When you’ve had enough sun and hiking isn’t your thing, head to the shops! St. John is home to many creative folks, whether it’s an art gallery, a clothing shop or a restaurant, you are sure to be elevated by the environment. You’ll find shops in Cruz Bay St. John in one of two main clusters – there’s the shops at Wharfside Village (to the right when you come off the ferry) and the shops at Mongoose Junction (to the left when you exit the ferry dock). You’ll find dozens of great finds around and in-between those two main shopping destinations, all within easy walking distance and designed with your visiting eyes in mind.
If shopping is your game, Mongoose Junction is your island playing field. Eighteen glorious shops to make you swoon and secure the memories of your most excellent St. John vacation. In alphabetical order, let the tour begin!
Mongoose Junction (www.mongoosejunctionstjohn.com) is located across from the National Park Visitor’s Center and a destination location on St. John unto itself. A stone play house in a fun fairy tale adventure land, Mongoose Junction houses over two dozen shops and restaurants within its own unique stone and mahogany architecture. Circular stairs, arched pathways and stone patios take you to various shops on three connected and open levels. Select unique art, jewelry, gifts, clothing, and souvenirs that reflect the spirit of St. John Island, relax in the shaded seating areas, or indulge in some great food or a refreshing cocktail at Ocean Grill, Gecko Gazebo, Mongoose Deli, Sun Dog Café, Virgin Fire, or Island Cork.
Showcasing the best local artists in ceramic, metal sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography, and wood turning, the Bajo el Sol (Under the Sun) Gallery is packed floor to ceiling with eye-catching, inspiring designs. Located up the stairs at Mongoose Junction and open most days in-season. Stop-in and see the incredible works of artist and owner, Livy Hitchcock.
Bamboula is truly a “unique boutique,” with clothing and accessories for men, women, children and even your home. From exotic frocks hanging high on the wall to steel pans and maracas, Bamboula has an eclectic mix of global goodies. Jewelry and accessories to fit every budget, and even shoes! Come in and meet Jo, the lovely owner, or any of the helpful staff, 7 days a week. Bamboula is open Monday through Saturday 9:30am to 9:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm.
Find that one-of-a-kind piece of art at Best of Both Worlds. Not your typical art gallery, Best of Both Worlds presents an international mix of glass art, paintings, sculptures, lighting, jewelry and more from award-winning artists from around the world. Best of Both Worlds is open every day from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
Since 1990, Big Planet sells surf and outdoor apparel, swimwear, shoes and accessories for men, women, children, and infants. Basically the clothing store for all of St. John, Big Planet has something for everyone within the store’s three levels. Open every day of the week from 9:30am to 9:00pm.
Offering resort island apparel on St. John since 1985, Bougainvillea’s sells luxury brand names of clothing and accessories for both men and women. Breeze into Bougainvillea and meander through the displays to find that perfect vacation outfit. Find cotton and linen separates and sportswear, exotic swimwear, and the largest selection of shoes for men and women on the island. Open 7 days a week, shop Bougainvillea’s from 10:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Saturday and 10:00am to 6:00pm on Sundays.
Caravan Gallery sells sterling silver jewelry from all over the world, including the famous St. John hook bracelet. When worn with the open hook facing outwards it means you are open to new relationships and when worn with the hook facing you, it means your heart is already taken. Get yours and other fine, affordable gifts and jewelry at Caravan Gallery on the top level of Mongoose Junction (above Ocean Grill Restaurant). Meet the owner, Radha Spear, or any of the helpful staff, 7 days a week. Caravan Gallery is open Monday through Sat from 9:30am to 9:00pm and Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm.
Clothing St. John residents and visitors since 1982, the Fabric Mill is the ultimate women’s clothing store, offering women’s apparel and accessories that are perfect for the island lifestyle. Comfort and style collide at the Fabric Mill, with hand blocked colorful Batik fabrics for custom projects and popular brands like G1, Horny Toad, and Three Dot adorning the shelves. Get your fashion fix at the Fabric Mill every day of the week! Come and visit the owner, Trish, or any one of her helpful staff Monday through Saturday from 9:30am to 9:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm.
If you’re on St. John, the sun is probably shining. Get some shades, mon! Pop into Hot Look Sunglasses and cool-off with some cool A/C and smooth tunes while you choose from the largest selection of brand name designer sunglasses for men and women on island. Open 7 days a week Monday through Saturday 10:00am to 9:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Island Fancy features fun tropical gifts, Caribbean crafts, art and product lines by local artists, island-made sauces, spices & sweets, and children’s clothing, all displayed in a bright and happy setting that is hard to resist. From magnets to bags to garden statues, checkout Island Fancy for the coolest take-home treasures. Located on the center level of Mongoose Junction, across from Big Planet, Island Fancy is open 7 days a week from 9:30am to 9:00pm.
Don’t forget to stop at Just Beach Shop on your way to the beach. Conveniently located at the beginning of North Shore in Mongoose Junction, Just Beach offers snorkel gear (to buy or rent), swimwear, beach toys, t-shirts, sarongs, sunscreen, beach chairs, umbrellas, bags, hats, sunglasses, and more. Open 7 days a week, visit Just Beach Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm.
If you’re seeking the finest brand name jewelry and watches at duty free prices, look no further than Little Switzerland at Mongoose Junction. Designing luxury pieces for more than 50 years, Little Switzerland offers the ultimate way to symbolize a great vacation. Little Switzerland is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm.
Made in St. John makes and sells locally designed cotton apparel. From t-shirts to koozies, Made in St. John is the best place to pickup gifts. Friends and family will love receiving Made in St. John items and everything in the store is easy to pack. Open 7 days a week, 10am-9pm (off-season 10am-7pm).
It’s hard to walk by Nest & Co and not go in. If it isn’t the smell of great gourmet coffee, the heavenly scents of life and love just seem to seep through the front door. Located across from Sun Dog Café, Nest & Co. sells items for the home, body and spirit that adorn and inspire. The store is filled with “the perfect gift” for that hard-to-buy-for person, including a range of unique cards, kitchen items, soaps, lotions, artwork, candles, female and baby apparel, and more. Give your shopping a kick-start and get the best coffee at Nest & Co every day from 9:00am to 6:00am.
Stumble upon Portico and you’ll find island-style home furnishings and gifts to incorporate a little St. John in your life when you return. Choose from unique lamps, brand name curtains and bedding, handmade pillows, fine table linens, outdoor rugs, and more. Portico is open every day from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
Fine jewelry since 1973, R&I Patton designs and makes gold jewelry on St. John, including iconic petroglyph designs, colorful gems, outstanding pearl selections, ancient coins, charms and more. Their specialties are the St. John petroglyph; colored gem stones; ancient, Danish, U.S. coins and Spanish treasure coins; heavy gold and silver chains, bracelets, pendants, rings and charms. Pop-in to R&I Patton and meet Rudy and Irene, owners and designer goldsmiths. R&I Patton is open 7 days a week from 10:00pm to 6:00pm.
With the Tap Room right upstairs brewing the island’s best (and only) craft beer, the St. John Brewer’s Brewtique is the perfect place to escape and grab a guaranteed good gift from the small, friendly space. Get your beer taps, t-shirts, and caps from the Brewtique and come home with a St. John souvenir. Open 7 days a week, visit the Brewtique Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 9:00pm and Sundays from 10:00am to 6:00pm.
If the smell of toasted cinnamon waffle cones doesn’t get you, the taste of the best ice cream on St. John will. Skip on into Scoops and experience the ultimate in indulgence. For the record, that would be the rich chocolate ice cream in a chocolate coated waffle cone with chocolate sprinkles. Choose your favorite and meet Collette, the delicious owner, Caleb the carob-coated manager and all of the sticky staff, 7 days a week from 9:00am to 11:00pm.
Stroll into Sugarbirds and escape into a sea of colorful island artwork. Cards, prints, and photographs fill the walls and displays, all reflecting the brilliant flora and fauna of St. John. Sugarbirds also sells maps, books, and ornaments. Meet owners John and Dean Baldwin, longtime St. John residents and artists, open 7 days a week from 10:00am to 7:00pm.
The Kimberly Boulon Fine Art gallery is located on the second floor of The Marketplace Showcasing not only her own paintings, Kimberly Boulon Fine Art Gallery includes pottery and ceramics, handmade fine jewelry, sculptures, and graphic design by local artists, including Catherine Perry, Gail Van de Bogurt, Michael Banzhaf, Karen Calandra, John Van de Water, and more. Open Tuesday through Thursday from 10am to 5pm, call for opening hours, events and private showings.
Located on the second floor of The Marketplace in Cruz Bay and serving St. John for nearly twenty years, Chelsea Drugstore’s pharmacy and store is open seven days/week from 8:30am to 7:30pm. Sunscreen, greeting cards, band-aids and bubble bath, Chelsea Drugstore has it. If you’re looking for that little battery, special sinus medicine, elusive vitamin, or last minute gift, you’ll find it at Chelsea Drugstore, .
Open every day from 7am to 6pm and located on the first level of The Marketplace, Papaya Café and Bookstore offers excellent coffee and tea, both hot and cold, as well as books, both new and old. Across the hall from Starfish Market, the Papaya Café is home to a large selection of used books, children’s books and local authors, as well as greeting cards and candy. Books and gifts fill the shelves while espresso and chocolate fill the air. Stop by and say hello to the owners, John and Linda, or any one of the helpful baristas.
Serving St. John for twenty years, Starfish Market is the cornerstone of The Marketplace and the first stop for many arriving on-island for vacation. Not only does Starfish Market offer the largest selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, they also have an extensive grocery and frozen food departments, as well as a hot/cold deli providing fresh bread, pasta salads and freshly cooked meals seven days/week. Starfish Market is open from 7:30am to 9:00pm and offers online ordering and delivery. Stop-in and say hello to store managers Nedra and Kevin and the rest of the Starfish staff, or visit online.
Across the hall from the island’s largest grocery store, Starfish Market, is Starfish Gourmet & Wines. More than just wine, beer, and liquor, Starfish Gourmet & Wines has shelves of delicious gourmet snacks and bins of decadent cheeses from around the globe. Walk into Starfish Gourmet & Wines and come out with the best beach basket of goodies for the day, as well as some tasty beverages.