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The Stabroek Market in Georgetown, Guyana

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First Published: 10th of August, 2020.

Last updated: August 10, 2020 at 18:59 pm

The Stabroek Market was constructed between the years 1881 to 1882 in Water Street, Georgetown, Guyana, South America. At that time, Guyana, being a British Colony, was called British Guiana.

The Stabroek Market was constructed under British Rule during the Victorian Era. The British ruled Guyana from 1814 to Independence in 1966. An American Company, Edge Moor Iron Company of Delaware, USA, was contracted to design and construct the Stabroek Market. It was designed by American Engineer Nathaniel McKay.

The Stabroek Market covers an area of about 80,000 square feet (7000 square meters) at the bank of the Demerara River in Georgetown, Guyana.

The word “Stabroek” is of Dutch origin, and what we now know as Georgetown was originally named the city of Stabroek under Dutch Colonial Rule. Under British Rule, the name of the city was changed to Georgetown, but the Stabroek Market retained the former name of the city.

The Stabroek Market Square in Georgetown is said to be one of the busiest spots in the city. It is also reputed to crime ridden with hand-bag snatchers, pickpockets and knife-point robbers lurking at every corner. Visitors are advised to be on their guard when walking around the vicinity of the Stabroek Market entrance known as the Stabroek Market Square. This advice was effective up to the writing of this article – August 2020. However, we do hope the authorities will take steps to make the city, and especially the Stabroek Market Square, a safe place to walk at any hour.

Right opposite the Stabroek Market entrance is a branch of the Demico House. Upstairs of the Demico House is the Guiness Bar. Across the road from the Guiness Bar is the Parliament Building of Guyana. There is also a Churches Chicken close to the Stabroek Market.

Vendors and buyers converge at the Stabroek Market daily to facilitate commerce of a wide variety of products and produce ranging from locally produced greens, fruits and vegetables to imported cosmetics, clothing and electronics. There is also a fish and meat section at the Stabroek Market.

Here are some beautiful photos of the Stabroek Market Area.

This photo shows the Guinness Bar located upstairs of the Demico House Across from the Stabroek Market Entrance. The photo was taken around June 2019.
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