From unique items handcrafted locally to worldwide brands found only in luxury malls, Cabo offers a wide range of options on its shopping scene. While it’s great to browse known upscale brands for the latest trends, exploring some Cabo shopping options off the beaten path can be a rewarding experience and result in unique treasures that may not be found elsewhere. Among the storied streets of San Jose del Cabo and on the outskirts of Cabo San Lucas, be sure to add these top 5 local shops in Cabo San Lucas to discover perfect gifts for giving or for treating yourself!
J & J La Casa del Habano
You may be in Cabo, but that doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying a Cuban cigar. J & J La Casa del Habano is a locally owned cigar shop that offers authentic Cuban cigars as well as tequila tastings and top-notch mojitos. While you’ll find counterfeit cigars sold at a variety of stalls throughout Cabo, J & J offers the real deal. Select your cigar of choice to be enjoyed in the smoking lounge adjacent to J & J. When it comes to drinks, J & J serves up high quality beverages as well. They specialize in premium tequila and mezcal tastings and also offer their famed mojitos made from fresh mint, lemons, and ginger, as well as organic raw sugar and a secret house ingredient. Relax and unwind at J & J La Casa del Habano, where the friendly owners can share and spread their knowledge and passion for high quality Cuban cigars!
Plaza del Pescador
More intimate and down-to-earth than the luxury malls in Cabo San Lucas, Plaza del Pescador in San Jose del Cabo offers a more local Cabo shopping experience. The mall is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and live entertainment events. Pick up surf gear, casual wear, or locally crafted items at Plaza del Pescador. The store Eclectic Array is especially worth a visit. This shop has a mission to connect local and regional artisans and their high-quality handcrafted products with consumers, bringing autonomy and livelihood to local people and communities. Pick up unique items at Eclectic Array while at the same time supporting fair trade!
To truly shop with the locals, head to the outskirts of town to the place everyone around the world needs to go at least weekly – the grocery store. While a trip to your hometown grocer may feel mundane, shopping in another country always provides an authentic window into a different culture. Select several traditional snacks to try at much lower prices than you’ll find elsewhere, pick up local beverages to be enjoyed in the privacy of your Cabo vacation rental, and get a feel for what other products are the norm in authentic Cabo living. MEGA Comercial Mexicana, La Comer, and Chedraui are a few of the popular local grocery stores that can be found around Cabo San Lucas.
Gallery District in San Jose del Cabo
Long before Los Cabos was on the map as a top travel destination, San Jose del Cabo was a regular town rich with history. It’s history and culture are still apparent as you wander its quaint cobblestone streets or pause to watch the world go by in the picturesque town square. To explore the street of San Jose del Cabo is to get a taste of Cabo during a simpler time. The Gallery District in San Jose del Cabo is home to art galleries that feature works by local, regional, and international artists and provide a look into local life and culture through artwork. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, jewelry, and crafts all spill out into the streets during the Art Walk, which occurs every Thursday night during peak seasons. Even during off seasons, the gallery district is thriving, with local restaurants, bars, and live music adding to the ambiance.
Flora Farms & Flora Grocery
Situated in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, Flora Farms is a 25-acre organic farm that grows and harvests fresh produce for the residents and visitors of Cabo. Their fresh produce, along with a wide variety of other food items can be purchased from Flora Grocery. Whether you’re in search of ingredients to cook your own farm fresh meal back at your Cabo vacation rental or you would prefer a fresh meal already prepared, you’ll find it at Flora Grocery. Pick up eggs, breads, house made bagels, cinnamon rolls, and freshly made juice for breakfast. They also offer a wide variety of meats butchered and cured in-house, as well as items fresh from the bakery such as cakes, cupcakes, and artisan breads. You can also pick up gift items created by local crafters such as pots and candles.