The best places to go shopping in Aruba are set between the island’s white-sand beaches, stellar restaurants, and late-night clubs. This Caribbean getaway is a striking destination for those who like to explore vibrant shopping strips at some point during their vacation.

    The island has top-notch shopping malls and retail hotspots with world-renowned labels. There’s also an array of jewelers and flea markets where you can find unique gifts for friends and family. Leave behind the beach for a moment and experience another side of Aruba with these excellent shopping options.

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    L.G. Smith Boulevard

    Shop along the waterfront to find high-end malls and jewelers

    L.G. Smith Boulevard is set directly across from the Seaport Village Marina, ensuring it’s the first place many tourists visit once they step off their cruise ships. While this busy thoroughfare was once home to fruit and vegetable stands, it’s now lined with several luxury shopping malls.

    Whether you choose the Renaissance Mall or Royal Plaza Mall, there’s a range of luxury European brands, handicraft stores, jewelers, and souvenir shops to explore. This boulevard is also where you’ll find numerous open-air restaurants and cafés that overlook the harbor.

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    Aruba Flea Market

    Discover a world of local handicrafts at affordable prices

    The Aruba Flea Market is found along L.G. Smith Boulevard, just a short walk from the main harbor in Oranjestad. If you’ve arrived in Aruba on a cruise ship or are staying in one of the nearby hotels, this is one of the best places to purchase local trinkets and souvenirs to remember your vacation by.

    You can meander from one stall to the next and see what captures your attention. There are also great conversations to be had with the local artisans. While not everyone is willing to haggle, many booths are more than happy to go back and forth on an item’s price.

    Location: Linear Park Trail, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm, Friday–Saturday from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 4.45 pm

    Phone: +297 583 2515

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    Caya G.F. Betico Croes

    Explore Aruba’s main street for fashion boutiques and art galleries

    Caya G.F. Betico Croes (Main Street) is one of the best places to go shopping in Aruba. This lively strip is in Oranjestad and is served by an old-fashioned streetcar – simply jump on board to make your way along this thoroughfare or further into the downtown area.

    Occupying Dutch colonial-style storefronts is a range of local and international fashion boutiques, alongside art galleries, department stores and food stalls. You can find duty-free goods at Dufry, as well as familiar labels like Zara, Mango and MAC Cosmetics.

    Location: Oranjestad, Aruba

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    Renaissance Marketplace

    Open-air market with a movie theater

    The Renaissance Marketplace is close to Oranjestad’s waterfront, between L.G. Smith Boulevard and Renaissance Beach. This open-air shopping precinct has a covered walkway lined with several jewelry stores, gift shops, and fashion retailers. Many of the businesses only close at midnight, so you can enjoy some late-night shopping in Aruba’s capital city.

    The Renaissance Marketplace also has an outstanding selection of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, both inside and surrounding the landscaped gardens overlooking the water. For a quiet night in Aruba, head to The Movies, a 6-screen movie theater showing the latest blockbusters.

    Location: Lloyd G. Smith Blvd 9, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Open: Daily from 8 am to midnight

    Phone: +297 583 6000

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    The Local Market Aruba

    Take home attractive souvenirs and snacks

    The Local Market is a bustling flea market just opposite the famous I Love Aruba sign in Oranjestad. You can find a variety of local souvenirs and knickknacks created by Arubans, which make excellent keepsakes to take home or give to a loved one.

    The Local Market offers plenty of low-cost items, from vibrant paintings and music to cigars, clothes, and snacks. This is one of the best places to support locals during your stay in Aruba. Make sure to bring cash, preferably in the local currency.

    Location: Paardenbaaistraat/Rockefellerstraat z/n, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +297 733 1982

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    Paseo Herencia Mall

    Shop luxury brands by day, enjoy fireworks by night

    The Paseo Herencia Mall is one of the go-to shopping destinations for locals and vacationers enjoying a break in the glamorous district of Palm Beach. This lively place showcases many of the island's international retailers. You can find fashion giants like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as high-end surf gear from Quiksilver.

    Spending more than a few hours at Paseo Herencia Mall is never a problem. It hosts a multiplex movie theater, as well as many top-notch restaurants, bars, and cafés. Fireworks displays take place every night so it’s a good idea to extend your visit into the evening.

    Location: J.E. Irausquin Blvd 382A, Noord, Aruba

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm, Sunday from 5 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +297 586 6533

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    The Village

    A convenient place to shop and dine in Palm Beach

    The Village is an open-air mall that provides convenient shopping if you happen to be staying in one of the many hotels and resorts in Palm Beach. It has a lush courtyard offering stellar insight into Aruban entertainment with regular live events and street performers.

    Head to The Village for a smattering of local fashion boutiques and souvenir stores. At night, the square transforms into a flea market with stalls selling a wide range of items. Food-wise, the mall is flanked by much-loved restaurants and clubs like Gusto and Papillon.

    Location: J.E. Irausquin Blvd 348 A, Noord, Aruba

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +297 586 6380

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    Royal Plaza Mall

    Purchase glamorous jewelry and shop for the latest premium brands

    The Royal Plaza Mall is just a short walk from the Aruba Cruise Terminal, making it a great place for shopping if you’re only in town for a quick visit. Look for its distinctive pink and blue façade along Oranjestad’s Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard. 

    The Royal Plaza Mall is known for housing high-end clothing stores such as Tommy Hilfiger and Nautica. Little Switzerland and Gemani Jewelers are some of the most renowned options on the island for accessories. Plus, there’s a delicious collection of laidback bars and cafés – Mojito's Cuban Cuisine is a stellar spot for a late-night dance in Aruba’s capital city.

    Location: Lloyd G. Smith Blvd 94, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9.30 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +297 588 0351

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    Alhambra Mall

    Take a break from the casino and pick up homewares and gifts

    Alhambra Mall is part of the sprawling Alhambra Casino, one of the most popular gaming venues in Aruba. However, if you’d rather peruse the shops than the tables, there are numerous options to help break up your day.

    The Lazy Lizard is where you can find high-quality gifts and souvenirs, while Curated Lab has a variety of plush homewares and fashion accessories to level up your vacation outfit. If you’re looking for a coffee or a quick bite, Alhambra Mall has several places to choose from. Enjoy great-tasting java at Juan Valdez Coffee or dive into the Hungry Piranha for fast-food treats like pizza and chicken wings.

    Location: J.E. Irausquin Blvd 47, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Open: Daily from 10 am to midnight

    Phone: +297 583 5000

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    Cigar Emporium Aruba

    Partake in a favorite Aruban pastime at this first-class emporium

    Cigar Emporium Aruba is an excellent place for those who want to enjoy an authentic Cuban cigar during their vacation. This shop is renowned for its vast range and expert advice, so you won't have problems finding your preferred precise flavor, color, and aroma.

    As one of the best cigar stores on the island, Cigar Emporium Aruba stocks a wealth of leading brands, including Cohiba, Montecristo, Romeo & Julieta and Partagas. You can find the store inside the Royal Plaza Mall – thanks to its convenient location right across from the main harbor, it’s a great place to pick up a last-minute gift before leaving Aruba.

    Location: L.G. Smith Blvd, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +297 582 5479

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    Hudson Brown | Contributing Writer

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