Georgetown - The main shopping area is Regent St. The two main department stores are Guyana Stores in Church St, and Fogarty’s, both of which stock a wide range of goods. Most Guyanese do their regular shopping at the four big markets: Stabroek (don’t take valuables), Bourda, La Penitence and Kitty. Craft items are a good buy: Amerindian basketwork, hammocks, wood carvings, pottery, and small figures made out of Balata, a rubbery substance tapped from trees in the interior.
Houseproud, 6 Ave of the Republic, has a good selection of expensive craftwork. Many other craft shops including Creations Craft, Water St, Amerindian Hostel, Princess St, Hibiscus Craft Plaza, outside General Post Office. Others are advertised in the papers. Good T-shirts are sold at Guyana Stores and in the markets. Gold is sold widely, often at good prices but make sure you know what you are buying. Do not buy it on the street. Films over ASA400 are normally not available; bring your own stock. 24-hour developing at Risans on Main St (top end) and Ave of the Republic, efficient, sells slide film (photocopying, too), also Guyana Stores and a 1-hour photo print service in Quamina St, near Main St.
Some interesting books in Houseproud. Try also GNTC on Water St, Argosy and Kharg both on Regent St, Dimension on Cummings St, as well as Guyana Stores and Fogarty’s. The Bookseller, Church St, wide selection. Universal Bookstore on Water St, near Fogarty’s, has a good selection of books and greetings cards. Hughes and Thorne Publishing House, 61 Hadfield and Cross Sts, copies of Guyana Tourist Guide (free) and El Dorado, in-flight magazine of Guyana Airways.