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 gifts you might want to check out Build-A-Bear, which is located within Hato Rey, San Juan. This Build-A-Bear in the Plaza Las Americas Shopping Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Reach them at (787) 766-0048.

Another place to consider is El Galpon, which is located 4.1 mi. (6.6 km) away from Build-A-Bear. 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 are located at 154 Calle Cristo.

A third shop you might enjoy is Mi Pequeno 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. They are located at 107 Calle Cristo.

The chart below summarizes some key facts concerning 20 of the gift and souvenir shops located in San Juan.

Gifts and Souvenirs In San Juan
Name Phone Location
Airport Gift & Souvenirs (787) 791-3344 Isla Verde
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
Captain Duck Tourist (787) 725-0077 Condado District
China House (787) 296-2639 Hato Rey, Southern part of San Juan
Eduardo Gift & Souvenir Shop (787) 756-7124 Rio Piedras
El Galpon (787) 725-9345 Old San Juan
Figura Gallery (787) 721-6987 Old San Juan
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
Muelle De Turismo 4 Gift Shop (787) 722-0246 Ocean Park
Noel Ana Maraa (787) 722-1135 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
Souvenier Land (787) 725-0333 Ocean Park
Souvenir Depot (787) 722-3571 Ocean Park
Souvenirs Place (787) 791-8848 Isla Verde
Spicy Caribbee (787) 725-4690 Old San Juan
Super Souvenirs (787) 977-8270 Ocean Park

Specialty Shops

One of the area's more interesting speciality shops is The Butterfly People. This shopping venue is found within 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. The property is located 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. The property is situated 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. They are located at 1035 Jesús T. Piñero Avenue.

The following table provides more information about the specialty shops in San Juan.

Specialty Shops In San Juan
Name Type Phone Location
Ar Studio Firm Art Gallery (787) 528-7674 Rio Piedras
Art Graphics Solutions Art Gallery (787) 460-6272 Miramar
Biaggi & Faure Art Gallery (787) 277-2783 3.0 mi. West of Central San Juan
Casa Cortes Gallery 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
Exodo Art Gallery Art Gallery (787) 671-4159 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
Haitian Gallery Art Gallery (787) 721-4362 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 Carolina, Eastern part of 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
Rocks Duty Free Jewelry Store (787) 724-7169 Old 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

Clothing and Apparel

Enjoy looking for interesting clothing? You might want to try Sassy Girl -- it's located in Ocean Park. Available in limited quantities, Sassy Girl offers dresses, hand bags, jewelry, and other accessories. The property is situated at 152 Cristo.

A second good option is Stella Nolasco Boutique Atttier -- which is found 4.3 mi. (6.9 km) away from Sassy Girl. Famous around the world for her sense of style that couples modernity with classic styles, Stella Nolasco has dressed celebrities like Beyonce Knowels, Judy Reyes, and Bo Derek. Now, you can wear her designs, too. They're located at 161 San Jose .

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. They are situated at 27 Fortaleza.

The table directly below provides more details on the 20 apparel shops in San Juan.

Clothing and Apparel In San Juan
Name Type Phone Location
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 Atttier Boutique (787) 723-2897 Old San Juan
VIP Boutique Boutique (787) 728-8720 Isla Verde
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

Food and Grocery

Hungry? Kasalta Bakery, Inc. is located within Ocean Park, in northeastern 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, call them at (787) 727-6593.

A second possibility 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 would like to call in advance, you can do so at (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. You will find them

Check out the following table for more information about your options.

Food and Grocery Stores In San Juan
Name Type Phone Location
Birimbao Liquor Store Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (787) 751-4681 Rio Piedras
Campo Rico Liquor Store Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (787) 257-1377 Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan
Cheesecake & Company Bakery (787) 444-2234 Ocean Park
Coqua Liquor Store Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (787) 764-6013 Rio Piedras
Edison S Liquor Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (787) 870-1664 Miramar
El Barril Liquor Store 2 Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (787) 750-7738 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
Los Hermanos Liquor Store Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (787) 752-8010 Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan
Mio Liquor Store 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
Supermercado Amigo Caparra Grocery Store (787) 782-9425 Southwestern part of San Juan
Tiramisu Bakery (787) 982-2577 Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan

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