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 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.
|(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 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.
|Art Gallery||(787) 528-7674||Rio Piedras|
|Art Gallery||(787) 460-6272||Miramar|
|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|
|Exodo Art Gallery||Art Gallery||(787) 671-4159||Old San Juan|
|Art Gallery||(787) 783-4690||Rio Piedras|
|Forteleza Antiques||Antiques and Used Merchandise Dealer||(787) 723-1229||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||Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan|
|Pamil Fine Art||Art Gallery||(787) 756-6831||Ocean Park|
|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|
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.
|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|
|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|
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.
|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) 870-1664||Miramar|
|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) 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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