The French side of the island is exploding with culture, cuisine and charm and we have some ideas for the top 5 souvenirs from Saint Martin which will always keep the island vibe close to you.
- Your Personally Created Fragrance: Tijon in Grand Case is a boutique perfumerie on the French side of St. Martin in the picturesque village of Grand Case. This delightful shop offers an extensive line of signature fragrances as well as an opportunity to learn about about the art of perfume making. To remember your holiday in French St. Martin why not bring home a signature fragrance made just for you – by you! Sign up for Tijon’s perfume creating classes and formulate a fragrance as unique as you are! Sign up online for Tijon’s perfume creation experience.
- The Colors of Vibrant St. Martin: An art spot worth visiting is Roland Richardson Gallery in Marigot the capital of the French side of St. Martin. This art gallery, set in the family’s landmark home, is located on Rue de la Republique. Known as “the Father of Caribbean Impressionism”, Richardson is a world renowned artist with a mastery of an amazing array of mediums. To experience Sir Roland creating one of his paintings, visit the gallery on a Thursday between 11am and 3pm. Purchase one of his oil or watercolour paintings and bring the vibrant colors and Caribbean essence of St. Martin back home with you.
- Wearable Art: Looking for unique hand-made items for your home? The Art Box features functional art pieces designed by Croatian artist Zdenka Kiric. Her collection includes stunning jewellery pieces and colourful stylish tableware reflecting the colours of Saint Martin and other Caribbean islands. Liven up your dining table or kitchen at home with salt and pepper shakers, sparkling napkin rings, or stunning serving spoons. Or wear the colors of St Martin in a beautiful pendant or bracelet. The St Martin shop is located at Club Orient in Orient Bay. Telephone: +590-590-87-48-25
- A Piece of St. Martin Geology: Local craftsmen, Joel and Vicky Sodboker, owners of The Garnet, offer beautiful bracelets, rings, pendants and other items all created using stunning local St Martin garnet. Visit their shop at Marigot Market, Monday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm, and view the stunning collection of stones which come from Friar’s Bay. The Garnet is located on the waterfront below Fort St Louis.
- Tranquil Saint Martin Seascapes: Local artist Jill Alexander is a talented watercolour and oil pastel artist whose attractive pieces capture the natural beauty of Saint Martin’s glowing white sand beaches, the red roofs of Grand Case, and the tranquillity of small fishing village communities. Jill studied under legendary St Martin artist Ruby Bute and her pieces are available through many fine galleries on the island. Stop by Camaieu Gallery in Marigot and bring the calm Caribbean vibe of St Martin home with you.
Whether it’s a delightful scent in the air, a visual reproduction, or an item on your dining table, these top 5 souvenirs from Saint Martin will ensure your holiday on St Martin always remains close to you.