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.
If you enjoy shopping for gifts you might enjoy visiting Build-A-Bear, which is located within Hato Rey, San Juan. A trip to Build-A-Bear Workshop is an experience. When you walk in the door, you get to choose which type of bear (or other stuffed animal) you'd like to build from scratch in a process called "Choose Me." Then, you walk through the building process by visiting the following stations: Hear Me, Stuff Me, Stitch Me, Fluff Me, Dress Me, and Name Me. Visitors can call them at (787) 766-0048.
Another possibility is El Galpon, which is located four miles (six and a half kilometers) to the northwest of Build-A-Bear. If you are looking for a souvenir, but are not looking for magnets or snow-globes, check out El Galpon for some authentic Puerto Rican hats and other gifts. The property can be found at 154 Calle Cristo.
Still another option is Mi Pequeno 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.
Many gift and souvenir shops in San Juan are displayed right below.
|(787) 791-3344||Isla Verde|
|(787) 253-7183||Isla Verde, Eastern part of San Juan|
|Build-A-Bear||(787) 766-0048||Hato Rey, Southern part of San Juan|
|(787) 725-0077||Condado District|
|(787) 296-2639||Hato Rey, Southern part of San Juan|
|(787) 756-7124||Rio Piedras|
|El Galpon||(787) 725-9345||Old San Juan|
|(787) 721-6987||Old San Juan|
|(787) 725-7390||Old San Juan|
|--||Old San Juan|
|Mi Pequeno San Juan||(787) 977-1636||Old San Juan|
|(787) 722-0246||Ocean Park|
|(787) 722-1135||Old San Juan|
|(787) 257-2332||1.1 mi. West of Central Carolina|
|--||0.4 mi. East-Northeast of Old San Juan|
|(787) 725-0333||Ocean Park|
|(787) 722-3571||Ocean Park|
|(787) 791-8848||Isla Verde|
|Spicy Caribbee||(787) 725-4690||Old San Juan|
|(787) 977-8270||Ocean Park|
One of the area's more popular speciality shops is The Butterfly People. They're found within Old San Juan, in western San Juan. The gallery is open everyday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. They're at 152 Fortaleza.
A second 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. They are located on Luis Munoz Rivera Avenue.
Biaggi & Faure: Biaggi & Faure Fine Art proudly promotes exclusive modern and contemporary fine art and represents an exclusive group of renowned masters of different generations as well as rising young artists. Visitors can find them at 1035 Jesús T. Piñero Avenue.
Several of the specialty shops in San Juan are provided below.
|Art Gallery||(787) 528-7674||Rio Piedras|
|Art Gallery||(787) 460-6272||Miramar|
|Art Gallery||(787) 250-6193||Hato Rey|
|Biaggi & Faure||Art Gallery||(787) 277-2783||3.0 mi. West of Central San Juan|
|Art Gallery||(787) 523-4642||0.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central 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|
|Art Gallery||(787) 783-4690||Rio Piedras|
|Forteleza Antiques||Antiques and Used Merchandise Dealer||(787) 723-1229||Old San Juan|
|Galería Éxodo||Art Gallery||(787) 723-4913||Old San Juan|
|Art Gallery||(787) 721-4362||Old San Juan|
|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|
|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|
|Walter Otero Contemporary Art||Art Gallery||(787) 627-5797||1.5 mi. East of Old San Juan|
Hoping to find some new clothing during your vacation? You might enjoy a visit to Stella Nolasco Boutique Atelier -- which is situated 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're on Avenue de Diego, Plaza de Diego #310 .
Another place to consider is Sassy Girl -- which is found less than a mile away from Stella Nolasco Boutique Atelier. Available in limited quantities, Sassy Girl offers dresses, hand bags, jewelry, and other accessories. They are situated at 152 Cristo.
Another clothing store is Cigar House. 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. Visitors will be able to find them at 27 Fortaleza.
The following table provides you with more details concerning the 20 apparel shops located in San Juan.
|Akali||Women's Clothing and Accessories Store||(787) 200-8819||Miramar|
|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|
|E'Leonor||Boutique||(787) 725-3201||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|
|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|
|Rainbow Plaza Caparra||Women's Clothing and Accessories Store||(787) 792-5362||Southwestern part of San Juan|
|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 Montehledra||Boutique||(787) 287-2366||San Juan|
|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|
Need to pick up some food supplies? Kasalta Bakery, Inc. is located within 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. You can reach them at (787) 727-6593.
Another option is Panificadora Pepan Inc, which is located easily reached by taxi 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. To reach them, call (787) 767-4222.
Old San Juan Farmers Market: If you are looking for fresh food and friendly people, stop by the Farmers Market in Old San Juan and pick up some locally grown fruit and vegetables. Old San Juan Farmer's Market began in March of 2010, when a group of locals got together to set up a community market. Guests will be able to find them
Look through the chart below if you want more information.
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(787) 751-4681||Rio Piedras|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(787) 257-1377||Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan|
|Bakery||(787) 444-2234||Ocean Park|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(787) 764-6013||Rio Piedras|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(787) 750-7738||Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan|
|Kasalta Bakery, Inc.||Bakery||(787) 727-6593||Ocean Park, Northeastern part of San Juan|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(787) 722-3245||Condado District|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(787) 754-2909||Rio Piedras|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(787) 752-8010||Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(787) 768-3995||Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan|
|Old San Juan Farmers Market||Fruit and Vegetable Market||--||Old San Juan|
|Panificadora Pepan Inc||Bakery||(787) 767-4222||Rio Piedras|
|Grocery Store||(787) 782-9425||Southwestern part of San Juan|
|Bakery||(787) 982-2577||Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan|
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