The Mall of San Juan offers its clients a one-of-a-kind upscale shopping experience

On the terrace, customers at The Mall of San Juan can appreciate astounding views of the San Jose Lagoon and San Juan.

By Yelitza Yvette Santiago
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Besides having stunning beaches, exuberant vegetation, distinctive tourism spots and succulent gastronomy, Puerto Rico also features upscale stores that are must-visit sites during your stay.

After touching down on Puerto Rican soil while preparing to enjoy the tropics; you can start your quest in San Juan by taking in one of the greatest shopping experiences ever. You can go shopping in the Old City where you will find top brands like Ralph Lauren, Custo Barcelona, Burberry and upscale jewelry stores like Club Jibarito; visit the exclusive Condado district that offers anything you might need from designer boutiques, to high-end brands such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, and Cartier; or decide to take a stroll at The Mall of San Juan, the newest, most modern and lavish shopping center on the island.

Those who visit this glitzy mall, conveniently located just minutes from Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, can relish on specialty retail shops, iconic department stores, and trend-setting designer boutiques, all unique to the market. 

Its modern infrastructure designed to reflect the rich culture and heritage of San Juan is hospitable from the moment you step foot onto its world-class facility. Once inside, its crystalline and architectural roof and elegant resting areas immediately capture your attention.

The Mall of San Juan features an exclusive mix of fashion and lifestyle merchants, such as Versace, Camicissima, Giuseppe Zanotti, White House | Black Market, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade New York, and Soma, among others. Kona Grill, Brio Tuscan Grille, Teavana, and Burger & Beer Joint are some of the delightful dining options.

It also showcases distinctive retailers not found anywhere else on the island let alone in the Caribbean like Puerto Rico’s only Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, both anchor stores with their own exclusive restaurants such as Nordstrom Bazille and Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue and a bar and lounge called Nordstrom eBar and Nordstrom Habitant.

Whether in Puerto Rico for business, visiting friends and family, or enjoying a vacation, The Mall of San Juan welcomes its discerning customers with exclusive offers from many of its retailers through its Passport to Shopping program, obtained by visiting the Customer Service desk located on the lower level.  

If you are a serious shopper who loves purchasing high-end brand names, then the supply here is plentiful. Looking to buy a ritzy purse or monogramed luggage stop at the Louis Vuitton store; want a leather wallet, moccasins, or belt than Gucci is the place to go. Or if you simply want a stunning outfit or stylish accessory, visit Hervé Léger. Other must-visit shops at this chic mall include Tory Burch, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Kiko Milano, Lucky Brand, Joaquin Blanco, CH Carolina Herrera, Anthropologie, Marc Joseph New York, Bulgari, Oil & Vinegar, Fit2Run, the boutique shop Carmen Steffen, and much more.

The Mall of San Juan also has unparalleled choices to buy locally designed masterpieces by Columbian fashion designer Gustavo Arango, swimwear by designer Alexandra Escudero Thon and accessories by Natalia Maldonado. Arango is an internationally known designer who has set up roots on the island and his boutique features a ready to wear clothing line. Escudero Thon is the daughter of renowned Puerto Rican designer Lisa Thon and owner of Bienteveo en el mar, a luxury swimwear line with other casual items for women who want to be the center of attention on the beach, on the yacht or at the resort pool.

Maldonado is a young designer with an exceptional variety of accessories to finish off your look while on vacation or to take home as gifts to family and friends. Shopping outlets that could become an all-time favorite are specialty kiosks that sell candy, coffee, sauces, and traditional delicacies from Puerto Rico, an excellent way to savor some of the island’s flavors or simply take home samples as memorabilia of your visit.

On the terrace, customers at The Mall of San Juan can appreciate astounding views of the San Jose Lagoon and San Juan. Kids also have a place to call their own with a play area that recreates the ocean and its underwater creatures as well as a ship to entertain, educate, and exhaust the little ones while you shop ‘til you drop. 

If arriving to Puerto Rico, on your way to the airport, sightseeing through tourist zones Isla Verde or Condado, travelling from the Hato Rey financial district or just passing through the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge over the San Jose Lagoon, The Mall of San Juan is a must-do activity when in Puerto Rico, which may be small in size but it’s big when it comes to pleasure.

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