Shopping in San Juan

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Shopping in San Juan is some of the best in the Caribbean.  While the prices may be comparable to other locations, it is easily the most diverse.  You can begin in Condado where the trendy, luxury boutiques sell brand name product, stop next in Old San Juan where there is a nice mixture of luxury and local goods, and finalize your shopping experience with a trip to Plaza las Americas which is the largest mall in the Caribbean.

No matter where you're shopping, do not allow yourself to be so dazzled by the imported goods that you forget about local specialties.  These include grotesque masks, santos, straw work, ceramics, paper-mache fruits and vegetables, locally produced coffee,  and lace work. 

Although at one time most shops were not allowed to open at all on Sundays in order to protect the small, and often religious, business owner, now it is legally allowed that retailers be open any time on Sunday except for between 6:00 and 11:00 a.m. Outside of this restriction, shops are permitted to be open at their own choosing.  More and more businesses, especially grocery and drug stores, are choosing to remain open 24 hours a day.  

Gifts and Souvenirs

If you enjoy shopping for souvenirs consider visiting Mi Pequeno San Juan, which is situated in Old San Juan, in western San Juan. Bring a San Juan home into your home. Mi Pequeno sells hand made miniature versions of famous buildings and structures in San Juan. They're located at 107 Calle Cristo.

Another option is Build-A-Bear, which is found approximately four miles (approximately six and a half kilometers) to the southeast of Mi Pequeno San Juan. There's one in almost every mall, and young kids can't walk by without tugging at their parent's hand to go in. Build-A-Bear first opened its doors in 1997, and has been pairing stuffed animals with loving owners ever since. If you're looking for something specific, call them at (787) 766-0048.

Still another option is Spicy Caribbee. The local spices and concoctions that Spicy Caribee serves are not for the weak; these spices are hot! Visitors will find them at 154 Calle Cristo.

Take a minute to read the following table for more information about your options.

Gifts and Souvenirs In San Juan
Name Phone Location
Atrium Gift Shop (787) 253-7183 Isla Verde, Eastern part of San Juan
Build-A-Bear (787) 766-0048 Hato Rey, Southern part of San Juan
Caribbean Gift (787) 977-0389 Old San Juan
China House (787) 296-2639 Hato Rey, Southern part of San Juan
Eastern National Park (787) 724-1260 Old San Juan
Eduardo Gift & Souvenir Shop (787) 756-7124 Rio Piedras
El Morro Souvenir Shop (787) 253-1600 Isla Verde
James Souveniers (787) 725-7390 Old San Juan
La Fortaleza Tours Office & Souvenir Shop -- Old San Juan
Mi Pequeno San Juan (787) 977-1636 Old San Juan
Regalitos Y Algo Mas (787) 257-2332 1.1 mi. West of Central Carolina
San Cristobal Visitors' Center -- 0.4 mi. East-Northeast of Old San Juan
Souvenir Depot (787) 722-3571 Ocean Park
Spicy Caribbee (787) 725-4690 Old San Juan
World Duty Free America (787) 791-6945 Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan

Specialty Shops

One of the area's interesting speciality shops is The Butterfly People. This store is found in Old San Juan, in western San Juan. In full accordance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Butterfly People creates boxed artwork from the preserved remains of butterflies from around the world who have lived a full life cycle and died naturally. You will be able to find them at 152 Fortaleza.

Another good option is Scuba Dogs San Juan, which is located 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) 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 be able to find them on Luis Munoz Rivera Avenue.

Biaggi & Faure: Set in a building renowned and awarded for its magnificent architecture, Biaggi & Faure has been promoting the arts in Puerto Rico since 1989. Their focus is on the promotion of contemporary art and they are often recognized in the community for their extraordinary exhibits. You can find them at 1035 Jesús T. Piñero Avenue.

Lots of the specialty shops located in San Juan are provided here:

Specialty Shops In San Juan
Name Type Phone Location
Aqua Sports Kayaks and Surf Shops Watersports Equipment Shop (787) 782-6735 Hato Rey, Southern part of San Juan
Ar Studio Firm Art Gallery (787) 528-7674 Rio Piedras
Biaggi & Faure Art Gallery (787) 277-2783 3.0 mi. West of Central San Juan
Bóveda Jewelry Store (787) 725-0263 Old San Juan
Casa Cortes Gallery Art Gallery (787) 523-4642 Old San Juan
Champs Sports Sporting Goods Store (787) 752-5140 Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan
Don Collins Cigars Tobacconist and Cigar Shop (787) 753-8935 Hato Rey, Southern part of San Juan
Effy Jewelers San Juan Jewelry Store (787) 721-0256 Old San Juan
F Barros Distributors Art Gallery (787) 783-4690 Rio Piedras
Forteleza Antiques Antiques and Used Merchandise Dealer (787) 723-1229 Old San Juan
Galeria Botello Art Gallery (787) 723-9987 Hato Rey
Galería Éxodo Art Gallery (787) 723-4913 Old San Juan
Integra Design Art Gallery (787) 765-7678 Rio Piedras
OBRA Galeria Alegria Art Gallery (787) 723-3206 Ocean Park
Ocean Sports Dive Shop (787) 268-2329 2.4 mi. East of Central San Juan
Pamil Fine Art Art Gallery (787) 756-6831 Ocean Park
Psychodelic Tattoo Art Gallery (787) 769-2535 Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan
Scuba Dogs San Juan Dive Shop (787) 977-0000 1.7 mi. East of Old San Juan
Siena Art Gallery Art Gallery (787) 724-7223 Ocean Park
The Butterfly People Art Gallery (787) 723-2432 Old San Juan

Clothing and Apparel

Want to shop for some clothing? Perhaps you would enjoy Stella Nolasco Boutique Atelier -- it's located in 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. They are located on Avenue de Diego, Plaza de Diego #310 .

Another shop to consider is Sassy Girl -- which is located less than a mile away from Stella Nolasco Boutique Atelier. For the sassy dresser who likes her clothes to be one of a kind, there is Sassy Girl, a quaint little boutique in San Juan selling unique fashion at affordable prices. They're at 152 Cristo.

A third apparel shop you might want to visit is Concalma. Concalma is open from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. You'll find them at 207 San Francisco Street.

Lots of apparel shops located in San Juan are provided right below.

Clothing and Apparel In San Juan
Name Type Phone Location
Aeropostale Clothing Store (787) 751-1739 Hato Rey, Southern part of San Juan
Banana Republic San Juan General Clothing Store (787) 296-7100 Hato Rey, Southern part of San Juan
Chic Lolita Boutique (787) 424-3177 Old San Juan
Cigar House Boutique (787) 723-5223 Old San Juan
Concalma Boutique (787) 421-4212 Old San Juan
D' Moda Boutique Boutique (787) 727-2700 Condado District
Kmart Guaynabo Department Store -- Guaynabo, Southern part of San Juan
Kmart Monacillo Department Store -- 0.6 mi. West of Central Monacillo
Kmart Trujillo Alto Department Store (787) 755-7030 Miramar
Lu Women's Clothing and Accessories Store (787) 758-9292 Hato Rey, Southern part of San Juan
Papaya Clothing Women's Clothing and Accessories Store (787) 768-3600 1.1 mi. West of Central Carolina
Piccolina Boutique (787) 993-5678 Hato Rey
Pirana Joe San Juan Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store -- Old San Juan
Protokolo PR Boutique (787) 312-1106 Ocean Park
Sassy Girl Boutique (787) 725-2486 Ocean Park
Stella Nolasco Boutique Atelier Boutique (787) 723-2897 Old San Juan, Northern part of San Juan
Valija Gitana Carolina Boutique (787) 710-7719 1.1 mi. West of Central Carolina
Valija Gitana Guaynobo Boutique (787) 782-1885 3.3 mi. North of Central Guaynabo
Valija Gitana Plaza las Americas Boutique (787) 765-7903 1.3 mi. South of Central San Juan
Zara Puerto Rico Women's Clothing and Accessories Store (787) 751-9713 Hato Rey

Food and Grocery

Want to check out some local food offerings? Kasalta Bakery, Inc. is situated in Ocean Park, in northeastern San Juan. This spot is a mixture of a deli, bakery, and bistro, where you'll find a nice selection of gourmet fare. This includes dinner dishes like fish and vegetables, baked goods, sandwiches and the ingredients to make sandwiches, and more. If you want to call before making reservations, you can do so at (787) 727-6593.

A second place to consider is Panificadora Pepan Inc, which is found 3.4 mi. (5.5 km) to the south of Kasalta Bakery, Inc.. For more than half a century, Panificadora Pepan Inc. has been baking fresh bread for the people of Puerto Rico daily. If you'd like to call in advance, do so at (787) 767-4222.

Old San Juan Farmers Market: The Farmers Market comes to Old San Juan every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you have questions and want to call before booking a room, you can do so at (787) 721-3358.

Glance through this table if you want more information.

Food and Grocery Stores In San Juan
Name Type Phone Location
Angel Bakery Bakery (787) 257-3395 Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan
Baker's Bakery Bakery (787) 764-0726 Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan
Campo Rico Bakery Bakery (787) 750-2604 Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan
Campo Rico Liquor Store Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (787) 257-1377 Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan
Eros Food Market Grocery Store (787) 722-3631 Condado District
Fefo's Bakery (787) 721-7330 Old San Juan
Fernandez Bakery Bakery (787) 768-8130 Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan
Havana Express Bakery (787) 762-3399 Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan
Karina Bakery Bakery (787) 788-6410 Catano
Kasalta Bakery, Inc. Bakery (787) 727-6593 Ocean Park, Northeastern part of San Juan
La Grilla Liqour Store Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (787) 722-3245 Condado District
Mcleary Minimart Grocery Store (787) 727-6007 Condado District
Old San Juan Farmers Market Fruit and Vegetable Market (787) 721-3358 Old San Juan
Panificadora Pepan Inc Bakery (787) 767-4222 Rio Piedras
Supermercado Amigo Caparra Grocery Store (787) 782-9425 Southwestern part of San Juan
 

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