Many of Puerto Rico’s many shopping destinations offer specialty wares that are worlds away from the average tourist novelties. From stylish accessories crafted by independent designers, to handcrafted folk-art made by local artisans, you’ll find a new range of products that you won’t find back home.

Puerto Rico’s shopping scene offers something for every taste and budget, so it might be wise to book some excess luggage for your travels home, as you'll more than likely want to snag a couple of things for yourself, too! Forgo the traditional souvenir and bring your friends and family unique items they'll truly cherish instead.
Plaza Las Américas
San Juan's landmark shopping experience, Plaza Las Américas, turns 50 this year. There are more than 300 stores inside, ranging from the iconic — West Elm, Michael Kors, Forever 21, Victoria's Secret, M.A.C., Zara, Sephora, Old Navy and Macy's — to the uniquely Puerto Rican — Playero, an excellent spot for beach gear, and Uno de 50, featuring fine handcrafted jewelry. Dining options are vast, too, with options including La Patisserie de France, Godiva Chocolatier, Bienlatino (a deli-style spot with a Puerto Rican and Latin-centric menu) and La Placita en PLAZA, the mall’s own farmers market.

As if that weren't enough, Plaza — as the locals refer to it — also includes a top-notch movie theater, plus plenty of specialty events like craft fairs, car showcases, and art and design exhibits. The selection at this mall is seemingly endless, which is why it’s a good idea to download its free Plaza app before you visit. This handy guide helps visitors navigate the mall’s incredible variety and get the most out of their visit.
Mall of San Juan
For high-end retail in Puerto Rico, the newly built Mall of San Juan simply can't be beat. Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue both have a home here, as well as classic designers like Bulgari, Carolina Herrera, Coach, Jimmy Choo, Tiffany & Co., Pandora and Louis Vuitton. This state-of-the-art mall, which opened in 2015, also boasts hip-and-stylish shops like H&M, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, both much-beloved newcomers to the island's trendy offerings. More than 60% of the center’s restaurants and retailers are unique-to-market.
Old San Juan
Local flair abounds in historic Old San Juan. You’ll find artisans selling handcrafted Puerto Rican folk-art on its cobblestoned streets, and Puerto Rican Art & Crafts, which offers a wonderful selection of local art and original, hand-made items. The Poet's Passage is another special spot — a “living museum of poetry and local art” that includes a cafe, live music and literary events like readings and signings. Don’t miss the legendary Olé, a specialty shop for expertly made hats, including the classic Panama style. With a history dating back to 1977, every hat sold at Olé is individually hand-fitted for every shopper, meaning a purchase made here is truly one of a kind.
Calle Loíza
This bustling street in San Juan is rife with incredible restaurants and cocktail bars, but it's also home to tons of specialty boutiques. The selection at the vintage store Len.T.juela is fun and exciting, while Shop Nude is ideal for sophisticated, beach-ready style. Just down the street you’ll find Mad Love, a contemporary women’s boutique with all the latest trends and must-have styles. The area is often referred to as hipster headquarters, and while it's unprecedented level of cool certainly makes Calle Loíza deserving of that title, there's truly something for everyone along this thriving mecca for distinctive shopping experiences.
Plaza del Caribe
The southern city of Ponce's shopping hub is Plaza del Caribe, a mall with more than 130 stores spanning cosmetics, fashion, accessories, cellphone companies and more. Plaza del Caribe offers the best in retail from companies hailing from all over the world, as well as exciting cultural events inside and in its elegant outdoor plaza. The plaza has hosted music concerts, children’s entertainment and art workshops, so be sure to check in on its events page for forthcoming events and festivities.

While everyone loves receiving the typical shot glass or keyring as a vacation gift, there's something special about items bought at local shops and boutiques. In Puerto Rico, there's no shortage of extraordinary retail outlets — whether for souvenirs and gifts for friends and family or for your own collection, standout items from any of these destinations are another way of holding close the memories of your island vacation.

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