It was a pleasure to write this sponsored post for Soufriere Saint Lucia’s Ti Tak souvenir shop and cafe! As always, our aim at Island Effect is to be an excellent, trusty guide for you, so all opinions are our own!
‘Ti tak’ is a creole expression that describes a collection of things and in the Ti Tak shop, it describes the seemingly infinite variety on offer at this very well stocked shop!
The Ti Tak souvenir and gift shop, which is super-easy to find on Bridge St, Soufriere, is much bigger than the frontage might imply. Once inside, you are immersed in displays of a superb variety and quality of colourful resort clothing, swimwear, hats, bags and shoes. Then you are at a glittering glass counter and floor to ceiling shelves displaying an unexpected beautiful selection of jewelry to compliment your outfit for anything from an elegantly casual event to dining at a 5-star restaurant.
Then there are lots of interesting items that would make great souvenirs and mementos for yourself or your friends and family back home: In the central isle and surrounding walls are mugs, dolls, fridge magnets, t-shirts, bags, keyrings, bottle openers, hats, fans…you name it, it’s there!
Then come the shelves laden with local spices, spice rum mixes, cocoa sticks for making delicious cocoa tea, cooking sauces, local rums, virgin coconut oil, handmade soaps, refreshing ‘Citrocol’ body splashes, local honey. Of course, there’s still more. Hand painted bowls made from the fruit of the national tree, the calabash and from the Quarter of Choiseul, heart of the traditional crafts of Saint Lucia, elegant pandanus placemats and bread baskets suitable to adorn either an ultra-modern home or a rustic cottage. And just in case you’re buying a gift, there’s also a lovely selection of gift wrap and cards to choose from!
ti tak bar and café
If you have managed to peel your eyes away from the jackpot that is the ti tak shop, then you might have noticed a row of elegant cocktail tables and a well-stocked bar at the back of the shop. At the ti tak bar and café you can order fresh seasonal fruit juices, a selection of smoothies, or an ice-cold Piton beer, or try out those local rums you’re planning to take home with you, straight up or in one of the ti tak signature cocktails.
Round the corner to your right, you find a relaxed area with tables where cool breezes drift in and you can take a load off and relax.
Ask about what’s on the snacks menu today – a variety of local sandwiches and small sweet and savoury snacks or a cooling sweet ice-cream are usually available as well as coffees – espresso, cappuccino, local brew, etc – and variety of imported and local herbal teas.
If you are too thirsty to shop, or you’d prefer to grab a drink while your partner shops, then you’re also in luck – the ti tak bar and café has its own entrance just to the left of the shop door, so you can dart in and refresh yourself before you dive into the shop. If you happen to need a little ‘after-hours’ refresher, once again, check the side entrance – the bar is often open a little later than the shop and into the night on Fridays and Saturdays.
Groups and Special Events
There’s plenty of seating for larger groups and yi tak will be happy to provide light catering for groups once you call ahead. ti tak will also host small evening events – just get in touch with Mauricia or Cindy and have a chat about what’s possible.
Credit cards accepted; EC dollars, Euro and US Cash (smaller, clean bills, no coins)
Kid friendly cafe
Shop: 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Saturday 8am – 4pm
Bar & Café 9am – 6pm Monday to Thursday and sometimes later on Friday and Saturday
Owner / Manager Mauricia Thomas – Francis or Manger Cindy Charles
Call (758) 459-5245 or 7292368
32 Bridge Street, Soufriere, Saint Lucia
How to Get There
If you approach Soufriere from the north by car, after crossing the bridge into Soufriere, drive around the one-way system that turns you left off the main road, then 1st right past the cathedral, then right and right again, then first left to the waterfront. That’s probably your best bet for parking.
If you approach from the South, turn left at the junction where the cathedral is in front of you and to the right, then turn right and left to the waterfront.
If you arrive by boat, you just need to follow the directions that follow which are also the directions from the waterfront Car Park.
Walk along Frederick Clarke Street which is perpendicular to the waterfront, directly opposite the jetty. Turn left at the top, go a few meters to your left and cross the road and voila! You are there.