Shopping in Old San Juan

Photo credit © Stella Nolasco Boutique

There is a free trolley that travels around the main shopping area of Old San Juan all throughout the day, which allows tourists to take advantage of low prices on high end goods without having to carrying around heavy shopping bags all over town.

Shopping is diverse, and includes everything from luxury good like brand name fashion, accessories, jewelry, and perfumes to local shops down narrow alleyways which allow you to shop like a local.  You'll even find a lot of names you recognize, especially when it comes to grocery and drug stores.  

Gifts and Souvenirs

If you're hoping to find some gifts you should consider visiting Mi Pequeno San Juan, which is situated in Old San Juan. The owners here painstakingly recreate San Juan on a miniature scale, building by building. You can purchase these pieces of your favorite place, and bring it back with you, or as a gift. Visitors can find them at 107 Calle Cristo.

A second place to consider is El Galpon, which is found a short distance of Mi Pequeno San Juan. El Galpon sell an variety of souvenirs, though their most popular are their panama hats and local cigars. Hand carved Santos, masks, and photographs of Old San Juan are also available. They're at 154 Calle Cristo.

A third option is Spicy Caribbee. Spicy Caribee is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Visitors will find them at 154 Calle Cristo.

Take a moment to look through the following table if you want more information.

Gifts and Souvenirs Around Old San Juan
Name Phone Location
Build-A-Bear (787) 766-1616 4.1 mi. Southeast of Central Old San Juan
Eastern National Park (877) 628-7275 Old San Juan
El Galpon (787) 725-9345 Old San Juan
James Souveniers (787) 725-7390 Old San Juan
La Fortaleza Tours Office & Souvenir Shop (787) 729-6777 Old San Juan
Mi Pequeno San Juan (787) 977-1636 Old San Juan
San Cristobal Visitors' Center -- 0.4 mi. East-Northeast of Old San Juan
Spicy Caribbee (787) 725-4690 Old San Juan

Specialty Shops

One of the area's interesting specialty retailers is The Butterfly People. This shopping venue is situated in the heart of Old San Juan. The gallery is open everyday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. They are located at 152 Fortaleza.

Another good option is Scuba Dogs San Juan, which is located approximately a mile and a half (approximately two and a half kilometers) to the east of The Butterfly People. As an authorized dealer of all of the top snorkeling and scuba equipment on the market, you'll find everything you need for both sports in their shop -- plus, their knowledgeable staff is prepared to service your pre-owned equipment. Sign up for scuba diving courses and hone your craft, participate in daily open water dives, or even head out on a less-challenging snorkeling adventure with a friendly guide. You'll find them on Luis Munoz Rivera Avenue.

Galería Éxodo: Art, at its core is a means of expression by the artists, but can be interpreted anew with each view. At Galería Éxodo, you are invited to find deeper meaning in each painting on the wall and each sculpture on display. They are located at 152 & 200B Cristo Street.

Lots of the specialty shops in and around Old San Juan are shown right below.

Specialty Shops Around Old San Juan
Name Type Phone Location
Aqua Sports Kayaks and Surf Shops Watersports Equipment Shop (787) 782-6735 5.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Old San Juan
Biaggi & Faure Art Gallery (787) 277-2783 2.2 mi. South of Central Old San Juan
Blue Diamond Jewelry Store (787) 721-0855 Old San Juan
Bóveda Jewelry Store (787) 725-0263 Old San Juan
Casa Cortes Gallery Art Gallery (787) 523-4642 Old San Juan
Certified Gold Exchange Jewelry Store (800) 300-0715 2.8 mi. East of Central Old San Juan
Consuegra Inc Jewelry Store (787) 725-7155 Old San Juan
Don Collins Cigars Tobacconist and Cigar Shop (787) 753-8935 4.1 mi. Southeast of Central Old San Juan
Effy Jewelers San Juan Jewelry Store (787) 721-0256 Old San Juan
Forteleza Antiques Antiques and Used Merchandise Dealer (787) 723-1229 Old San Juan
Galería Éxodo Art Gallery (787) 723-4913 Old San Juan
Milano 32 Jewelry Store (787) 289-0990 Central Old San Juan
Puerto Rican Arts and Crafts Art Supply and Craft Store (787) 725-5596 Old San Juan
Scuba Dogs San Juan Dive Shop (787) 977-0000 1.7 mi. East of Central Old San Juan
The Butterfly People Art Gallery (787) 723-2432 Old San Juan
Toys R Us Toy and Game Store -- 3.8 mi. Southeast of Central Old San Juan
Walter Otero Contemporary Art Art Gallery (787) 998-9622 1.5 mi. East of Old San Juan

Clothing and Apparel

Hoping to find some new clothing during your vacation? Perhaps you would enjoy Stella Nolasco Boutique Atelier -- which is situated in eastern Old San Juan. Famous around the world for her sense of style that couples modernity with classic styles, Stella Nolasco has dressed celebrities like Beyonce Knowles, Judy Reyes, and Bo Derek. Now, you can wear her designs, too. The property is situated on Avenue de Diego, Plaza de Diego #310 .

Another shop to consider is Cigar House -- which is located approximately three and a half miles (approximately five and a half kilometers) to the west-northwest of Stella Nolasco Boutique Atelier. Offering the largest selection of cigars in Old San Juan, Cigar House is a refined spot where you can pick out exotic cigars and sample Caribbean rums. The property is located at 27 Fortaleza.

Another clothing shop you might enjoy is Pirana Joe San Juan. This brand name is recognized throughout the Caribbean and has become a namesake for beach fun. Created by three friends hoping to recapture the adventurous spirit of their youths, Pirana Joe is great for island-style clothing and souvenirs. You will find them

Several of the apparel shops located in or near Old San Juan are shown in the chart below.

Clothing and Apparel Around Old San Juan
Name Type Phone Location
Chic Lolita Boutique (787) 424-3177 Old San Juan
Chico's General Clothing Store (408) 554-9030 4.0 mi. Southeast of Central Old San Juan
Cigar House Boutique (787) 723-5223 Old San Juan
Concalma Boutique (787) 421-4212 Old San Juan
Diva Dogs Boutique Boutique (787) 408-0901 Old San Juan
Lacoste San Juan Boutique Boutique (787) 777-0770 4.0 mi. Southeast of Central Old San Juan
Macy's Department Store (787) 296-3971 4.0 mi. Southeast of Central Old San Juan
Marshallls Old San Jaun General Clothing Store (787) 722-3020 Old San Juan
Pirana Joe San Juan Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store -- Old San Juan
Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store General Clothing Store (787) 722-2136 Old San Juan
Stella Nolasco Boutique Atelier Boutique (787) 723-2897 3.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Old San Juan
Valija Gitana Plaza las Americas Boutique (787) 765-7903 4.1 mi. Southeast of Central Old San Juan
Vivant Boutique Boutique (787) 723-3593 Old San Juan
Womens Secret Boutique (787) 756-3011 4.1 mi. Southeast of Central Old San Juan

Food and Grocery

Need to pick up some food supplies? Kasalta Bakery, Inc. is situated in Ocean Park, 3.9 mi. East of central Old San Juan. Elegant and classy, Kasalta Bakery is a favorite spot for a relaxed lunch or dinner in a sleek, clean restaurant. If you have questions and want to call before making reservations, you can do so at (787) 727-6593.

Another option is Old San Juan Farmers Market, which is found easily reached by taxi to the west of Kasalta Bakery, Inc.. The Farmer's Market in Old San Juan is the best place to find friendly people and fresh food. It began in 2010, thanks to a group of proactive locals, immediately becoming a success. If you're looking to call before you go, do so at (787) 721-3358.

Check out the following table if you want more information.

Food and Grocery Stores Around Old San Juan
Name Type Phone Location
Fefo's Bakery (787) 721-7330 Old San Juan
Kasalta Bakery, Inc. Bakery (787) 727-6593 3.9 mi. East of Central Old San Juan
Old San Juan Farmers Market Fruit and Vegetable Market (787) 721-3358 Old San Juan
Supermercado Amigo Caparra Grocery Store (787) 782-9425 3.9 mi. South of Central Old San Juan

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