San Juan

In Old San Juan, Calle Fortaleza and Calle San Francisco have everything from T-shirt emporiums to jewelry stores to shops that specialize in made-to-order Panama hats. Running perpendicular to those streets is Calle Cristo, lined with factory-outlet stores, including Coach, Dooney & Burke, Guess, and Tommy Hilfiger. On weekends, artisans sell their wares at stalls around Paseo de la Princesa.

With many stores selling luxury items and designer fashions, the shopping spirit in Condado is reminiscent of that in Miami. Avenida Ashford is considered the heart of San Juan's fashion district. High-end chain stores such as Ferragamo and Gucci huddle together in a formerly derelict shopping strip, betting that the newly renovated luxury hotel La Concha will attract people ready to plunk down their platinum cards. A little farther west along Avenida Ashford are the one-of-a-kind clothing retailers that make this neighborhood worth a visit.

Just as in most other American cities, however, the real shopping occurs in the mall, and Plaza Las Américas—the largest in the Caribbean—is not to be missed. Known to locals simply as "Plaza," it's often host to artisan crafts fairs, art exhibitions, antiques shows, live Latin music, and pageants, depending on the time of year. For high-end shopping at stores like Saks and Louis Vuitton, head to the newer Mall of San Juan.

Thanks to Puerto Rico's vibrant arts scene, numerous galleries and studios are opening, and many are doing so in Santurce, Puerta de Tierra, and other neighborhoods outside the walls of Old San Juan.

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  • 1. Cappalli

    Noted local designer Lisa Cappalli sells her feminine, sensuous designs in this elegant boutique, which specializes in ready-to-wear and custom fashions including a small collection of whimsical, lacy wedding gowns.

    206 Calle O'Donnell, 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 2. Catalá Joyeros

    Family-run since the 1930s, this store is known for its large selection of pearls and precious stones, as well as for its jewelry design.

    152 Calle Rafael Cordero, 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 3. Cigar House

    The Cigar House has an eclectic selection of local and imported cigars from Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. At the lounge and bar, you can enjoy your purchase with a glass of your favorite spirit.

    257 Calle Fortaleza, 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 4. Club Jibarito

    Club Jibarito has a fantastic collection of high-end watches by Audemars Piguet, Chopard, H.Stern, Harry Winston, Panerai, and other designers.

    202 Calle Cristo, 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 5. Coach

    Stylish, upscale handbags for men and women can be purchased at Coach for a discounted price.

    158 Calle Cristo, 00901, Puerto Rico
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  • 6. Concalma

    Here designer Matilsha Marxuach, who is keen on sustainable fashion, sells her hip line of fair-trade messenger and handbags, as well as bathing suits, vintage clothing, and items made by other local designers.

    207 Calle San Francisco, 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 7. Coquí el Original

    This Old San Juan establishment has been in the Barquet family for four generations, and items from their Coquí el Original line—depicting the local tree frog—have become popular souvenirs. Choose from 14K-gold or sterling-silver coquí pendants, rings, bracelets, and more. If you’re looking for unique and high-end jewels, ask to browse the private back room.

    201 Calle Fortaleza, 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 8. Eclectika

    Here the inventory, most of it Indonesian, ranges from bedspreads and furnishings to beaded jewelry and hand fans.

    204 Calle O'Donnell, 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 9. El Galpón

    At El Galpón, knowledgeable owners Betsy and Gustavo will fit you with a Panama hat ($65–$900), and you'll learn that the genuine article is actually made in Ecuador. They also carry a large selection of Puerto Rican santos, hand-carved wooden saints.

    154 Calle Cristo, 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 10. Forteleza Antiques

    Old San Juan | Antiques & Collectibles

    For nearly three decades, Robert and Sharon Bartos have been selling antiques and objets d'art from all over the world, much of it from Europe.

    103 Calle San José, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 11. Galería Botello

    This influential gallery displays art by the late Angel Botello, who was hailed as the Caribbean Gauguin as far back as 1943. (His works also hang in the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.) His paintings often feature the bright colors of the tropics and usually depict island scenes. Also on display here are works by other prominent local artists, Puerto Rican santos, and sculptures by Botello.

    208 Calle Cristo, 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 12. Galería Petrus

    Among those who have displayed their works at Galería Petrus are Dafne Elvira, whose surreal oils and acrylics tease and seduce (witness a woman emerging from a banana peel); Marta Pérez, another surrealist, whose bewitching paintings examine such themes as how life on a coffee plantation might have been; and Elizam Escobar, a former political prisoner whose oils depict typically dark subjects. Exhibitions change frequently and focus on local artists like Bobby Cruz and Carlos Dávila.

    726 Calle Hoare, 00907, Puerto Rico
  • 13. Haitian Gallery

    This shop carries Haitian masks, statues, paintings, and wooden works of art. The second floor houses a large selection of paintings from the Caribbean.

    367 Calle Fortaleza, 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 14. Harry Robles

    Puerto Rican couture designer Harry Robles specializes in elegant evening and bridal gowns.

    1752 Calle Loíza, 00911, Puerto Rico
  • 15. Jean Cintrón


    Up-and-coming young designer Jean Cintrón has his appointment-only shop on Calle Cerra. Visit the website to schedule a visit.

    615 Calle Cerra, San Juan, n/a Puerto Rico, 00907, Puerto Rico
  • 16. Magia

    Old San Juan | Crafts

    The clever shop Magia carries what appear to be traditional crafts, but look more closely. Each work, most of which are done by artist-owner Manolo Díaz, is quite unique. A little wooden shrine, for example, might be sheltering an image of Marilyn Monroe. You can also find vintage costume jewelry and Puerto Rican santos.

    99 Calle Cristo, San Juan, n/a Puerto Rico, 00901, Puerto Rico

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  • 17. Mi Pequeño San Juan

    You might find a reproduction of your hotel at this shop, which specializes in tiny ceramic versions of San Juan doorways. The works are created by hand in the shop, which also carries fine art prints.

    152 Calle Fortaleza, 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 18. Monsieur

    The quality clothing at Monsieur is very sleek and stylish—everything for the well-dressed man.

    1126 Av. Ashford, 00907, Puerto Rico
  • 19. Mundo Taíno

    This is a good place to shop for high-quality folk art from around the island. You can also pick up local coffee and other food specialty items like hot sauce.

    200 Calle Fortaleza, 00901, Puerto Rico
  • 20. MUNS

    Sisters Bianca and Paola Muns sell sustainable clothing and jewelry under their own label at this pretty boutique. They also carry a curated selection of clothing, swimwear, and accessories by other Puerto Rican designers.

    201 Calle Luna, 00901, Puerto Rico

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