You'll find several malls in George Town. The newest is Aqua World Duty
Free Mall , located next to the Hard Rock Café on the waterfront. The $8
million mall is home to 22 stores, including Blackbeards, Havana Cigars,
Just for Kids, and Café Splash. Even non-shoppers will find plenty of rea-
sons for a stop. The mall is home to a 12,000-square-foot saltwater aquar-
ium filled with sharks, eels and rays; the sharks are fed daily and
educational lectures on marine life take place between 11 and 1. Take a
trip up the observation tower for a good photo opportunity of George Town.
Other malls in George Town include Anchorage Centre , Harbour Drive
and Cardinal Avenue; The Duty Free Centre , Edward Street; Cricket
Square , Elgin Avenue; and Picadilly Centre , Elgin Avenue.
Artifacts , Harbour Drive,
345-949-2442. This shop specializes in rare
coins and coin jewelry. It also has a large inventory of silver, antique scien-
tific instruments, West Indian maps, and Halcyon Days enamel works. It's
fun to look around here and see their collection of shipwreck coins.
Bernard K. Passman's Black Coral , Fort Street,
Black coral in the form of fine jewelry, sculpture and even cutlery sets are
offered in this gallery. Passman was commissioned to create a black coral
horse and corgi for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip; his creations are
considered works of art.
The Book Nook II , Anchorage Centre,
345-949-7392. This shop (along
with its cousin of the same name on Seven Mile Beach) is excellent for its
selection of both nonfiction and fiction books. You'll also find a good selec-
tion of Caribbean travel books at both.
Cayman Camera, Ltd. , South Church Street, George Town,
8359. This store, just across the street from the submarine, has a good se-
lection of fresh film and batteries and plenty of inexpensive underwater
cameras (as well as serious photographic gear from Nikon, Hasselblad,
Olympus, Minolta, Pentax and others).
Cayman Glassblowing , Anchorage Centre,
345-945-3122. We spent
one afternoon at a table in the mall watching glassmakers create beautiful
sculptures. Stepenn Zawistowski and his assistants make pieces in all
sizes, from small collectibles to life-size marine life.
Cayman Islands National Museum , Harbour Drive,
This shop is a good stop even if you don't have time for a tour of the Na-
tional Museum (there's a separate entrance for the store). Housed in the
old jail, part of an old coral stone wall is exposed, giving the shop an inter-
esting feel. You can purchase postcards, souvenirs, maps, Caribbean
books, and even Caymanite jewelry.