Spending two weeks or more on Anguilla? Want to save a ton on eating? Have a kitchen in your Anguilla villa/condo/hotel room? If you answered yes to these three questions, my suggestion is groceries! Click here for our favorite grocery stores and start cutting your Anguilla food bill down, too.
The meat selection at the grocery stores may disappoint you a bit (though, Best Buy has a pretty good selection of pork, beef and chicken), both in variety and price. The solution?
The market caters mainly to restaurants, (so now you know it's good stuff!), but it does sell to the public. And they sell everything from Mapleleaf Duck, to Pork Fat Back, to Lamb Loin Chop and even Shrimps, Ground Beef, and Chicken (all different parts... even the liver).
Merchants Market Group is one of Anguilla’s oldest distributors of goods on the island. They take great pride in serving the islands since 1967. Today, they continue to supply local businesses, like restaurants and bakeries with all of the initial raw materials in order for entrepreneurs to fuel their businesses.
Merchants Market Way Back in The Day
Their operations have grown dramatically over the years (see photos of the original Merchants Market on left).
With over 3,000 products, they sell just about everything! Best of all says my Dad? New York bagels. The same bagels he loves in Manhattan!
Manhattan food in Anguilla? Hmmmm... next time we're in New York, we'll have to watch out for Anguilla food!
Stored in their massive cold-air rooms and freezers, some of their most popular items are their slabs of sumptuous salmon, delicate lamb chops and excellent fruits and vegetables.
Naturally, they carry much more than that. If you can't find it at a regular grocery store, you can probably find it at Merchants.
Around Christmas time, you can even purchase a real Christmas tree. Talk about the ever-fresh smell of pine.
Piles of Produce at Merchants Today
We only found Merchants Market by accident, through my Dad's continuous "I wonder what that is" exploration style back in the early 2000's. And we only found it towards the end of our trip. Now, we stock up here regularly.
TIP: I recommend stocking up at the beginning of your trip to make the most of the large quantities of food.
As you can likely tell by now, it's a bit tough to find. But it's actually rather easy if you know where it is. So here's a map of how to get there...
It's located on the road that runs paralell to immigration, just across from the post office in The Valley. Follow that road past the gas station, make the first left at the top of the hill and then make another left (you will see a Merchants Market sign).
You'll pull right up beside the market!
Anyone can go into Merchants Market and purchase anything (no membership needed). Merchants Market caters to everyday consumers who don’t necessarily have an establishment that requires goods on a large production scale. The only requirement? Total purchase cost is at least of US value $50.00.
Show up during their opening hours and chat with the helpful staff. They will tell you what they have and what's on special. Order placed, the kind gentlemen go into the deep freeze, pull out your goods and even deliver them to your car. The service is A+.
Inside Merchants Market
The only drawback? You probably want to be here for at least two weeks unless you leave the leftovers with a friend on the island. Because they sell everything in large quantities. But your Anguilla food bill will thank you.
So, if you're staying on the island for a while and can make use of all that meat, then go to the place that no other tourist will... Merchants Market!
Directions: Going into the Valley from the airport, turn left at the Immigration Office (opposite the Post Office), and continue up the street until you see the sign "Merchants Market." From there, follow the signs.
Hours: Mon-Thurs 8:30am-4pm, Fri 8:30am-12pm
Tel.: 264-497-5533 or 264-497-5599 or 264-497-5559