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A shop in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico | © Arnob Alam/ Flickr
A shop in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico | © Arnob Alam/ Flickr
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Best Places to Buy Souvenirs in San Juan

Picture of Mariela Santos
Updated: 17 June 2017
Souvenirs are a simple yet memorable way to remember a special trip anywhere, including one to the tropical island of Puerto Rico. Ranging from decorative plates, to keychains, or shot glasses, there are many options when souvenir shopping. Stop by some of these shops in San Juan to make sure that you leave Puerto Rico with an awesome souvenir, in addition to the wonderful memories made.
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Plaza Las Americas

A leader among the largest and most popular malls in all of Puerto Rico, Plaza Las Americas has several stores where visitors can buy souvenirs to their hearts’ content. Must-visit stores for souvenirs include Arts & Crafts PR and Names & Plates, according to the mall’s directory. In addition, there is a section of the mall called the Paseo Cultural Ricardo Alegria, where visitors can find a variety of artesania (artisan crafts) and other art items.

525 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Ave., San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918

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El Market Puerto Rico

Located throughout the San Juan International Airport, El Market Puerto Rico is easy to find for travelers that make a stop at the airport between flights or for those that stay in San Juan longer. Souvenirs available for purchase at one of the 6 locations are traditional sweets and snacks, artisan crafts, and clothing. According to El Market, more than half of their products come from local distributors, so shopping at these stores means you are supporting local commerce.

Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00979

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Don Collins

Cigar aficionados and visitors to Puerto Rico looking to buy cigars, might well want to check out the Don Collins shop in Old San Juan. This brand of cigars has been made by the Puerto Rico Tobacco Corporation since 1991. In addition to their range of cigars, shoppers can also buy other products like t-shirts, mugs, and coffee.

59 Christ Street, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901

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Souvenir Outlet, Puerto Rico

Items available for purchase at the Souvenir Outlet include t-shirts, cigars, shot glasses, keychains and magnets. There’s a large selection of items here, as you can see on Instagram. This store is close to the Paseo de la Princesa and the Jose V. Toledo Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse building, a notable architectural structure in Old San Juan.

255 Tanca Street, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901

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Mi Pequeño San Juan

Mi Pequeño San Juan specializes in the creation of small houses or historical buildings, often looking like those found in Old San Juan, where the store is located. Each house is drawn, a mold is created, then painted and personalized, as shown on the store’s website. Anyone interested can also check out their pieces of art via an online store. Prints, poetry and painted tiles are also available for purchase.

152 Fortaleza Street, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907

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El Galpon

At this store in Old San Juan, El Galpon, visitors will find panama hats, traditional masks, and local art, to name a few items. By checking out their website, it’s possible to take a virtual tour of the shop, which is convenient for anyone that wants to speed up their souvenir shopping. Keep up to date with the store via their Instagram account.

154 Christ Street, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901

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Mariel Arts & Crafts

Visitors can find original paintings, framed butterflies, jewelry, and wooden masks among the available products, per their online store. Combine your visit to Mariel Arts & Crafts, with a walking tour through Old San Juan and view some of the architectural landmarks in the historic area.

109 Fortaleza Street, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901