St. Tropez Shopping
42-58 Avenue Georges Clemenceau
Tel: 33 4 94 54 63 82
Just outside of town, Cogolin has been famous for pipemaking for several centuries. The craft has a long tradition here due to the high-quality briar root—the heart of any fine pipe—that grows in the nearby Maure forest. The top-of-the-line at Courrieu is the simple Provence collection, handcarved from briar roots that are as old as 100 years. They make a fine gift, even for someone who doesn't smoke.
Open daily 9 am to noon and 2 to 6 pm.
34 Rue General Allard
Tel: 33 4 94 97 42 26
If the bikini that looked swell in the shop back home suddenly looks tragically frumpy on the beach here, seek help at Kiwi. The Ramatuelle-based bathing suit manufacturer sells its own line of brightly colored, well-cut suits for women, men, and kids. Women's suits come in all degrees of cover-up, from one-piece conservative to bikini scandalous.
Open daily 10 am to 10 pm, Easter weekend through October.
Place des Lices
Every Tuesday and Saturday, this lively, fragrance-filled open-air market gets crowded with locals and visitors alike. Held under the trees in the Place des Lices, it's perfect for filling one's beach picnic basket with fruit, cheese, bread, sausage—or trinkets such as olivewood trays and serving utensils. Don't come by car: The nearest garages fill up immediately, and there's minimal on-street parking. Walk or bike, and come early for the good stuff.
16 Rue Georges Clemenceau
Tel: 33 4 94 97 19 55
If there's any single accessory that's indelibly associated with St. Trop (besides breast implants), it's the gladiator-style sandals that have been handmade by the Rondini family since 1927. These strappy sandals for men, women, and children come in all kinds of colors and leathers, including snakeskin and crocodile. Even better, they're thick-soled, comfortable, and last forever. But wearing new Rondinis around town is totally uncool. Break 'em in at home.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 12:30 pm and 3 to 7:30 pm.
2 Avenue Paul Rousel
Tel: 33 4 94 97 77 68
Your beach towel is almost as important an accessory as your bathing suit (and that broken-in Rondini sandal!). So leave the ratty terry cloth at home and shop at this upmarket boutique for a St. Trop–worthy spread. The luxurious oversized Egyptian cotton comes in colors to match or flatter nearly every bikini bottom. Stranos also carries a great selection of bathrobes and bed linens.
Open daily 10 am to 1 pm and 3:30 to 11:30 pm.
36 Rue Georges Clemenceau
Tel: 33 4 94 97 71 42
St. Tropez has its very own dessert, the namesake pastry of this friendly bakery. The tarte Tropezienne is an airy and addictive brioche filled with pastry cream and sprinkled with large crystals of sugar, and it's absolutely delicious. (Bikini wearers might limit themselves to one.) The bakery also sells fine breads and fruit tarts. There are two other locations, on Boulevard Louis Blanc and Place des Lices.
Open daily 6 am to 11pm.