St. Barthélemy Shopping

St. Barth is a duty-free port, and its sophisticated visitors find shopping in its 200-plus boutiques a delight, especially for beachwear, accessories, jewelry, and casual wear. It's no overstatement to say that shopping for fashionable clothing, jewels, and designer accessories is better in St. Barth than anywhere else in the Caribbean. New shops open all the time, so there's always something to

discover. Some stores close from noon to 3, but they are open until 7 pm. Many are closed on Sunday. A popular afternoon pastime is strolling the two major shopping areas in Gustavia and St-Jean. While high fashion is as pricey here as everywhere, French brands sell for up to 30% less than in the U.S.

In Gustavia, boutiques pack the three major shopping streets. Quai de la République, which is right on the harbor, rivals New York's Madison Avenue or Paris's avenue Montaigne for high-end designer retail, including shops for Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Cartier, Chopard, Erès, and Hermès. These shops often carry items that are not available in the United States. The elegant Carré d'Or plaza and the adjacent Coeur Vendome are great fun to explore. Shops are also clustered in La Savane Commercial Center (across from the airport), La Villa Créole (in St-Jean), and Espace Neptune (on the road to Lorient). It's worth working your way from one end to the other at these shopping complexes—just to see or, perhaps, be seen. Boutiques in all three areas carry the latest in French and Italian sportswear, charming children's togs, and some haute couture. Bargains may be tough to come by, but you might be able to snag that Birkin that has a long waiting list stateside, and in any case, you'll have a lot of fun hunting around.

For locally made art and handicrafts, the tourist office can provide information and arrange visits to studios of island artists, including Christian Bretoneiche, Robert Danet, Nathalie Daniel, Patricia Guyot, Rose Lemen, Aline de Lurin, and Marion Vinot. Gustavia, La Villa Créole, and the larger hotels have a few good gallery/craft boutiques.

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This supermarket is a bit older than Marché U in St-Jean but can supply nearly anything you might need. It's closed Sunday. ...


  • Wine/Spirits

Fine wines and gourmet delicacies, teas, and Nespresso coffee can be found here, an outpost of the St. Martin distributor.

Bamboo St. Barth

  • Clothing

Beach fashions like cotton tunics, cocktails-on-the-yacht dresses, and sexy Australian swimsuits by Nicole Olivier and Seafolly can be...

Be Shorts

  • Clothing

Beautiful tailored cotton shirts in fun prints and stripes for men and women, and colorful Bermuda shorts to coordinate, are popular...

Bijoux de la Mer

  • Jewelry/Accessories

South Sea pearls in wonderful hues are strung in clusters on leather to wrap around the neck or arms. ...

Black Swan

  • Clothing

This shop has an unparalleled selection of bathing suits. ...

Boutique Lacoste

  • Clothing

This store has a huge selection of the once-again-chic alligator-logo wear for men, women, and kids ...

Cabane St. Barth

  • Clothing

Stocked with stenciled cotton, gauzy beach tops, great straw fedoras, and caftans (for all ages), this shop is open nonstop every day.


  • Clothing

This well-known retailer carries sophisticated, sexy resort wear and accessories by Balenciaga, Chloe, and D Squared, among others. ...


  • Jewelry/Accessories

Carat has Chaumet and a large selection of Breitling watches, plus rarities by Richard Mille, Tourbillon, Panerai, and Breguet. ...


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