St Helier is the main focal point for shopping. Despite its small stature it has a good mix of retail stores featuring familiar high street brands as well as a wealth of independent smaller shops and boutiques, all within safe and easy walking distance of each other.
No trip to Jersey is complete without browsing around the local shops and with no VAT here you could find yourself a bargain or two!
The pedestrian precincts include King Street, where Voisins and De Gruchy department stores can be found. Queen Street, Bath Street and particularly Halkett Street are all go-to spots for designer labels. The small luxury boutiques and men’s clothing shops take up much of the area. Popular specialities of the island when it comes to quaint gift & souvenirs shops, and a little self-indulgence, are jewellery, pearls, unique local pottery, locally produced arts & crafts, homemade fudge and of course the famous knitwear. The island offers a diversity of products, whether you are shopping for yourself or searching for that perfect gift to take home to friends and family. Jersey only has a 5 per cent Goods and Services Tax compared to the United Kingdom’s 20 per cent. It should be noted, however, that some items such as clothing can be a little more expensive than on the mainland.
Jersey is an island steeped in history and culture and there are many markets and farm shops to visit around the island, each offering a unique shopping experience.
Keep a lookout for the honesty boxes as you travel around the island!
Voisins is a department store containing the latest fashion for men, women and children. Here you can also find departments for accessories and luggage, as well as cosmetics. Take a break at Café 1837 to replenish energy supplies while on a shopping spree at Voisins.
Address: King Street, St Helier
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm.
This department store is one of the oldest department store retailers in the United Kingdom. De Gruchy is located on the main shopping street, King Street, situated in a landmark building. Here you can find big international brand names like Bulberry, Gucci and Timberland.
Address: 46-52 King Street, St. Helier
Victorian Central Market
The grand Victorian Central Market on Beresford Street in St Helier is the perfect place to buy fresh fruit, vegetables and meats. There is also a colourful display of cut flowers. Across the street lies the town’s Fish Market. Address: Beresford Street, St Helier
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7.30am-5.30pm.
Closes at 2pm on Thursdays.
Phone: +44 1534 448180
More Info: Both markets are closed on Thursday afternoons.
La Mare Wine Estate
La Mare Vineyards at St Mary is an attraction in itself. Here you can find a shop offering all the estate produce including wines, cider, liqueurs, Jersey Apple Brandy and luxury estate chocolate. Use the chance to learn about wine-making and take a tour of the vineyard.
Address: La Route de Hogue Mauger, St Mary
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm, 21st March-29th October
Phone: +44 1534 481178
With locations in St Helier, St Ouen, St Martin and the Jersey Airport, the Jersey Pearl is an easy to find boutique where it all revolves around the noble pearl. Shop for elegant necklaces, bracelets, rings and cuff links – and take advantage of the chance to pre-select your pearl of choice.
Address: Five Mile Road, Route Des Mielles, St. Ouen
Opening hours: April-October 9.30am-5.30pm, November-March 9.30am-5pm
Phone: +44 1534 633 160
Crafty Quilters –
We stock a wide range of sewing supplies and accessories for all of your stitched projects: basic tools, cutting equipment, lots fabrics, waddings, haberdashery, all types of interfacings, Curtain and blind maker’s supplies.
Crafty Quilters started as a passion from a 5-year-old child being given her first Singer 99 hand cranked sewing machine. My aunts were crafty ladies and as a young child, I was encouraged to sew, knit, crochet and do many other crafts. One of many aunts was a seamstress and taught me everything in sewing and importantly fitting of garments which is a skill not many may have. Now, as people are starting to make their own clothes this has put me in a very good position to help my customers.
Main image courtesy of Leila Anderson