What is Marigot Market?
On Wednesday and Saturday mornings the best open-air market on St. Maarten is held in the French town of Marigot. Stalls manned by locals selling fruit and vegetables, spices, local meats and fresh fish caught that day are housed under a mass of open Creole huts along the water front.
Fishermen dock by 5AM, bringing the freshest seafood you will ever lay your eyes on. This colorful weekly event is also a cheap place to pick up spices and other authentic souvenirs and has some of the best people watching on the island. Some of the famous lolos (local restaurants) are located on the other side of the street.
Opposite the Lolo’s is a stone statue, erected by Martin Lynn and generously offered by an
American to the then Municipalité of St. Martin, commemorating black female market sellers.
Marigot’s market also boasts around a hundred craft stands manned by locals and foreigners, spread out in a small arena or in kiosks. You can find the classic Caribbean shirt with palm trees and pelicans and perfect souvenirs such as jewelry, wooden sculptures, paintings or booze!
Here, tourists can sample the full range of flavored rums (rhum arrange in French), subtle blends of rum, fruits and spices, and Shrub (orange peel crushed into rum). There’s a drink to suit everyone’s palate.
What We Recommend
1• Stop at Sarafinas for a sweet or savory crepe or sweet “mignardises”. This spot is the most popular breakfast place on the island. Don’t mind the long line – it moves and it’s worth it. Their coffee is also out of this world and they offer free Wifi.
2• Watch the locals and expats buy their fresh seafood and take a stroll around the Marigot Market. Wander around the various booths and barter with the vendors to find the perfect souvenirs for you or a loved one.
3• End up in either West Indies Mall to shop big name brands or end up at the top of Fort Louis for the most magnificent view of Marigot.
Come early and be done before lunch. Drive back to your hotel for a nap or explore a little further into French side St. Martin for amazing restaurants in Grand Case, Marigot (lagoon side) or Oyster Pond.
We cannot talk about Marigot without making sure you know about the Marigot Ferry. This ferry takes you to Anguilla and St. Barth multiple times a day for a very reasonable rate. Make sure to pack your passport and your flip flops.