St. Barthélemy

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 C
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 ac
St. Barth is a duty-free port, and its sophisticated visitors find shopping in its 200-plus boutiques a delight, especia

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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  • 1. A.M.C

    Food/Candy

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

  • 2. Bacchus

    Wine/Spirits

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

  • 3. 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 paired...Read More

  • 4. Be Shorts

    Clothing

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

  • 5. 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. ...Read More

  • 6. Black Swan

    Clothing

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

  • 7. Boutique Lacoste

    Clothing

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

  • 8. 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. ...Read More

  • 9. Calypso

    Clothing

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

  • 10. Carat

    Jewelry/Accessories

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

  • 11. Cartier

    Jewelry/Accessories

    For fine jewelry, visit this branch of the famous jeweler. ...Read More

  • 12. Clic Bookstore and Gallery

    Books/Stationery

    Devoted to books on photography and monthly exhibits of fine modern photography, as well as arty things to wear, this concept gallery–bookstore...Read More

  • 13. Couleurs des Iles 120% Lino

    Wine/Spirits

    This shop has many rare varieties of smokables, Panama hats, and good souvenir T-shirts, too. Head to the back for the stash of rare Puro Vintage. ...Read More

  • 14. Couleurs Provence

    Crafts

    This store stocks beautiful, handcrafted, French-made items like jacquard table linens in brilliant colors; decorative tableware, including...Read More

  • 15. Diamond Genesis

    Jewelry/Accessories

    A good selection of watches, including Patek Philippe and Chanel, can be found at this store. Pendants and charms in the shape of the island...Read More

  • 16. Donna del Sol

    Jewelry/Accessories

    This designer carries beautiful handmade gold chains, Tahitian pearl pieces, and baubles in multicolor diamonds. Have something special in mind...Read More

  • 17. Fabienne Miot

    Jewelry/Accessories

    Unusual and artistic jewelry features rare stones and cultured pearls, watches, and jewelry. ...Read More

  • 18. Filles des Iles

    Clothing

    In addition to high-quality, flattering French attire and sophisticated swimwear that even women of a certain age can wear, the shop stocks...Read More

  • 19. French Indies Design

    Household Items/Furniture

    This beautiful shop on the far side of Gustavia Harbor is the brainchild of Karine Bruneel, a St. Barth–based architect and interior designer...Read More

  • 20. Hermès

    Clothing

    This independently owned franchise (closed September and October) has prices slightly below those in the States. ...Read More

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