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San Juan shopping

Shopping in San Juan centers around Old San Juan and its boutiques selling fine art and folk art, clothing by international and local designers, and—for the tourists—all sorts of junky souvenirs and knickknacks. To avoid feeling overwhelmed by the latter, avoid shopping in Old San Juan on Mondays and Tuesdays, when the cruise ships dock and crowds swarm the narrow sidewalks. On the other hand, many smaller shops reduce their hours when ships are at sea, so call ahead or ask your hotel's concierge when you can expect most shops to be open.

Avenida Ashford in Condado is the Fifth Avenue of Puerto Rico, specifically the blocks just opposite La Concha hotel. Here, the usual designer gang—Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Ferragamo—services the needs of glamorous locals who have moved into the neighborhood's luxurious condos. You'll also find local designers such as Nono Maldonado and all-around boutiques like Suola and Verovero. NB: The tattered sunglass shops and fast-food outlets make their unwelcome appearance just a few hundred feet down the street in either direction.

San Juan is jam-packed with galleries, many of them exhibiting art that goes well beyond the usual seaside pastels. The extremely popular Gallery Night brings a little bit of Soho to Old San Juan: More than 20 galleries and museums open their doors to visitors on the first Tuesday of each month (February through May and September through December) starting at 6 pm, though artistically inclined visitors give way to the more nightlife-focused as the evening wears on.

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Belgian Delights Chocolatier, Old San Juan

A Belgian native fell in love with a Puerto Rican beauty and moved to the island to marry her…and open a decadent, authentic European chocolate shop. At...more

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Butterfly People, Old San Juan

For a quirky souvenir, head to Butterfly People, a shop in a restored colonial mansion in Old San Juan. Exotic butterfly species from around the world are...more

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Cappalli, Old San Juan

A handful of talented, happening young Puerto Rican designers are making a name for themselves on the island and off (among them Stella Nolasco and Luis...more

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David Antonio, Condado

Looking for menswear? At David Antonio, classics like the men's guayabera shirt are deconstructed and put back together into funky new garments. The local...more

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Galería Botello, Old San Juan

Lovers of tropical art should be sure to stop by this Old San Juan gallery named for the late Angel Botello. The Spanish-born, French-educated artist's use of...more

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Mi Pequeño San Juan, Old San Juan

Mi Pequeño San Juan carries tiny ceramic reproductions of the doorways of Old San Juan, hand-painted by a local artist. Kitschy, sure, but also somehow...more

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Nono Maldonado, Condado

Talk to San Juan locals about shopping, and it won't be long before someone brings up Nono Maldonado. His elegant lines helped convince Puerto Ricans to look to...more

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Suola, Condado

Stop at Suola for towering Christian Louboutin heels and boots, plus a knockout selection of Valentino shoes of every stripe. End-of-season sales, held in...more

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Verovero, Condado

Verovero is a tiny but well-stocked boutique in Condado featuring the likes of Prada, Miu Miu, and Manolo Blahnik, as well an idiosyncratic selection of...more

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Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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