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
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 C
In Old San Juan, Calle Fortaleza and Calle San Francisco have everything from T-shirt emporiums to jewelry stores to sho

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 Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo, and Gucci are huddled together in what was formerly a derelict shopping strip. They are betting that the newly renovated luxury hotel La Concha will attract people ready to plunk down their platinum credit 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 the upscale mall here, 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.

Thanks to Puerto Rico's vibrant art scene, numerous galleries and studios are opening, and many are doing so in Santurce, Puerta de Tierra, and other neighborhoods outside the Old City walls. If you prefer shopping in air-conditioned comfort, there are plenty of malls in and just outside San Juan.

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  • 1. Abitto

    Clothing

    Hipper than most other Condado boutiques, Abitto carries designer fashion for men and women including John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, YSL...Read More

  • 2. Bared & Sons

    Old San Juan | Jewelry/Accessories

    The store carries Rolex, Cartier, Bulgari, and Brietling watches and a large selection of fine jewelry. Look for the massive clock face on the...Read More

  • 3. Belz Factory Outlet World

    Outlet/Discount Stores

    Belz Factory Outlet World has more than 135 factory outlet stores, including BCBG, Nautica, Nike, Guess, Gap, and Polo Ralph Lauren. It's in...Read More

  • 4. Butterfly People

    Old San Juan | Gifts/Souvenirs

    Exotic mariposas cover the walls of Butterfly People. Clear plastic cases hold common species as well as many rarer specimens. The butterflies...Read More

  • 5. Cappalli

    Old San Juan | Clothing

    Noted local designer Lisa Cappalli sells her feminine, sensuous designs in this elegant boutique, which specializes in ready-to-wear and custom...Read More

  • 6. Catalá Joyeros

    Old San Juan | Jewelry/Accessories

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

  • 7. Cigar House

    Old San Juan | Tobacco

    The Cigar House has an eclectic selection of local and imported cigars from Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. At the lounge and...Read More

  • 8. Club Jibarito

    Old San Juan | Jewelry/Accessories

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

  • 9. Coach

    Old San Juan | Outlet/Discount Stores

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

  • 10. Concalma

    Old San Juan | Clothing

    Designer Matilsha Marxuach, who has an eye toward sustainable fashion, has her hip line of fair-trade handbags, messenger bags, bathing suits...Read More

  • 11. Eclectika

    Old San Juan | Gifts/Souvenirs

    This boutique carries a variety of items, mostly from Indonesia, from bedspreads to beaded and wooden jewelry, furnishings to hand fans. Everything...Read More

  • 12. El Alcázar

    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. ...Read More

  • 13. El Galpón

    Old San Juan | Crafts

    At El Galpón, knowledgeable owners Betsy and Gustavo will fit you with a Panama hat, from $65 to $900. You'll also learn that a genuine Panama...Read More

  • 14. Galería Botello

    Old San Juan | Art Galleries

    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...Read More

  • 15. Galería Petrus

    Miramar | Art Galleries

    Among those who have displayed their works at Galería Petrus are Dafne Elvira, whose surreal oils and acrylics tease and seduce (witness a woman...Read More

  • 16. Galería Viota

    Art Galleries

    Galería Viota offers regularly changing works by contemporary Puerto Rican and Latin American artists. ...Read More

  • 17. Haitian Gallery

    Old San Juan | Crafts

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

  • 18. Harry Robles

    Clothing

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

  • 19. 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...Read More

  • 20. Marella

    Clothing

    This boutique sells trendy women's apparel from labels that include Parker, Diane von Furstenberg, Yumi Kim, Karina Grimaldi, Ramona LaRue,...Read More

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