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are there and outdoor vegetable/fish markets? read inexpensive groceries!

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Don't recall any, always buy in the supermarket opposite the airport, excellent stuff.

Ask on St. Barths forum, although not sure why you are asking. Are you planning to go to St. Barths to shop for food? It's hardly necessary, you can buy all you need in St. Martin.

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St Barths has better, cheaper food than St Martins, both in supermarkets and in restaurants.

Just went to US Market Grand Case this morning - NONE of the fruit or vegatables were from the island. 400g of black grapes 8 euros, 500g of tomatoes 9 euros etc - all from Italy (kiwi fruit), mexico (tomatoes), US (apples and tomatoes). We were truly shocked that supermarkets here choose to stock expensive, flown-in fruit and vegetables instead of anything at all grown on the island.

Agree with the above - the small supermarket near the airpot in st barhs was 30%-50% cheaper than US Market (the same grapes 3 euros, diet cokes 55c instead of 80c on St Martins).

3 harbourside restaurants in Gustavia all had great meals for 18-20 euros which knocked the socks of the equivalents in Restuarant Row!

(and we've found only 2 restaurants in restaurant row that even have local fish on their menu - all the top ones have the same cruise-ship "fine dining" menus of filet mignon, rack of lamb, duck breast, lobster and veal. All frozen and imported - yuk!

And last night - wow! I counted 15 cars a minute driving/wating outside the restaurants in restaurant row, so in many cases the fine dining is supplemented by a non stop influx of emissions from cars, unless you're in one of the restaurants overlooking the sea,

Go to a lolo for art least the chance of a fresh meal!

Edited: 22 April 2012, 19:04
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St. Maarten/Martin import most of their fruits and vegetables from other countries, as does St. Barts. Naturally, anything imported is going to cost you money. And where do expect the "fine dining" places to get their meat and poultry from? They don't raise cattle, ducks, lamb etc. on the island. This is not a farming country. There are many restaurants on the island that serve FRESH lobster. Where do you think the mussels come from? Instead of food shopping on the French side it's much cheaper on the Dutch side. You can have it both ways but if you want to complain about prices, there are other alternatives. And I have spent some time in St. Barts also. You say cheaper???

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I don't really care which supermarkets are cheaper as long as it provides quality food. And both islands do, unlike Anguilla which is quite poor in that respect.

However, for the OP, it would be crazy to travel to St. Barths just to buy food.

PS that 'small' supermarket opposite the airport is actually the biggest on St. Barths.

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jeremy. there is not enough rain on either St Baths not St Martin to really market vegetables and fruits for mass production. We have to import everything.

That being said, did you visit the rasta market? It's on the main road leading into Marigot from the Dutch side.

They are doing some nice farming there and have some nice selections.

It's on the right side of the road just as you are coming down the hill to enter Marigot from the Dutch side. Look for the rasta flag.

also check out the open air market in Marigot. They bring in fruits and vegetables mostly from Dominica there.

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