There are a ton of little stores, boutiques, and market stalls in Paramaribo that offer everything from inexpensive daily necessities, fantastic hammocks, pirated DVDs, and Chinese jewelry to Western brand apparel (and at least as many imitation versions). For international tourists, it continues to be a reasonably affordable location, making souvenir purchasing a great way to pass the time.
In many respects, the Centrale Markt, which is located on the far east side of the Waterkant, serves as the city’s throbbing heart. The entry to the covered market area, allegedly the largest of its type in the Caribbean, is marked by a colorful assortment of street booths and vendors. A two-story market with kiosks selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables and meats (on the main floor) to t-shirts and hair extensions is hidden away inside a sizable warehouse (on the second floor). Without paying a brief visit to this busy location, a trip to the town would barely be complete. Even if you have no interest in their products, there are plenty of delectable foods available. Open for business from the early morning to 5:00 every day save Sunday, however arriving early is recommended. Another vibrant experience, and one that is wonderfully framed by a colonial backdrop, is the flower market that is located near the Kleine Waterstraat.
Your greatest chance if you’re looking for Chinese jewelry is the Maagdenstraat. The majority of jewelers focus on creating labor-intensive handcrafted jewelry. You may even get your own jewelry mended or cleaned, restoring the radiance they once had. Although the prices for these services are frequently low, be careful to establish a price in advance. The Ready Tex store, located on the junction of Maagdenstraat and Steenbakkerijstraat, is a well-liked destination for souvenir shopping. It offers a wide selection of Suriname ceramics and artwork in addition to postcards and T-shirts. Another popular shopping route is the Domineestraat, which has a number of high-end apparel businesses, a few retailers selling cell phones, and a number of book stores. At the Waterkant, you could be accosted by vendors selling trinkets like leather goods or a modest variety of jewellery. Make good use of your negotiating abilities to agree on a fair price.
Follow Paramaribo’s middle and upper classes to the Hermitage Mall, located at Lalla Roadway 229, for a more contemporary experience. It has more than 20 apparel boutiques, gift shops, and a food court, making it the biggest mall in the nation. A massive theater is now being built.