San José is full of fashionistas. There is definitely a European and American fashion influence in the city. While there are malls that have well-known brands, such as North Face, Nike, and Forever 21, there are several unique boutiques flourishing around the city. These boutiques offer the best high-fashion options in the capital of Costa Rica. Whether your style is boho chic, clean and classic, or floral and flowy, there is a boutique in San José for you.
Since 1999, Oxo Fashion has been thriving as a high-fashion boutique for women. There are two store locations, one in Escazúand one in San Pedro (both part of the greater San José area). With seasonal collections that range from sultry and sexy to floral and flowing, Oxo Fashion is a favorite among locals with a passion for fashion. Whatever the season is, come in and create your own seasonal look.
Bottega is another popular women’s boutique in the San José area. This boutique fits the classic, modern, and sophisticated fashion-loving female. The collections feature mainly earthy tones, pastels, and professional pieces with a flare. With new collections throughout the year, there is always at least one great find here. The most common issue is falling in love with everything in the store.
Hija de Tigre is a fabulous bohemian boutique. They always have a great selection of floral prints, off-the-shoulder shirts, flowy dresses, kimonos, beautiful bags, fabulous shoes, and unique accessories. For the hippie, flower child at heart, this is your shop. There are truly endless combinations of pieces here to create a look that is one-of-a-kind and a reflection of your style.
Cuero Papel & Tijera is a stunning shop and café. They carry the most gorgeous locally-made leather bags, one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, and lovely accessories and gifts. The café portion of this must-visit store serves up delicious specialty coffees, pastries, and sandwiches. The combination of shopping and dining here is something pretty special. Every part of this local operation is tasteful and timeless.
Parpar is a lovely brand that has a boutique in the Multiplaza in Escazú/San José. They stock a lot of long dresses, natural colors and flower-pattern pieces, boho chic accessories, and even a line specifically for pregnant and new mom fashionistas. The vibe of Parpar is spring all the time—they have everything you need to embrace your inner hippie self and create the perfect new look.
Ruta Urbana is a boutique with three locations in the San José area. The concept behind the store is to provide urban-friendly clothes, accessories, and gifts at very affordable prices. They have tons of basic pieces to mix and match to create your own unique look. This is a men’s and women’s boutique store, and somewhere you can re-do your wardrobe whilst not breaking the bank. Check out their stores at the Multiplaza in Escazú, Lincoln Plaza, or in San Pedro.