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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Bamboo St. Barth

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

Black Swan

  • Clothing

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

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.

Couleurs Provence

  • Crafts

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

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...


  • Clothing

Incredible beachwear and lingerie by Chantal Thomas, Sarda, and others includes Swarovski crystal–encrusted bikinis for the young and...

KIWI St. Tropez

  • Clothing

This popular resortwear boutique for women, men, and kids has a branch in Gustavia, too. ...

Lili Belle

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The nice selection comprises wearable and current styles. ...

Marché U

  • Local Specialties

This modern, fully stocked supermarket across from the airport has a wide selection of French cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, produce,...

Maya's to Go

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This is the place to go for prepared picnics, meals, salads, and rotisserie chickens from the kitchen of the popular restaurant in Gustavia...


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