Haymans Market Barbados

Haymans Market features a dynamic space with a lot of different things going on, there are places to eat and drink, shops and market stalls alongside a huge theatre space and a big screen for sporting events. It’s a space that’s half museum and half entertainment, it respects its historical roots while thriving as a lively community hub.

Haymans Market Main Entrance

History of Haymans Market

The site of Haymans Market boasts a rich and storied past, dating back to the establishment of Haymans Plantation in 1649. Founded by Henry Haymans, an enterprising planter from England, the plantation initially consisted of several smaller estates amalgamated to form a significant agricultural enterprise. Sugar cane was the primary crop grown in the fields surrounding the plantation. This cane was harvested and brought to the site, where it was processed into sugar through a series of machines designed to crush, boil, and extract the prized golden sugar.

Over the centuries, the site underwent numerous transformations, reflecting the advancements in technology and changes in ownership. What began as a simple wind-driven mill and open boiling operation eventually evolved into a sophisticated, electrified modern factory. This transformation was a testament to the industrial progress of its time, with each owner contributing to its growth and development.

However, the winds of change swept through the sugar industry in Barbados, leading to the factory’s closure in 1988. The once-thriving site fell into a state of disrepair and abandonment. The grounds and buildings, once bustling with activity, were repurposed as garages for sugar-harvesting equipment. The factory machinery was removed and sold off, leaving behind an empty shell of its former glory.

The next chapter in the site’s history began in 2020 when Sun Group Investments Inc. acquired the property. Under the visionary leadership of Chairman Bernard Weatherhead, a bold plan was announced to repurpose and transform the factory. The goal was to create a vibrant space that combined living, learning, entertainment, retail shops, and a market attraction for all to enjoy. This ambitious project aimed to breathe new life into the historic site, preserving its legacy while adapting it to modern needs and aspirations.

What is at Haymans Market?

Haymans Market sells local produce, food and drink, furniture, clothes -pretty much everything you can think of. When you first walk into the building there is a bar and cafe on your left-hand side. As you walk past this you enter the main hall where there is a variety of market stalls offering a diverse array of products. Running around the outside of the market there are static shops, including the renowned furniture shop Barli Collection (we have a lot of their Indonesian-style furniture in our west coast villa). Here’s a closer look at what you can expect to find:

Haymans Market Mill Room Sign

Fresh Produce

The market has stalls selling fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. From tropical favorites like mangoes, papayas, and guavas to an assortment of leafy greens and root vegetables.

Local Food

One of the highlights of Haymans Market is the variety of Bajan dishes available. Food stalls offer a mouthwatering selection of local delicacies, such as:

  • Fish cakes: A popular Barbadian snack made from salted cod, herbs, and spices, deep-fried to perfection.
  • Cou-cou and flying fish: The national dish of Barbados, featuring cornmeal and okra cou-cou served with flavorful flying fish.
  • Breakfast Muffins: We got these from the stall at the very back, incredibly tasty!!
  • Cakes: There are plenty of cake stalls and we tried a lemon and poppyseed cake 🙂

Handicrafts and Clothes

Haymans Market has a few stalls selling handmade crafts and artisan products. Visitors can browse an array of unique items, including:

  • Pottery and ceramics: Beautifully crafted pieces that showcase local talent and creativity.
  • Textiles and clothing: Hand-woven fabrics, vibrant clothing, and tee shirts are on sale.
  • Jewelry: Intricately designed pieces made from local materials, perfect for a unique souvenir or gift.

Stalls, Shops, and Restaurants at Haymans Market

  • Christole Creations
    • Beauty & Cosmetics
  • Cristole Creations
    • Beauty & Cosmetics
  • Cushions ‘n’ Things
    • Handmade Cushion Cases
  • Victoriesque Designs
    • Jewelry
  • JR’s Variety Plus
    • Jewelry & Souvenirs
  • Knotty Bliss
    • Handmade Crochet Accessories & Bags
  • Nature’s Oils
    • Jams, Pepper Jellies, Chutneys
  • SKT Crafts & Fashion
    • Bajan Souvenirs
  • Specialty Herbs Plus
    • Vinegar, Chutneys & More
  • Old World Impressions
    • Art & Prints
  • Sweet Limon
    • Linen Cloths, Jewelry & Baskets
  • Kimari Ranae Designs
    • Clothes & Accessories
  • Nubianaire
    • Books, Games & Gifts
  • Pawsome Products
    • Eco-Friendly Pet Products
  • Little People and Co
    • Kids Clothing
  • B’You Design
    • Clothing & Accessories
  • JoCare-Body Hub
    • Lotions
  • Each By Hand
    • Art Gallery
  • 1.11 East Store
    • Coming Soon
  • Frangipani Art Gallery
    • Art Gallery
  • Maison & Mode
    • Home Furnishings & Design Studio
  • Ole’ Love
    • Art and Bags
  • Onika Antiques
    • Antique Restoration
  • Saint Luke Co.
    • Men’s Beachwear
  • Simply Essential
    • Self & Body Care Products
  • Rum & Co.
    • Coming Soon
  • Struan Barr Antiques
    • Antiques & Restoration
  • Regal Organic Therapy
    • Coming Soon
  • Style Barbados
    • Jewelry
  • Mahogany & Sand
    • Candles, Self & Body Care Products
  • Bali Collection
    • Home & Garden Decor
  • Pelican Stuff
    • Tumblers
  • Bowtie Cafe
    • Restaurant
  • The Cliff Bakery
    • Coming Soon
  • The Curry Guru
    • Caribbean Delights
  • Dots
    • Mochi Ice Cream
  • Restaurant 119
    • Grilled Meats & Fish
  • The Haymans Social
    • Bar & Restaurant
  • Sanwidges
    • Sandwiches & Tacos
  • 1.11 East
    • Coffee Shop
  • The Black Urchin
    • Gourmet Fish Cutters
  • Bathsheba Blues
    • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Flour Petals
    • Dessert Waffles
  • Honey Buns
    • Confection Treats
  • Deborah Sweets & Treats
    • Confectionery Treats
  • Bres Street Tacos
    • Salads & Wraps
  • The Spritz
    • Bar
  • Eve’s Fishcakes
    • Fishcakes
  • Apple Crate Juices & Boba
    • Juices, Boba & Smoothies
  • Swirls
    • Soft Serve
Haymans Market Big Screen

What did Haymens Market have to say?

Vanessa Weatherhead, a representative from Haymans Market, shared her insights with Vi lla Sunnyside on the market. “Haymans Market, a vibrant multipurpose facility nestled in the heart of St. Peter, Barbados, was once a dormant sugar factory. Now, it’s a bustling hub with over 50 food and craft stalls, offering a cornucopia of flavors and treasures. From local street food to international cuisine, there’s something for every palate. Adjacent to the market, a 25-foot jumbo screen and stage await sports enthusiasts and entertainment lovers, while an upstairs bar offers panoramic views of the island’s west coast. With offices, living accommodations, and an event deck, Haymans Market is a must-see destination blending history, culture, and modernity. Our Traders and Merchants are eager to share this unforgettable experience with you!”

Activities and Events

Haymans Market is not just a place to buy goods; it’s also a hub of activity and entertainment. Throughout the year, the market hosts a variety of events that attract both locals and tourists. Some of the regular activities and special events you can look forward to include:

  • Farmers’ Markets: On designated days, local farmers bring their freshest produce directly to the market, offering a wide array of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. This is a great opportunity to meet the farmers and learn about sustainable farming practices in Barbados.
  • Food Festivals: Celebrate the culinary diversity of Barbados with food festivals that showcase local delicacies, street food, and gourmet treats. These events often feature cooking demonstrations, tastings, and competitions.
  • Artisan Fairs: Discover unique handmade goods at artisan fairs, where local craftsmen and artists display their creations. These fairs are perfect for finding one-of-a-kind souvenirs and gifts.
  • Live Music and Performances: Enjoy the sounds of Barbados with live performances from local musicians and cultural groups. From calypso and reggae to folk dances, these performances add a festive atmosphere to the market.
  • Seasonal and Holiday Events: The market comes alive during special occasions such as Christmas, Easter, and Crop Over. Seasonal decorations, themed stalls, and holiday-specific products make these times particularly special.

Haymans Market Opening Hours and How to Get There

Opening Hours

Haymans Market welcomes visitors from Tuesday to Sunday, providing ample opportunities to explore its many offerings. The general market hours are:

  • Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Please note that restaurant hours within the market may vary. It’s a good idea to check with specific eateries if you’re planning to dine at a particular spot.

How to Get There

Location: Haymans Market is conveniently located in St. Peter, Barbados. The address is:

  • Haymans Market
  • St. Peter, Barbados
  • BB26024

Getting There by Hire Car:

  • From Bridgetown: Take the ABC Highway heading north towards Speightstown. Follow signs for St. Peter and Haymans Market. The market is well-signposted and offers ample parking.
  • From Holetown: Drive north along Highway 1 until you reach St. Peter. Follow local signs to Haymans Market.

Public Transportation:

  • Bus: Several bus routes serve the area around Haymans Market. The market is easily accessible from major towns such as Bridgetown, Speightstown, and Holetown. Check the local bus schedules for the most convenient route.
  • Taxi: Taxis are readily available throughout Barbados. Ask the driver to take you to Haymans Market in St. Peter. Most drivers will be familiar with the location.

Cycling and Walking:

  • For those staying nearby, cycling or walking to Haymans Market can be a pleasant and environmentally friendly option. St. Peter offers scenic routes that are enjoyable for pedestrians and cyclists.

Nearby Landmarks:

  • Speightstown: A historic town just a short drive or bus ride from the market, known for its charming streets and waterfront.
  • Barbados Wildlife Reserve: Located nearby, this reserve is perfect for a combined trip to see the island’s native animals.

Whether you’re traveling by hire car, public transport, or even on foot, getting to Haymans Market is straightforward. The market’s central location in St. Peter makes it fairly easy to get to!

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