because Guernsey isn’t a member of the EU there’s no VAT payable on purchases and, at the time of this writing, and no local sales tax either – though this may change in the future as the islands are in the process of discussing legislation to enable such a tax. This makes St. Peter Port a shopper’s paradise and has the added benefit of keeping prices in the cafes and restaurants down too.
However, rather than being cheap, most places concentrate on maximizing quality and unlike most “tourist traps” there are many genuine bargains and very little tackiness around.