A Cuvée Guide to Shopping in St Barths

St. Barths is a beautiful place full of beautiful things for beautiful people.

As you might expect of any luxury shopping destination, everything is of the highest quality and price. What is unique to St. Barths shops, though, is its private treatment of its often wealthy and famous clientele. St Barths is known as a playground for the celebrated, talented, and wealthy individuals of the world, and they come from all over to discreetly choose their designer gifts and fashions, their french wines and perfumes, and their spa and wellness products. You may see David Letterman shopping in Ralph Lauren, Beyoncé purchasing a Louis Vuitton handbag, Pippa Middleton looking at a Rolex, or Nicolette Sheridan sporting Eres beachwear. All of them are given personalized service, yet visitors enjoy the same preferential treatment as even the most well-known guests.

Though the shops mostly feature high-end European designer fashions and accessories, the natural tropical environment brings out a casual approach to shopping you won’t find in the more urban shopping meccas of Paris, Tokyo, or New York. Stroll at a leisurely pace around the bay and enjoy the Caribbean breeze as it ruffles your hair and the sails in the harbor. Natural plant fibers are the main players in fashion here: organic cotton, bamboo fiber, and silk, linen, and cashmere.  The designers take great pleasure in creating pieces they love wearing to the beach themselves.

In addition to shopping for the latest fashions, you’ll also find find unique jewelry and high-end watches, crystal and china, tennis and golfing outfitters, and water sports equipment. And even if you don’t have a large pocketbook, just window shopping in these elegant boutiques is an enjoyable way to spend a day.

Shopping in Gustavia

There are plenty of interesting independent stores in Gustavia, well beyond the well-known designer stores. From the ferry landing in Gustavia, walk to your right and up the street, to get a taste of island luxury. The town is a U shape around the quay, and the shops run along the main streets following the water. Note: in the afternoon, many stores close for lunch and don’t reopen until three in the afternoon, giving you time to relax and regenerate before heading out for more shopping. Here are a few of our favorites for shopping in Gustavia:

Kalinas Perles features handcrafted pearl & leather jewelry

Kalinas & Tainos | Handcrafted jewelry

Kalinas & Tainos boasts a a wide variety of handcrafted pearl and kangaroo leather jewelry. All of the pearls are flown in from Tahiti and Australia are hand-set by independent designers. The featured natural Conch pearls, often called ‘Lambi’ in the French Caribbean, are the rarest and most highly prized pearls in the world.

Address: 23 Rue du Général De Gaulle, Gustavia, 97133

Phone: + 590 690 65 93 00

Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:30 am – 1 pm & 3 pm – 7:30 pm

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Vanita RosaVanita Rosa | Women’s fashion

Find timeless, handmade bohemian-chic collections designed by Valérie Bourdin. Shop from her large selection of beautiful blouses, dresses, playsuits, and ponchos are created of such fabrics as French lace from calais, cool linen or Italian silk.

Address: 12 rue du Générale de Gaulle, 97133

Phone: +33 1 47 20 21 91

Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10:30 am – 7 pm & Saturday 11 am – 7 pm

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Le Cellier du GouverneurLe Cellier du Gouverneur | Wine Cellar

Even the most discerning wine connoisseur will be happy after a trip to Le Cellier du Governeur. Delight in an excellent selection of exclusive foreign wines, including hard-to-find labels including Louis Roederer, Cristal cuvée, Bollinger and Ruinart are celebrated here, as is the Punch Vanilla Made in St Barths. Or try a bottle of Burgundy wine, such as Domaine de la Romanée -Conti, Vogue, Meo-Camuzet, and Leflaive.

Address: Rue de la Republique, 97133 Gustavia

Phone:+33 5 90 27 99 93

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 am – 1 pm & 3 pm – 7:30 pm

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marina-st-bartMarina St-Barth | Swim Wear

Choose from a wide selection of ready-to-wear elegant swim and beachwear for both men and women. The wide collection of labels include Caffé, OndadeMar, Lotus London, Havainas, Faconnable, Jodé, diesel, Calvin Klein, Pepe Jeans, and more.

Address: Rue du Roi Oscar II, Gustavia  97133 St Barthélémy

Phone: +590 590 29 37 30

Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:30 am – 7:30 pm

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Shopping in St. Jean

The shopping in this quaint little town starts just past the smooth white sand of Nikki Beach. Start your day at one end and make your way to Eden Rock Resort which juts out into the middle of the bay. Then finish your excursion by visiting the shops across the road on your way to Tom Beach. You can walk the entire distance by just crossing the sand bar at Eden Rock, or stopping for lunch and a cocktail. Here are a few of our favorite shops in Saint Jean:

Sea Spice | Spices & Seasonings

Add scents and flavors of of the Antilles to your next Caribbean meal, prepared in the comfort of your own home. Sea Spice provides a variety of edible offerings include rums and punches, teas, world spices, jams, chutneys, and fondants, as well as original jewelry and art.

Address: CC Les Amandiers, Route de saline/ St jean, 97133

Phone: +33 5 90 29 64 16

Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 am – 1 pm & 3 – 7 pm

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The lovely ladies of Black Swan Boutique | Photo: Black Swan

Black Swan Boutique:

Women’s, men’s, and children’s fashion, shoes, & swimwear.
Brands and designers include Hurley, Zion, Roxy, Raisins, Roidal, Gottex, La Perla, Radio Fiji, Vix, Sunflair, Gear, Lost, and Paté de Sable.

Address: Villa Creole, St. Jean, St. Barthelemy

Phone: +590 590 52 48 30

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Iléna | Lingerie & Swimwear

Find the very best collection of ultra-feminine lingerie & swimwear on the entire island of St. Barths at Iléna. Shop from a wide variety of brands and designers including Andrès Sarda, ID Sarrieri, Carine Gilson Couture, Ermanno Scervino, Ritratti, Monete Paris, Raffaela D’Angelo, Twin set, Tooshie, Chloé, Agogoa, Pin Up Star, Stéphanie Vaillé Paris.

Address: Villa Créole – Saint Jean, Saint-Barthélemy, FWI

Phone: +33 5 90 29 84 05

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Casa del Habano | Cuban cigars & more

La Casa del Habano features the most complete selection of Cuban cigars throughout the Caribbean islands. Shop for Cuban cigars, leather accessories, and panama hats from Ecuador. Their extensive cigar selection includes Montecristo, Cohiba, Partagas, Roméo & Juliette, Hoyo de Monterrey, and Bolivar.

Address: 6 Rue du Général-de-Gaulle, Gustavia

Phone: +590 590 27 78 73

Where to stay in St. Barths:

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Villa Vue des Réves | 5 Bedroom Suites & 5.5 Bathrooms

The most luxurious villa on the entire island of St. Barths, this private St. Jean hillside villa offers heart-stopping, panoramic views of Baie de St. Jean and Eden Rock – the best view around. Chef’s kitchen with La Cornue appliances. State of the-art entertainment system. Infinity pool & waterfall. Sunken lounge with fire feature. 5 bedroom suites, all of which feature ocean views and outdoor terraces.

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The View | 4 Bedroom Suites & 4 Bathrooms

Revel in these distinctive accommodations situated in the heights of Colombier, featruing an infinity lap pool above the sea and Gustavia harbor views, an ideal design for entertaining with privacy. From your prestigious vantage point on the Colombier hillside, watch sailboats and pleasure crafts bob like bath toys on pristine Gustavia harbor.

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