Shopping is a favourite pastime in Guyana, especially in the capital of Georgetown, where some of the world’s purest gold and diamonds can be found. As one of the sugar producing capitals of the world, the town of Demerara sells all number of unique sugar related paraphernalia, ranging from different tasting bags of sugar to sugar distilling equipment.
Street markets are commonplace across the country and haggling for gifts and souvenirs is expected. Handmade slippers, paintings, sculptures, leather goods, key rings, and bead crafts are available at all Georgetown markets, but prices vary from stall to stall, so it is best to search around for the cheapest goods rather than jumping in and buying the first one found.
Although most of the markets in Georgetown are only open until around 1200, uniquely to South American countries, the Stabroek and Bourda markets are open 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Shopping in Georgetown in particular, but across the country, is generally of high quality and the sellers are very friendly.
For fixed prices there is an abundance of new shopping malls and super stores across the major towns and city across Guyana. At Georgetown’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport there are several duty free shops offering tax free locally produced spirits, rums, gifts, and cigarettes, but many tourists could actually haggle for lower prices in the many markets across the country.
It is absolutely essential to ensure that receipts and correct documentation are retained, otherwise visitors may experience difficulty when clearing customs.