San Juan

In Old San Juan, Calle Fortaleza and Calle San Francisco have everything from T-shirt emporiums to jewelry stores to shops that specialize in made-to-order Panama hats. Running perpendicular to those streets is Calle Cristo, lined with factory-outlet stores, including Coach, Dooney & Burke, Guess, and Tommy Hilfiger. On weekends, artisans sell their wares at stalls around Paseo de la Princesa.

With many stores selling luxury items and designer fashions, the shopping spirit in Condado is reminiscent of that in Miami. Avenida Ashford is considered the heart of San Juan's fashion district. High-end chain stores such as Ferragamo and Gucci huddle together in a formerly derelict shopping strip, betting that the newly renovated luxury hotel La Concha will attract people ready to plunk down their platinum cards. A little farther west along Avenida Ashford are the one-of-a-kind clothing retailers that make this neighborhood worth a visit.

Just as in most other American cities, however, the real shopping occurs in the mall, and Plaza Las Américas—the largest in the Caribbean—is not to be missed. Known to locals simply as "Plaza," it's often host to artisan crafts fairs, art exhibitions, antiques shows, live Latin music, and pageants, depending on the time of year. For high-end shopping at stores like Saks and Louis Vuitton, head to the newer Mall of San Juan.

Thanks to Puerto Rico's vibrant arts scene, numerous galleries and studios are opening, and many are doing so in Santurce, Puerta de Tierra, and other neighborhoods outside the walls of Old San Juan.

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  • 1. Cappalli

    Old San Juan | Clothing

    Noted local designer Lisa Cappalli sells her feminine, sensuous designs in this elegant boutique, which specializes in ready-to-wear and custom...Read More

  • 2. Catalá Joyeros

    Old San Juan | Jewelry & Watches

    Family-run since the 1930s, this store is known for its large selection of pearls and precious stones, as well as for its jewelry design. ...Read More

  • 3. Cigar House

    Old San Juan | Tobacco

    The Cigar House has an eclectic selection of local and imported cigars from Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. At the lounge and...Read More

  • 4. Club Jibarito

    Old San Juan | Jewelry & Watches

    Club Jibarito has a fantastic collection of high-end watches by Audemars Piguet, Chopard, H.Stern, Harry Winston, Panerai, and other designers. ...Read More

  • 5. Coach

    Old San Juan | Outlet

    Stylish, upscale handbags for men and women can be purchased at Coach for a discounted price. ...Read More

  • 6. Concalma

    Old San Juan | Clothing

    Here designer Matilsha Marxuach, who is keen on sustainable fashion, sells her hip line of fair-trade messenger and handbags, as well as bathing...Read More

  • 7. Coquí el Original

    Old San Juan | Jewelry & Watches

    This Old San Juan establishment has been in the Barquet family for four generations, and items from their Coquí el Original line—depicting the...Read More

  • 8. Eclectika

    Old San Juan | Souvenirs

    Here the inventory, most of it Indonesian, ranges from bedspreads and furnishings to beaded jewelry and hand fans. ...Read More

  • 9. El Galpón

    Old San Juan | Crafts

    At El Galpón, knowledgeable owners Betsy and Gustavo will fit you with a Panama hat ($65–$900), and you'll learn that the genuine article is...Read More

  • 10. Forteleza Antiques

    Old San Juan | Antiques & Collectibles

    For nearly three decades, Robert and Sharon Bartos have been selling antiques and objets d'art from all over the world, much of it from Europe. ...Read More

  • 11. Galería Botello

    Old San Juan | Art Galleries

    This influential gallery displays art by the late Angel Botello, who was hailed as the Caribbean Gauguin as far back as 1943. (His works also...Read More

  • 12. Galería Petrus

    Miramar | Art Galleries

    Among those who have displayed their works at Galería Petrus are Dafne Elvira, whose surreal oils and acrylics tease and seduce (witness a woman...Read More

  • 13. Haitian Gallery

    Old San Juan | Crafts

    This shop carries Haitian masks, statues, paintings, and wooden works of art. The second floor houses a large selection of paintings from the...Read More

  • 14. Harry Robles

    Ocean Park | Clothing

    Puerto Rican couture designer Harry Robles specializes in elegant evening and bridal gowns. ...Read More

  • 15. Jean Cintrón

    Santurce | Clothing

    Up-and-coming young designer Jean Cintrón has his appointment-only shop on Calle Cerra. Visit the website to schedule a visit....Read More

  • 16. Magia

    Old San Juan | Crafts

    The clever shop Magia carries what appear to be traditional crafts, but look more closely. Each work, most of which are done by artist-owner...Read More

  • 17. Mi Pequeño San Juan

    Old San Juan | Crafts

    You might find a reproduction of your hotel at this shop, which specializes in tiny ceramic versions of San Juan doorways. The works are created...Read More

  • 18. Monsieur

    Condado | Clothing

    The quality clothing at Monsieur is very sleek and stylish—everything for the well-dressed man. ...Read More

  • 19. Mundo Taíno

    Old San Juan | Crafts

    This is a good place to shop for high-quality folk art from around the island. You can also pick up local coffee and other food specialty items...Read More

  • 20. MUNS

    Old San Juan | Clothing

    Sisters Bianca and Paola Muns sell sustainable clothing and jewelry under their own label at this pretty boutique. They also carry a curated...Read More

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