What’s In a Name? The Heart of Georgetown

The capital of Guyana is the lively city of Georgetown. The streets are always busy and it is never in short supply of attractions. But, did you know that Georgetown was not the original name of the city? Back when the Dutch were in control of Guyana, the city of Georgetown was called Stabroek. While Georgetown may have moved into the future, it did not leave its past behind. One of the must visit stops on your trip to Guyana is the Stabroek Marketplace in the heart of Georgetown.

The Heart of Georgetown

Before booking your cheap flights to Guyana, be sure to check out Georgetown. While the market is said to date back to the 1700s, the iron structure of the market was put in place in 1880 and is still there today. Stabroek is truly the heart of Georgetown, full of new faces every day. Take a tour of the market on foot or take a minibus or taxi out of town. Take a moment to speak with the local merchants. Take in the unique clock tower at the heart of town. You can even buy fresh produce, handmade jewelry, or simply come and enjoy the convergence of life in the market. Every day, customers and merchants come from all over to set up shop in Stabroek. While people describe it as “hectic” and “organized chaos,” all of them say it is an unforgettable experience you have to have for yourself. There are street venders, small shops, and even fresh fish for you to take home.

Don’t Leave On an Empty Stomach

If, however, you’ve got a rumbling in your stomach, why not try the local cuisine? In the midst of this busy hive of Guyana, there are a variety of restaurants available for you to get a taste of the local cuisine. From Chinese food to curry, there are more varieties of food than you can sample in a day. There is even a newer restaurant serving Amerindian cuisine with a tapioca porridge that has received numerous compliments. Whatever you’re in the mood for, the market is sure to have something to satisfy your craving (or give you a new one!)


Stabroek is truly a one of a kind experience. If you like shopping, markets, or trying new food this is the place for you! Come people watch as you wait for your taxi. The best advice I have ever been given about traveling is this: in order to truly take in the culture, you must first lose yourself in it. While the regular tourist stops are fun, tried and true, the best adventured are the ones you don’t plan for. Head over to TravelSpan.com and book your nonstop flights to Guyana and start planning your trip today! What are you waiting for?

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