Gros Islet town is in the north of Saint Lucia. Originally a fishing community with one of the island’s most vibrant fish markets, it became famous for its Friday Night Street Party. Here’s what TT likes about Gros Islet.
The Gros Islet Friday Night street party has been in operation for years. Popular with tourists and locals, this is the place to eat, drink and dance the night away. Be warned: the speakers are large and powerful and the music is loud! Along the length of Marie Therese Street, vendors set up stalls where you can taste the rich flavours of locally prepared cuisine: seafood, chicken, ribs, rice, fries and bakes.
Greet the fishermen as they return to shore with their catch and buy fish that until a few hours before, was still swimming in the sea.
How about this for a brightly painted home! The colourful stones on houses are usually associated with “gahjay” (witchcraft) by locals.
In Gros Islet town and its outskirts, there is a church for almost every Christian denomination but it’s the St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic church that dominates. Attend a service or visit to admire the architecture.
You can always find bread in Gros Islet! The town has five bakeries. Some are open until the late hours of the night and they all supply fresh creole bread with a myriad of delicious cakes and pastries.
The beach serves the residents for both leisure and livelihood. The one in Gros Islet town is small but the beach at Pigeon Point, going up to The Landings, is extensive and ideal for walking, swimming, watersports, barbeques
At one end of Gros Islet beach is a public playground. The grassy space hosts slides, swings, roundabouts and playhouses where children and adults can have fun.
Fresh Market Produce
From Monday to Saturday, farmers from the Gros Islet district sell fresh, locally produced foods on the compound of the Gros Islet Municipal Centre. On a smaller more homely scale than the Castries Market, you’ll find a variety of vegetables, fruits, condiments and some craftwork.
Saint Lucians are generally foodies and there is no shortage of bars and restaurants in Gros Islet selling local favourites (see our feature on street food on page 34). Two venues that we recommend are Duke’s on the waterfront, specializing in grilled fish and garlic sauce, and Flavours of the Grill on Marie Therese
Street serving freshly cooked
and hearty meals.